Do you have what it takes to turn organic cotton into a prosperous sector that benefits all – from farmer to consumer? Are you the strategic manager that can continue developing programs for positive impact at scale? Can you ensure the effectiveness and credibility of interventions through proper monitoring and reporting? And are you passionate about creating change while managing the reality, interests and language of key stakeholders in organic cotton and textiles?
Yes? Then we encourage you to apply for the position of Program Director with the Organic Cotton Accelerator.

Overview

– Seasoned program manager, preferably with experience in the field of (sustainable) agriculture, processing and trade, and/or the textiles sector.
– Thorough knowledge of the (organic) cotton sector, supply chain, production and standards;
– Strategic (holistic) thinker, linking goals to strategy and activities, with a results-oriented mindset
– Experience in sustainability program monitoring systems and reporting
– A ‘people’ manager with experience in managing a team of professionals
– Operating in a multi-stakeholder environment, with affinity and familiarity with the variety of actors we work with (producers, value chain players, brands, NGOs, and government)
– Diplomatic and with strong communication skills
– A connector and team player
– Fluent in English, other languages are a plus

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HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this position, please send your CV (2 pages max) and cover letter (1 page max) to secretariat@organiccottonaccelerator.org by 30 November 2017.

About The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA)

The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) is a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on creating a prosperous organic cotton sector from farmer to consumer. OCA unites and represents a large share of the industry voice and interest in the organic cotton sector via its partners (H&M, C&A, Inditex, Eileen Fisher, Tchibo, Kering, amongst others). As an accelerator, we promote best practices and transparency through the entire supply chain, to enhance the viability of organic cotton now and in the future. Our program of interventions focuses on improving the business case for organic cotton farmers and the integrity of organic cotton at the source of the supply chain. India, the world’s largest organic cotton producer, is currently the focus country in these initial years.

Together with our partners, OCA aims to leverage sourcing practices and conditions to the benefit of organic farmers and the organizations directly managing organic farming programs. We support our partners in implementing sourcing practices that engage more directly with the base of the supply chain, and improve conditions such as a fair price to the farmer. Quality servicing of farmers by farmer program managers, e.g. providing access to quality non-GM seed to the farmer, is also part of our interventions. OCA provides its partner brands with data transparency on the impact of their sourcing practices at farm-level, and aims to pilot a traceability system to improve the integrity in the organic textiles supply chain. The organization and its mandate are developing, and new interventions and strategies will be added to the agenda with time. A critical success factor for OCA is its ability to set up its interventions for scale, using technology and (innovative) finance to assure transparency and affordability of its interventions.