Fair Chain Foundation Chief Operating Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Fair Chain Foundation Chief Operating Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 203014

Category: Agriculture, Business and Administration, Economics
Location: Addis Ababa
Career Level: Senior Executive(CEO, Country Manager, General Manager)
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: Attractive and Negotiable

Job Description

About Us:

The FairChain Foundation uses cutting-edge technologies to facilitate inclusive business models and shared value chains.

Because when you give developing countries the right knowledge, skills and technologies, you empower them to produce and package the commodities they farm. You give them the power of profit.

Over the centuries, multinationals have discovered the art of selling premium products at colossal profits.

The majority of their products are made from valuable commodities sourced at rock-bottom prices in developing countries.

This system of buying low and selling high has created an enormous power imbalance, making it virtually impossible for developing economies to grow.

Even countries blessed with valuable commodities like coffee, cocoa and tea have no prospect of ever catching up. Development aid attempts to compensate for this imbalance, with the negative side effect that it actually masks the problem.

We believe that with the rise of new (transparent) technologies, open-minded companies and vocal global consumers, the time has come to change all that.

The stars are aligned, so to say, to bring an end to unfair trade. Tomorrow’s economies will be driven by inclusive business models that combine entrepreneurial competitiveness and social impact.

That’s why we created the FairChain Foundation. FairChain is a proven value chain shifter. With FairChain, businesses have a roadmap whose end goal is to leave behind up to 50% of the value in the countries of origin. All by paying a fair price for the commodities that company need to survive.

Position Summary:

We are looking for an experienced Chief Operating Officer or COO to oversee our organization’s ongoing operations and procedures.

You will be the company’s second-in-command in Ethiopia and responsible for the efficiency of the foundation.

The COO role is a key member of the senior management team, reporting jointly to the CEO in Addis and the global CEO in Amsterdam.

You’ll have to maintain control of diverse business operations, so we expect you to be an experienced and efficient leader. If you also have excellent people skills, business acumen and exemplary work ethics, we’d like to meet you.

The goal of the COO position is to secure the functionality of business to drive
extensive and sustainable growth.


  • Design and implement business strategies, plans and procedures
  • Set comprehensive goals for performance and growth
  • Establish policies that promote company culture and vision
  • Oversee daily operations of the company and the work of executives (IT, Marketing, Sales, Finance etc.)
  • Lead employees to encourage maximum performance and dedication
  • Evaluate performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics
  • Write and submit reports to the CEO in all matters of importance
  • Assist CEO in fundraising ventures
  • Participate in expansion activities (investments, acquisitions, corporate alliances etc.)
  • Manage relationships with partners/vendors

    Job Requirements

  • The ideal candidate brings a minimum of 10 years’ professional experience, has overseen or progressed through senior leadership roles for at least five years
  • BA degree in business, economics or agricultural science or other graduate degrees in a relevant field of study.
  • Experience in either international development, NGO work, coffee or an agricultural sector in Ethiopia would be a bonus.
  • Proven experience as Chief Operating Office or relevant role
  • Understanding of business functions such as HR, Finance, marketing etc.
  • Demonstrable competency in strategic planning and business development
  • Experience in fundraising will be a plus
    Working knowledge of data analysis and performance/operation metrics
  • Working knowledge of IT/Business infrastructure and MS Office
  • Outstanding organizational and leadership abilities
  • Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills
  • Aptitude in decision-making and problem-solving

    The COO must possess the following characteristics:

  • excellent strategic thinking and an entrepreneurial spirit that maximize available resources and yield exceptional, sustainable outcomes;
  • demonstrated ability to analyze complex scenarios and data sets, clearly define the strategic questions they imply, and make tough decisions despite ambiguity or incomplete information;
  • effective interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to cultivate partnerships, build consensus, and coordinate activities across teams at multiple locations;
  • strong comfort defining and upholding high expectations, including delivering and receiving constructive feedback;
  • solid organization and time-management skills, including the ability to advance numerous competing priorities while solving problems independently;
  • persistent resilience and comfort working in a complex, fast-paced environment that demands continuous learning and improvement;
  • proven history of attracting, developing, motivating, and retaining top-notch talent while driving results through others; and unyielding passion for our mission.

    How to Apply

    All eligible and qualified applicants who meet the minimum requirement should submit only their updated CV within 10 consecutive days through the below email address:


    Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

    Fair Chain Foundation Chief Operating Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

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