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Agriculture Scheme Manager – call for applicants

The IOAS is a leading mission-driven non-profit organisation incorporated in the USA with personnel based in five continents. We are specialized in the field of accreditation and assessment of bodies engaged in inspection and certification of organic and sustainable agriculture and related fields. Our work in oversight of conformity assessment assists in the development of various private and regulatory schemes by enhancing fairness for producers and building trust in organic and sustainability labelling for consumers.

We support and work closely with an increasing number of scheme owners (regulatory and private) and the accreditation and assessment services we provide cover organic agriculture, sustainable agriculture, organic textiles, organic and natural cosmetics, recycled products, animal welfare claims, fair trade, social compliance, and food safety. IOAS clients are based all over the world.

The day-to-day work of the IOAS is performed by a team of core personnel with support from contracted assessors and technical experts. For more information about our work, please visit www.ioas.org.

IOAS is looking to appoint an exceptional individual as Agriculture Scheme Manager (ASM). The incumbent will support the current Technical Director and have responsibilities for managing a team of agricultural assessors and all IOAS Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Schemes, including but not limited to the Canada Organic Regime, European Union Organic Regulation, IFOAM, GlobalG.A.P. and other ISO/IEC 17065 based CB schemes.

The overall intended result of the position is that the IOAS delivers Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Accreditation Schemes with high integrity and exceptional client service. All scheme owners (whether regulatory or private) and certification bodies consider IOAS as an essential and professional partner for their scheme implementation and are well-informed of the activities of IOAS. IOAS personnel are continuously up to date and trained on scheme requirements.

 

Terms:

  • This is a full-time role. You may be contracted annually or hired as an employee, depending on your country of working.
  • You will work from your own home office.
  • International travel will be required at least 4 times per year.
  • IOAS will pay basic office costs and all travel-related expenses.
  • You are obligated to do the work independently; it shall not be subcontracted in any capacity.
  • You will receive a complete induction and ongoing training.
  • The starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

 

Requirements:

Successful candidates are required to:

  • Have enthusiasm for the mission of IOAS.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage a dedicated, international team of assessors and scheme liaisons. This includes HR experience in onboarding new personnel, managing training and competence, assessing staff performance and managing performance reviews.
  • Foster a strong culture of integrity and quality.
  • Have qualifications and/or experience in conformity assessment including a thorough understanding of the above-mentioned schemes and ISO/IEC 17011.
  • Preferably have lead auditor training and experience.
  • Have a good reputation and standing within the organic and conformity assessment world.
  • Have excellent organizational, leadership and communication skills.
  • Take initiative and collaborate with others to ensure IOAS systems are up-to-date and develop plans for monitoring changes.
  • Contribute to continuous improvement of assessment policy and procedures.
  • Fluency in spoken English is essential with an ability to write clear, well-structured correspondence and reports. Fluency in an additional language would be an advantage.

Applicants must be able to work on their own as well as part of a multi-cultural, remote working team, show good attention to detail and maintain the highest level of integrity.

 

Application:

Please submit a letter of application, Curriculum Vitae, References, and copies of applicable certifications/qualifications to recruitment@ioas.org with subject line ‘Agriculture Scheme Manager, Attn: Lauren Carlyle’.

Closing date for applications is June 30, 2024.

Please note that if you have not heard back from us within 14 days, your application is considered unsuccessful.

IOAS is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion among our workforce. We value the multitude of talents and perspectives of a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, religion, age, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

 

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

This is an ideal opportunity to:

  • Contribute to the promotion of integrity and fairness.
  • Gain valuable experience in evaluating decision-making processes.
  • Work alongside passionate professionals dedicated to making a difference.

At IOAS, we believe in upholding integrity and ensuring that decisions regarding conformity align with our ethical principles. We are currently seeking motivated individuals to join as members of our Accreditation Committee. Created to distance the task of making the final decisions on accreditation from the everyday technical assessment aspects of the IOAS, the Accreditation Committee is appointed to ensure a balance of interests, representation, and geography, as well as a wealth of expertise in conformity assessment. Your role will be crucial in evaluating and providing feedback on conformity decisions made by various entities.

This is a volunteer position, requiring you to perform Accreditation Decisions via online platform, participate in teleconferences pertaining to adverse actions and/or appeals when requested, and an annual in person meeting, which may be held anywhere in the world. All travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed by IOAS for in person meetings and details of the honorarium are explained in our detailed specifications.

IOAS works with an increasing number of scheme owners (COSMOS, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, European Commission, GlobalG.A.P., GOTS, IFOAM, NATRUE, Textile Exchange). The accreditation and assessment services we provide cover organic agriculture, sustainable agriculture, organic textiles, organic and natural cosmetics, recycled products, animal welfare claims, fair trade, social compliance, and food safety. IOAS clients are based all over the world.

The IOAS’s day-to-day work is performed by a team of core staff, supported by contracted assessors and technical experts. For more information about our work, please visit www.ioas.org.

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. A considerable degree of experience and expertise is required of those chosen as representatives of the fields of inspection or certification.

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 – i.e., 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.

Terms:

The Accreditation Committee is a volunteer position appointed by the IOAS Board, requiring you to perform Accreditation Decisions via an 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

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 interesting sectors named above they are affiliated with (a primary and secondary sector are permitted if appropriate).

Please submit to recruitment@ioas.org with the subject line ‘2305 AC Member nominations, Attn: Lauren Carlyle’

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), the developing world, or 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 being re-appointed.

Candidates shall demonstrate the following requirements:

1. Good knowledge of the English language.
2. Standing and authority in their field.
3. A high degree of personal integrity, including the 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. A considerable degree of experience and expertise is required of those chosen as representatives of the fields of inspection or certification.

Applications:

Candidates must apply via email to recruitment@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.

Organic Agriculture

IFOAM, Canada, EU

Textiles

GOTS, Textile Exchange

Organic & Natural Cosmetics

COSMOS, NATRUE

ISO/IEC 17065 Accreditation

GlobalG.A.P.

ISO/IEC 17065 Accreditation

Accredited Bodies

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