I want to work with international development - what do I need to know?

First of all, it needs to be something you really want to do, as well as match your interests and professional/educational background. There are numerous ways into the world of NGOs - but there is not one that is more recommended than the other. If you are considering entering the charity sector and need more general information, we recommend that you have a look at the careers advice page on http://www.charityjob.co.uk which goes through most aspects of the nature of working in an NGO. If you are looking for general recommendations and tips on job searching, this job searching advice page might be useful.

How to apply?

Our application process happens online. First you'll need to create an account on our careers page. This will provide you with a username and password that you will need to use every time you login to the site. Once you have completed your personal details you then need to go to our 'Work for Us' page to find the vacancy you are interested in, then click ‘Apply Now’ and this will take you through the application process.

We ask two questions in our standard application process that you may find helpful to complete in advance and then upload your responses. 

Please describe the competencies, knowledge and experience which you will bring to this job. Please refer to the person specification.

Please explain why you are applying for this post and what interests you in working for the Fairtrade Foundation.

You need to apply on line, we do not accept CVs that are emailed to us.

Where are the offices?

5.7 The Loom, Gowers Walk, London, E1 8PY

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How can I prepare for my interview?

-       Make sure you read through the job description for the role and think of examples from your work or personal experience where you have demonstrated the competencies, skills and experience we are looking for. Also have a good look through our website to understand what we do   and how the position you are interviewing for might fit in.

-       Don’t forget to bring your passport with you for proof of right to work in the UK. If you don’t have a passport see following FAQ.

What if I don’t have a passport?

If you don’t have a valid passport click please contact the HR team and they will provide you with a list of documents that you can use to prove your eligibility to work in the UK.

What shall I wear to my interview?

We would always recommend that you dress smartly for your interview, however don’t feel you have to wear a suit if you are not comfortable doing so.

Which parts of the application are the most important?

The combination of all parts of the application are important when assessing a candidate, as long as there is a clear link between your responses and the Job Description. The Person Specification is particularly relevant, as you will need to give examples in your application of how your experience matches important competencies and the required skills. It’s wise to also focus on the competencies which are listed by sharing real life examples from your previous experience. Please be as brief and clear as possible.

Do you pay travel expenses to interview?

Unfortunately we are not able to contribute to candidate travel expenses so please bear this in mind prior to booking to attend your interview.


Who can help me with technical problems? 

If you are having problems applying online please email us at jobs@fairtrade.org.uk and we will try to solve the problem for you. 

When will I hear the outcome of my application?

We strive to contact all candidates within 2 weeks of the closing date of a role.   However, there are occasions where the volume of applications means the shortlisting process can take longer than expected. So you may have to bear with us.

I didn’t get shortlisted, can I get feedback?

Unfortunately due to the large number of applications that we receive we are unable to offer feedback if you have not been shortlisted.

Can I get feedback on my interview?

Yes, if you have been unsuccessful at interview, we will be happy to provide you with feedback.  When we contact you with the outcome of your interview we will arrange a mutually convenient time to provide feedback.

Why do I need to provide information on my ethnic origins, gender and disabilities?

This is not a mandatory requirement; however, we are grateful to candidates for completing the Equal Opportunities Form as we strive to be an equal opportunities employer. In other words, the form is solely used for monitoring and statistical purposes in order to improve our recruitment processes. The information will not be used during the actual recruitment process and will be kept separate from your application.