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Chair of Trustees of Twin and Twin Trading

Twin is a Fair Trade, membership-based organization, working to build better lives for the poorest and most marginalised women and men in the trading chain. Twin does this through its Producer Partnership Programme, and through the creation of market access for smallholder farmers organized in cooperatives in the global south, through its wholly owned subsidiary company Twin Trading. 

Main Purpose of the Job

As chair you will lead the Council of the Twin Charity and the Board of Directors of Twin Trading Ltd and ensure that they collectively discharge their responsibilities, to ensure that Twin is working to achieve its charitable objects, and that TWIN Trading Ltd is fulfilling its purpose, and that both are well governed.

Person Specification

We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic individual with a commitment to the principles of Fair Trade who wants to help develop and grow Twin and Twin Trading.

  • Our ideal candidate will have board level experience within a charity, other voluntary organisation or commercial company, and an understanding of the challenges faced by organisations like Twin as they continue to grow. Possible backgrounds might include:

    • International development
    • Private sector – including retail
    • Public service
    • Academia

    The role involves influencing institutional donors and commercial companies (traders, manufacturers and retailers), so you will bring an established network of contacts among funders, government and private sector organisations.

    Drawing on previous experience, you will demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills when leading Board meetings and ensuring that Board decisions are implemented as agreed. You will need to have experience handling and taking decisions on complex financial management information.

Key Responsibilities 

The chair of Twin and Twin Trading Ltd

  • Ensures that trustees/directors comply with their duties under charity and company law, and that both entities are well governed.
  • Leads the planning and running of trustee meetings, board meetings and AGM.
  • Takes the lead on ensuring that meetings are properly run and recorded.
  • Develops the council and board and ensures they support/add value – specifically with strategy development, governance and fundraising.
  • Ensures that necessary training is provided for Council/Board members.
  • Line manages the Managing Director on behalf of the trustees.
  • Acts as a link between trustees and staff.
  • Broadens awareness of the charity’s values and priorities and increases its visibility across a wide audience including institutional donors and the private sector.
  • May act as a spokesperson for the charity.

Location: In the UK with ability to attend regular meetings in central London.

Terms and Conditions: 

  • This is a voluntary role however reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
  • Board members are elected according to Twin’s Memorandum and Articles of Association and to the Election by-law for a 3 year term.
  • Each year board members are expected to participate in 4 board meetings as well as any Annual or Extraordinary General meetings along with any sub-committee meetings or expert panels or working groups they agree to join.
  • Regular line management meetings with the Managing Director.
  • There may be occasional opportunities for international travel to visit Twin’s work at origin.

Applications should be by CV and covering letter, outlining how your background and experience lends itself to the requirements of the job description and person specification.

Applications should be sent to jobs@twin.org.uk and addressed for the attention of Richard Anstead.

The closing date for applications is the 13th November 2016.

It is anticipated that interviews will take place between 28th November and the 9th December 2016.

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Consultant Mid-Term Evaluation (Kigali)

Background 

Arabica coffee farmers in the highlands of Africa have been living in long-term poverty due to a number of factors, including the vagaries of futures markets – brief booms followed by prolonged busts. The volatility of coffee prices over the past decades has hindered adequate investment in productivity and processing. Moreover, unsustainable farming practices and climate change threaten to further exacerbate challenges of yield and quality. Insufficient access to extension and affordable finance (both at the individual farmer and cooperative level) has also hampered development.

Twin has demonstrated over the years that escape from this commodity trap is possible, if farmers realise the full potential of their coffee as a certified specialty product, strategically placed in international markets. Tackling quality, productivity, price risk management and access to finance are all essential to enable producers to take advantage of this opportunity.

A key barrier to sustainable improvement of the livelihoods of smallholder farmers is pervasive gender inequality, such that increases in household income do not necessarily translate into greater expenditure on school fees, healthcare or other family essentials. It is critical that gender equity is tackled at all levels to ensure that increases in producer income actually benefit the most vulnerable groups.

It is upon this backdrop that Comic Relief awarded Twin a grant to implement the African Coffee Special Initiative; a 5 year project in four countries working with seven (7) producer organisations. 

