|Published||September 18, 2022|
|Job Type||Full Time|
ABOUT FAIRTRADE AFRICA
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.
ABOUT THE JOB
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.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Key Performance Areas
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
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
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
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
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.