Senior Programme Officer

at Fairtrade Africa
Published September 18, 2022
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  




Established in 2005, Fairtrade Africa (FTA) is a member of Fairtrade International and the umbrella network organization representing Fairtrade-certified Producer Organizations in Africa and the Middle East. It has four (4) regional networks – Eastern & Central Africa; Southern Africa; West Africa; and the Middle East & North Africa. FTA currently represents 1,354,294 farmers and workers in 660 producer organizations spread across 28 countries in Africa and the Middle East by providing services to them that contribute to the improvement of their livelihoods.




To support the producer and member organisations by conducting a needs assessment, thematic training and providing coaching to strengthen capacity as part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Finland DONUTS (Dignified Opportunities Nurtured Through Trade & Sustainability) Programme.




Key Performance Areas


Project Management


Establish a business case for each project, supported by budget information and income projections

Manage the implementation of projects to develop the capacity of producer organizations

Monitor operational activities and effectiveness of results and milestones

Compile monthly updates and quarterly reports using FTA and project templates

Support the development of project proposals

Technical Advisory


Provide thematic training and technical advisory support training to producer organisations and Fairtrade Premium Committees:


Project and financial management

Gender main streaming

Hired Labour Standards

Fairtrade Premium management

Product Certification Cycle

Organizational Strengthening


Initiate and maintain relationships with local communities, public and government institutions, and educational institutions among other stakeholders

Understand producer needs and concerns, and advocate for relevant policies to enhance FTA’s work with the local opinion leaders and decision-makers.

Ensure awareness of the local trends, perceptions and players in the local community.

Advise on how to manage risk and optimise the opportunities

Influence localised policies and perceptions in favour of FTA though the support of the Programme Manager.

Support the identification of opportunities for programmes and projects development

Support and provide advice to producer groups to enable access to trade and marketing opportunities

Represent FTA in country and field events

Support the needs and situational assessment of producer organizations and propose recommendations to best support Small Producer Organizations

Support in provision of technical assistance to members in the development of business strategic plans, marketing plans related to business development and growth requirements





Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Development Studies, Agriculture, or related field

A diploma in projects management is an added advantage

Experience and Knowledge


A minimum of 3 years of project management experience in a similar environment

Experience in delivering training to a range of audiences

Experience in business development within sustainable supply chains

Knowledge and understanding of Fairtrade standards

Thematic knowledge and expertise in FTA’s priority areas



Good command of spoken and written English.

Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with individuals across multi-functional disciplines

Conflict resolution skills

Good organizational skills

Good training and facilitation skills

Strong planning and project management skills

Ability to speak the local language


Completed applications should be saved in the applicant’s name and the position (Senior Project Officer - Coffee) and be e-mailed.

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