Project Summary

Project Name

African Coffee Special Initiative

Project Aim

The aim is to develop an alliance of organisations, which produce high quality coffee placed in speciality markets.

Project Outcomes

  • Seven Producer Organisations(POs) improve their business, social and environmental performance and progress toward sustainability
  • Farmers’ income has increased by the end of the project as a result of better performance by POs
  • Seven POs have increased access to international markets through the establishment of an African specialty coffee brand
  • Female farmer members of 7 POs have increased access to and control over income generated from coffee sales
  • Female PO members are better represented in and have greater influence over decision-making in 7 POs
  • PO members have consistently higher yields as a result of adopting sustainable agricultural practices
  • At least one coffee retailer or brand has adopted a holistic model of development for POs in its value chain

Timeline

April 2014 – March 2019

Beneficiaries

 

 

The following cooperatives and their members are the project beneficiaries:

  • Bukonzo Joint, Bukonzo Organics, Gumutindo in Uganda
  • Kopakama in Rwanda
  • Muungano & Kawa Maber in DRC
  • Mzuzu in Malawi

Twin’s work with the producer organisations consists of a combination of interventions in the following pillars [1]: Gender Justice, Market Access, Business Basics, Governance, Quality and Sustainable Agriculture. Using Twin’s development framework, we are able to identify each producer organisations’ strengths and weaknesses and furthermore determine the combination of support areas for each producer organisation.

Description of Assignment

The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the progress and achievements of the project and provide recommendations to guide the remaining implementation period.

The evaluation should consider the following areas of learning;

  • What combination of interventions is most effective at different stages of a producer organisation’s development to improve social, environmental and business performance?
  • To what extent do smallholder farmers benefit from the improved capacity of POs and contribute to the further growth of producer organisations?
  • Is there a marketing business case around gender intervention in coffee value chains that can prove to be an effective proposition both in terms of commercial viability and its ability to influence gender dynamic at PO and household levels?
  • How can we best influence retailers and brands to invest in a holistic approach (economic, environmental and social) to the development of their coffee value chains?

The consultant(s) will be expected to use a participatory methodology ensuring that all key stakeholders are involved.  

The assignment needs to be completed by February 14th 2017.

Deliverables

  • Draft Report
  • Presentation of Evaluation findings
  • Final Evaluation Report including comments

The report should be clear and simply written. The main body of the report should not exceed 30 pages. Background information should only be included when it is directly relevant to the report’s analysis and conclusions. The authors should support their analysis with relevant data and state their sources in the annex.  Evaluation findings will be shared with the project team in a dissemination meeting in February, 2017.

Skills and Competencies

  • Demonstrable experience working with/evaluating NGO work particularly those working with cooperatives.
  • Demonstrable experience working in the coffee sector particularly in East Africa
  • Experience in managing and coordinating evaluations, delivering agreed outputs on time and on budget.
  • Good working knowledge of French
  • Ability to write high quality, clear, concise reports in English

How to apply

Interested consultancy firms or independent consultant(s) should send their applications to jobs@twin.org.uk. The application should be accompanied by the following:

  • Technical proposal not exceeding 10 pages including a summarized firm profile, CVs of the lead and associate consultants.
  • Financial proposal.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, 18th November, 2016


[1] A detailed description of each pillar of work is outlined in Twin’s Theory of Change. 

Senior Business Management Associate (SBA)

Introduction:

 Twin is a development through trade NGO working with 33 producer organisations representing 300,000 coffee, cocoa and nut smallholder in 17 countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia. Our coffee company Twin Trading, works to access value-added markets for our producer partners and offers quality coffee with development impact.

We unlock the power of trade to strengthen producer organisations and delivery social justice, economic development and environmental sustainability for small farmers. We are engaged throughout the value change to balance producer support with creating market demand, building partnerships that deliver sustainable, scalable and meaningful change.

Twin takes a holistic approach to building capacity that employs six development pillars in combination to support producer organisations in becoming self-reliant. One of the pillar is business management, at Producer organisation level Twin works with Producer Organisations on business basics and equips managers with the expertise to run their organisations successfully. To support producer organisation on financial management, we deliver training on designing and monitoring business plans; and build management capacity in price risk management.

