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Accreditation Committee Members with Organic Cosmetics and/or Textiles Industry Expertise

The Accreditation Committee is a volunteer position appointed by the IOAS Board, requiring you to perform Accreditation Decisions via online platform, participate in teleconferences pertaining to adverse actions and/or appeals, and an annual meeting, which may be held anywhere in the world, or remotely if necessary. If attending in person all travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed by IOAS.

Members of the IOAS Accreditation Committee (AC) are eligible for a $50 honorarium for each CB accreditation decision they render, either in person or virtually, including routine decisions on (re)accreditation or continuation of accreditation (in cases of Annual Surveillance) as well as decisions on imposing or lifting sanctions.  AC members are also eligible for a $250 honorarium for each AC meeting that they attend (typically convened annually for the purpose of ongoing training, discussing common issues, etc.) and $50 for each joint Board/AC meeting that they attend, either in person or virtually

Requirements

All candidates must meet the following minimum qualification requirements:

  1. Good knowledge of the English language;
  2. Standing and authority in their field which is deemed relevant to the position;
  3. High degree of personal integrity, including ability to maintain confidentiality and show due concern for conflict of interest;
  4. Evidence of supporting the aims and objectives of organic agriculture and/or IFOAM’s mission;
  5. Ability to attend, prepare for and actively participate in meetings;
  6. In the case of those chosen as representatives of the fields of inspection or certification a considerable degree of experience and expertise is required.

The Committee shall be constituted with a range of interests, with no single interest predominating. The five sectors of interests are defined as:

  1. conformity assessment (certification & inspection);
  2. operators;
  3. beneficiaries (consumers, environment, retail, trade, movement);
  4. developing world;
  5. and regulatory.

Additionally, prospective members must have extensive experience in accreditation, certification and/or inspection, in the organic textiles, and/or cosmetics industries. Those who are qualified as an assessor or inspector, or decision maker in the respective field are suitable candidates. Individuals who work at operator level – ie in industry – and academic professionals in these areas of expertise may have appropriate qualifications.  Persons who work in standards development, scheme owners, or related bodies are also invited to apply.

Evidence of qualification must be provided, and members are subject to allocation of competences based on their expertise. Some training may be provided by IOAS to increase competence in specific areas.

Application

Nominations shall be accompanied by the following:

  • A nomination from any organization or individual
  • A full curriculum vitae (résumé);
  • A statement of interest in seeking this appointment;
  • Applicants must indicate which of the interest sectors they are affiliated with (a primary and secondary sector are permitted if appropriate);
  • Appropriate certifications, diplomas, or other evidence of qualification.

Applicants must indicate which of these interest sectors named above they are affiliated with (a primary and secondary sector are permitted if appropriate).

Please submit to info@ioas.org with subject line ‘2108 AC Member nominations, Attn: David Crucefix

Closing date

Applications accepted until further notice.

 

 

 


 

FREELANCE ASSESSOR – TEXTILES

We are seeking an Assessor with particular expertise in organic and sustainable textile schemes and related industries. The Assessor is responsible to ensure the delivery of all Accreditation Schemes with high integrity thorough and objective assessments, appropriateness of corrective actions, timeliness of work, and efficiency of the process.

Terms

1. This is a freelance contract opportunity, compensation is based on a daily rate and is commensurate with experience and relevant expertise.
2. Work is assigned based on qualification and competence of the individual to conduct document review, assessments, and/or serve as Technical Expert.
3. Assignments will be offered by IOAS on an as-needed basis. The consultant may reject assignments based on availability and/or ability to complete the work.

