Impact Programme Manager

Medior Role for Programme/Project Manager with experience in sustainability across fashion value chain.

Location: Remote position in Paris, Milan or Copenhagen with periodic travel
Start date: As soon as possible, latest 1 September
Duration: Six months with intended extension
FTE: Full-Time

Job description

Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) is seeking a multifaceted new team member (medior role) who will play a pivotal role in the realisation of impact-oriented programmes to accelerate the fashion industry towards more (environmentally & socially) sustainable and circular systems.


We are looking for a driven individual that can represent our organisation and has demonstrated stakeholder engagement and project management skills to help develop, fund, implement and evaluate impactful programmes together with our various partners and grantors across the globe. The programme manager will moreover be responsible for establishing and leading public and private sector steering committees / working groups and pilots on topics such as renewable energy, circular textiles, inequality and wages.

As part of the Publications and Impact Programmes team, the right candidate will:

    • Independently drive programmes and deliverables with abundant self-motivation and autonomy in a fast-paced role
    • Confidently apply organisational experience to transform concepts into actionable plans (from helicopter view to detailed execution)
    • Represent GFA and be a respected conversation partner to our broad network of stakeholders, while bringing their own local network
    • Sensitively navigate partners’ needs, while steering towards a common objective
    • Comfortably carry responsibility for meeting and reporting on timely deliverables
    • Contribute industry expertise and insights into impact-oriented programmes

You will report to the VP of Impact Programmes & Sustainability and be part of the GFA Publications and Impact Programmes team, which is responsible for initiatives such as the Fashion CEO Agenda, GFA Monitor, Circular Fashion Partnership and Renewable Energy Initiative.

About the programmes

Through its role as an industry convener and communicator, GFA pinpointed the need to facilitate collective action ‘impact programmes’ to address (systemic) challenges for achieving a net-positive industry, that puts back more into society, the environment, and the global economy than it takes out.

In 2020, GFA and several regional partners launched the Circular Fashion Partnership in Bangladesh, a cross-sectoral project to spur local action in textile manufacturing countries to accelerate and scale recycling of post-industrial textile waste – an important step in a journey towards (upstream) circularity. The project demonstrated a business case for doing so and since 2022, GFA is working with partners to address barriers in Bangladesh as well as expand the programme to other key manufacturing countries, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Turkey and Vietnam. At COP28 in 2023, GFA launched a collective financing initiative for the fashion industry to fund renewable energy infrastructure in manufacturing regions, starting with a wind park in Bangladesh.

GFA plans to further expand these initiatives and to facilitate more impact-oriented programmes where it can use its convening & communicating potential to accelerate sustainable transformation. Programmes will be developed within the Fashion CEO Agenda framework, focused on: Better Wage Systems, Respectful & Secure Work Environments, Circular Systems, Efficient Use of Resources and Smart Material Choices.

Main responsibilities include

  • Further develop and coordinate collective action programmes on topics such as (but not limited to) investments in renewable energy infrastructure and establishing ecosystems for circularity in Asia
  • Manage and monitor partner-relationships, including preparing for and leading meetings
  • Engage stakeholders and represent GFA as a spokesperson
  • Manage, secure and monitor grants with accompanying project plans & budgets and organise financial administration
  • Support in (realisation of tools for) fundraising
  • Coordinate between teams for the realisation of moreover communication materials and events

The ideal candidate has

  • A minimum of 3-5 years’ experience as a project/programme manager
  • A “Yes We Can” mentality, optimistic, independent and problem-solving attitude
  • Fluent in English (speaking and writing) – additional languages are a plus
  • Passion for, understanding of and network in the fashion industry + sustainability, circularity, inequalities and wages, and/or renewable energy
  • Demonstrated experience engaging stakeholders, chairing meetings, managing public/private communities
  • Experience working for international organisations, and managing the complexities of global projects with multiple cultures
  • Strong interpersonal and social skills to interact and engage with various stakeholders, while being diplomatic, energetic and convincing with great attention to detail and high level of accuracy
  • Interest in working in a fast pace, dynamic, challenging and team-oriented work environment
  • Background in consulting and/or experience with impact assessments is a plus

How to apply

Send your CV and a short motivational letter (max. 300 words) to our VP of Impact Programmes & Sustainability Holly Syrett via before July 19th. Please state the position you are applying for in the subject line.


About Global Fashion Agenda

Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) is a non-profit organisation that fosters industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion to drive impact. With the vision of a net positive fashion industry, it accelerates action by mobilising, inspiring and educating all stakeholders.

The organisation has been leading the movement since 2009 and presents the renowned international forum on sustainability in fashion, Global Fashion Summit in core fashion regions around the world. GFA influences policy through its advocacy efforts including the Global Textiles Policy Forum, publishes thought leadership including The GFA Monitor,  Fashion CEO Agenda and Fashion on Climate, implements impact programmes including the Circular Fashion Partnership and the Global Circular Fashion Forum, presents educational guidance through the GFA Academy, and connects companies with solutions through the Innovation Forum,

Working in partnership with a wide ecosystem of companies and organisations across the value chain, GFA spearheads the fashion industry’s journey towards a more sustainable future. Through its work, GFA reaches thousands of stakeholders including brands, innovators, NGOs, policy makers, manufacturers, investors and more.

Our company values are empowerment, fellowship and ingenuity. These values are used as guiding pillars for our work projects and are brought to life in our internal culture and work ethic. GFA is an international team of 25-30 people with its headquarters in Copenhagen, and with team members currently working from cities across Europe, USA and in Bangladesh and English as the office language. We embrace and welcome applicants from all backgrounds. We are committed to diversity and inclusion and encourage all applicants regardless of age, race, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, sex and gender identity, religion or political affiliation to apply for vacancies.