Programme Officer
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The Programme Officer supports the International Cocoa Initiative [ICI] Programme Team in the development and implementation of the ICI programme, in pursuit of ICI’s strategy and objectives, as agreed by the ICI Board.

Under the supervision of the Head of Programmes, the Programme Officer contributes to the implementation of ICI’s 2021 – 2026 Strategy, supports the management of ICI’s project portfolio, supports the contribution of ICI’s country teams in his/her areas of responsibilities, analyses data coming from the different projects and prepares reports accordingly.

Main tasks and responsibilities

Project Management and Learning

  • Provide support to the Head of Programmes and Programmes team in the day-to-day administration of projects and grants.
  • Support the country teams in the management and monitoring of relevant projects and contracts at all stages, including through regular field visits, ensuring the timely delivery of expected outputs, the sound financial management of the funds and the preparation of reports.
  • Contribute to responses to relevant calls for proposals and requests for applications as well as unsolicited proposals by preparing budgets and writing narratives.
  • Develop engaging graphics, presentations and reports that clearly communicate project outcomes and contribute to a better understanding of child labour and forced labour in cocoa.

Financial management

  • For any project(s) for which he/she is given budget-holder responsibility, ensure the management of relevant contracts or activities, with the support of the finance team, and under the supervision of the Head of Programmes, ensuring that project funds are adequately monitored, reported and liquidated.
  • Ensure that financial transactions are within budget, that expenditure is incurred in accordance with ICI’s financial procedures, and that all transactions are coded correctly.
  • As appropriate, only approve transactions in accordance with his/her delegated financial authority.

Training and Capacity Building

  • In collaboration with the wider programme team, support the development and revision of relevant processes and tools, such as awareness-raising and training modules, manuals, guidelines, and standard operating procedures, to build capacities of ICI teams and stakeholders (farmers, coops, suppliers, companies, national services, etc.).
  • Initiate and facilitate collaboration within and between national country teams ensuring that project processes and approaches are identified and properly documented to learn lessons and identify good practices. Ensure that these outcomes feed ICI’s capacity building and learning tools.
  • Identify, document and disseminate specific experiences, tools or approaches, from within and outside the cocoa sector, that contribute to good practice and offer essential learning opportunities in his/her thematic area.
  • Support the design and delivery of training and capacity-building interventions to roll-out above-mentioned guidelines in country.


  • Support ICI’s broader communications and fundraising efforts, particularly by documenting project outcomes and ensuring that operational and programmatic knowledge is available and presented in digestible ways for external audiences.
  • Support ICI’s stakeholder engagement, including by assisting in the organization of board meetings and external stakeholder meetings.


Experience and skills 

Education and work experience

  • A master’s degree, or equivalent, in International Development, Social Sciences, Agricultural Economics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Sustainability, Business and Human Rights or similar.
  • At least three years’ relevant work experience in the field of CSR, sustainability, business and human rights, humanitarian response or international development.
  • First-hand field experience in a developing country, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa, linked to an agricultural value-chain, a commodity supply-chain, sustainable livelihoods or child rights and child protection.
  • Experience in Project Management and/or Capacity Building.


  • Fluency in either English or French, with a strong working knowledge of the other.


  • Advanced written and spoken communication skills.
  • Understanding of child labour, children’s rights, forced labour and agricultural livelihoods in low-income countries.
  • Ability to work pro-actively, flexibly and independently.
  • Ability to work in an international environment and readiness to travel.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team-playing skills.
  • Mastery of the Microsoft Office software package, especially Excel and Power Point.



Only candidates authorized to work in Switzerland should apply.

Please send applications in English including a cover letter and your CV to

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. 

Closing date for applications: 18th of February 2024

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Please note that only those candidates who match the above requirements and who have been selected for interview will be contacted.

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Equal opportunities and non-discrimination

ICI is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunities and non-discrimination for all employees and employment applicants, and to providing employees with a fair work environment free of discrimination.  


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