Head of Focal Point Colombia - Global Reporting Initiative


Head of Focal Point Colombia - Global Reporting Initiative

GRI has a vacancy for a

Head of Focal Point Colombia

Start date 1 November 2013, 40 hrs p/w

Location: Bogotá - Colombia

Contract: 2 year initially – extension by mutual consent

About Global Reporting Initiative

An international not-for-profit organization, Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) mission is to make sustainability

reporting standard practice by providing guidance and support to corporations, governments and non-profit

organizations. GRI is the world’s leading network of people and organizations advancing sustainability,

transparency and accountability through sustainability reporting.

GRI’s Secretariat is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and has regional offices in the USA, Australia, South

Africa, Brazil, China, and India. GRI is an inclusive organization, and its work and activity is based on

consultation and participation of reporting business entities, information users of all kinds and professional

intermediaries. GRI’s global network includes more than 600 Organizational Stakeholders – or core supporters

– and some 30,000 people representing different sectors and constituencies. For more information visit our

website at www.globalreporting.org.

Position Summary

In the first quarter of 2014 GRI will establish a regional office in Bogotá, Colombia and is looking to recruit a

Head of the Focal Point as of November 2013.

Initially the main focus of the engagement and outreach will be on Colombia but with the possibility to explore

collaboration with national and regional partners in other targeted key regional markets depending on

sufficient funding and the interest and need of stakeholders.

GRI’s Focal Point will work to promote GRI’s mission disseminating and promoting better knowledge of

sustainability reporting and the GRI and its Framework for Sustainability Reporting among companies and

organizations in Colombia and later the wider region. The GRI Focal Point will be located in Bogotá, Colombia

and will in time act as a regional hub with the main aim to facilitate and promote the active engagement of

organizations in Spanish speaking Latin America in the further development of sustainability reporting globally

and in the region.

The post holder will report to the Director Network Relations based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and will be

supported by an advisory group of regional stakeholders.

Job purpose and responsibilities

The post-holder will be responsible for the following:

Promote the practice of sustainability reporting in Colombia and other key markets in Spanish speaking

Latin America – creating awareness, helping organizations get started, positioning GRI Guidelines as a tool

Connect national and regional practitioners to share best practices and drive quality of reporting

Ensure successful implementation of national and regional projects with partners in the region

Ensure that regional stakeholders have a strong voice in global developments such as the development of

the GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Framework

Advise regional organizations and governments on matters concerning the development of sustainability


Build a dynamic network in Colombia and other Spanish speaking Latin America and feedback reporting

developments to the global process as well as create and build new networks in other key markets

In detail:

1. Creating awareness, building capacity and collaboration with national and regional partners

Manage and maintain an active network, through events and other engagements

Represent GRI in public outreach, including public speaking

Support national and regional community of GRI reporters

Secure national and regional funding for the Focal Point office

Establish an Advisory Group for the Focal Point

Promote the GRI Organizational Stakeholder Program

Work with GRI’s partners such as the Certified Training Partners and the Data Partners in the

country and the region

Work with SMEs and relevant industry associations to provide training and capacity building,

initially in the coal sector but later including other main sectors such as coffee, bananas and


Work with NGOs, funding organization and other multipliers to raise awareness on the

benefits of transparency and sustainability reporting, (initially within Colombia, in time in the

wider region ) such as:

Collaborate with Colombian network of the United Nations Global Compact

Collaborate with the Colombian National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD

Multinational Guidelines e.g. in workshops and events

Raise awareness of reporting on Human Rights by promoting the Voluntary Principles

for Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) by offering workshops and trainings

2. Continuous improvement of the GRI Guidelines

Promote the understanding and use of the GRI Guidelines in Colombia and other Spanish

speaking Latin American countries

Support the development of the next generation of the GRI Guidelines and other Reporting

Framework materials by ensuring the voice of the region is heard in the global development


Support promotion of (relevant) sector guidance

3. Shaping the reporting environment

Engage with and advise relevant government bodies

Engage with and advise stock exchanges as relevant

4. Integrated Reporting

Promote and support regional participation in the development of integrated reporting


Promote and support regional participation in relevant processes of the International

Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)

5. Institutional development


Internal and External Communication Plan

Office management, including line management of one coordinator

Continuous engagement of the regional advisory group

Ensure representation from Spanish speaking Latin America in GRI governance bodies

Key competencies/requirements

Senior level knowledge and work experience of sustainability (CSR) strategies and global and regional

practice in corporate reporting. Direct experience in sustainability reporting would be an advantage

A university degree (or higher) in business administration, environmental - or social science, economics or

related field would be an advantage.

Proven ability to develop project, fundraise and maintain effective relationship with governmental and

other funders

Strong people management skills

Established track record related to complex project- and event management

Engagement and stakeholder relationship management experience

Ability to work in a self-supporting setting

Skills and attributes:

A strong ability to develop and maintain effective relationships at different levels and within different

stakeholder groups

Excellent interpersonal skills – the ability to communicate in a professional manner, develop and present

persuasive arguments at all levels

Excellent written communication skills, with the ability to write effectively for different audiences

Proven track record of training- and /presentation skills

Good time management and organizational skills, with the ability to work under periods of significant

pressure whilst maintaining attention to detail

Reliable, organized and helpful with a ‘can-do attitude’

Spanish native speaker level, fluent in English

Ability to travel – nationally and internationally – including annual or semi-annual visits to the GRI

Secretariat in Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Additional language skills are an advantage

Employment Conditions:

Competitive salary and benefit package

Applications are welcome from any candidate irrespective of their nationality or residence, but candidates

will need to be prepared to live and work in Bogota, Colombia. A final offer will be dependent on the

establishment of the right to work in Colombia, for which GRI would support a visa application if necessary

Contact details

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and motivation letter in English to

recruitment@globalreporting.org. Deadline to submit an application is Friday 27 September 2013 by 12.00

noon CET. Short-listed candidates will be contacted shortly after the application deadline.

Stichting Global Reporting Initiative

Human Resources

Weesperstraat 95

1018 VN Amsterdam, The Netherlands T. + 31 (0)20-5310000

recruitment@globalreporting.org // www.globalreporting.org

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