New Country Start-up Manager at Better Cotton Initiative

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Reporting to: BCI Director of Data and Traceability or Director of Implementation

Posts this job manages: Uzbekistan Implementation Coordinator, Uzbekistan Decent Work Coordinator and consultants engaged to support delivery of objectives (line management). BCI Pakistan is providing back up and support around implementation for the pilot and will participate in programme activities (matrix management), IFC and GIZ (donor management), BCI retailer and brand member engagement (partnership management).

Responsibilities

BCI Uzbekistan Country Plan 2022

Building on the existing BCI structure and in line with 2030 targets, develop a pathway to a fully functioning country programme in Uzbekistan, modelling established BCI Country programmes and incorporating adaptations around the specific sustainability hotspots – notably decent work – in Uzbekistan’s cotton production. The NCSU Manager would formulate the NCSU plan for 2022, incorporating findings of the Better Cotton in Uzbekistan Scoping Report.

2021 BCI Uzbekistan pilot assessment

Undertake review of the entire pilot and pre-pilot project experience for best practices and lessons learned. Share findings with BCI internal and external stakeholders. Systematically review practical lessons around incidences of forced labour, low levels of farmer autonomy, viability of local partners, etc., supported by the Uzbekistan Implementation Coordinator.

Oversee ongoing pilot activities

Ensure high-quality programme implementation. Line manage Implementation Coordinator based in Tashkent including providing oversight and support where needed. Organise monthly check in calls with core NCSU working group to ensure programme milestones are on track. Monitor the implementation of the project and project costs by Implementing Partners and coordinate sourcing information from Partners (as per signed agreements or ad-hoc) and provide Partners with reciprocal information from BCI.

Managing the overall execution of the Assurance Programme in accordance with Global Assurance Protocol. Supervise the delivery of Assurance Programme activities conducted by Uzbekistan- and Pakistan-based Coordinators. Identify risks or issues affecting BCI Assurance Programme delivery in Uzbekistan. Support Training and Capacity Building of BCI’s Implementing Partners (IPs) in scope identifying gaps and opportunity areas for improvement.