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Fairtrade International Vacancy: Project Manager Pricing - Bonn, Germany

Fairtrade International Vacancy: Project Manager Pricing - Bonn, Germany
Fairtrade is an ethical certification system and movement with a people first approach to trade. Fairtrade International (FLO) is an internationally recognized, non-profit organization that works to secure fairer trade terms so that farmers and workers in developing countries can invest in a better future for themselves and their communities. Our global team works to directly connect producers and consumers and promote fairer trading conditions and sustainability. We are responsible for the strategic direction of the Fairtrade system, the Fairtrade Standards and support to Fairtrade farmers and workers worldwide.

The Standard Unit (SU) seeks to bring social, economic and environmental benefits to producers and workers and to empower them to address the challenges of poverty and to achieve sustainable livelihoods. We do this through developing, monitoring and reviewing Fairtrade Standards and economic benefit mechanisms, including Fairtrade Minimum Prices and Fairtrade Premiums. The SU also provides standard and pricing support services, such as communication, guidance and training on Fairtrade Standards, Minimum Prices and Premiums.


The post holder will contribute to the development and management of standards, and in particular of Fairtrade Minimum Prices and Premiums and related price setting methodologies.

Core Responsibilities:
  • Manage projects to develop and revise Fairtrade International’s Fairtrade Minimum Prices and Fairtrade Premium levels. 
  • Support and develop methodological improvements to Fairtrade international’s price-setting processes
  • Support training and communication on Fairtrade International’s prices and price-setting
  • Pricing Project Management 
    • Design and manage projects to develop and revise Fairtrade International’s Fairtrade Minimum Prices and Fairtrade Premium levels, according to agreed objectives, timelines, and allocated budget, in the framework of Fairtrade International (FLO) Standard Operating Procedures
    • Develop consultancy tenders, coordinate the hiring of consultants, train and manage consultants to deliver high-quality inputs to standards / pricing projects.
    • Manage stakeholder consultation processes and project communication activities and relationships with key stakeholders. 
    • Manage administrative tasks (i.e. filing, correspondences) related to the project.
  • Research and Analysis 
    • Conduct desktop research in support of price development and revision.  
    • Analyse and present consultation results on price levels and related issues.
    • Develop and present high quality analytical papers to support decision-making on standards by Fairtrade International’s Standards Committee and Board.
  • Prices Development and Revision 
    • Revise Fairtrade International’s existing prices and set new ones, on the basis of evidence-based analysis and in line with provided guidance
    • Communicate new and revised prices as well as new methodologies, including through the development of explanatory documents, training workshops, and Q&A to be used by the Communication Department
    • Contribute to the execution of general office tasks related to the work as needed.
  • Methodological Development 
    • Develop methodological aspects of Fairtrade International’s price setting approach. 
    • Answer to price-related questions and requests from various stakeholders.
  • Knowledge / Job Specific Competencies: 
    • A minimum of 2 years experience in project management (essential)
    • Experience within Fairtrade relevant area (desired) 
    • University education in development, economics, business, agriculture or other relevant field (essential)
    • Advanced knowledge of small farmers’ and workers’ social and economic conditions in developing countries (essential)
    • Qualification and experience in social, economic, or environmental standard-setting or auditing (desired)
    • Professional experience of work in international development, particularly small business development (desired)
  • Professional Skill Requirements 
    • Project management skills, including: project design and planning, project budgeting, team management
    • Analytical, research, writing, and presentation skills
    • Excellent cross-cultural communication skills and capacity to make complex issues easily understandable 
    • Strong social skills.
    • Languages: Fluency in English and ability to work effectively in Spanish, French or Portuguese essential.
    • Personal Qualities
    • Ability to develop projects under own initiative
    • Strengths in logical thinking and attention to detail
    • Capacity to work independently 
    • Collaborative and team-working approach
    • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders from different perspectives and contexts
    • Motivation for the aims of Fairtrade
Within FLO the position has primary working relationships with the Standards Unit, the Producer Services Relations Unit, the Strategy and Policy Unit, Global Product Management, the Communications Team and other relevant Business Units.

On a project-basis, the Project Manager will develop relationships with external stakeholders including Fairtrade producers and their representatives; Fairtrade traders; staff at Fairtrade Labelling Initiatives; staff at FLO-CERT; consultants; and representatives of other relevant partner organizations.

  • This position is a full time position (38.5 working hours/week). 
  • Position based in the Fairtrade International office in Bonn, Germany;
  • The working language is English
  • Start date: ASAP 
  • Salary as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement Salary Level V for the Wholesale and Foreign Trade Industries for North Rhine Westphalia and Fairtrade International Company Agreement on wages and salaries plus an attractive benefit package. 30 days holidays for full time position (or part-time equivalent).
  • Please consult for more information on Fairtrade International and the Fairtrade system 
  • Please apply by email only, in English, with Curriculum Vitae and motivation letter to, citing “Project Manager, Pricing” in the subject line 
  • Deadline for applications is July 2nd, 2014