Assessor’s Obligations

1.Prepare thoroughly for the assessment work including the review of any documentation indicated by IOAS.
2.Collaborate with IOAS in making all arrangements for any on-site visits and being responsible for booking their own travel where applicable, including completing any country entry requirements.
3.Where travel, meetings or inspections for any assessment are combined with any other activities, this should be done in agreement with IOAS. Where such activities are agreed to, the travel costs will be apportioned accordingly.
4. Familiarise themselves with the report format prepared by the Client Manager and ensure that they have available all relevant and up to date normative documents and relevant documents of the CB and any relevant history of IOAS assessment.
5. At an initial meeting with CB staff explain the purpose and scope of the assessment including proposed timing and resources required.
6. Using the visit report format, either alone or with another assessor or technical expert, conduct an assessment of the CB according to the relevant norms and requirements maintaining an impartial perspective at all times.
7. Provide information and explanations to the CB but avoid the provision of solutions to noncompliances.
8. Collect and record objective evidence of compliance and noncompliance of the CB with the relevant norms.
9. Manage time carefully to ensure the visit schedule is implemented fully and all required questions are covered.
10. In an exit meeting present to the CB staff the findings from the assessment making clear that these findings are subject to review by IOAS office and ultimately the Accreditation Committee.
11. Observe the assessment procedures, rules and guidelines of IOAS as set down in the relevant policies and procedures.
12. Follow any specific instructions of IOAS with respect to the visit, including any direction on the number or nature of files to be reviewed and the number and type of operators to be visited.
13. Complete the appropriate IOAS visit questionnaire with respect to the compliance of the certification body with the relevant Norms and to document all circumstances that appear exceptional, unclear or that remain unsettled, in additional and detailed remarks.
14. Upon return from the assessment visit, provide the report to IOAS in English in the appropriate format within two weeks.
15. Make themselves available to respond to any questions arising from the review of the report by IOAS.
16. Commit not to undertake employment or contracted work for any subject organisation for at least 12 months after the visit is performed.

Requirements

Successful applicants will have at least 4 of the following:

– minimum 5 years’ experience in roles in the textiles and/or recycling industry;
– good technical knowledge of textile manufacturing processes such as ginning, spinning, wet and dry processing, dyeing and finishing;
– knowledge and experience with environmental and social aspects of the textile industry;
– experience with inspection, certification and audit technique. Lead Assessor Qualification is preferred;
– experience with implementing and/or maintaining and/or auditing a Quality Management System in a textiles manufacturing setting;
– familiarity with GOTS and Textile Exchange Certification Standards and requirements.
– specialist knowledge of assessment of chemical inputs for GOTS organic textiles.

Applicants must be able to work on their own as well as part of a team, show good attention to detail and maintain the highest level of integrity. Fluency in spoken English is essential with an ability to write clear, well-structured reports. Computer literacy is essential. At least one other language is highly desirable.

Application

Please visit our website to download the application form (FR0403), and submit the completed form, along with Curriculum Vitae, References, and copies of applicable certifications/qualifications to info@ioas.org with subject line ‘Assessor Recruitment’, Attn: Iris Rendon

Closing date

Applications accepted until further notice.

 


 

APPLICATIONS OF INTEREST ARE BEING SOUGHT FOR IOAS FUTURE BOARD MEMBERS

The IOAS board is constituted in a manner that safeguards impartiality and enables the participation of all parties from various sectors significantly concerned in the development and principles regarding the content and functioning of the accreditation system.

Potential Board members should have a background from one of the following sectors ; conformity assessment (certification & inspection); operators; beneficiaries (consumers, environment, retail, trade, movement); developing world; and regulatory.

We are particularly keen to receive applications from those within the Operator categories and those with  business expertise.

Elections to the Board shall be for three-year terms with the possibility of re-appointed.

Candidates shall demonstrate the following requirements:

1. Good knowledge of the English language.
2. Standing and authority in their field.
3. High degree of personal integrity, including ability to maintain confidentiality and show due concern for conflict of interest.
4. Evidence of supporting the aims and objectives of organic agriculture and/or IFOAM’s mission
5. Ability to attend, prepare for and actively participate in meetings
6. In the case of those chosen as representatives of the fields of inspection or certification a considerable degree of experience and expertise is required.

Applications:

Candidates must apply via email to info@ioas.org with the following:

  1. A nomination from any organisation or individual.
  2. A full curriculum vitae (resumé)
  3. A statement of their interest in seeking the appointment.

Closing date:

Applications accepted until further notice.

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