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 5,000 members from 101 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 Senior Executive, Human Rights & Social Standards (Labour) will be responsible for supporting activities and programmes for the development and interpretation of the RSPO standards pertaining to human rights and social standards related to the RSPO’s Principles and Standards. S/he will support the organisation on technical aspects in the areas in interpretation and compliance of human rights and social standards and any other matters related to the HRSS. This includes issues related gender, labour rights, community rights, grievance mechanisms, information management and analysis.

This position also 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. Together with the Manager of HRSS (Labour), assist in facilitating revisions of RSPO standards on human rights and social standards, including key documents, relevant certification, 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. Together with the Manager of HRSS (Labour), assist on the interpretation and compliance issues related to human rights and social standard practices in the RSPO’s Principles and Standards (P&C);

  3. The Senior Executive of Human Rights & Social Standards (Labour) is expected to provide inputs in the formulation, implementation and review of RSPO’s existing standards, procedures, and guidelines, including developing documents for practical, stepwise implementation and recommendations such as guidances/assessment tools;

  4. To assist the Managers of HRSS (Labour) in the duties as the focal point and technical expert on human rights and social standards on issues related to gender, community rights and labour standards for the relevant governance committees and the RSPO Secretariat both to internal and external stakeholders;

  5. To assist in the implementation of selected projects as approved by the Secretariat/Board of Governors. These may include production of technical documents, presentations and other required outputs as well as technical and financial monitoring of projects;

  6. Assist in coordinating and facilitating meetings and other activities of internal establishment (HRWG and any other task force(s), standing committee(s)). As and when required / requested to assist in facilitating said meetings, after which to submit report on meeting to relevant internal stakeholders and keep track of post meeting actions points; 

  7. Ensure that the relevant internal stakeholders are regularly kept up to date on Working Group (WG), Task Forces, Standing Committee activities, discussion and meetings and internal records are updated;

  8. To provide inputs 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;

  9. To develop, organize and maintain relevant database for the HRSS Unit. Ensuring that all meeting records, data, information and all other relevant documentations are well documented and are done in an effective and timely manner;

  10. Assist in initiating, developing and maintaining close contacts with relevant multilateral & government agencies and other stakeholders;

  11. To manage and supervise external consultants and service providers that work on HRSS related projects or assignments; and

  12. 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 minimum of 3 years’ experience.
  • Working experience in the palm oil industry is an advantage.


  • A detailed understanding of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
  • A background in implementing 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)


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 educational background, work experience, and related achievements to [email protected]

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

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