Assistant Manager – LABS, Cambodia

Are you passionate about driving sustainability at the ground level? Do you want to work with forward-thinking companies, supporting the adoption of more sustainable practices? We are looking for a Assistant Manager to support the LABS Team in Cambodia.

The program 

LABS Initiative is an industry-driven program, in which multiple brands and retailers are joining forces with public organizations to operate a scalable program to mitigate preventable fire, electrical and structural safety risks in key apparel and footwear producing countries in a targeted way. Read more at:

The role

 The incumbent will be required to support the activities for LABS in the Apparel, Textile and Footwear sector, focussing on Structural, Electrical, and Fire safety. The person will report to the Country Manager, LABS, and will be responsible for the successful management of 50 factories, and supervision of various firms associated with LABS Initiative such as Inspection Firm (IF), Remediation Firm (RF), Quality Assurance Firm (QA), etc. The FC/Senior FC will work closely with a diverse group of stakeholders, including Brands, Factory owners, Local Authorities, Civil Society Organisations and the LABS Team. 

Core Job Functions 

  • Support the implementation of LABS initiative and its standards, consistent with project objectives
  • Directly manage and coordinate the assessment process for about 50 factories.
  • Working cooperatively with others to create a safe work site environment; and communicating effectively with the facility owners, contractors and stakeholders associated with the LABS Initiative.
  • Collaborate with Engineers and Auditors working with Remediation Firms, Inspection and Quality Assurance Firms
  • Clarify the Corrective Action Plan (CAP) generated after assessments to factories, where needed
  • Schedule and perform factory visits to follow-up on implementation progress of the safety audits conducted under LABS Initiative by Inspection Firms
  • Track, document, and report online the factory progress summarizing gaps and opportunities
  • Monitor Inspection Firm’s performance and give timely feedback to Country Manager
  • Attending and convening meetings as assigned
  • Relationship building with Brand Participants, Factories, Training & Inspection Firms
  • Provide Training on FFC (Fair Factories Clearing house) after being trained by FFC Lead
  • Interacting with LABS Initiative counter parts in other countries for sharing good practices and benchmarking quality control standards
  • Administrative function and support as needed in the operations of the LABS Initiative including but not limited to setting up meetings, making arrangements for training, preparing minutes of meetings and participating in operations call, if needed


Only candidates who are postgraduate engineers will be considered. Candidates will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • An engineer with at least 5-7 years on site experience in conducting Structural, Fire & Electrical safety audits, preferably in Apparel, Textile and Footwear industry or any other manufacturing industry
  • Being able to understand technical drawings, testing, and design documents to participate in verification and validation discussions
  • Sound knowledge of Structural, Electrical, and Fire safety aspects linked to Factory construction
  • Proficiency in understanding Cambodian Building Codes and Standards
  • Able to address implementation issues and resolve conflict
  • Education Level: Graduation (B. Tech or B.E- Electrical/Fire)/ Post Graduation (Desirable)
  • Ability to communicate reasonably well both verbally and in writing with a wide variety of people /audiences in English and local language (Khmer)

Supporting Requirements 

  • Works to achieve agreed objectives and is accountable for meeting or exceeding them
  • Experience in working with people from different cultural backgrounds
  • Regional travel may be required (up to 40%)

Terms and conditions 

The successful applicant will be offered a consultancy contract for one year with competitive remuneration, but with very high possibility to extend. IDH offers a challenging position with opportunities for growth within an enthusiastic and passionate team.

For questions about this position, please contact: Hang Phan, LABS Country Manager Vietnam, email:- or

How to apply 

Interested candidates should send their CV/resume and application letter (in English), explaining your interest and capabilities for the position, please contact: Hang Phan, LABS Country Manager Vietnam, email:- and copy to before 16th July 2021 mentioning “Application for Assistant Manager” in the headline.