Job Offer: Experienced International RBC Policy Officer

If you’re passionate about sustainability, want to gain work experience, and wish to contribute to improving the supply chains in the extractives sector, then this is your opportunity!

Facilitated by the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER), a broad coalition of companies, sector organisations, trade unions, NGOs, and central government has concluded a number of agreements on International Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) in the extractives sector. The agreements cover the gold, natural stone, and metal sectors. Through these agreements, the parties concerned join forces to work on specific improvements and sustainability in the extractives sector. They commit, for example, to preventing and tackling such issues as human rights violations and environmental damage, based on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. For more information, please visit

For each agreement, the parties concerned have set up a steering committee and working groups to deal with the implementation of the agreement. These groups are assisted by a secretariat. The role of the secretariat is to provide substantive support and advice to the parties to the agreement and to the independent chairperson in achieving the objectives of the agreement (i.e. to act as a facilitator). At the request of the parties to the agreement, the role of facilitator has been entrusted to the International RBC Department of the Dutch Social and Economic Council (SER).

As regards the agreement for the natural stone sector – the “Trustone Initiative”, we are currently looking for a

Experienced International RBC Policy Officer (minimum 32 hours a week)

What does the work involve?

Als senior beleidsmedewerker adviseer en ondersteun je de Nederlandse en Vlaamse convenantpartijen van Initatief Trustone, de deelnemende bedrijven en aanbestedende diensten zoals As Senior Policy Officer, you will advise and support the Dutch and Flemish parties involved in the Trustone Initiative, the participating companies, and contracting bodies such as municipalities. You will promote cooperation between them and assess the quality and progress of the action plans that participating companies submit each year. As a policy officer within the extractives sector cluster, you will work in a team of 6 to 8 colleagues and you will handle account management for the participating companies. In concrete terms, this means that you will be responsible for contacts with the management of these companies (including on-site), act as a source of information regarding international RBC due diligence, provide advice and feedback on drawing up action plans, and assess those plans and report on them. You will also advise contracting bodies on socially responsible procurement as well as assisting the multi-stakeholder working groups and contributing to communication about agreement. The work therefore involves various different dimensions: process, policy, and substantive elements. 

What are the requirements for this position?

  • A university-level mind-set. A relevant degree from a research university or university of applied sciences – for example in the field of public administration, law, political science, or international relations – will be an advantage;
  • At least 5–7 years of relevant work experience;
  • Knowledge and experience of/with (international) responsible business conduct and the role and interests of industry/sectors, NGOs, trade unions, and government;
  • Knowledge of socially responsible procurement by contracting bodies, in particular the application of International Social Conditions;
  • Experience of working in or with companies and experience with account management;
  • Experience with dealing with legal issues, socially responsible procurement, and the natural stone sector will be an advantage;
  • Experience with the use and/or design of digital tools will be an advantage;
  • A neutral and independent attitude, and an ability to bring different parties and interests together;
  • A good ability to plan and prioritise, experience of working on a project basis, and a “hands-on” mentality;
  • Good communication skills, both orally and in writing. Good at making complex material understandable and explaining it in a comprehensible manner;
  • Ability to quickly master complex dossiers;
  • Fluent Dutch and English; a knowledge of French will be an advantage;
  • Able to work independently within a team.

What do we offer?

At the SER and the International RBC Department, you work in an environment with a special dynamic. You will have the opportunity to experience and develop unique alliances within the extractives sector. You will find enthusiastic, highly motivated colleagues with a great deal of know-how. We believe that diversity within our organisation contributes to the quality and support for our work. The SER is open to everyone and aims to be an organisation where everyone can be him/herself and is given scope to develop.

We offer an excellent package of terms and conditions of employment, including ample training and development opportunities and a good pension scheme with the General Pension Fund for Public Employees (ABP).

In the first instance, the employment contract offered is for a period of one year.
The salary depends on your education and experience, and amounts to a minimum of €4,277 and a maximum of €6,518 on the basis of full-time employment. The Council’s collective labour agreement (“CAO”) will apply.

Further information and application procedure

For information about the work, please contact Manuella Appiah (Extractives Sector Cluster Team Leader) on +31 (0)6 3063 7862. For information about the application procedure, please contact Kelly Schmitz (HR adviser) on +31 (0)70 349 9633.

If you are interested in this position, please send us your CV and a letter stating your reasons for applying. You should submit these to our HR department by no later than 19 January 2020 (by e-mail):

The selection procedure may involve a practical assignment.

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Gebouw Sociaal-Economische Raad (SER) in Den Haag. © Christiaan Krouwels