Fairtrade International Standards And Certification Officer Jobs in Kenya

Fairtrade International Standards And Certification Officer Jobs in Kenya

  • Fairtrade Africa (FTA) is the umbrella organisation representing Fairtrade certified producers in Africa.

  • FTA aims to effectively represent producers within the International Fairtrade system and to
    contribute to livelihood improvement of African producers by increasing access to markets.

  • Established in 2005, FTA has four (4) regional networks - Eastern, Southern, West and North
    Africa supporting producer activities.

    Fairtrade Africa Purpose

  • To improve the socio-economic conditions of African producers through increased access to better trading conditions.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Main Functions

  • Support integration of fairtrade standards improvement measures in projects to ensure compliance and additionally support revision of Fairtrade Labelling Organisations (FLO) standards

  • Support training and communication on standards and their updates to FTA producer members

  • Support producer organisations develop systems for maintaining fairtrade standards

  • Follow through certification decisions to maintain producers in the system

  • Ensure FTA’s organisational capacity on standards is improved and maintained.

    Key Responsibilities

  • Contribute to drafting, updating, editing and translating generic and product specific
    standards, 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.

  • Whenever 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 and other ethical standards 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 on labelling of Fairtrade products, in particular within the framework of the Standards Committee;

  • Ensure the updating of standards in all of FTA’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 National Fairtrade Organisations (NFOs) as necessary for the purpose of consistency in certification decisions;

  • Feedback certification decisions and analysis into Fairtrade policy and standards development process.

  • Support FTA members to remain certified and to appeal certification decisions, where applicable

  • Work effectively and collaboratively with various functions through joint planning,training and monitoring on compliance to Fairtrade Standards by producers.

  • Demystify understanding of standards and certification within FTA and its stakeholders.

    Knowledge and Experience


  • Educational background in Agricultural science, Agricultural (economics) or development studies

  • Minimum of 3 years’ relevant professional experience

  • Professional experience with project management and outsourcing of projects to consultants

  • 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

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Fairtrade International Standards And Certification Officer Jobs in Kenya

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