Job Vacancy: Programme Officer

About Trafigura

Trafigura, our Founder, trades commodities, such as crude oil, refined products, concentrates and refined metals and provides the ships and facilities to store and transport them. With a group revenue of USD147 billion in 2020 and more than 8,500 employees in 90 offices, Trafigura is one the world leading international commodities, trading and logistics companies.

About Trafigura Foundation and Puma Energy Foundation

The Trafigura Foundation ( was established in November 2007 and acts as the Group’s philanthropic arm. With an annual budget of up to US$ 8.5 million, the Foundation provides grants to some 30 charities, partners and expert organisations in order to deliver positive, sustainable impact in the broad areas of ‘Safe and Clean Supply Chains’ and ‘Fair and Sustainable Employment’. The Foundation is also currently starting to engage in the field of Climate Action. Similarly, the Puma Energy Foundation (est. 2013, see plays a comparable role towards the Puma Energy company, partially owned by Trafigura. Its specific annual budget is approx. of US$1 million.

Managed by the same team, both Foundations work in very close interaction with the employees of the Founders (Trafigura & Puma Energy), in line with the ambition to nurture an informed, participatory connection between their people and the communities in the countries where we operate. The foundations also encourage the involvement of staff in community-oriented initiatives, in particular through its Matching Funds scheme and the network of Charity Committees in our main offices.

Role and responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of Programmes, the Programme Officer (hereafter the PO) supports the management of the Foundation’s programme portfolio, with a view to ensuring that agreed objectives and targets are met, that all funds are used for the purposes stated and the projects are performing within agreed parameters. In particular, the PO tracks and reports on the status of the portfolio, identifying key issues and supporting appropriate follow-up actions. The PO also supports due diligence and on-boarding processes for new partners.
Other duties may be included as appropriate and in cooperation with the other functions in the team.
The PO will join a team of five, consisting in the Executive Director, the Head of Programmes, the Programme Manager, the Communication Manager and the Grant Administration Officer. The team is based in downtown Geneva.

Key Activities

  • Analysing projects’ progress and performance through available information and based upon the agreed reference frame as defined by objectives and indicators.
  • Ensuring that the projects’ financial performance is consistent with the agreed objectives and projections, and recommending actions when facing deviations.
  • Regular reporting on the performance and efficiency of the funded projects throughout the year and preparation of the necessary statements and overviews to inform adequately the Head of Programmes and/or the Programme Manager.
  • Ensuring that project documentation is adequately stored in a clear and consistent manner for a sooth monitoring and follow-up of the programmes.
  • Organising and supervising the due diligence and on-boarding processes for new grantees, including the drafting of our funding agreements.
  • Actively contributing to the preparations of our Board meetings (6 per year), providing the relevant information needed as required.
  • Working with the Communication Manager, providing her with the programmatic information needed for the Foundation’s internal and external communications; in particular, the PO will have an important role in facilitating the gathering of all programmatic and operational information required for the preparation of our Annual Reports.
  • Ensuring a transparent and timely information flow with the Grand Administration Officer for the execution of programme-related administrative tasks and payments.
  • Feeding timely the Foundation’s programmes database with all required programmatic information.
  • Actively contributing to the preparation of Board meetings, providing relevant, accurate and required information as necessary.


  • 2 years of working experience (relevant internships may be considered as such).
  • Knowledge of the Project Management Cycle and previous exposure in the overseeing of development projects or other projects in related social sectors.
  • Familiarity with instruments such as LogFrames, Theory of Change, etc.
  • Masters in Development, International Relations or other relevant field.
  • Fluency in French and English is an absolute prerequisite. Spanish is an additional asset.
  • Must have valid right to work in Switzerland.
  • Field experience (including volunteering) is an additional asset.
  • Exposure to impact measurement/evaluation is highly desirable


Starting date as soon as possible, but may be subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

Interested candidates must apply through this specific link. Applications arriving through other channels will not be processed.

Applications must include a motivation letter and a CV.

Final deadline: 19 February 2021.


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