Impact Programme Manager

Location: Remote position in Dhaka, Bangladesh with periodic travel in Europe and Asia
Start date: As soon as possible, latest 1 March 2023
Duration: One year with possible extension
FTE: Full-time
Medior Role for Programme/Project Manager with experience in sustainability across fashion value chain

Job description

Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) is seeking an experienced programme manager (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 with demonstrated project management skills who can help us to plan, manage and deliver on programmatic milestones together with our various partners and grantors across the globe. The programme manager will be responsible for managing budgets and developing periodic status reports.

Working closely with the Director of Impact Programmes & Sustainability, 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)
  • 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 Director of Impact Programmes & Sustainability and be part of the GFA sustainability team, which is responsible for publications such as the Fashion CEO Agenda, GFA Monitor and Fashion on Climate, and programmes such as the Circular Fashion Partnership.

About the programmes

Through its role as an industry convener and communicator, GFA pinpointed the need to facilitate cross-sectoral and pre-competitive collaborations to achieve a net-positive industry, one 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 Viet Nam and Cambodia.

GFA plans to facilitate more impact-oriented programmes where it can use its convening & communicating characteristics 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:

  • Implement circularity programmes with project partners in Asia
  • Manage comprehensive grant proposals with accompanying project plans & budgets and organise financial administration
  • Manage and monitor partner-relationships, including preparing for and leading meetings
  • Follow-up on results of project, assessing impacts and developing impact reports for moreover grantors
  • Support in (realisation of tools for) fundraising
  • Coordinate between teams for the realisation of moreover communication materials and events
  • Engage stakeholders and represent GFA as a spokesperson in the region

The ideal candidate has:

  • A minimum of 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
  • Understanding of the fashion industry, sustainability, circularity and/or garment manufacturing
  • Experience in developing grant proposals for, and managing large-scale programmes and consortia, including also detailed technical and financial reporting
  • Experience working for international companies, 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


Global Fashion Agenda 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 convenes the renowned international forum on sustainability in fashion, Global Fashion Summit, the Innovation Forum, thought leadership publications including Fashion CEO Agenda and Fashion on Climate, and impact programmes including the Circular Fashion Partnership.

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 people with its headquarters in Copenhagen, and with team members currently working from cities across Europe 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.


Send your CV and short motivational letter (max. 300 words) to our Director of Impact Programmes & Sustainability Holly Syrett via before January 5th. Please state the position you are applying for in the subject line.