Standards Project Manager (maternity cover)

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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 Standards Project Manager will actively manage and support defined projects, develop and communicate about Fairtrade Standards and related standard setting methodologies.

Major areas of work to be undertaken: 
  • Develop trainings, communications 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 regarding 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
  • Monitor and contribute to thematic sustainability developments and include in Standard development and reviews
  • Manage standards data (collection and analysis)
  • 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


The position holder will have University education in development, economics, business, agriculture, or another relevant field.

Knowledge / Job Specific Competencies:
  • A minimum of 1-year experience in project management
  • Knowledge of small farmers’ and workers’ social and economic conditions in developing countries
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite and digital competence
  • Fluency in English
Professional Skill Requirements:
  • 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 time frames efficiently and with excellence
  • Ability to develop projects under guidance
Personal Qualitie:
  • 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
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Motivation for Fairtrade


  • This is a one year limited, 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 V


  • 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.