DIVISION/TEAM: Office of the CEO
REPORTS TO: Chief Executive Officer
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 Chief Operation Officer (COO) is an Executive position at Fairtrade International that aims to oversee the day to day operations and performance of the Fairtrade International staff at the Central office according to FI strategic and operational plans and expected outcomes. The COO supports the CEO in monitoring performance against the current global strategy. During this exciting period the COO also works with the other members of the Global Leadership Team, to lead the development and implementation of a new global strategy for 2021-25.
This position is a member of the Global Leadership Team, and leads a number of the members of the Senior Management Team and their staff. As such the Chief Operating Officer will contribute to the overall implementation of the strategy and performance of Fairtrade International. The position will report to the CEO and work closely with the Board and other governance and operational bodies of the global movement. The COO will be especially responsible for ensuring Fairtrade develops a strong culture of delivery and accountability.
The Board and CEO are looking for a mission focused, seasoned, strategic, and process minded leader with experience of leading change in a complex global organisation, leading an executive management team, and developing a performance culture among a group of diverse, talented individuals. The COO must be a leader who is able to help others at Fairtrade International deliver measurable, cost-effective results that make the vision of Fairtrade a reality.
Importantly, the successful COO will have the skills, sensitivity, and personal confidence to tap into the power that each member of the team brings to this mission, and create a team of committed staff members working aligned to achieve common goals. While it is essential that the COO brings efficient and effective systems to increase the productivity and impact of the organization, it is also critical that the team retain the creative spark and passion for development through empowerment and support that drives Fairtrade.
Reporting to the CEO of Fairtrade International, the COO is the Deputy to the CEO and will act as head of office in the absence of the CEO, leading internal operations and having the following responsibilities:
As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must believe in the core values of Fairtrade and be driven by its mission. The candidate should demonstrate a passion for breaking new ground to lead social change. Beyond that, the candidate should have proven experience in enabling a multi-stakeholder organization to deliver outstanding results,-and a demonstrated ability to both lead and build the capabilities of a driven, bright, diverse team.
The successful candidate will most likely have had senior management experience with a global non-profit organization.
Applications, in the form of a letter of motivation and Curriculum Vitae, should be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com, citing Chief Operating Officer in the subject field. The deadline for completed applications is 31st January 2019.