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.
As a result of climate change, in recent years the agriculture sector has seen extreme variability in temperatures and rainfall globally, already adversely impacting crop yields and quality and thus threatening farmers’ livelihoods. Linne et. al 2019, analyzed Fairtrade’s impact at the producer level on environmentally friendly production, biodiversity conservation, resilience, and adaptation to climate change. The conclusion is that environmental impacts attributable to Fairtrade are rather limited among other causes because Fairtrade’s impact on climate change adaptation and mitigation is not sufficiently monitored and measured.
With this frame, The Fairtrade Executive Team (FET) has approved the launch of the Centre of Excellence in Climate and Environment (CoE C&E) at the end of 2021. The CoE C&E aims to serve as a knowledge and innovation hub across the Fairtrade System through the implementation of five workstreams – i.e., Strategic System Development; Capacity Building; Offer to Business C&E, Advocacy C&E; and Research and Innovation. As a result of the work on Strategic System Development, the Global Climate and Environment Strategy 2022-2025 was approved: to increase Fairtrade’s contribution to climate change adaptation and mitigation.
For these reasons it is necessary to strengthen the planning, monitoring, evaluation & learning capacities in coordination with the FI Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning unit, Producer Networks (PNs) MEL Units, and relevant National Fairtrade Organizations (NFOs). Strengthening the Fairtrade system will drive institutional learning and effectiveness through robust monitoring and evaluation systems to
improve the analysis and communication of high-quality data and information about Fairtrade and its impacts
The Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Officer for the Centre of Excellence in Climate and Environment is responsible for the development and implementation of an effective evaluation and learning, based on the Fairtrade Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Global Operational Plan.
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Please apply by email only, in English, with Curriculum Vitae and Motivation Letter detailing salary expectations to [email protected], citing “MEL Global Officer C&E” in the subject line. Deadline: April 25th, 2023.