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Senior Project Officer. Fairtrade Africa (FTA) is the umbrella network organization representing Fairtrade certified producers and workers in Africa. It has four (4) regional networks – Eastern Africa; Southern Africa; West Africa; and Middle East and North Africa. Established in 2005, FTA aims to effectively represent producers and workers within the International Fairtrade System and provide services to them that contribute to the improvement of their livelihoods. The FTA Board directs policy and strategic development of the organization.

About the Role

To lead implementation of Fairtrade Africa’s D4A Flowers Project in Kenya aimed at directly empowering at least 5,000 workers and 20,000 indirect beneficiaries within Fairtrade Certified Flower farms (Hired-Labor Producer Organizations) with identified socio-economic interventions of clean energy, environmental protection, women and youth empowerment through adoption of
energy-saving cookstoves, sale of carbon credits and briquette production.

Duties and Responsibilities

Project Management

  • Establish a business case for D4A Flower project, supported by budget information and income projections per FTA and Fairtrade Finland’s project management toolkit and templates
  • Manage implementation of D4A Flowers project as per approved proposal, workplan and budget
  • Monitor operational activities and effectiveness of results and milestones
  • Compile monthly updates and quarterly reports using FTA and Fairtrade Finland’s project

Support the development of project concept notes and proposals
Technical Support

  • Provide thematic and technical support to target right-holders within the 8 Flower farms in relation to:
  • Deforestation and Climate change
  • Socio-economic and health effects resulting from over-reliance of kerosene, charcoal and wood fuel as main sources of cooking energy
  • Do Business development skills/Enterprise development in relation to production of energy-saving cook-stoves and briquettes using locally-available material
  • Inclusion of vulnerable persons i.e women, youth, persons with disabilities
  • Carbon Credits and Gold Standard Product certification process

Producer Organizational Strengthening

  • Identify producer needs and develop relevant support plan with reference to FTA’s Strategy, Fairtrade Standards, Project plan and Donor requirements
  • Ensure project right holders’ awareness of opportunities, risks and relevant sector players including risk management and potential opportunities
  • Provide support to target flower farms aimed at enhancing visibility of certification benefits/impact towards enhancing market opportunities for Fairtrade-certified Flowers


Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning 

  • Closely monitor implementation progress of D4A Flower project and propose strategies for continuous improvement
  •  In close collaboration with D4A Programme MEL Manager, lead project monitoring, evaluation and learning processes
  • Submit high quality narrative and financial reports in accordance to FTA, Fairtrade Finland and D4A Flower project donor requirements (monthly, quarterly and annually)
  • Provide information and data on a timely basis
  • Establish and maintain a database of all project documents

Partnership, Advocacy & Resource Mobilization

  •  Initiate and maintain strategic relationships with FTA Stakeholders i.e. target project right holders, local communities, public, private institutions, civil society organizations, educational/research institutions, etc
  • Support advocacy efforts at county, national and regional levels
  • Support development of quality communication material to enhance project, FTA and donor visibility
  • Supports media visits
  • Identify policy gaps and respective interventions to address these
  • Support resource mobilization efforts
  • Represent FTA in external events

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field (e.g Agriculture, Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management, Project Management etc.)

Experience and Knowledge

  • A minimum of 5 years’ project management experience in a development NGO
  • Additional experience on climate change, energy-saving cook-stoves and carbon-credits related project highly desired
  • Experience of delivering training to a wide range of audience
  • Experience in business development within sustainable supply chain
  • Knowledge and understanding of Ethical certification standards e.g. Fairtrade
  • Knowledge and experience in Hired Labor Producer Organizations will be an added advantage e.g. Flower Farms


Skills

  • Strong planning and project management skills
  • Good command of spoken and written English
  • Ability to speak fluently in Swahili
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact with individuals across multifunctional disciplines
  • Conflict resolution skill
  • Good organizational skills
  • Good training and facilitation skills.

Method of application

An application form (CVs will not be accepted) can be found on the jobs and volunteering page of our website http://www.fairtradeafrica.net/about-us/jobs-and-volunteering/ Completed applications should be saved in the applicant’s name, and the position Senior Project Officer – D4A Flower Project. Deadline is 14th March 2021
All applicants should state how they meet essential requirements of the post and include their email address, telephone contacts and three referees with contact details on the application form and email to recruitments@fairtradeafrica.net

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