Fairfood International: Intern - Sustainability Advocate

Fairfood International
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Opportunity closing date: 
Tuesday, 17 April, 2012
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Fairfood International is a nonprofit advocacy organisation that encourages the food and beverage industry to increase the level of sustainability of its products.

The Advocacy Department's main responsibility is to motivate companies to increase the sustainability of their products, trade and production processes in order to promote global equity and development. Several strategies and forms of leverage can be utilised to help achieve this goal, including engaging in sustainability dialogues with food and beverage companies, e-campaigning and grassroots mobilisation of the affected citizenry. 

Fairfood’s Advocacy Department seeks to recruit an Intern - Sustainability Advocate, based in Johannesburg.

S/he will report to the Advocacy Manager Africa.


  • Help the Advocacy Manager Africa in motivating food and beverage companies to increase the levels of sustainability and transparency associated with their products;
  • Research companies that are to be approached and serve as a key contact with these companies;
  • Approach them and maintain contact by e-mail, phone and/or Skype in order to create a positive dialogue and encourage them to increase the sustainability of their products.


  • Studying or have graduated from an institute of higher education/university or have acquired an equivalent working and thinking level through work experience;
  • Excellent verbal and written skills;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Team player;
  • Diplomatic, but also persistent;
  • Familiarity with/or knowledge of the food and beverage industry, NGOs and/or corporate social responsibility and sustainability will be preferred;
  • Experience in advocacy;
  • Fluency in one or more of South Africa’s official languages, knowledge of French and/or Arabic will be an advantage;
  • Commitment to Fairfood’s sustainability goals of fighting poverty and hunger.

What Fairfood International offers?

This position is an unpaid internship offering an opportunity to obtain work experience within a global NGO active in the area of sustainability and to make valuable contacts both in South Africa, the rest of Africa and abroad.

The position is versatile and flexible, but at the same time offers a great deal of independence and responsibility. Successful candidate will have the freedom and opportunity to continue developing yourself and achieve tangible results. Additional benefits include free in-office lunches, reimbursement of transportation costs to/from the office, the potential to attend sustainable food conferences and travel to meet with food and beverage companies. Working hours are flexible, but a minimum of sixteen hours a week for a period of at least three months is required.

Enquiries: Lowna Gie, e-mail: lowna.gie@fairfood.org.

To apply, submit a CV (maximum two pages) and motivation letter (one page) to lowna.gie@fairfood.org.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

For more about Fairfood International, refer to www.fairfood.org.

For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.


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