Innovation Manager, Better Jobs

Are you passionate about transforming value chains to deliver better jobs agenda to improve living wage and working conditions for workers? Are you motivated to apply your critical analytical skills to translate data, evidence and sector trends into practical insights? All with the aim to accelerate action across multiple stakeholders in the ecosystem? We are looking for an Innovation Manager to strengthen our transformative Better Jobs agenda.

The role

In this position you will directly support the Sr. Innovation Manager as well as work with colleagues in different Business Units that are focusing on interventions to improve living wage and working conditions for workers. You are helping to document learnings and create tools and solutions to help unlock cross-sector challenges related to this impact area. As an Innovation Manager, you work on content and operational tasks around the topic of better jobs, and you support your colleagues implementing this agenda.

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In sum, your role includes:

Support the development of Tools & Solutions on Better Jobs:

  • Support documentation of learning
  • Support building of tools to disseminate knowledge and learnings
  • Maintain overview of tools, database
  • Innovate new tools and solutions, analysis and insights

Support the development of IDH thought-leadership on Better Jobs

  • Support Sr. Innovation Manager on learning activities and learning sessions and publications
  • Support Sr. Innovation Manager on developing and showcasing publications and knowledge products

Support the team with coordination and alignment of other BUs on Better Jobs.

Who you are

You are a great team player with a good systems level understanding of supply chains, human rights and global labor rights topics as well as how these topics are addressed in by private sector. Therefore, experience with working with labor rights organizations, workers or unions is a highly beneficial. Experience in collaborating with people from different cultural backgrounds and levels of seniority is necessary. You are a strong data-driven and conceptual thinker who can see large projects through from beginning to end. You have the ability to excel in a fast-changing environment and are a pro-active, result-oriented and self-organized person.

What you bring

  • 5-7 years of relevant experience with global Human rights (living wage, social dialogue, working conditions);
  • Working and thinking at Master’s degree level; Social Sciences, International Business, International Law, Human Rights)Relevant knowledge of global frameworks such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct;
  • Experience in tackling social issues across supply chains from the private sector perspective.
  • Experience in leading and conducting research and managing consultants
  • Experience in knowledge management and capacity building
  • Proven track record in collaboration in cross organizational self-steering teams
  • Strong communication capabilities at multiple levels (corporate, academic, public sector)
  • Strong written and visual communication skills;
  • Affinity to work with data; using evidence and data for decision making.
  • Fluent in English and preferably a second world language.

We offer you

  • A gross monthly salary ranging from EUR 4,088 to 5,110 (excluding 8% holiday allowance), based on a 40-hour work week. Our salary will be determined by your level of experience, ensuring you are rewarded for your skills and expertise. The range is expected to be adjusted based on the country in which you will be relocated (taking into account the IDH legal in that specific location ie. UK/ Belgium)
  • A fulltime (40 hours) 1 year contract initially, with the intention to extend (as this is a permanent position).

Comprehensive Benefits Package (apply for working in the Netherlands/ other countries will be adjusted accordingly):

  • Vacation: 26 days of paid vacation leave per year (100% FTE). Additionally, IDH offers the flexibility to buy or sell up to 6 days of vacation annually, allowing you to tailor your time off to your personal needs.
  • Health Insurance Support: IDH contributes €66.14 net per month towards your health insurance premium, helping you maintain optimal health coverage.
  • Robust Pension Scheme: A comprehensive pension scheme with considerable contribution by the employer and 3.5% contribution by the employee, ensuring financial stability during your retirement.
  • Commuting support: Provide NS Business Card or full reimbursement of commuting costs. Choose between receiving €0.21 per kilometer or opting for second class public transport, making your journey to work hassle-free.
  • Flexible Working Hours and Hybrid Work Model: Allows you to balance your professional and personal life effectively.
  • Supportive Work Environment: IDH provides all the necessary work supplies depends on the role (laptop, phone, etc.) to ensure you have everything you need to excel in your role.
  • Work-from-Home Allowance: Receive a monthly work-from-home allowance of €16.53 net, acknowledging the changing work landscape and supporting your remote work setup.
  • Health and Wellness: Prioritize your physical well-being with a sports club/health club allowance of €38.58 gross per month, enabling you to invest in your fitness and overall health.
  • Nutritious Work Environment: Enjoy a range of perks at the Utrecht office, including fresh fruits, organic coffee and tea, fresh mint and ginger tea, promoting a nourishing and supporting work atmosphere.

By joining IDH, you’ll experience a purposeful driven work environment, and a commitment to your well-being, fostering both personal and professional growth.


Would you like to apply? Please follow this link and submit your application:

We encourage applicants to respond before September 22, 2023. In the event that the right applicant is found, the application link may be closed earlier.

For more questions about the role and organization, please contact Phat Nguyen at

Who we are

IDH puts people, planet, and progress at the heart of trade by leveraging the power of markets to create better jobs, better incomes, a better environment, and gender equity for all. To catalyze change at scale, IDH innovates, convenes, and invests in inclusive and sustainable solutions that enable businesses to create value for people and planet, while improving their own performance. To create the greatest impact in the shortest amount of time, IDH focuses on empowering people within corporations the global financial sector and governments that have the most influence over value chains.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, IDH has around 400 employees globally, operating in 20 landscapes and 12 commodities and sourcing regions with over 1000 public and private partners. In 13 years of operation, IDH has generated over 390 M in private sector investment and support for new business models that create better jobs, better incomes, a better environment, and gender equity for all.

IDH’s work is made possible thanks to the funding and trust of a variety of public and private donors, among which the Governments of Netherlands, Denmark, and other government donors and private foundations.

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