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Director of Programmes
Fairtrade Africa Secretariat
Location: Nairobi ,Kenya
Last Date: January 20, 2011
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Reference:
Job Profile: DP - 1 -
Fairtrade Africa Secretariat
TITLE: Director of Programmes
TEAM: Executive Team
LOCATION: Nairobi Kenya
REPORTING TO: Executive Director
Reporting to this post: Policy & Advocacy Manager, Standards Development
Coordinator, Regional Managers
BUDGET RESPONSIBILITY: Yes
Fairtrade Africa (FTA) is an umbrella
organisation representing all Fairtrade certified producers in Africa. FTA
also represents non Fairtrade Labelling Organisations (FLO) International
certified producers on trade issues in Africa and globally.
Established in 2005, FTA is governed by an
elected Board directing policy and strategy. FTA is a member of the FLO, a
global network of organisations working to common standards and verification
FTA works through sub-regional and national
structures across Africa to represent producers within the FLO system. Our
aim is to improve livelihoods in Africa by increasing access to markets on
better terms of trade. FTA seeks to deliver on these objectives by working
to improve technical, organisational and managerial capacity of
smallholders. This is further facilitated by developing strategic
partnerships to leverage support for producers. FTA works with relevant
organisations and institutions in building support for Fairtrade and fair
trade values and principles across Africa as well as bringing people,
institutions and governments together in a movement for change in trade
Currently there are about over 250 Fairtrade
certified producer organisations in Africa with some of the certified
organisations numbering over 62,000 individual members. Fairtrade is
promoting livelihoods for over half a million farm households across Africa.
FTA has been undergoing major organisational
changes since 2009. This has culminated in the creation of new structures
and teams to build on the strong institutional foundation established over
the last two years. FTA is therefore looking for an experienced and
well-motivated Programmes Director committed to the values of fair trade,
smallholders and worker rights as well as poverty reduction in Africa to
lead programmes development and implementation within the organisation.
Under the direction of the Executive
Director, the Director of Programmes (DP) as a member of the Senior
Management team, shares in the overall responsibility for the development,
direction and coordination of FTA programmes. The DP in his/her capacity is
responsible for Regional Networks, Policy and Advocacy (including
communications) and Standards teams ensuring effective programme development
and implementation, with the objective of delivering high quality support
(technical, organisational and financial) and obtaining greater impact for
Fairtrade certified producers in Africa.
As part of the post, the DP will lead project
development and management and will work closely with the Executive Director
to cultivate donors. The DP will line manage all Regional Managers, Policy
and Advocacy Manager as well as the Standards Development Coordinator.
Provide strategic vision and direction to FTA programmes.
Take a lead role in developing programme strategies and annual plans and
Participate in conceptualizing and designing cost effective, innovative
programmes to support producer businesses.
Lead the design and implementation of fundraising strategies and project
proposals in conjunction with the Executive Director and Senior Management
Team to ensure that programmes are adequately
financed within the parameters of the FTA
Ensure a participatory coordinated approach is taken to proposal development
and that team leaders and regional managers, Finance, HR and other relevant
departments participate in this process
Develop working relationships with donor liaisons to ensure that FTA is well
positioned to access information on donor strategy and priorities.
Strategic Policy Planning
Provide management support and guidance to team managers to ensure they are
delivering quality and timely inputs.
Develop and maintain an overview of key policies and programmes concerning
producer support in Africa.
Support the Executive Director to review and update FTA strategy, to
maximize impact in achieving longer-term, medium-term and short-term
objectives. Keep in line with the changing needs of organisational and
Identify key opportunities and events for FTA in Africa to position itself
as the leading producer led organization in Africa.
Provision of Technical Assistance
Provide advice to regional managers and team leads and ensure effectiveness
in all aspects of programming including partner and staff capacity building.
Ensure provision of high quality technical
assistance to all programmes
Ensure appropriate coordination between the different programme implementing
Ensure appropriate levels of technical assistance are provided to all
Ensure that fair trade principles such fairness, community based approaches,
good governance, non-discrimination etc. are mainstreamed in programme
Support the Regional Managers in the measurement of achievement and progress
towards programme goals and results through the monitoring & evaluation
Ensure learning by the programme team from relevant best practice and
assessing performance regularly against agreed programme objectives and
Prepare key policy briefing documents and communication materials for
positioning FTA as key producer empowerment organisation.
Ensure learning by the FTA programme team from relevant best practice
internally and externally.
Support in the review and evolving approach
to working with programme partners.
Manage staff and team budget and report on progress on budget management.
Lead on internal and external programme/project evaluations as necessary and
ensures the execution of baseline, periodic, and final evaluations as
necessary in coordination with programme partners.
Help design and implement a coherent programme structure that is consistent
with FTA practices and appropriate to member needs.
Senior Management Team Participation
Deputize for the Executive Director.
Contribute to overall management of FTA, supporting the executive director
in reporting to the Board.
Work with Senior Management Team to ensure adequate staff management
structures are in place.
Ensure transparent use of financial resources in compliance with FTA and
donor policies and procedures.
SKILLS AND COMPETENCE – Essential
Advance university degree in Agricultural Development/ Economics, Rural
Development, Development Studies, Social Sciences or related studies
+ years with NGO out of which 3 – 5 years formulating and directing
programmes or leading an organization.
Familiarity and experience in developing
and implementing capacity improvement strategies.
Experience of developing and managing monitoring and evaluation systems.
Genuine commitment to, and understanding of, results-based and participatory
Excellent conceptual and analytical skills. Effective negotiator, with the
ability to positively influence cross team and cross sectorial working.
Proven ability to design and deliver on
High level of integrity.
Resource management, training and capacity building, coaching / mentoring
Commitment to and understanding of fair trade values and principles.
Excellent interpersonal, communication and
presentation skills and drafting competencies.
Demonstrated ability to understand complexities of producer market access
issues and successfully pursue new market opportunities for producers.
Experience in project cycle management, ensuring the delivery of high
professional history that demonstrates familiarity and understanding of
Fairtrade and ethical trade principles and practices.
This job description is intended as a
guide and should not be viewed as an inflexible specification as it may
be varied from time to time in the light of strategic developments
following discussion with the post holder. The post holder will be
expected to work to agreed objectives, which should facilitate
achievements of key responsibilities in accordance with the Performance
Send applications to
by the 20th of January 2011. Please reference "FTA Director of
Programmes" in the subject line. All applicants should state how they
meet essential requirements of the post, with ALL the following:
detailed CV, cover letter and salary (Gross) history (current and last 2
jobs is applicable), email address, telephone contacts, current and
expected remuneration package, names of three referees with contact
details by 20th of January
Qualified applicants will be subjected to
a background check as a condition of employment. The final hiring
decision is anticipated end of January for a start date ASAP.
of issue: 15th December 2010
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