Job Opening: Cotton Campaign Coordinator 

The International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) is a human rights organization that advocates for dignity and justice for workers in the global economy. We hold global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains; we advance policies and laws that protect workers; and we strengthen workers’ ability to advocate for their rights. More information about ILRF is available at

The Cotton Campaign is a global coalition of human rights, labor, investor and business organizations dedicated to eradicating child labor and forced labor in cotton production, housed at ILRF. Our goals are to end the state systems of forced labor in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan’s cotton sectors. We pursue our goals by advocating to the governments of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan; advocating to governments, companies, investors, and international institutions to use their influence with the governments of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan; supporting civil society in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan; and raising public awareness and activism.

The Cotton Campaign Coordinator will be responsible for building consensus among coalition participants, developing and leading implementation of the coalition’s strategic plan, and raising the campaign’s profile. The Coordinator will report to the ILRF Deputy Director. The Cotton Campaign coordinator will be an independent and innovative worker, with strong communication skills, deep knowledge about human rights and labor rights, and excellent judgement.


  • Work with the Steering Committee to continuously develop and implement the campaign strategy, working with committee members to identify advocacy opportunities and to support them to lead on advocacy efforts within their area of expertise.
  • Communicate regularly with the broader set of civil society and business stakeholders engaged in the campaign, including businesses, business associations, trade unions, investors and NGOs.
  • Ensure effective information sharing among coalition participants and stakeholders.
  • Facilitate regular steering committee meetings and support ongoing communications between meetings.
  • Oversee coalition working groups, including those on communications and fundraising; facilitate their operating and maintain effective coordination among them.
  • Work with the Steering Committee to identify and engage new allies for the coalition.
  • Produce specific work products for the coalition, such as reports, letters and public statements, and support coalition participants to produce campaign-related documents.
  • Manage drafting, revising and collecting signatures for joint letters addressed sent on behalf of the coalition.
  • Arrange and support coalition meetings with key stakeholders, including governments, companies, international institutions and investors.
  • Fundraise for the campaign’s work to continue, including by working with the development team, managing relations with funders, and writing grant proposals and reports.
  • Conduct an evaluation and strategic review to inform campaign’s work going forward.
  • Manage, develop, and maintain, the Coalition’s website.
  • Manage the Campaign Twitter and Facebook accounts and support coalition participants to use their respective social media to advance campaign strategies.
  • Pitch campaign-related stories to traditional media, and support coalition partners to engage traditional media to cover the campaign issues.
  • Participate fully in ILRF strategy development, policy analysis and campaign planning, supporting ILRF’s overall mission and contributing to staff collaboration and team building.
  • Report on Cotton Campaign and related supply chain analysis to the ILRF board and other key constituents as needed.


  • Experience in social justice and/or policy advocacy campaigns.
  • Experience working to support labor and human rights.
  • Experience in coalition building and facilitation of multi-stakeholder dialogue.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, manage work streams and budgets, multi-task, and work creatively.
  • Experience developing and leading implementation of a strategic plan.
  • Well organized and strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent communications skills, including listening, writing, editing, and speaking.
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of Russian and/or Uzbek helpful.
  • Knowledge and experience using multi-media tools, including social media.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Compensation:  Salary range for this position is between $58,000 and $70,000.  ILRF has a generous benefits package. 

To apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter, and an advocacy style writing sample to employment [at] Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Position is open until filled. 

ILRF is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities.  This description does not constitute an employment contract, implied or otherwise.


Job Opening: Seafood Campaign Coordinator

ILRF seeks a Seafood Campaign Coordinator to lead its ongoing program to advance workers’ rights in the seafood industry, providing support for other ILRF programs as needed. 

This position will require knowledge of international labor rights and supply chain compliance programs. An ideal candidate is one who has worked with a labor union and/or is interested in working with a small, fast-paced NGO and is an independent, innovative and driven individual. Proficiency or fluency in Thai, Burmese, or Bahasa preferred and knowledge of the Thai seafood sector and/or civil society organizations a plus. The Seafood Campaign Coordinator must possess strong writing skills and the ability to work effectively in diverse coalitions.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement policy advocacy strategy to promote workers’ rights in the seafood industry.
  • Build networks with organized labor, NGOs, corporations and government agencies in order to advance greater legal protections for workers’ rights.
  • Write and publish policy analysis and articles advocating industry and legal reforms.
  • Engage trade unions and NGOs to build consensus or support for more effective corporate accountability in the seafood industry.
  • Research, draft and support ILRF policy analysis and advocacy, including submissions such as GSP petitions, comments on the U.S. Trafficking in Person’s Report or to the EU DG MARE Catch Certification Scheme.
  • Conduct research on relevant topics and publish analytic reports with policy and campaign recommendations.
  • Develop/maintain expertise in leading social certification initiatives and government enforcement mechanisms for promoting respect for labor rights in global supply chains.
  • Work closely with campaign staff to develop campaign strategies and outreach to supporters and build coalitions with unions, human rights, trafficking, and environmental groups.    
  • Conduct grant management, proposal writing and reporting. 


  • 3+ years work experience on labor and human rights issues, preferably with an international focus.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and lead work streams.
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively within coalitions. 
  • Fluency in English a must; fluency in Thai, Burmese, or Bahasa is helpful.
  • Bachelor’s degree required and graduate degree in law or public policy preferred.

Salary commensurate with experience. Location: Thailand, preferred, or Washington, DC. If based in Thailand, the initial contract may be a full-time consultancy.

To apply:  Email cover letter, resume, and a sample of policy-related writing or a copy of a report to employment [at] Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Position will be open until filled.

ILRF is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities.  This description does not constitute an employment contract, implied or otherwise.


For spring 2019, we have openings for students who receive federal work-study funding. We also welcome inquiries for summer 2019 positions from students receiving other funding or credit from their universities or through Fulbright or similar programs. Internship positions are customized based on interns' interests and experience. These are some of the skills that we seek in interns:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Corporate research
  • Legal research
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Graphic design
  • Web design
  • Publications layout
  • Video production and editing
  • Data entry
  • Attention to detail
  • Professional phone demeanor
  • Native-level fluency and professional-level writing skills in Bangla, Khmai, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, or Uzbek.

To apply, please email internships [at] (subject: enter%20position%20title%20here%20%2B%20first%20name%2C%20last%20name) with:

  • A letter indicating why you are interested in interning at ILRF and your areas of interest and skills, how many hours per week you are available and for which start date and end date, whether you have a funded stipend or are eligible for college credit, and whether you are located in Washington, DC or in a different city
  • Your resume / CV
  • A copy of any of the following that you have produced, as relevant to your inquiry: research paper, published article, campaign-related writing, graphic design sample, or video
  • If you are indicating language fluency in your application, then please include a writing sample in that language in addition to your English writing sample

ILRF is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities.