Fairtrade Africa Standards and Certification Officer Jobs in Kenya

Fairtrade Africa Standards and Certification Officer Jobs in Kenya

Fairtrade Africa (FTA) is the umbrella network organization representing Fairtrade certified producers and workers in Africa. It has four (4) regional networks – Eastern Africa; Southern Africa; West Africa; and Middle East and North Africa. Established in 2005, FTA aims to effectively represent producers and workers within the International Fairtrade System and provide services to them that contribute to the improvement of their livelihoods.

The FTA Board directs policy and strategic development of the organization. FTA Secretariat is located in Nairobi where the operations are in the hands of the FTA Senior
Leadership Team (FTA-SLT).

In enabling the members to have a strong voice in the governance, strategy and the overall direction of the Fairtrade movement in Africa, the FTA-SLT has the responsibility for directing and managing all FTA resources including employees.

The FTA-SLT has the overall responsibility of strategy development and operational implementation.

The Finance and Administration Director (FAD) is expected to be an active member of this team.

Fairtrade Africa Purpose:

To improve the socio-economic conditions of African producers through increasing Specific Tasks

Main functions

  • Management of projects to develop and revise FLO’s Fairtrade Minimum Prices and
  • Supporting and developing methodological improvements to FLO’s price setting
  • Support training and communication on FLO’s prices and price setting to FTA producer
  • Follow through certification decisions to maintain producers in the system

    Main roles and responsibilities
  • Contribute to drafting, updating, editing and translating generic and product specific
    standards (pricing sections) and FT minimum prices and premium, both for products for
    which Fairtrade standards exist and for new products; consulting with the Fairtrade
    certification organization and with Fairtrade stakeholders, other organizations and
    persons as appropriate;
  • Design of standard setting projects, preparation of the necessary papers (progress and final reports) to the Standards Committee and/or the Standards Director for decision
    making on standards.
  • If applicable design of such projects by tendering of those projects, selection of consultants, guiding the consultant during the project and final endorsement of the consultant’s report;
  • Comparative analysis of Fairtrade standards and other standards (pricing parts), and
    contribute to defining relationships between these;
  • Contribute to the development and improvement of standards methodologies in pricing for Fairtrade labelling;
  • Contribute to discussions on standards and policies of labelled Fairtrade, in particular
    within the framework of the Standards Committee;
  • Ensure the updating of standards in all of FLO’s information and communication;
  • Contribute to execution of general (office) tasks related to work in standards and policies
    as they come up;
  • To collaborate with FLO, FLO-CERT and LIs as necessary for the purpose of
    consistency in certification decisions;
  • Feedback certification decisions and analysis into FT policy and standards development process
  • Support FTA members to remains certified and to appeal certification decisions, where
  • An organised, methodical approach to work and ability to juggle competing priorities to
    tight deadline

    Duties & Responsibilities


  • Educational background in Agricultural science, Agricultural (economics) or development studies
  • Minimum 3 years relevant professional experience
  • Professional experience with project management and outsourcing of projects to
  • Excellent communication skills both in writing and verbally and analytical capacity to
    make complex issues easily understandable
  • Advanced knowledge of smallholder and workers social and economic conditions in
    developing countries
  • Excellent knowledge and
    understanding of voluntary certification schemes
  • Strong motivation for Fairtrade and its standard setting and guaranteeing system
  • Languages: Fluency in English, working knowledge in French would be preferred
  • Professional experience of work in international development, particularly small business development
  • Professional experience of work in the not-for-profit sector
  • Experience in working with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Ability to work with standard operating procedures and fixed Fairtrade principles
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline (environmental conservation,
    Standards and Certification, sustainable development or a related field);
     Expertise in sustainability challenges in international supply chains, certification and
    labeling, ethical standards and standards setting processes
     Good knowledge of agricultural markets, smallholder production systems and social
    standard system

     Excellent computer and good organizational skills;
     Effectively work as a team member and independently, with a high-level of self- motivation and ability to set and meet goals;
     Poses strong research and analysis skills, with exceptional attention to detail;
     Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with colleagues and the
    general public;


    The following are core competencies required for the role:
     Delivering results - Ability to deliver high quality measurable results whilst at the same
    time maintaining or even raising quality of work;
     Passionate Commitment –Speaking confidently and knowledgably about FTA and the
    work we do;
     Knowledge management – working in a way that promotes, information and knowledge
    sharing to the team and our broader network

    Skills & Experience Required

  • Embracing Change- This competency is about showing are flexible and responsive to
    changing needs.
  • It’s about solving problems as they arise and welcoming new ways of
    doings things.

    How to Apply
  • Interested candidates should send their resume by 5th March 2019
  • An application form (CVs will not be accepted) can be found on the jobs and volunteering page of our website http://www.fairtradeafrica.net/about-us/jobs-and-volunteering/ Completed applications should be saved in the applicant’s name, and the position Standards and Certification Officer.
  • All applicants should state how they meet essential requirements of the post and include their email address, telephone contacts and three referees with contact details on the application form and email to recruitments@fairtradeafrica.net.
  • If you have any queries, please call +254202721930 and ask to speak to a member of the HR team.
  • Qualified applicants will be subjected to background checks as condition of employment.
  • Notes: This job description is intended as a guide and should not be viewed as an inflexible specification as it may be varied from time to time in the light of strategic developments following discussion with the post holder.
  • The post holder will be expected to work to agreed objectives, which should facilitate achievements of the key responsibilities in accordance with the Performance
  • For more information and job application details, see; Fairtrade Africa Standards and Certification Officer Jobs in Kenya

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