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GARMENT INNOVATION MANAGER

United States

  • Organization: CARE
  • Location: United States
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Innovations for Sustainable Development
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2024-07-11

JOB SUMMARY:

CARE has over 20 years of experience engaging with women garment workers. Through its Made by Women program, since 2016, CARE has deepened relationships at all levels of the supply chain to increase the breadth and depth of its impact in approximately 11 countries —Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam, and engages at the regional and global levels. At the same time, CARE’s engagement in the garment sector has tremendous untapped ‘impact and scaling’ potential.

Are you enthusiastic about facilitating impactful change in supply chain operations and integrating gender perspectives into program design? Do you excel in coordinating diverse teams and fostering innovation? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!

CARE Impact Partners is looking for a garment innovation manager to set up and operationalize the MVP of a potential garment program incubator. In this role, you will play a vital part in driving the design and management of the MVP, working closely with technical experts and advisors to facilitate program selection, coordinate technical support for program teams, and engage stakeholders to ensure collaboration and knowledge-sharing, and arrive at an MVP for a future garment incubator.

Opportunity Statements:
1. Extracting and embedding impactful program components into private-sector supply chain engagements and strategies can unlock the potential for sustained progress on gender equity and support the scaling of impacts beyond grant cycles and program groups.
2. Facilitating access to well-tested best practices and solutions tailored specifically for the factory context can address barriers linked to ‘know-how’ to advancing gender equity. Actionable lessons learned that resonate with the industry promote widespread adoption and scalability of effective practices.
3. Capitalizing on the "Fail Fast and Fail Forward" concept, deeply ingrained in the philosophy of "Learning by Doing," ensures programs are set up to undergo an iterative redesign to respond to supply chain realities, thereby finally arriving at a program design that is relevant and most impactful.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Program Design

Program and Minimum Viable Product (MVP) design

  • Participate in designing the MVP with technical experts
  • Develop program selection criteria
  • Develop participant commitments
  • Develop communication material
  • Develop metrics and indicators to measure the impact and effectiveness of the MVP
  • Develop reporting templates
  • Coordinate pre- research activities

Program Selection

  • Actively scout for potential programs and ensure concerned CARE program teams apply
  • Coordinate the selection process for a maximum of 3 ‘funded’ programs in South and East Asia, ensuring alignment with MVP goals and criteria.
  • Manage the call for applications and evaluation process to identify programs with potential for impact and scalability.

Technical Support Facilitation

  • Help program teams test and grow ideas, provide thought leadership, and guide innovation management toward achieving scalable models that can be anchored in supply chains:
  • Facilitate access to technical experts and incubator advisors for selected program teams, organizing expert guidance sessions.
  • Assist in coordinating training sessions on adaptive program design, human-centered design, and other relevant skills necessary for program success.
  • Assist in coordinating collaboration with experts in the garment sector, action research, and adaptive program management to address program needs effectively.

CARE Internal Coordination

  • Support cultivating relationships with CARE Country Offices, program teams, and external partners/ advisors to ensure visibility, collaboration, and knowledge-sharing.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Support in tracking metrics and indicators to measure the impact and effectiveness of the MVP Incubator and assist in monitoring program progress and providing regular updates to stakeholders, contributing to adjustments in strategies as needed.

Communication, Events and Reporting:

  • Coordinate and facilitate workshops, seminars, and events related to the MVP, including program kick-off meetings, training sessions, share out sessions
  • Collaborate with program teams and advisors to develop and disseminate reports, case studies, and success fail-forward stories highlighting the achievements and learnings of the MVP.
  • Contribute to the development of knowledge products and recommendations based on insights and lessons learned from the MVP, aimed at providing grounding for a garment incubator and influencing policy and practice in garment supply chains.
  • Participate in relevant conferences, forums, and networking events to showcase the work of the MVP and establish partnerships with other organizations and stakeholders in the field

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field; advanced degree preferred.
  • 5-7 years experience in program coordination or project management, preferably in the development sector.
  • Experience with garment supply chain operations, gender integration, and adaptive programming approaches is highly preferred.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, with the ability to coordinate diverse stakeholders effectively.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Flexibility to travel within South and East Asia as needed.

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