Program Manager Countries

Global Coffee Platform
Bonn, Germany
Full time Staff
  1. 1. Background

We, the Global Coffee Platform (GCP), are an inclusive multi-stakeholder sustainability platform that enables the coffee sector’s journey towards sustainability. We improve the livelihoods, ecosystems and resilience of coffee farming communities and the sector as a whole. We enable producers, roasters, governments, traders, and NGOs to align and multiply their efforts and investments, collectively act on local priorities and critical issues, and grow and scale successful sustainability initiatives across the coffee world.

As GCP, we convene public and private sector stakeholders to create a common understanding on the most critical sustainability challenges at a producing country level. We strengthen public-private collaborations through national coffee platforms in order to improve the business environment for sustainable coffee. We offer our members the opportunity to engage through action-oriented initiatives on local priorities and pressing issues. We facilitate measurement of sustainability progress and encourage our members to increase their sustainable coffee purchases.

In order to make this happen, we work in the GCP Secretariat in an open and friendly international team. We organise our work effectively, flexibly and innovatively, using agile methods and valuing positive cooperation and communication. We enjoy building bridges across the coffee world and within and between the private sector, public sector and civil society. We embrace learning and constantly developing our tools and ways of working further. As the world changes, the coffee sector changes and so does GCP – as part of our team you can shape GCP of the future and help to build a sustainable coffee sector.  

  1. 2. Role & Responsibilities

The Program Manager Countries is the key person in the GCP Secretariat to drive and support GCP’s work in the coffee countries. He or she ensures that our country plans are being put into action, that we work well with local stakeholders and that we communicate clearly and positively about our work in the countries. 

Key responsibilities of the Program Manager Countries include:

  • Co-designing and adapting sustainability approaches and activities in coffee countries, together with local experts, private sector and civil society partners
  • Communicating and cooperating with our Country Coordinators in the coffee producing countries in which we work, supporting them in strengthening National Coffee Platforms and extension structures
  • Building partnerships, coordinating collaboration between the National Coffee Platforms and with strategic partners, conceptualizing and organizing innovative learning pathways and events in-country and internationally
  • Tracking the progress and monitoring the delivery and performance of the country plans, and support reporting and communication
  • Overseeing utilization of budgets allocated to country teams
  • Supporting the refinement and further development of our tools that help to increase the sustainability of the coffee sector, and promote their use between country platforms and other partners
  • Possibly, supporting the start of our work in new countries

The Program Manager Countries reports to the Director Programs and Corporate Partnerships and closely collaborates with the Communication and Marketing Manager, the Manager Member Relations and Corporate Partnerships and the Fundraising Manager.

3. Profile & qualifications

For the Program Manager Countries, we are looking for an individual with the following experiences and skills:

Knowledge and experience

  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in a relevant subject (for instance, Economics, Business Administration, International Development, International Relations, Social Science, Agriculture or similar).
  • At least five years of working experience in the private sector and/or NGO’s, preferably in related fields
  • Ideally, work experience in the coffee sector and/or coffee producing countries, or with other agriculture commodities 
  • Ideally, understanding of agricultural commodity chains and production systems
  • Ideally, work experience in multi-stakeholder / membership organisations and cooperation with donors, NGO’s.

Skills and abilities

  • Excellent communicator and networker with positive and pragmatic thinking
  • Dedicated team player with fresh and good ideas and interest to take responsibility and support GCP in its development 
  • Sensitivity to deal with people from different cultures and sectors, including high-level representatives
  • Ideally, advanced understanding of both the private sector and civil society
  • Strategic and holistic thinker with passion for both the big picture and necessary details; ability to quickly understand new contexts and situations
  • Organised and able to work in a fast-moving setting under pressure and to adhere tight deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English; good knowledge of an additional coffee language(s) and German is an advantage;
  • Passion for sustainable coffee!

4. What we offer

This is a full-time position within GCP (40 hours per week) with a period of employment of initially two years, extension desired.  It is located in the GCP Secretariat in Bonn, Germany, with a limited degree of flexibility. We expect a willingness to travel, for up to 40% of working time.

Our office language is English. We will negotiate an adequate and attractive salary and package with the successful applicant commensurate with skills and qualifications, which also covers relocation costs. Our contracts are subject to German Labour Law and include 30 days of holidays per year, in addition to all German public holidays.

5. How to apply

 Please send your application in English (letter of motivation, Curriculum Vitae, reference letters or reference contact details) with likely start date and salary indication by email to Selina Härtel / The deadline for applications is 4th March 2019.

Please refer to “Program Manager Countries” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be treated with all due discretion.

We plan to hold online interviews with shortlisted candidates in calendar week 11 and face-to-face interviews in calendar week 14.

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Closing date: 
4th March 2019