Main purpose of the job:

The job is part of the Producer Partnership Programmes (PPP) team and will work closely with Head of Finance. 

The SBA will coordinate and oversee implementation of Twin’s business management pillar at producer organisation level, provide overall supervision for all programmes in this area of work, working closely with Head of Finance as pillar lead.

The SBA will work with local based business associates and under the scope of Twin’s business management tools.

Key responsibilities:

Project Delivery

  • Supports the delivery of the business management pillar part of projects.
  • Actively participates in project work planning and monitoring activities against agreed plans.

Business Development

  • Supports the work of the business management approach, support updating of tools and approach.
  • Supports development of donor proposal on the relevant pillar.

Internal Management

  • Oversees the work of business associates from a technical point of view.

Person specification:

Qualifications and experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree or a suitable professional qualification in finances, business or related subject
  • Minimum two years’ experience on business management
  • Track record of business modelling for small and medium enterprises
  • Experience of working in partnerships with producer organisations or civil society (desirable)
  • Experience in capacity building and organisational support (desirable)

Skills and abilities:

  • Proven ability to plan and coordinate activities with limited supervision
  • Proven ability to analyse and communicate complex financial information
  • Fluency in English and French, Spanish desirable
  • Ability to work in multicultural environments

Package:

Hours of work: 10 days a month for 6 months with possibility to increase if funding is secured

Location: Based either in London or Kigali with frequent travel mainly to east Africa

Contract conditions: Associate contract - daily rate depending on experience. 

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Senior Programme Manager - Coffee

Introduction: 

Twin is a development through trade NGO working with 33 producer organisations representing 300,000 coffee, cocoa and nut smallholder in 17 countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia. Our coffee company Twin Trading, works to access value-added markets for our producer partners and offers quality coffee with development impact.

We unlock the power of trade to strengthen producer organisations and delivery social justice, economic development and environmental sustainability for small farmers. We are engaged throughout the value change to balance producer support with creating market demand, building partnerships that deliver sustainable, scalable and meaningful change.

Main purpose of the job:

The job is part of the Producer Partnership Programmes (PPP) team and supervises Africa and Latin America coffee programme execution.

This includes to generate and manage resources for effective delivery of ongoing projects with producer partners, ensure approaches and tools are consistent across the programme and identifying and securing new sources of funding to scale up existing projects and develop new ones.

Works very closely with Regional Manager in Kigali for the implementation of the East Africa programme and participate in defining strategy for the coffee programmes in Latin America and Africa.

Position in the organisation:

  • Reports to: Head of Programmes.
  • Manages: Programme Officer East Africa (London based), works closely with Regional Manager in Kigali
  • Receives support from: Other members of the PPP team.

Dimensions & Limits of Authority:

  • Supervision of Coffee Programme budget (~£1.9 m a year), join responsibility with Head of programmes for strategic grants.
  • Contribute to coffee strategy design and review
  • Develop and maintain relationship with existing or new donors within agreed parameters
  • Direct responsibility for the management of assigned projects
  • Staff management: as above

Key responsibilities:

Project Management

  • Ensures projects are delivered effectively through the entire cycle from development and submission to execution, monitoring & reporting, through both direct intervention and supervision of programme officer and associates and coordination with Regional Manager for African coffee projects.
  • Responsible for the coffee programme budget, join responsibility with head of programmes for strategic grants.
  • Manages relationship with key donors and key customers
  • Responsible for strengthening relationship with Marketing and Trading team in implementation of the coffee projects.

Strategy

  • Contribute to definition and review of coffee strategy for Africa and Latin America. Within the strategy, defines approaches, areas of intervention and themes focus.
  • Ensure alignment with Regional Manager for the Africa programme
  • Ensures that coffee projects implemented are in line with Twin’s holistic approach and Theory of change (governance, business basics, quality & value addition, sustainable production, gender justice and access to markets).

Business Development

  • Oversees fundraising strategy for coffee, including identification of new funding opportunities and development and submission of proposals.
  • Demonstrates business case to secure donor & private sector investment and promote Twin’s approach in line with Twin advocacy strategy.
  • Responsible for establishing relationships with new programme partners, donors and private sector companies.

