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Job Description: Technical Project Manager

(Focus on labor rights)

Position Summary

Proforest is looking for a new team member to play a key role in our dynamic global team helping to bring about positive change on the ground for workers in Malaysia. The person will manage and implement project activities on behalf of Proforest for a USDoL (US Department of Labour) grant funded project in Malaysia to combat forced labor and child labor in the garment industries and palm oil (MY Voice), for which Proforest is a sub-recipient. This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate and knowledgeable human rights individual to make a difference for workers and local communities involved in palm oil production. We are looking for someone with strong stakeholder management skills as well as practical experience in applying the corporate responsibility to respect human rights (UNGP) and/or practical experience in the area of ​​human rights. work in the palm oil sector through supply chain mechanisms and broader engagement.

The position is based at Proforest’s office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with periodic travel within Malaysia and occasional travel outside the country. All applicants must have the right to work in Malaysia.

About Proforest

Proforest is a dynamic non-profit organization with a global presence that has established itself as a leader in the development and implementation of sustainable production and supply of natural resources, including a range of agricultural products .

We intervene at each stage of the supply chain, from production and processing to purchase and investment. Our nearly 20 years of experience covers major commodities such as oil palm, soybeans, sugar cane, timber, pulp and paper, rubber and beef at a range of scales from smallholders and local communities to multinational corporations. We focus on conservation opportunities and social benefits in the production landscape, and never lose sight of the need for pragmatic and achievable practices. More information about Proforest is available at


This position is responsible for the development, implementation and management of project activities on behalf of Proforest for the USDoL grant-funded MY Voice project. This position will also have the opportunity to engage and contribute more broadly to other areas of work of the Proforest global team. The role of the Technical Project Manager throughout the project will include, but not be limited to:

  • Develop, implement, manage and coordinate My Voice by Proforest project activities to ensure their proper and timely delivery and completion
  • Coordinate with other Proforest team members and the project grant recipient, sub-recipients and contractors responsible for implementing project activities and monitoring progress
  • Maintain communication and act as liaison between Proforest team members, project partners and stakeholders. This includes actively seeking new partners and stakeholders of interest while maintaining active engagement with current project partners and stakeholders.
  • Lead and/or facilitate consultation meetings/workshops with government, civil society organizations and the private sector
  • Provide training and/or lead knowledge sharing workshops with MY Voice project stakeholders
  • Contribute to / lead the development of technical guidance / toolkits, training modules and their deployment
  • Work closely with and supervise the Project Coordinator in managing all aspects of project reporting as well as monitoring and evaluation. This includes coordination with the grant recipient and sub-recipients prior to communication with the donor.
  • Review and advise on changes and adaptations to project strategy, work plan and budget as required. Keep abreast of the latest national developments and trends in labor risks and issues, and inform Proforest team members and relevant project partners of any emerging issues that may impact on the realization of the project.
  • Represent Proforest in meetings and forums relevant to the realization of the project, ensuring close collaboration with Proforest team members to agree positions and share results
  • Other responsibilities as they arise.

Qualifications / Experience:

  • Tertiary level degree (Masters or equivalent) in a relevant discipline;
  • At least 5 years of relevant applied work experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Support upstream operations (preferably in the Malaysian palm oil sector) to apply best business and human rights practices (UNGP), labor standards, stakeholder engagement stakeholders, etc.
    • Collaborate with government stakeholders, civil society organizations and/or private sector actors
    • Apply ethical business and/or labor and/or human rights standards in the responsible production and/or sourcing of agricultural products
    • Initiatives and frameworks for the protection of human rights by companies

  • Direct experience supporting sustainability in the private sector (e.g. production, supply chains, consulting) and/or engaging with the private sector on sustainability
  • Experience in multi-stakeholder dialogue and coordination, coalition building and fostering public-private partnerships
  • A strong practical understanding of key worker rights issues in agricultural production (small and large scale) and/or global supply chains;
  • Experience working with grievance mechanisms and/or providing remedies to workers exploited by forced labor or child labor;
  • An understanding of and interest in the drivers and root causes of poor labor rights practices in the production of agricultural commodities;
  • Good knowledge of relevant international frameworks, conventions and guidelines; national regulations, policies and guidelines; and voluntary certification standards/schemes designed to address labor rights relevant to community agricultural production;
  • Excellent project management skills (including excellent time management, problem solving and organizational skills); ability to multi-task;
  • Highly developed interpersonal and teamwork skills, as well as a proven ability to function in a multicultural environment;
  • Ability and willingness to travel for training, fieldwork, meetings
  • Fluency in English and Bahasa Malay is a must
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

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