The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a not-for-profit, international membership organisation that is working to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. To do this, we have united stakeholders from all sectors of the palm oil supply chain and civil society to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil production and procurement.

Since its inception in 2004, RSPO has enjoyed rapid growth and today has close to 5,000 members from 100 countries, including oil palm producers, processors, traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks, and non-governmental organisations. Thanks to the commitments and actions of these members, nearly 20% of the global supply of palm oil has already been certified as sustainable.

At RSPO, we bring together all actors within the palm oil supply chain to initiate change that will push the industry towards elevating the protection of human rights, to ensure the production of sustainable palm oil.

The RSPO Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) was formed in 2014, with the objective of overseeing the successful implementation of the RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C) and to provide the RSPO Secretariat and RSPO members with a better understanding to effectively implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Social issues related to palm oil operations are among the most difficult to identify and audit, as well as the most challenging to manage or remediate. These include, but are not limited to: land rights, migrant workers’ rights, deceptive recruitment, forced labour, freedom of association, child labour, gender discrimination, undocumented workers, and FPIC processes.

The Manager, Human Rights & Social Standards (Labour) will manage activities and programmes for the development and interpretation of the RSPO standards pertaining to employment and labour. They will support the organisation on technical aspects in the areas of employment and labour policies, labour migration and labour market information and analysis.

They will also be required to work in close collaboration with other technical specialists globally.

The location of this role is Malaysia or Indonesia.


Duties include but will not be limited to the following:

  1. Facilitate revisions of RSPO standards on employment and labour, including key documents, relevant certification, and technical procedures and guidelines, and ensure that they are based on global best practices, such as the ILO Labour Standards and other international conventions, protocols and recommendations.
  2. Act as the focal point and technical expert on employment and labour standards for the relevant governance committees and the RSPO Secretariat, and lead labour specific committees when applicable.
  3. Advise on the formulation, implementation and review of existing employment and labour standards, procedures, and guidelines, including developing documents for practical, stepwise implementation and recommendations.
  4. Facilitate training of RSPO standards, procedures, and guidelines to RSPO staff, Members, and stakeholders, and provide expert support to impact assessments and assurance, including technical assistance internally and externally, including to accreditation and certification bodies, and service providers.
  5. Advise on the design, monitoring, and evaluation of sectoral research studies, and participate in multi-stakeholder activities in the areas of employment and labour standards, policies, and programmes.
  6. Develop and maintain the relevant data and information on employment and labour of RSPO Members and establish a channel with the regional offices on the provision and exchange of this data and information. 
  7. Carry out analyses and evaluations of employment and labour issues in the palm oil sector, and assist with due diligence and investigation activities, in collaboration with the teams globally.
  8. Initiate, develop and maintain close contacts with relevant multilateral and government agencies, labour unions, employer federations, and other bodies concerned with labour policies, poverty eradication issues and related subjects with a view to developing collaborative partnerships.
  9. Support content development on RSPO employment and labour standards, procedures, and guidelines for use on platforms such as the RSPO Smallholder Trainer Academy, the RSPO Sustainability College etc.
  10. Apart from the duties stated above, to perform any duty or duties reasonably assigned.


  • University degree in law, human rights, political science, international relations, public policy, or equivalent. A graduate degree would be advantageous
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual position.
  • Experience in human rights programme development and political analysis, including the production of reports, verbal, and written briefings.


  • A detailed understanding of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
  • A background in implementing a wide-reaching human rights programme in complex organisations.
  • Able to engage with a diverse stakeholder base, including NGOs, Corporates and Governments.
  • Good understanding of the work of the RSPO and standards.
  • Familiar with other sustainability schemes (e.g., Forest Stewardship Council, Marine Stewardship Council, Rainforest Alliance etc.)
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)


  • Ability and willingness to work with people of different backgrounds and diverse political views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity with tact and diplomacy in dealing with both external persons and multinational staff
  • Demonstrable organisational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good understanding of both the human rights and social situation in countries whereRSPO members operate
  • High integrity and a good team player
  • Goal-oriented and organised
  • Self-motivated and self-directed
  • Ability to manage a team under pressure
  • Strong strategic and negotiation skills


Your commitment and passion to drive innovation will be rewarded with an opportunity to work in an international multi-stakeholder organisation, where making a difference to People, Planet and Prosperity is not just a statement, but what we passionately believe in.

Operating within a dynamic and fast-paced environment, you will enjoy functioning within a role that offers the opportunity to broaden your skill set and develop your capabilities.


Qualified applicants are invited to send in their updated CV giving comprehensive details of their educational background, work experience, and related achievements to [email protected] Please state "Job Application – Manager, Human Rights & Social Standards (Labour) " in your email subject line. 

**RSPO is an equal opportunity employer. Due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.


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