The Forest Trust Job Vacancy: Social Specialist - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Forest Trust (TFT) is a global non-profit membership organization that helps companies and communities deliver responsible products.  Our member partners are international retail and manufacturing companies committed to sourcing responsibly-produced products—those that respect the environment and improve people’s lives. Since 1999, TFT has been providing solutions to the issues of deforestation and the exploitation of workers and communities around the world. We are on the ground in forests, farms and factories and are active at key stages of the supply chain, providing unrivaled technical, traceability and communications support. We currently have offices in 15 countries and employ more than 250 people worldwide.
TFT is seeking an experienced an motivated professional to expand our work, helping clients in the palm oil industry source and produce responsible products. This is a full-time senior position based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The position is open to Malaysian Nationals only.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
  • Assess clients’ labour standards using TFT’s 12 No-Exploitation Principles and Guidelines
  • Provide analysis and recommendations to create strong social management programmes for clients
  • In collaboration with clients, implement social guidelines related to human rights (migrant rights), land tenure and land rights, health and safety
  • Formulate training modules, deliver training for implementation of social principles and guidelines
  • Work as part of a team to assist clients in upholding social standards within their entities
  • Coordinate with relevant organisations (e.g. government authorities, civil society organisations) and consultants on social issues
  • Write reports for internal and external audiences on work carried out in relation to social matters
  • Prepare concept notes and proposals related to social management work
  • Master or Bachelor degree in related fields (qualified RSPO auditors and those with social audit backgrounds will be favourably considered)
  • Minimum four years working experience on rights based issues
  • Wide knowledge and understanding of social and environmental issues related to palm oil production
  • Ability to work with businesses on certification issues
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Bahasa Malaysia
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office Programmes
Desired Qualification (but not essential)
Social standard auditor certification/accreditation (SA8000, RSPO, FSC, OHSAS 8001, etc
Please send your cover letter and CV to
Deadline: 17th February 2017