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  • Posted: Mar 22, 2023
    Deadline: Apr 15, 2023
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    Fairtrade International 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 sustain...
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    Head of Policy and Advocacy Africa

    The purpose of this role is to:

    • To support a coherent and coordinated policy and research activities that assist FTA grow its influence  and visibility in Africa;
    • To promote and maintain relationships with key audiences including producers, policy makers and other  external agencies in Africa related to policy and advocacy;
    • To provide capacity strengthening and technical support to policy, research, and advocacy initiatives in 

    Key Performance Areas

    Policy and Research 

    • Lead policy relevant analysis and research, contributing to the development Policy Advocacy publications (position papers, petitions etc.); 
    • Support and develop the capacity of FTA staff to generate materials and conduct other desk-based research  and policy analyses; 
    • Track and analyze country, regional, continental, and global policy and advocacy environment,recommending strategic opportunities for FTA engagement and undertake country specific analysis;
    • Support the implementation of a MEL system to track the output, outcomes, and impact of FTA’s Policy Advocacy work;


    • Lead initiatives to build the capacity of FTA staff and producer organizations to more effectively engage in advocacy, strengthen linkages with key advocacy stakeholders in core supply chains;
    • Identify, and participate in networks in established FTA priority areas for Fairtrade certified products with relevant stakeholders and partners, providing salient information on a continuous basis;
    • Network with continental stakeholders to build strategic relationships and deepen FTA understanding of key policy issues and advocacy opportunities in core supply chains;
    • Represent FTA in relevant governance, planning, intelligence and lobby meetings of umbrella organizations and coalitions related to core supply chains;

    Knowledge Management and Information Sharing 

    • Support the collection and documentation of impact stories for sharing, learning and advocacy;
    • Contribute to the drafting of written materials and copy for social media as well as supporting digital communications; 
    • In collaboration with the regional teams and key FTA stakeholders, identify and lead resource mobilization development opportunities contributing to concept and proposal development and donor reports;
    • Establish and maintain all documentation, data and information systems related to research, policy and advocacy;
    • Develop policy and research tools, frameworks, and curriculum to strengthen the advocacy capacity of FTA staff and producer networks;

    Resource Mobilization and Sustainability Initiatives

    • Support advocacy related resource mobilization initiatives- identify and facilitate opportunities for  relationship building and proposal development with key donors;
    • Develop and manage strategic partnerships with CSOs, and development agencies to leverage FTA’s  advocacy work in competitive calls for advocacy related proposals;
    • Support positioning of advocacy work around sustainability issues such as climate support FTA make  progress on its ongoing commitment to become a more sustainable and socially responsible company.


    • Advanced Degree in a relevant subjects (Public Policy, Political Science, etc.)
    • Certification in research methods, policy or advocacy and related subjects

    Experience and Knowledge

    • 10 years’+ experience implementing research, policy, and advocacy initiatives in a not-for-profit  organization;
    • Experience in capacity building of CSOs, etc.
    • Experience in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies;
    • Experience conducting policy analysis and synthesizing technical information and materials for decision  making for advocacy actions;
    • Experience in management or coordination of research, policy, and advocacy-related events;
    • Knowledge of key international, regional sustainable goals agreements and conventions.


    • Fluent in English and excellent written communication for a range of audiences
    • Strong research and policy development skills
    • Excellent trainer with presentation, training, and facilitation skills 
    • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills
    • Strong planning and project management skills

    Method of Application

    An application form (CVs will not be accepted) Completed applications should be saved in the applicant’s name and the position (Head of Policy and Advocacy Africa) and be e-mailed to
    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

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