Funding Partnerships Manager at Fairtrade Intl

Job Description

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 Strategic Relation and Partnerships team aims to contribute to the long term sustainability of the organization in setting global fundraising priorities to generate additional funds for future programmes that underpin strategic objectives and empower farmers and workers to respond to their needs.
  • The Strategic Relations and Partnership (SRP) unit at Fairtrade International has a coordinating and facilitating function, with a responsibility in the following key areas:
  • Coordinate the effective, efficient and transparent implementation of all fundraising activities and manage strategic non- funding relationships.
  • Generate additional income to achieve strategic objectives in thematic areas, regularly review and implement global fundraising priorities.
  • Support the organization in defining the content of mid-term programmatic focus areas to fund future projects and services to meet the needs of producer organizations.
  • Coordinate process for successful fund applications, management and monitoring in line with contractual obligations
  • Assess, build and maintain relationships with existing and potential new partners


  • The Funding Partnerships Manager is responsible for the quality control to support the successful implementation of externally funded projects/ programmes (e.g. planning, M&E framework, reporting, etc.) and fosters aligned fundraising collaboration across all Fairtrade member organizations.
  • Principal Roles and Responsibilities

Grant Management

  • Ensure the timely fulfilment of all reporting obligations to funding partners, including the delivery of financial and narrative reporting with a particular emphasis on impact reporting.
  • Advise and closely collaborate with relevant Fairtrade units and entities (eg. Producer Networks, National Fairtrade Organizations) on the design of externally funded projects/ programmes. Ensure internal stakeholders fully understand their respective accountabilities, deliverables and timelines throughout the implementation process.
  • Develop and update grant management documentation (eg. logical frameworks, work plans, budgets, M&E frameworks, etc.) in collaboration with other staff (eg. M&E, Learning and Planning unit, International Programme's unit, etc.).

Management of Funding Partner Relationships

  • Manage Fairtrade International funding relationships ensuring appropriate cultivation plans for each party.
  • Act as contact point to Fairtrade funding partners ensuring regular, effective communication on delivery, milestones, risks and challenges related to the implementation of existing grants.

Contribution to Fundraising opportunities

  • Identify and research potential funding opportunities in collaboration with the SRP unit and other Fairtrade staff.
  • Regularly monitor government and institutional funding priorities and funding trends for specific countries and/or sectors and feedback findings to Head of Unit.
  • Advise and assist all units in planning, writing, editing funding proposals to comply with existing guidelines and strategic funding priorities. Help improve programme team's skills, capacities and systems.
  • Contribute to organizational learning: Actively lead on proposing methodological improvements to standard operating procedure around grant applications, and implementation processes in Fairtrade International to increase effectiveness of delivery (e.g. develop tools/instruments for proposal writing).
  • Contribute to the development of a fundraising strategy and workplan, pro-actively feed into unit planning and budgets.
  • Other responsibilities: Produce up-to-date reports for staff, management and the Board.
  • Lead in organizing events with funding partners or attend seminars, conferences as required.
  • Travel as required.
  • Perform other duties and tasks, consistent with the skills and expertise as required.


Knowledge / Job Specific Competencies (E= Essential; D=Desirable):

  • At least 3 - 5 years professional experience (E)
  • Extended experience with grant management from key international donors particularly with regards to writing dynamic, impact-oriented projects/programmes reports (E)
  • Working experiences with DfiD, SECO, EU, UN or similar donor agencies(E)
  • Experiences in writing dynamic project/programme proposals for international donors including M&E plans (E),
  • In depth knowledge of the international development environment with regards to sustainable supply chain development including current priorities and trends (D)
  • Experience with the implementation of complex development projects funded by public/private donors and/or development agency partnerships (D)


Contract one-year, full time
Closing date 29 September 2014
Location Bonn, Germany
Salary Competitive

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