Communications Officer

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Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. Fairtrade offers producers a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their everyday shopping.
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 Communications Officer supports the Communications Team with coordination and maintenance of digital assets, development of infographics and graphic media, maintenance of project management and media tools, and assistance on other communications projects.


Visual communication:
  • Support local offices in finding visual material when requested
  • Actively contribute to improve Fairtrade's digital asset management system
  • Design communications material including infographics, social media assets, short publications, and others. Brief designers when outsourced.
  • Create or edit multimedia material such as reels and short brand awareness or explanatory videos in a variety of formats
  • Lead Visual community of practice which brings together colleagues working on this sphere across different Fairtrade offices to develop projects together
General communications support:
  • Support coordination team meetings
  • Support planning of annual global marketing communications meeting
  • Support project management as needed
  • Assist with writing assignments
  • Undertake other tasks as necessary, consistent with the level and responsibilities of this post


Level of Education:
  • University degree in a relevant subject, such as communications, design, public relations, or marketing
Knowledge / Job Specific Competencies:
  •  A 1-3 years’ experience working in communications or marketing
  • Experience in design and/or video editing and using appropriate software (adobe suite, canvas)
  • Experience writing, editing and proofreading communication materials
  • Experience assisting in project management
  • Fluency in English – writing and speaking at native speaker level
Professional Skill Requirements:
  • Experience using:
    • Digital asset management systems (e.g., Virtual Vault, Widen, etc.)
    • Media tracking tools (e.g., Cision, Meltwater, Falcon, etc.)
    • Project management software (e.g., Trello, Basecamp, Stackfield, etc.)
  • Knowledge of:
    • The Fairtrade system and its role in the global movement for change
    • International development issues
    • Ethical trade or social corporate responsibility.
    • Latest trends in communication and how audiences prefer content
  • Experience assisting in the planning of multi-day events/conferences
  • Written and spoken fluency in Spanish or French preferred, other languages are an asset
Personal Qualities:
  • Collaborative and supportive approach to teamwork
  • Sensitivity to different cultures and business styles
  • Good networking and relationship-building skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work with internal and external stakeholders with different needs and interests
  • Demonstrable personal commitment to sustainable development, social justice, and the struggle to end poverty


  • This is a full-time position
  • An initial one-year contract is offered. It is envisaged that the contract will be renewable after the initial one year period.
  • 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 V
  • Starting date as soon as possible


  • Please consult for more information on Fairtrade International and the Fairtrade system
  • We are actively recruiting for this role and reserve the right to close this advertisement at any time
Please note that Fairtrade International is strict on compliance with the required qualification criteria mentioned above, and only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.