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Job Description:

Reporting to the Deputy Director (DD), the Programme Manager (hereafter the PM) monitors the Foundation’s portfolio of partnerships and its spending relating to the corresponding grants with a view to ensuring that all funds are used for the purposes stated and the partnerships are performing within agreed parameters. The PM supports the DD in ensuring that the Foundation’s grantees are provided with the relevant, timely and appropriate financial and non-financial support as contractually agreed. S/he develops tools and templates that facilitate the administration of grants, ease/clarify internal processes and allow aggregation of impact at portfolio level.

The PM also contributes to the development of a pipeline of possible new partnerships, with a specific reference to identifying potential partners, conducting due diligence, and helping fine-tune specific interventions. Developing a pipeline of possible interventions as well as building knowledge and expertise on the Foundation’s two thematic areas and on Climate Action are particularly important as the Trafigura Foundation is entering a new strategic phase, with a view to sharpen its niche and strengthen its impact.

The PM will join a team of six, consisting in the Executive Director, the Deputy Director, a Programme Manager, the Communication Manager and the Grant Administrative Officer (GAO). The team is based in downtown Geneva.

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Knowledge Skills and Abilities, Key Responsibilities:

Key Responsibilities
  • Based on the information provided by grantees, analyse and document partnerships’ progress and performance against the contractual reference frames.
  • Ensure that the partnerships’ financial performance is consistent with the agreed objectives and projections.
  • Contribute to the Foundation’s non-monetary support to partners, incl. in areas such as Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL), fundraising, governance and strategy.
  • Contribute to the development a pipeline of possible new partnerships.
  • Build the Foundations’ expertise in relevant themes, tools and methodologies.
  • In terms of administration, elaborate partnership contracts, instruct the GAO to make relevant payments, fill-in internal data basis and file summarising correspondence about reports and other significant information shared by grantees in an appropriate manner. Help roll out a new integrated management tool.
  • Help prepare Board meetings and present partnership proposals as appropriate.
  • Share all necessary information about partnerships with the Communication Manager, as required.
  • Occasionally perform other tasks such as representation of the Foundation, participation in peer-exchange sessions, etc.
  • Liaise with the Group’s employees, with a particular reference to providing advice and guidance on local charitable institutions and fund allocation.
  • The position will require regular trips abroad, sometimes in rough field conditions.
  • Masters degree relevant to the mission of the Foundation (e.g. in International Development/Relations, Environmental Sciences/Economics) or equivalent diploma.
  • Full fluency in English and French (reading, writing and speaking).
  • Ability to read, write and speak in Spanish is an asset.
  • Proven relevant experience (6 years minimum) in comparable positions, including ideally time in the field overseas.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the development sector and its planning, monitoring and evaluation instruments (i.e. LogFrames, Theory of Change, SMART indicators).
  • Proven management experience, incl. financial resources.
Competences & Skills
  • A keen interest in corporate philanthropy and in the interface with the corporate world (e.g. staff engagement, role of the private sector in furthering the SDGs, etc.) – previous exposure is an asset.
  • Sensitivity to cultural variations and understanding of their consequences to performance outcomes and timelines.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and to multitask effectively.
  • High level of numeracy and analytical ability, whilst having the capacity to analyse beyond the surface numbers or words.
  • Has clear thought processes and the ability to articulate plans and ideas in a fast moving multicultural environment.
  • Flexibility, pragmatism and capacity to work efficiently at times under pressure.
  • Rigorousness and accuracy.

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Please note that no relocation package will be proposed.


About the Trafigura Foundation:

The Trafigura Foundation was established by the Trafigura Group in November 2007 as an independent yet linked philanthropic entity. With an annual budget of US$ 10 million, the Foundation currently provides long-term funding and expertise to some 30 partners (non-governmental organisations and social enterprises) with a mission to improve the socio-economic conditions of vulnerable communities around the world. The Foundation focuses on the two following thematic areas: (i) providing access to sustainable jobs and income to under-served communities, and (ii) tackling social and environmental issues related to supply chains; it is also envisaging Climate Action as a crosscutting theme.

The Foundation works in close interaction with the employees of its founding company, the Trafigura group. It encourages staff engagement in community-oriented initiatives, in particular through its Matching Funds scheme and the network of Charity Committees in the main Group offices. Moreover, the Foundation leverages the expertise and network of Group employees whenever it helps advance the impact of its partners.

About Trafigura: 

Trafigura, the Foundation’s founder, is one of the largest physical commodities trading groups in the world.  At the heart of global supply, Trafigura connects the world with the vital resources it needs.  Through its Oil & Petroleum Products, Metals and Minerals, and Power and Renewables divisions, it deploys infrastructure, skills and a global network to move commodities from where they are plentiful to where they are needed most, forming strong relationships that make supply chains more efficient, secure and sustainable. Trafigura also owns and operates a number of industrial assets including a majority share of global multi-metals producer Nyrstar and fuel storage and distribution company Puma Energy; and joint ventures Impala Terminals, a port and logistics provider, and Nala Renewables, a power and renewable energy investment and development platform. With over 1,000 shareholders, Trafigura is owned by its employees and employs over 13,000 people working in 48 countries.

Published on: 13/12/2021

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