TITLE:
Senior Legal Counsel (Maternity cover) (m/f/div)

DIVISION / TEAM
Legal

REPORTS TO:
Chief Executive Officer

OVERVIEW
Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. Fairtrade offers producers a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their everyday shopping.

Fairtrade International is the international non-profit, multi stakeholder body that is responsible for the strategic direction of Fairtrade, sets Fairtrade Standards and supports producers.

The Senior Legal Counsel provides legal advice to the Board, Chief Executive Officer, senior managers, governance bodies and units of Fairtrade International in all areas of the association’s affairs. The function will work in close cooperation with the Compliance Unit.  


PRINCIPAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Senior Legal Counsel (Syndikusrechtsanwalt/anwältin) reports to the Chief Executive Officer and will provide legal advice to and examine legal questions of the Board, CEO and senior management of the association in all strategic and operational matters.
S/he will:

  • Provide legal advice and support to the Board, Chief Executive Officer and other senior leaders within Fairtrade International
  • Provide legal advice and support to the governance bodies of Fairtrade International regarding all questions relating to German law
  • Attend governance meetings of the association, as required, including meetings of the Board, shareholder, General Assembly and other Board Committees, for the purpose of providing legal counsel
  • Independently prepare legal opinions and provide legal analysis on various legal queries, as requested by the Board, CEO and senior management
  • Provide legal advice on licensing  and protection of the Fairtrade Marks, including preparation of legal regulations, contract templates and framework agreements for licensing activities and agreements of the member organizations of Fairtrade International
  • Prepare, negotiate and review contracts, agreements and other legal documents
  • Provide day-to-day legal support and counsel for the departments of Fairtrade International
  • Liaise with member organizations on legal topics, including the management and lead of the Fairtrade System Legal Expert Group
  • Manage and liaise with external legal consultants/law firms, including pro-bono as required
  • Deliver in-house training on relevant legal matters as required
  • Work in close co-operation with the Compliance Unit, and provide legal oversight as required


SKILLS REQUIRED:

Level of education

  • First & second state exam in German law


Knowledge / Job Specific Competencies

  • Min 7 years of experience in contract negotiations and drafting agreements
  • Min 3 years prior in-house experience
  • Experience in German association law
  • Experience in IP law will be an advantage
  • Sound understanding of Fairtrade licensing operations will be an advantage


Professional Skill Requirements

  • Excellent communication skills with a demonstrated ability to explain legal matters to a variety of audiences, including our international governance bodies
  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate effectively when needed
  • Should be able to work on multiple matters at one time and meet tight timeframes efficiently and with excellence
  • Should be detail oriented and have a track record of accountability
  • Collaborative and supportive approach to teamwork and people management
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, including conflict and facilitating resolution skills
  • Languages: fluency in German, proficiency in English essential


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • This is a full-time position within Fairtrade International (approx. for 15 Months)
  • Location is at Fairtrade International offices in Bonn, Germany
  • The office language is English
  • Salary 5.100,- Euros per month plus an attractive benefit package (13th Month Salary, holiday bonus, job ticket, etc.)
  • 30 days of holidays per year


APPLICATIONS:

  • Please consult www.fairtrade.net for more information on Fairtrade International and the Fairtrade system
  • Please apply by email only, in English, with Curriculum Vitae and motivation letter to applications@fairtrade.net citing “Senior Legal Counsel” in the subject line
  • Deadline for applications is 15th May 2019  


Please note that Fairtrade International is strict on compliance with the required qualification criteria mentioned above, and only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.