Senior Advisor Climate and Environment

FLO - Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International

Senior Advisor Climate and Environment

FLO - Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International

Bonn, Germany

UNIT: Global Products, Policy & Programs
REPORTS TO: Director of Global Products, Policy & Programs


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 Global Products, Policy & Programmes Unit is made up of a team of Global Product Managers and Senior Advisors in key thematic areas who provide advisory services to the Fairtrade system, in order to ensure coherent system-wide implementation of mission critical strategies.


The Senior Advisor Climate and Environment provides leadership to the Fairtrade International System to pursue its mission to empower smallholder farmers and workers dealing with environmental challenges. S/he will drive the development and implementation of generic and product specific strategies and coordinate system-wide interventions in this regard with Producer Networks, National Fairtrade Organisations, other relevant parts of the Fairtrade system and partners from outside the system.

The Senior Advisor will work in close coordination with relevant FI bodies and committees and in particular with producers and their networks as key stakeholders taking into consideration best practice approaches and the state-of-the-art academic debate related to climate and environment.

Core responsibilities:

  • Strengthen Fairtrade International’s position as a centre of excellence in climate and environment;
  • Provide overall leadership and technical support to Fairtrade member organizations in the analysis, planning, development, and coherent delivery of climate and environmental work through facilitation, advice, and targeted capacity building;
  • Develop and test approaches and tools needed to achieve the climate and environmental objectives and targets, address the challenges and overcome barriers, in close coordination with Fairtrade International’s members, relevant FI units and industry experts;
  • Engage with and support member organizations in offering the climate and environmental offer to business to existing and prospective partners;
  • Ensure internal alignment, good understanding and coherent communication on climate and environmental strategies, their progress in implementation and on any learning throughout the Fairtrade system;
  • Provide thought leadership in climate and environment related policy and advocacy work and contribute to position Fairtrade externally and with partners
  • Provide thematic content expertise in support of securing climate and environment related funding;
  • Build new partnerships and deepen existing ones for collaborative work.

Specific tasks:

  • Together with key representatives of Producer Networks, National Fairtrade Organizations and relevant Fairtrade International units, lead the development of a strategy for Fairtrade;
  • Design a roadmap with clear milestones and targets towards attaining defined objectives;
  • Through close collaboration with product leads integrate climate and environment approaches into commodity strategies;
  • Plan and lead on coherent implementation of work across FI units, in particular with Standards&Pricing, External Relations and Global Impact;
  • Support the Global Impact Unit in defining data need assessments, monitoring framework and tools, and research projects required for evidence-based target setting and monitoring results. Support the development, coherence and overview of programmes available to commercial partners and producers;
  • Create necessary material enabling member organizations to offer climate and environmental programmes to producers and commercial partners;
  • Create necessary material enabling Producer Networks to enhance knowledge and capacity of producer organizations;
  • Work with the Global Advocacy Working Group to integrate Fairtrade’s position and strategy into the advocacy agendas and work plan for policy influencing;
  • Manage relations with like-minded partners and other actors in the sustainability sector, and identify potentials for synergies and cooperation;
  • Represent the Fairtrade system in selected conferences, workshops and seminars;
  • Provide regular progress reports to the relevant committees and internal audiences as needed.


Professional experience:

  • University degree in international development, environmental sciences or comparable qualifications;
  • At least 7 years of relevant professional experience in the design and implementation of environmental sustainability strategies and programmes targeting smallholder producers and workers in countries of the global South;
  • Comprehensive work experience in diverse multi-stakeholder environments;
  • Thorough understanding of the challenges and complexities of agricultural commodity value chains and the role of smallholders and workers herein.

Professional competencies:

  • Analytical and strategic thinking - ability to maintain strategic overview in the face of operational complexity;
  • Facilitation of participatory processes within multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary settings;
  • Highly developed social skills and ability to listen as well as communicate in different environments and cultures, ranging from rural producers to officials representing government institutions;
  • Programme or project management skills;
  • Proficiency in English; working level Spanish desirable.

Personal qualities:

  • Strong leadership and influencing skills;
  • Strong networking and relationship-building skills;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Creative, pragmatic and result- and solution-oriented;
  • Proactive and able to work independently;
  • Collaborative and supportive approach to teamwork and people management;
  • Identification with Fairtrade’s mission and principles.


  • This is a full-time temporary position based in the Fairtrade International office in Bonn, Germany;
  • The working language is English;
  • Start date: as soon as possible;
  • Salary is 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 6b (4,780.87.- Euros Gross per month) plus an attractive benefit package;
  • 30 days annual leave and flexible working hours.


  • 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 “Sr. Advisor Climate Change” in the subject line;
  • Deadline for applications is 4th March 2020;
  • By sending the application documents you voluntarily consent to Fairtrade International to use and process your personal data for the purpose of this application procedure;
  • You can revoke your consent at any time via email to;
  • As part of the application procedure, we collect and process your data in accordance with the data protection declaration for application procedures which can be found below.

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.

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