Learning and innovation

  • Develop and update tools utilised in the different pillars of work
  • Ensures all coffee project activities are properly monitored and reviewed
  • Promotes effective learning within Twin; ensures learning and innovation is documented and disseminated to improve practice and policy.
  • Works collaboratively with the cocoa ad nuts project team to ensure cross-project learning and consistency of approach.

Internal Management

  • Responsible for management of Programme Officer (Coffee)
  • Responsible for setting annual objectives for Programme Officer (Coffee)
  • Responsible of managing tasks of associates lined to the coffee programmes in collaboration with Regional Manager in Kigali.

Other

  • Represent Twin in fora and events
  • Support internal communication within Twin and provide information for website updates and other external communication purposes.
  • Any other reasonable duty as may be assigned that is consistent with the nature of the job and its level of responsibility.

Person specification:

Qualifications and experience

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in international development or related subject.
  • At least four years’ experience in planning, designing and delivering overseas development projects with local partners in a rural/agriculture setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in donor relationship development and securing new funding (both institutional grants and private sector finance).
  • Experience in managing the performance of staff and consultants, including at a distance.
  • Experience in working on value change and market systems development approaches, preferable on coffee value change.

Skills

  • To think strategically and provide leadership for multi-dimensional programmes
  • To network and develop new partnerships with a variety of organisations, including donors, private sector, research institutions and service delivery.
  • To lead the design and coordinate the delivery of business and organisational capacity building programmes with local partners.
  • To work confidently with financial information, preparing and analysing budgets, accounts and financial statements.
  • To communicate effectively in both verbal and written forms with a variety of stakeholders, but particularly including donors, private sector and farmers.
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of French and Spanish

Knowledge

  • Of smallholder agricultural and producer organizations
  • Of the donor environment for agricultural development and marketing programmes
  • Of coffee production and marketing (desirable)

Process:

Send applications to recruitment@twin.org.uk indicating the job title in the subject by 9:00 am on 5th December 2016. Interviews to be held mid-December. 

Applications should include a cover letter explaining your suitability for the job and a recent CV.

Package:

Hours of work: Full Time (35 hours per week)

Location: London with frequent travel

Salary band:  £38,306 to £47,378

Contract conditions: this is a permanent position, ideally to start in January 2017.

Holiday allowance: 25 days per year plus bank holidays and other statutory holidays

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Senior Programme Manager - Cocoa & Nuts (Maternity Cover)

Introduction: 

Twin is a development through trade NGO working with 33 producer organisations representing 300,000 coffee, cocoa and nut smallholder in 17 countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia. Our coffee company Twin Trading, works to access value-added markets for our producer partners and offers quality coffee with development impact.

We unlock the power of trade to strengthen producer organisations and delivery social justice, economic development and environmental sustainability for small farmers. We are engaged throughout the value change to balance producer support with creating market demand, building partnerships that deliver sustainable, scalable and meaningful change.

Main purpose of the job:

The job is part of the Producer Partnership Programmes (PPP) team and supervises cocoa and nuts programme execution. 

This includes to provide strategic leadership on Twin’s work mainly in cocoa (and nuts) and to generate and manage resources for effective delivery of projects with producer partners.  The focus of this 12-month contract will be to lead the implementation of approved programme strategies for cocoa (and nuts), which in practice means:

  • Maintaining relationships with existing core partners (producers, donors and private sector partners) through effective project management.
  • Identifying and securing new sources of funding to scale up existing projects and develop new ones
  • Collaborating with the Cocoa Marketing Manager to shape and implement Twin’s marketing strategy for cocoa.
  • Building project and trading relationships with new producer partners in line with programme and marketing strategies.
  • Together with. the Head of Programmes, developing a resourcing strategy for Twin’s cocoa (and nuts) work going forward.

Position in the organisation:

  • Reports to: Head of Programmes.
  • Manages: Programme Manager and Programme Support Officer (London based)
  • Works closely with the Cocoa Marketing Manager (part time) on the trading side.
  • Receives support from: other members of the PPP team.

