Project Development Manager Brands

Are you keen to reduce poverty of farmers and workers in global supply chains? Do you feel the way commodities are currently sourced need a radical change?  Can you create more traction with large brands to make more social impact? This newly created position Project Development Manager Brands is the right place for you. An attractive role focusing on innovation with global companies to close living income and living wage gaps, by creating new partnerships to accelerate sustainable procurement and meaningful purpose branding.

The role

With rapidly rising relevance of the topic of living income, IDH wants to further innovate and test new types of interventions to be able to close the living income and wage gap with frontrunner (branded) companies in coffee, cocoa, and tea. Building on the trend of rising purpose brands IDH aims to see whether innovations in brand engagement and procurement practices that might contribute to long-term shared value can indeed lead to living income gap closure.

The SPM Brands position is embedded within the IDH Business Unit Agri-commodities Cocoa, Tea, Coffee, reports directly into the Global Director Agri-commodities. As part of the 2025 Strategy this BU has defined an important new cluster of work with the objective: transparent sourcing and branding to close living income and wage gaps become the norm in the coffee, tea and cocoa sectors.

Who you are

IDH is looking for an effective, service-oriented, self-motivated, connector with leadership skills and a strong interest in supply chain sustainability. You understand how buying companies make buying decisions and have an interest in the rise of so-called purpose brands. You are not afraid further developing this newly created position in IDH and are comfortable in adjusting quickly to where you generate most energy on the topic of sustainable procurement and purpose branding. You are result oriented in achieving the agreed on objectives within your program and not only driven to meet them, but to exceed them. You have experience in process and change management and organizing multi-stakeholder coalitions based on your networking skills and ability to share your expertise and excel in your verbal and written communication skills. As you have experience in supply chain sustainability preferably within agricultural commodity sectors, you can interact with international stakeholders, with a diversity in cultural backgrounds, in private and public sector as well as civil society. You are energetic and a fast learner, all with a good sense of humour.

What you bring

  • You have at least 10 years work experience in international agricultural value chains, including as a buyer within the private sector;
  • You are able to connect well to companies and civil society to develop innovative projects to accelerate sustainable procurement and purpose branding to reduce living wage and living income gaps.
  • You have excellent senior convening, shaping, influencing, stakeholder and program management skills combined with a good understanding of the wider international policy context
  • You bring experience in project management
  • Having a good understanding about the current play in living wage and living income globally is a preference
  • Your speaking and writing communication skills are excellent or (near) native in English and preferably another frequently used language (e.g. French or Spanish). Your English communication skills are on an excellent professional level.

Who we are

IDH brings companies, CSOs, governments and others in public-private partnerships together to realize green & inclusive growth at scale in commodity sectors and sourcing areas. Our approaches are designed to drive sustainability from niche to norm in mainstream markets, delivering impact on Sustainable Development Goals. We focus on creating positive impact on deforestation, living incomes and living wages, working conditions, toxic loading and gender. In this we are supported by multiple European governments, including our institutional donors: BUZA, SECO and DANIDA. IDH is a company that works together with over 600 companies, CSOs, financial institutions, producer organizations and governments in 12 sectors and 12 landscapes in over 40 countries worldwide.

What we offer

IDH offers a challenging position within an enthusiastic and passionate team. As an IDH team member you can contribute to positive global change. For more information about IDH, please visit www.idhtrade.org.
This is a full time position. We offer a gross monthly salary between  € 4400,- and € 6000,- (based on 40 hours per week) depending on your seniority and skills, and solid fringe benefits, including a good pension scheme.

This position is based in the Netherlands. Candidates should be EU nationals or have a valid working permit for the Netherlands.

Interested

Please feel free to contact Jordy van Honk, Global Director Agri Commodities via vanhonk@idhtrade.org with any content related questions about this position.

Would you like to apply? We encourage applicants to respond as soon as possible, latest by the 31st of March using the following hyperlink: https://idhtrade.inhroffice.com/en/job/181838/apply