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Certification Analyst for North/West Africa

Location: Bonn, Germany
Last Date: July 25, 2010

Fairtrade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect. FLO-CERT, an independent international certification company provides the credibility, trust and transparency behind the Fairtrade Label.

With over 2000 clients in more than 70 countries, FLO-CERT has become one of the world’s leading social certification bodies –empowering over one million farmers and wage workers and their families in the global south through access to the Fairtrade market.

FLO-CERT GmbH currently has a vacancy in its Certification department for a customer orientated, service driven and energetic new staff member with an interest in FAIRTRADE:

Certification Analyst for North/West Africa (m/f)

Coordinate and evaluate trader and producer certification against Fairtrade Standards in North-West Africa.

• Act as Certification coordinator for operators in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia.
• Coordinate the audit and certification process of operators in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and other countries depending on the need of the company.
• Prepare Evaluation / Certification Decisions to be presented to the Regional Manager North-West Africa (RM).
1. Trader and Producer Certification in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia:

• Process new applications for certification of the assigned countries.
• Coordinate the audit and certification process of operators in the assigned countries
• Evaluate audit reports and control their quality.
• Prepare Evaluation / Certification Decisions for the RM for decision.
• Communicate actively with applicants and certified operators and provide all necessary information on decisions.
• Present cases to the Certification Committee for advice on evaluation/certification decisions.
• Actively participate in the annual audit planning for assigned countries.
• Ensure a proper documentation and filing of certification decisions.
• Maintain operator information in the FLO-CERT database.
• Update the monthly report.
• Communicate actively with the FLO-CERT responsible staff regarding complaints and allegations, and where applicable, about operators in the assigned countries.
• Prepare review/appeals submissions when required.
• Communicate actively with Labelling Initiatives and FLO e.V.
2. Assist in the selection, evaluation and training of Auditors.
3. Contribute to the continuous improvement of FLO-CERT processes.

• Regional Manager North/West Africa

• Professional, vocational training or education (e.g. apprenticeship) in a relevant business (trade, commercial, etc.) and/or a Bachelor university level education in a relevant subject (Business, Agronomy, Law, Economics etc.) or equivalent.
• 2 years related professional work experience.
• Familiar with one or more of the following certification schemes: e.g. ISO 9001, ISO 14001, Fairtrade, Organic, SA8000, etc) or Social Auditing
• Fluency in English, French, Arabic written and spoken.
• Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
• Pro-active, flexible work style and team player.
• Excellent communication skills and experience in dealing with different cultures.
• Strong dedication towards customer service.
• Strong command in the use of MS Office Products.
• Motivation for Fairtrade.

• Master University level education (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (Business, Agronomy, Law, Economics etc.)
• Prior experience/knowledge in the following products: cotton and fresh fruit
• Prior experience in certification or auditing
• Prior experience in import and/or export activities

• Job Share: 100%.
• Position is based in the FLO-Cert Office in Bonn, Germany.
• Salary Category V (Collective Bargaining Agreement Whole- and Foreign Sale North Rhine-Westphalia)
• Start: August 2010 or as soon as possible.
• The office language is English.
• 30 days of holidays.

• Please apply only via the FLO-Cert vacancy website:

Follow here the application procedure for registering and submitting your application documents in English with curriculum vitae, motivation letter and salary indication to Mr. David Holzwarth.
• Deadline for applications: 25th of July 2010
Please consult  for more information on FLO-Cert GmbH and the Fairtrade movement.

- Please note that only those invited for an interview will be contacted.

Thank you for your understanding. -


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