Dimensions & Limits of Authority:

  • Supervision of Cocoa and nuts budget (~£1m a year)
  • Contribute to cocoa and nuts strategy review (as required)
  • Develop and maintain relationship with existing or new donors within agreed parameters
  • Direct responsibility for the management of assigned projects
  • Staff management: as above

Key responsibilities:

Project Management

  • Ensures projects are delivered effectively through the entire cycle from development and submission to execution, monitoring & reporting, through both direct intervention and supervision of programme officer and associates.
  • Responsible for the cocoa and nuts programme budget
  • Manages relationship with key donors and key customer
  • Responsible for strengthening relationship with Marketing and Trading team (specifically the Cocoa Marketing Manager) in implementation of the cocoa projects.

Strategy

  • Contribute to review of cocoa and nuts strategies
  • Ensure alignment with Regional Manager for the Africa programme
  • Ensures that cocoa and nuts projects are implemented in line with Twin’s holistic approach and Theory of change (governance, business basics, quality and value addition, sustainable production, gender justice and access to markets).

Business Development

  • Oversees fundraising strategy for cocoa and nuts, including identification of new funding opportunities and development and submission of proposals.
  • Demonstrates business case to secure donor & private sector investment
  • Responsible for establishing relationships with new programme partners, donors and private sector companies.

Learning and innovation

  • Ensures all cocoa and nut project activities are properly monitored and reviewed.
  • Promotes effective learning within Twin; ensures learning and innovation is documented and disseminated to improve practice and policy.
  • Works collaboratively with the coffee project team to ensure cross-project learning and consistency of approach.

Internal Management

  • Responsible for management of Programme Manager and Programme Support Officer for cocoa and nuts
  • Responsible for setting annual objectives for Programme Manager and Programme Support Officer
  • Responsible of managing tasks of associates lined to the programmes under her/his responsibility

Other

  • Represent Twin in fora and events
  • Support internal communication within Twin and provide information for website updates and other external communication purposes.
  • Any other reasonable duty as may be assigned that is consistent with the nature of the job and its level of responsibility.

Person specification:

Qualifications and experience

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in international development or related subject
  • At least four years’ experience in planning, designing and delivering overseas development projects with local partners in a rural/agriculture setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in donor relationship development and securing new funding (both institutional grants and private sector finance).
  • Experience in managing the performance of staff and consultants, including at a distance.
  • Experience in working on value change and market systems development approaches, preferably in cocoa or/and nuts.
  • Experience in managing the performance of staff and consultants, including at a distance.

Skills

  • To think strategically and provide leadership for multi-dimensional programmes.
  • To network and develop new partnerships with a variety of organisations, including donors, private sector, research institutions and service delivery.
  • To lead the design and coordinate the delivery of business and organisational capacity building programmes with local partners.
  • To work confidently with financial information, preparing and analysing budgets, accounts and financial statements.
  • To communicate effectively in both verbal and written forms with a variety of stakeholders, but particularly including donors, private sector and farmers.
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of French and and/or Spanish (desirable)
  • Ability and willingness to travel overseas up to four times in the duration of the contract.

Knowledge

  • Of smallholder agricultural and producer organizations
  • Of the donor environment for agricultural development and marketing programmes
  • Of cocoa and/or nuts production and marketing (desirable)

Process:

Applications to recruitment@twin.org.uk indicating the job title in the subject by 9:00 am on 5th December 2016.  Interviews to be held mid-December.

Applications should include a cover letter explaining your suitability for the job and a recent CV.

Package:

Hours of work: 3 days a week (21 hours per week)

Location: Central London with frequent travel

Salary band:  £38,306 to £42,500

Contract conditions: Up to 12 months’ maternity contract starting beginning Feb 2017

Holiday allowance: 15 days (pro-rata equivalent to 25 days per year)- plus bank holidays and other statutory holidays.

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Other pro bono work

We welcome support from experts or professionals looking to share or develop their experience in fair trade and development. 

We would also welcome help from communications and marketing professionals in developing our organisation’s profile and those of our members.

If you would like to donate your time and expertise to Twin pro bono please get in touch.

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