BSR is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. Visit www.bsr.org for more information about BSR’s 25 years of leadership in sustainability.
We are proud to say that we have a team of some of the most talented and motivated people in the industry working in our global offices in Copenhagen, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Tokyo.
BSR’s HERproject is a collaborative initiative that strives to empower low-income women working in global supply chains. Bringing together global brands, their suppliers, and local NGOs, HERproject drives impact for women and business via workplace-based interventions on health, financial inclusion, and gender equality. Since its inception in 2007, HERproject has worked in more than 620 workplaces across 14 countries and has increased the well-being, confidence, and economic potential of more than 850,000 women and 450,000 men.
The Associate will be key to the successful implementation and growth of HERproject, working with a dynamic, global team. The Associate will be responsible for supporting implementation of HERproject activities in one or more of the HERproject implementation countries, which involves developing and maintaining strong and positive relationships with local partners, companies, industry associations, donors, and other key stakeholders. The Associate will also support the HERproject team in securing new private-sector partnerships and financial contributions.
Supervised by one of the global HERproject managers based in Paris or Guangzhou (tbd), the Associate will actively contribute to global HERproject team efforts around reporting, learning, research and analysis, resource mobilization, and logistics planning. The Associate will also contribute to BSR’s broader work on women’s empowerment.
BSR is seeking an energetic, entrepreneurial individual with a relevant background and a passion for leveraging business to promote women’s empowerment, social justice, and sustainability. Previous experience and significant interest in women’s empowerment, women’s health and financial inclusion, ending gender-based violence, and/or global supply chains is highly preferred. Prior experience working with the private sector is essential to this role.
• Program implementation and support: The Associate will be responsible for supporting implementation of program activities in East Africa or Asia, and/or if relevant other regions, and working with our corporate, NGO, and research partners in the region. The Associate should be ready to travel frequently on weeklong or longer trips to the region, often on his/her own, and should expect travel up to 30 percent of total work time.
• Private-sector engagement: The Associate will support the HERproject team to manage and strengthen existing private-sector partnerships while also developing new partnerships. These could be in the form of technical, financial, or implementation-focused collaborations with companies.
• Monitoring, evaluation, and learning: The Associate will be responsible for supporting the monitoring and evaluation practices associated with the program, including capturing, analyzing, and disseminating program learnings.
• Stakeholder engagement and advocacy: The Associate will support in conducting research and local outreach and in managing existing and new stakeholder and partner relationships. In addition, the Associate will support engagement with multinational companies and global supply chain sustainability initiatives.
• Communications and events: The Associate will support planning and execution of local events as relevant. The Associate will be encouraged to contribute to communications activities such as blogs.
• Research and publications: The Associate will contribute to both desk-based and field-based research and produce written deliverables in the form of blogs, progress reports, and occasionally longer publications, such as research reports and white papers.
• Other responsibilities: The Associate may also be expected at times to contribute to other areas of work based on availability and BSR need., in particular BSR’s Women’s Empowerment area of expertise.
• Bachelor’s degree is required. Master’s degree preferred.
• Experience working with our corporate, NGO, and research partners in East Africa, Asia or similar countries is required.
• Minimum three years’ relevant work experience, preferably in international development and/or responsible business. Experience working with business is required and experience working in a public-private partnership environment is desirable.
• Knowledge of, or experience in, supply chain issues, women’s empowerment, and gender equality.
• Strong research and writing skills in English and ability to do some preliminary analysis and/or research related to women’s empowerment, global supply chains, and sustainability.
• Practical field experience working and/or living abroad in a middle- or low-income country or countries strongly preferred.
• Strong organizational skills, including the ability to meet stringent deadlines, communicate progress on projects or event planning, and work with managers/directors to coordinate multiple projects concurrently.
• Excellent interpersonal skills for working with both internal and external clients.
• High degree of self-control and self-motivation toward excellent deliverables and strong interest in sustainability issues and role of business in creating a just and sustainable world.
• Capacity to work and thrive in a growing, fast-paced, entrepreneurial organization with a collaborative environment.
• High ethical standards and commitment to BSR core values of leadership, respect, and integrity.
• Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation.
As part of our dedication to diversity, BSR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals seeking employment at BSR are considered without regard to race, ethnicity, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, registered domestic partner status, caregiver status, marital status, veteran or military status, citizenship status, or any other legally protected category.