Job offer: International RBC Project Support 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).

Within the extractives sector agreements cluster, two work experience placements are available for an

International RBC Project Support Officer

What does the work involve?

As a project support officer (work experience placement) you will have the opportunity to gain experience of tasks including:

  • Carrying out comparative research and analysis of various sustainability initiatives in the natural stone sector;
  • Drawing up press releases;
  • Informing companies, and getting them enthusiastic, about participation in the agreements, for example via social media, periodicals, events, etc.;
  • Drawing up and sending newsletters to the parties involved;
  • Contributing to the development of due diligence templates with a view to user-friendliness;
  • Analysing the extent to which companies comply with the OECD Guidelines (based on completed questionnaires);
  • Supporting the organisation and coordination of (due diligence) workshops for companies and other events;
  • Drawing up the minutes of meetings

What are the requirements?

  •  Affinity with International RBC and the extractives sector. Some work experience in this area will be an advantage;
  • A higher vocational training level mind-set and experience;
  • Good writing skills, in both English and Dutch. One of the two work experience placements is reserved for an English native speaker (or person with native-speaker competence in English);
  • You can write catchy texts;
  • You have experience with social media;
  • You are creative and show initiative;
  • You are skilled at using Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel;
  • You are good at planning and organising.

Our preference is to offer someone at a distance to the labour market the opportunity to gain work experience within our organisation.

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.

This is a work experience placement for a period of one year, starting preferably on 1 March 2020. We pay the statutory minimum wage on a full-time basis.

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):

You can find out more about the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands on our website,
More information about the agreements is available at


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