Director of Programmes

Salary: Competitive
Hours of work: 37 hrs/week flexible
Location: Gateshead or London
Role type: Permanent

Traidcraft Exchange is looking for an exceptional Director of Programmes to lead the organisation’s international work across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. You will be passionate about tackling injustice in trade and enabling producer associations, cooperatives and other SMEs to develop and grow, providing decent incomes for farmers and workers.

It is an exciting time for the organisation, with a new strategy recently developed and a sense of excitement about what we can achieve in coming years. We are seeking an individual who brings a depth of technical expertise in at least one of our strategic focus areas of supply chain facilitation, business support, women’s economic empowerment and environmentally sustainable trade and business practice. You will work with teams across regions to develop focused programme initiatives that deliver meaningful change for small-scale farmers, producers and workers. This role will be responsible for ensuring we have an effective funding strategy in place for our international work and will build relationships with a diverse portfolio of donors. You will be an excellent networker and collaborator, able to build strategic relationships with others so that we can maximise the scale, reach and impact of our work.

Having worked primarily in Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, India and Bangladesh, we are looking to expand our geographical reach and to develop partnerships and programmes in new countries. We are open to different models of working, and have recently set up a new supply chain services function to work with businesses and others in India and globally. This role will be responsible for supporting teams developing this new model of working alongside our grant funded programme initiatives.

You will be an excellent leader and manager of people – able to empower and support teams to thrive whilst also ensuring a strong culture of accountability. You will play an active role on Traidcraft Exchange’s senior management team and be a leader within the organisation. You will travel regularly to the programme regions, and also be expected to travel within the UK, and potentially Europe, as required. The role can be based in Gateshead or London, and is a permanent, full-time role.

Traidcraft is like no other organisation.  We aim to have fairly paid and motivated staff who contribute to the dynamic life of the organisation. People who work here are passionate.  While it’s rewarding to have a job that really makes a difference, in addition to base salary and a generous pension (7.5% company contribution, minimum of 3% employee contribution), we offer flexible time / working patterns and as much fair trade tea and coffee as you can drink!

Interested? Further details including a full job description and application form can be found below

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Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Tuesday 5th December 2017
Provisional date for interviews: 13th December 2017 (Gateshead), 15th December 2017 (London)

Denise Brough