Sustainability Standards & Certification Coordinator Coffee & Tea
UTZ Certified / Duurzaamheid Werkt
Location: The Netherlands
Last Date: May 20, 2011
Sustainability Standards & Certification Coordinator Coffee & Tea 2011
Do you want to be involved in the international
dynamics of sustainability, where ideals and
UTZ CERTIFIED is one of the largest sustainability programs for coffee, tea and cocoa
in the world. Brands which have committed to buying UTZ CERTIFIED products are
worldwide market leaders who buy their raw materials in large volumes. Sara Lee,
Heinz, MARS and IKEA are, amongst many others, UTZ CERTIFIED partners.
The UTZ CERTIFIED label stands for an improved position of farmers on the market
because they have been trained in improving agricultural and business practices which
leads to a better quality product, higher productivity and a more efficient use of
means. Environmental and social aspects are also equally addressed within the UTZ
CERTIFIED sustainability program. This way, farmers become more professional which
enables them to negotiate a better price for a better product.
Coffee beans, cocoa beans and tea leaves travel a long road from farm to cup. UTZ
CERTIFIED has a unique online traceability system which can trace products back
through the production chain, creating traceability and transparency. Through the
traceability system UTZ can safeguard that products have been sustainably sourced,
giving brands and consumers the assurance they need.
Since its foundation in 2002, UTZ CERTIFIED has developed into a multi-commodity
program for coffee, cocoa, tea and palm oil with the ambition to expand into other
products in the coming years. UTZ CERTIFIED is headquartered in Amsterdam with
representatives in the US, Japan and Switzerland, and works closely with its partner
network in Africa, Asia and Latin America. UTZ CERTIFIED is looking for a:
Sustainability Standards & Certification Coordinator
for the Coffee/Tea program
The UTZ Standards & Certification Department (six persons) is responsible for
developing and continuously improving the sustainability criteria UTZ CERTIFIED
stands for, as well as for managing the UTZ certification program and monitoring and
evaluation activities. The UTZ codes are voluntary standards that are developed in a
transparent, credible and balanced multi-stakeholder approach. As a Sustainability
Standards & Certification Coordinator you will be assigned specific geographical areas
to manage. You handle multiple priorities and deadlines in a very dynamic and
international work environment.
∑ Coordinate revision process of UTZís sustainable production codes
∑ Develop and revise Chain of Custody requirements for sustainable commodity
∑ Facilitate local documents for origin countries
∑ Participate in content discussions and assess relevance for standards of
∑ Implement and monitor the international UTZ certification procedures
∑ Support the launch and implementation of the certification body in the UTZ
∑ Assist local partners and coordinate certification workshops in origin countries
∑ Participate in impact monitoring of the certification program
The Sustainability Standards & Certification Coordinator reports to the Certification
∑ MSc in agronomy, environmental science, international development or related
∑ Experience in certification and strong understanding of the issues therein
∑ Good knowledge of sustainability and agricultural and social standard systems
∑ Good knowledge of smallholder production systems
∑ Understanding of commodity supply chains and the various needs and interests
in market dynamics
∑ Experience with multi-stakeholder processes
∑ Work experience in (sub)tropical countries and in the development sector
∑ Result oriented, analytical and a good eye for detail
∑ Self managing team player with excellent intercultural skills
∑ Fluency in verbal and written English and good knowledge (verbal and written)
of Portuguese and Spanish. French or Vietnamese is a plus.
UTZ CERTIFIED offers you a challenging position in a dynamic and international
working environment, with entrepreneurial drive and an innovative approach.
Employment is based upon minimum 32 hours/week. We can only consider candidates
who have a work & residency permit for the Netherlands/EU. The position implies
close co-operation with our partners in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Please send your application to
firstname.lastname@example.org before 20 May
2011, mentioning Sustainability Standards & Certification Coordinator Coffee & Tea in
the subject line. For more information about this position please contact Annelies
Pijnenburg: +31 (0) 6 46 68 01 91. More information about UTZ CERTIFIED:
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