Project Manager Standards

  • Published: 2023-09-05
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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 post holder will actively coordinate and support defined projects, develop and communicate about Fairtrade Standards and related standard setting methodologies.

  •  Develop training and communication and guidance material on standards to support the ongoing standard review processes
  • Evaluate and develop communication and consultation tools used for Standard projects
  • Support the maintenance and improvements of communication re standards on the Website
  • Coordinate the development and maintain a system for collecting and storing communications relevant to standards (including rankings, benchmarks, comparison documents, etc)
  • Coordinate projects to develop and revise Fairtrade standards, from research phase to decision by the Standards Committee under guidance and oversight of the Head of Standards or Director S&P
  • Support the development and revision of Fairtrade standards, from research phase to decision by the Standards Committee, under guidance and oversight of the Head of Standards or Director S&P
  • Integrate advice and guidance from Fairtrade International experts and Fairtrade members adequately into standard proposals
  • Monitor and contribute to thematic sustainability developments and include in Standard development and reviews
  • Coordinate the support of other team members in their role in Standard projects under guidance of the line manager
  • Manage standards data (collection and analysis)
  • Monitor and plan work within assigned areas of responsibility (product and thematic wise)
  • Act as main point of contact for standard related questions within assigned area of responsibility
  • Support the development of methodological improvements to Fairtrade standard-setting processes
  • Develop consultancy tenders, receive and evaluate consultancy quotes, prepare contracting of consultants and manage relationship with consultants to ensure high-quality results. Support other unit-relevant projects/ tasks as required and needed
  • Provide training to and share knowledge with Technical Assistants and Student assistants
  • Cooperate with other units, functions, organisations and public authorities on related topics
  • Substitute team members and undertake other tasks that are consistent with the level and responsibilities of this position


Level of Education
  • University education in development, economics, business, agriculture or other relevant
Job specific competencies and experience

  • A minimum of 1-year experience in project management
  • Knowledge of small farmers’ and workers’ social and economic conditions in developing countries
  • Excellent communication skills with a demonstrated ability to explain complex matters to a variety of audiences, including our international governance bodies
  • Excellent analytical, research, writing, and presentation skills
  • Able to work on multiple matters simultaneously and meet tight timeframes efficiently and with excellence
  • Willingness to work independently and to collaborate effectively when needed
  • Ability to develop projects under guidance
  • Detail oriented
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite and digital competence
  • Languages: fluency in English
  • Experience within the areas relevant to the work of Fairtrade
  • Qualification and experience in social, economic, or environmental standard-setting or auditing
  • Knowledge and experience on Fairtrade products, its flow and trade (e.g. Coffee, Banana, Sugar)
  • Professional experience of work in international development, particularly small business development
  • Knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese or French
 Personal Qualities
  • Service and goal oriented style
  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders from different perspectives and contexts
  • Political judgment backed by a diplomatic and sensitive working style
  • Excellent organizational and co-ordination skills
  • Collaborative and supportive approach to teamwork and people management
  • Excellent communication skills and facility in cross-cultural communication
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, including conflict and facilitating resolution skills
  • Diplomatic and sensitive approach
  • Solution-oriented team player
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Reliable, diligent and service driven working attitude
  • Passion for the job and the desire to go the extra mile
  • Motivation for Fairtrade


  • 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 plus an attractive benefit package.
  • Starting date: as soon as possible
  • 30 days of holidays per year


  • 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.