Open position: Business Development Advisor/Manager

Are you eager to develop new types of company-NGO partnership models that advance human rights and environmental sustainability in global supply chains? Would you enjoy sparring and supporting Fairtrade colleagues worldwide to establish such partnerships with companies? Are you a sustainability/global development expert with a solid understanding of corporate HREDD work?

What we offer

We are looking for a Business Development Advisor/Manager for a permanent position, to strengthen Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence (HREDD) work in the global Fairtrade network. The title will depend on the selected person’s level of experience.

The Advisor/Manager will lead the development of Fairtrade’s new HREDD-related services for commercial partners, supported by a solution-oriented, agile team at Fairtrade’s Centre of Excellence for HREDD.

The Centre leads the development of Fairtrade’s systemwide HREDD-related business services, advocacy work, and internal policies and processes. Fairtrade system consists of some 30 organisations around the world.

Type:  Permanent position.

Location:  Helsinki/Finland. Possibility for a flexible distance work agreement.

Reports to: Director of Fairtrade’s HREDD Centre of Excellence.

Application closing date:  Monday 9 October.

Starting Date:  As soon as possible.

We offer you a position at the cutting-edge of sustainability work, developing novel services and tools that support companies in complying with the upcoming corporate responsibility laws, and the capacity of the Fairtrade network to offer these services.

You benefit from flexible working hours, distance work opportunities, and good personnel benefits, such as occupational health care, lunch, sports and culture benefit and opportunities to educate yourself.

What you’ll bring

    • Demonstrated understanding of HREDD and human rights-based thinking

    • Experience in coordinating or supporting corporate HREDD-related work

    • Presentation, facilitation, and training skills

    • Excellent English language skills (spoken and written), at least basic skills in Finnish language


    • Experience of company-NGO partnerships

    • Experience in developing new service models or business plans

    • Experience working with global teams

    • Experience of working with smallholder farmers or other vulnerable rightsholders

    • Familiarity with Fairtrade or other sustainability certifications

    • University degree, or equivalent higher education qualification, in a relevant field with an interest in sustainability

    • Spanish or French language skills


    • Further information from Tytti Nahi, Director of Fairtrade’s HREDD Centre of Excellence, phone +358 407 724 247 on Friday 29 September and Wednesday 4 October, both at 15-17 Finnish time.

    • Please send your application, CV, and salary request by the latest on Monday 9 October by midnight to

Tytti Nahi

Director of Fairtrade’s HREDD Centre of Excellence

+358 407 724 247