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Partnership with WZB to develop a Fairwork Secretariat in Berlin

Posted by Pablo Aguerareneses, 30.10.2020
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The University of Oxford’s Fairwork project has partnered with WZB (Berlin Social Science Center) to develop a Fairwork Secretariat in Berlin. The WZB-based Secretariat will play a crucial role in coordinating the activities of Fairwork teams across the world:

  • sharing best practice and encouraging peer-learning amongst the nodes of the network;
  • building on existing initiatives to deepen their impact; and
  • running a series of new initiatives designed to further embed fair work standards as a norm in the world’s emerging gig economies.

The partnership involves the recruitment of a Project Manager, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a Communications Manager. Applications close on December 1st. Find out more information about the positions and how to apply on the respective links. Together with the PI, Professor Mark Graham (Oxford), and the co-lead, Professor Martin Krzywdzinski (WZB/Weizenbaum), the new members will coordinate all core activities of the Fairwork network.

The Fairwork project is expanding rapidly, most recently to IndonesiaEcuador and Chile. The Secretariat will play a coordination role across the growing network of countries, liaising with local platforms, worker groups, policymakers, and ILO offices. It will ultimately serve as a bridge for coordination, information sharing, and knowledge-transfer between the existing operations and additional countries within the BMZ portfolio (e.g. Egypt, Tunisia, Ghana, Nigeria, Colombia, Bangladesh, Pakistan). The strategic position of the Secretariat will enable the project to effectively build synergies with external stakeholders and with other existing GIZ projects, as well as make it easier to share best practices across the network. This partnership also contemplates the creation of a Fairwork Observatory aimed at expanding the Fairwork model to industries and low- and middle-income countries not currently covered. Additionally, the Secretariat will explore new strategies to embed and normalise ethical consumption through a certification model based on Fairwork ratings.

This partnership will enable Fairwork to harness the academic strengths of WZB in the domain of platform work, including the world-leading ‘Globalisation, Work, and Production’ cluster of scholars. The Germany Fairwork team is also rapidly growing its presence in Berlin, now including partnerships with top researchers at The Technical University of Berlin (TUB)XU Exponential University, and Humboldt University.