Full TimeInternship Greater Accra Region Fairtrade Africa
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Senior Project Officer

Fairtrade Africa (FTA) is the umbrella network organisation representing Fairtrade certified producers and workers in Africa. It has four (4) regional networks – Eastern & Central Africa; Southern Africa; Western Africa; and the 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.

Dignity for All Programme- (FTA and Fairtrade Finland Partnership Programme):

This is a four-year Development Cooperation Programme funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Finland with further support from National Fairtrade Organizations (NFOs) e.g. Fairtrade Finland Underpinned by the Fairtrade Theory of Change (ToC), the D4A Impact Programme seeks justice and fairness through exercising rights and freedoms, empowerment through strengthening the assets and capabilities of the most marginalized farmers and workers, and the attainment of sustainable livelihoods through building resilient agro-based trade systems and societies. The programme is aimed at capturing and assessing simultaneous change in four areas (spheres of change): Small producer & worker organizations; Supply chain business practices; Consumer behaviour and Civil society action.

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The programme has six different projects that are currently being implemented in four countries across Africa i.e. Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa focusing on Fairtrade-certified Banana, Flowers, Wine, Tea (Hired Labour), Coffee and Cocoa (Smallholder Producers) value chains.

The Overarching Objectives Of The Programme Are

The goal of the programme is to safeguard the rights of the producers and workers to a dignified life.

(i) Realizing the right to a sustainable livelihood of producer households

(ii) Realizing the right to a sustainable livelihood of worker households

(iii) Advancing fair and sustainable trade

The programme also has 3 cross-cutting objectives applicable to each of the six projects as follows: Gender Equality; Inclusion of vulnerable persons and environmental sustainability.

About The Senior Project Officer Job

To support hired labour organizations and workers in conducting a needs assessment, thematic training and providing coaching to strengthen capacity.
To provide pre and post-certification support as required.

Senior Project Officer Reporting Lines

Post holder reports to Project Coordinator – Dignity for All Project
Staff reporting to this post**: None**

Senior Project Officer BUDGET RESPONSIBILITY: Yes

Key Duties And Responsibilities

Project Management
Establish a business case for each project, supported by budget information and income projections
Manage the implementation of projects to develop the capacity of hired labour organizations and workers
Monitor operational activities and effectiveness of results and milestones
Compile monthly updates and quarterly reports using FTA and project templates
Support the development of project proposals

Senior Project Officer Technical Advisory

Provide thematic training and technical advisory support training to producer organisations and Fairtrade Premium Committees:
Project and financial management
Gender mainstreaming
Hired Labour Standards
Fairtrade Premium management
Product Certification Cycle

Organizational Strengthening
Initiate and maintain relationships with local communities, public and government institutions, educational institutions among other stakeholders
Understand producer needs and concerns, advocate on relevant policies to enhance FTA’s work with the local opinion leaders and decision-makers.
Ensure awareness of the local trends, perceptions and players in the local community.
Advice on how to manage risk and optimise on the opportunities
Influence localised policies and perceptions in favour of FTA through the support of the D4A Project Coordinator.
Support the identification of opportunities for programmes and projects development
Support and provide advice to producer groups to enable access to trade and marketing opportunities
Support the needs and situational assessment of HLOs and propose recommendations to best support workers
Support in provision of technical assistance to HLOs in the development of business strategic plans, marketing plans related to business development and growth requirements

Senior Project Officer Skills & Experience Required



Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Agriculture or related field

Experience And Knowledge
A minimum of 3 years’ project management experience in a similar environment
Experience of delivering training to a range of audiences
Experience in business development within sustainable supply chains
Knowledge and understanding of labour laws and industrial relations in Ghana
Knowledge and understanding of Fairtrade standards
Thematic knowledge and expertise in FTA’s priority areas

Senior Project Officer Skills
Good command of spoken and written English.
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with individuals across multi-functional disciplines
Conflict resolution skills
Good organizational skills
Good training and facilitation skills
Strong planning and project management skills
Ability to speak the local language

An application form (CVs will not be accepted) can be found on the jobs and volunteering page of our website Completed applications should be saved in the applicant’s name and the position Senior Project Officer – Cocoa Impact Project D4A.

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 If you have any queries, please call +254202721930 / +233 (0)27 724 6894 / +233 (0)50 160 1365 and ask to speak to a member of the HR team.

Qualified applicants will be subjected to background checks as a condition of employment.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply

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