Senior Advisor, Climate & Environment

Fairtrade International (FLO) Bonn, Germany

About Fairtrade International

Fairtrade International prides itself on an alternative approach to conventional trade - based on a partnership between producers and consumers. Fairtrade offers producers a better deal and improved terms of trade, which in turn allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future.  In addition, Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their everyday purchases. 

Fairtrade International is the international non-profit, multi stakeholder body that is responsible for the strategic direction of Fairtrade, sets Fairtrade standards and supports producers. 

The Global Products, Programs & Policy Unit is made up of a team of Global Product Managers and Senior Advisors in key thematic areas who provide advisory services to the Fairtrade system, in order to ensure coherent system-wide implementation of mission critical strategies. 

You can find further details on their website https://www.fairtrade.net/

Senior Advisor, Climate and Environment Role Profile 

The Senior Advisor Climate and Environment provides leadership to the Fairtrade International System to pursue its mission to empower smallholder farmers and workers dealing with environmental challenges. S/he will drive the development and implementation of generic and product specific strategies and coordinate system-wide interventions in this regard with Producer Networks, National Fairtrade Organisations, other relevant parts of the Fairtrade system and outside partners. 

The Senior Advisor will work in close collaboration with relevant Fairtrade International bodies and committees and in particular with producers and their networks as key stakeholders taking into consideration best practice approaches and state-of-the-art academic debate related to both climate and the environment. 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Strengthen Fairtrade International’s position as a centre of excellence for both climate and environment. 
  • Provide overall leadership and technical support to Fairtrade member organizations in the analysis, planning, development, and coherent delivery of climate and environmental work through facilitation, advice, and targeted capacity building. 
  • Develop and test approaches and tools required to achieve the climate and environmental objectives and targets, address the challenges and overcome barriers, in close collaboration with Fairtrade International’s members, relevant FI units and industry experts. 
  • Engage with and support member organizations in providing the climate and environmental offering to business, and existing and prospective partners. 
  • Ensure internal alignment, good understanding and coherent communication on climate and environmental strategies within Fairtrade Intenational and progress in implementation and learnings throughout the Fairtrade system. 
  • Provide thought leadership on climate and environment related policy and advocacy work and contribute to positioning Fairtrade externally and with partners. 
  • Provide thematic content expertise in support of securing climate and environment related funding
  • Build new partnerships and deepen existing ones for collaborative work 

Specific Tasks:

  • Lead the development, together with key representatives of Producer Networks, National Fairtrade Organizations and relevant Fairtrade International units, of a shared vision and define clear objectives for Fairtrade International. 
  • Design a roadmap with clear milestones and targets against a set of defined objectives. 
  • Through close collaboration with product leads, integrate climate and environmental approaches into commodity strategies and develop product specific strategies. 
  • Plan and lead on coherent implementation of work across FI units, in particular with Standards & Pricing, External Relations and Global Impact. 
  • Support the definition of data needs assessments, monitoring framework and tools, and research projects required for evidence-based target setting and monitoring results. 
  • Support the development, coherence and overview of programmes available to commercial partners and producers. 
  • Co-create necessary material enabling member organizations to offer climate and environmental programmes to producers and commercial partners. 
  • Co-create necessary material enabling Producer Networks to enhance knowledge and capacity of producer organizations. 
  • Work with the Global Advocacy Working Group to integrate Fairtrade’s position and strategy into the advocacy agendas and work plan for policy influencing. 
  • Manage relations with like-minded partners and other actors in the sustainability sector, and 
  • identify potentials for synergies and cooperation. 
  • Represent the Fairtrade system in selected conferences, workshops and seminars. 
  • Provide regular progress reports to the relevant committees and internal audiences as needed. 

Qualifications and Experience

Professional experience: 

  • University degree in international development, environmental sciences or comparable qualifications. 
  • At least 7 years of professional experience in the design and implementation of environmental sustainability strategies and programmes, preferably including climate change programmes and those dealing with pesticides, water and biodiversity. 
  • Demonstrated experience in environmental programme or project management in agricultural commodity value chains, ideally in Fairtrade’s core commodities and in climate change. 
  • Established networker with public and private stakeholders in the environmental sector, particularly focused on commercial companies seeking to increase their sustainable business practices. 
  • Robust knowledge of current research and policy agendas in environment and climate change.
  • Relevant work experience in diverse multi-stakeholder environments is desirable. 

Professional and personal competencies:

  • Analytical and strategic thinking - ability to maintain strategic overview in the face of operational complexity. 
  • Design and innovation logic – ability to bring new practical ideas and develop business models. 
  • Facilitation of participatory processes within multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary settings – ability to inspire and build actionable common ground. 
  • Highly developed social skills and ability to listen as well as communicate in different environments and cultures, ranging from rural producers to officials representing government institutions is desirable. 

Terms of Appointment

  • This is a full-time position within Fairtrade International.   
  • Location is at Fairtrade International offices in Bonn, Germany. 
  • The office language is English. 
  • Salary as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement for the Wholesale and Foreign Trade Industries for North Rhine Westphalia and Fairtrade International Company Agreement on wages and salaries Group VIb plus an attractive benefit package. 
  • 30 days of holidays per year.

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV and a supporting letter in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Ms. Angelica Llanera at [email protected] or use the Application Form below. All information will be in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service.  We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by Fairtade International to undertake this assignment.

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