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Senior Project Officer -D4A Cocoa Impact Project September 2020 - Jobvacan

Senior Project Officer -D4A Cocoa Impact Project

Project Management
• Establish a business case for each project, supported by budget information and income projections
• Manage the implementation of projects to develop the capacity of producer organizations
• Monitor operational activities and effectiveness of results and milestones
• Compile monthly updates and quarterly reports using FTA and project templates
• Support the development of project proposals

Technical Advisory
Provide thematic training and technical advisory support training to producer organisations and their structures and committees on themes including:
• Climate Change and Deforestation
• Project and financial management
• Gender mainstreaming
• Small Producer and Hired Labour Organisations Standards
• Product Certification Cycle

Organizational Strengthening
• Initiate and maintain relationships with local communities, public and government institutions, educational institutions among other stakeholders
• Understand producer needs and concerns, advocate on relevant policies to enhance FTA’s work with the local opinion leaders and decision-makers.
• Ensure awareness of the local trends, perceptions and players in the local community.
• Advise on how to manage risk and optimise on the opportunities
• Influence localised policies and perceptions in favour of FTA through the support of the Project Coordinator.
• Support the identification of opportunities for programme and projects development
• Support and provide advice to producer groups to enable access to trade and marketing opportunities
• Represent FTA in-country and field events

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
• Closely monitor programme performance (Financial and programmatic) and propose strategies for continuous improvement
• In close collaboration with the MEL team, lead project monitoring and evaluation processes in-country
• Monitor capacity-building efforts
• Submit high-quality narrative and financial reports in accordance with project and organisational requirements (monthly, quarterly and annually)
• Provide information and data on a timely basis to the Fairtrade Africa MEL function including but not limited to quantitative and qualitative reporting
• Establish and maintain a database of all programme documents and reports area of operation

Programme advocacy
• Establish and maintain in-country strategic partnerships
• Initiate and maintain relationships with local communities, public and government institutions, educational institutions among others who are key stakeholders of FTA
• Support advocacy efforts at national and regional levels
• Supports the development of communication material development and supports media visits

Resource Mobilization
• Support the Regional coordinator with resource mobilisation efforts


· Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field (e.g. Agriculture, Environmental Science, Natural Resources etc.) with additional work experience

Experience and Knowledge

  • A minimum of 3 years’ project management experience on a climate change, deforestation or carbon credit-related project
  • Experience of delivering training to a range of audiences
  • Experience in business development within sustainable supply chains
  • Knowledge and understanding of Fairtrade standards
  • Thematic knowledge and expertise in FTA’s priority areas


  • Good command of spoken and written English.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with individuals across multi-functional disciplines
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Good training and facilitation skills
  • Strong planning and project management skills
  • Ability to speak the local language
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