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
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.
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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