Fairtrade is an ethical certification whose main aim is to promote more equality and sustainability in the farming sector. A product that carries the Fairtrade Certification Mark has met the rigorous Fairtrade Standards, which focus on improving labour and living conditions for farming communities and on promoting a way of farming that doesn't harm either people or the environment. Dating back to the 1960s, Fairtrade started with small initiatives by individuals or groups, usually faith-based organisations or social entrepreneurs, who wanted to make a difference in developing countries by buying their products in an ethical manner. This included paying fairer prices and establishing direct trading partnerships with producers, thereby sharing knowledge and information on production, market and quality requirements.
Today Fairtrade is the world's most trusted ethical certification system. There are thousands of Fairtrade certified companies in the world (producers, manufacturers and traders) that make a difference every day through Fairtrade trading. In 2012, Fairtrade products sold for €4.8 billion in 120 countries and benefitted over 1.3 million farmers and farm workers. Globally, Fairtrade is managed by Fairtrade International (FLO), which is based in Bonn, but is supported by a system of national organisations and producer networks.
Fairtrade Label South Africa is the organisation representing Fairtrade in South Africa. We are members of FLO since 2009 and our objectives are to increase awareness of Fairtrade in South Africa, and to develop the local market for Fairtrade labelled products. Fairtrade is a very new concept in South Africa and in the past few years we have started building the local movement for Fairtrade and educating South Africans about fair-trading and the products they can buy. With the growth in consumer and commercial engagement, which is also represented by growth in sales (ZAR 234 million in 2012, double from the year before), Fairtrade is becoming one of the most prominent food trends in South Africa. Investing in marketing and communication is key to continue educating local businesses and consumers about Fairtrade.
Fairtrade Label South Africa seeks to appoint a Marketing Intern, based in Cape Town.
This is a six-month full-time (hours negotiable) contract position.
Duration: mid-end February 2014 (or as soon as possible)
The Intern should have skills and a passion for social development. Besides assisting the organisation with their skills, the Intern will have the opportunity to visit Fairtrade farms, engage with the organisations stakeholders and learn as much as they want about Fairtrade and sustainability in South Africa.
The Intern will be involved in FLSA’s marketing and communication team;
Research - conducting desktop research on issues concerning Fairtrade;
Design - designing Fairtrade visuals and online / print materials;
Events - organising promotional campaigns and events;
Projects - expanding the Fairtrade at Work programme.
Genuine passion in ethical trading and in sustainability;
Interest in working in an NGO / civil society context;
Interested in working in a small, young and international team;
Bachelor’s Degree in the areas of marketing, communications, or design;
Knowledge of design programmes such as Photoshop and InDesign;
Communication skills in English;
Project management skills;
Flexible, independent and able to work under pressure;
Ability to work independently and to meet deadlines;
Remuneration: Work-related expenses only, no stipend.
To apply, submit a CV and motivational letter to Arianna@FairtradeSA.org.za
Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
This position is open to both South African and international applicants.
Late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, the successful candidate will be informed in the week of 6 January 2014.
Enquiries: Arianna Baldo, E-mail: Arianna@FairtradeSA.org.za
, Tel: 021 448 8911
For more about FLSA, refer to www.FairtradeSA.org.za.
For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.
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