Standards Manager – New Sectors

GoodWeave International
Where to Apply
To apply, please email resume, cover letter and salary requirement to: Mr. Mike Ingenthron Director of Finance and Operations GoodWeave International 2001 S Street, NW, Suite 510 Washington, DC 20009 E-mail:

POSITION TITLE: Standards Manager – New Sectors

ORGANIZATION: GoodWeave International (

LOCATION: Washington, DC

About the Organization:

GoodWeave works to end child labor in global supply chains. Focusing first on the South Asian carpet industry, GoodWeave fulfills its mission by creating market demand for rugs bearing its best-in-class certification label, monitoring supply chains, rescuing and educating child laborers, and providing critical services for weaving families. The organization is expanding operations on the ground in India, Nepal and Afghanistan, while also expanding into new product markets. GoodWeave is helping to create a “better brick” industry in Nepal and adapting its market-driven model to other new sectors. Being a part of the GoodWeave team is to be on the frontlines of the burgeoning social entrepreneur and humanitarian business movements.

Position Description:

Serving as a key member of the programs team, the Standards Manager-New Sectors (SMNS) will oversee GoodWeave’s participation in the Better Brick Nepal (BBN) initiative, which seeks to create a market preference for a “better brick” that is both ethically produced and of high quality. The SMNS will ensure BBN objectives are achieved, while serving as GoodWeave’s lead liaison with the donor (Humanity United) and implementing partners, Global Fairness Initiative and Brick Clean Network. The SMNS will also oversee other programs and initiatives, providing strategic guidance and technical assistance, as well as facilitating cross-program learning. While this position reports to the Deputy Director based in DC, the SMNS will work closely with GoodWeave’s field teams in both Nepal and India, while drawing on the expertise of an existing pool of technical experts with experience in standards setting and certification. Periodic, sometimes frequent, domestic and international travel will be required.

Specific Duties Include:

·         Develop and implement work plans to meet GoodWeave’s Better Brick Nepal (BBN) program objectives including the formalization of the BBN certification system.

·         Closely coordinate the work of the GoodWeave Nepal national inspections unit to ensure that brick kiln audits are being conducted in accordance with program work plans.

·         Coordinate the refinement of verification methodologies as well as documentation and analysis of audit findings.

·         Lead a multi-stakeholder process to refine the BBN Standard as needed in coordination with GoodWeave’s Standards and Certification Systems Officer and BBN Standards Committee;

·         Guide the development of policies and procedures for child, forced and bonded labor remediation and rehabilitation.

·         Identify needs for and coordinate the provision of technical assistance for brick producers to meet certification standards.

·         Prepare donor updates and reports following provided guidelines.

·         Oversee additional programs and other initiatives as needed.

·         Provide general backstopping and troubleshooting support to field teams through their growth and expansion.

·         Coordinate project-related travel.

·         Supervise consultants and volunteers.

Experience and Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Passion for GoodWeave’s mission, with a commitment to pursuing market-based approaches for achieving social goals.
  • Strong knowledge of voluntary standards, auditing methodologies and certification systems.
  • Strong IT literacy and interest.
  • Minimum 5-8 years of demonstrated success in supply chain management, international development or related field international development.
  • Substantial program management experience, including designing and implementing program monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
  • Outstanding interpersonal communication, writing and public speaking skills.
  • Initiative and independence, combined with the ability to work well in a team and manage and mentor other staff.
  • A Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred.

Experience with child labor issues, sustainable production, socially responsible business, international business and/or knowledge of the South Asian region a plus. Candidate must thrive in an autonomous, fast-paced, deadline-driven environment and be able to work within multi- stakeholder groups to achieve consensus.

Conditions of Employment:

GoodWeave is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. Employment is contingent on the results of a background investigation and positive references.

Compensation and benefits:

Compensation is commensurate with experience. GoodWeave offers a health care and dental plan, a simple 401K retirement plan, paid vacation and nine paid holidays per year.

Reports to: Deputy Director