Executive Director

Ethical Tea Partnership
London, UK
Full time Staff

About Ethical Tea Partnership

The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) is a not for profit organisation that convenes the tea industry, development partners, NGOs and governments to improve the lives of tea workers, farmers and the environment in which they live and work. Much of tea is grown in places that face significant sustainability challenges. ETP works on long-term change programmes
that improve the lives of workers, farmers and their families and communities through improving livelihoods, empowering women and to enable the whole sector to become more resilient to climate change.

The Role

The Ethical Tea Partnership is looking for an ambitious Executive Director to lead the organisation into its next phase of growth and development.

The Executive Director will:

  • Build and maintain a strong understanding of the tea industry, and continue to assess the issues facing tea communities, especially in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Oversee development and implementation of strategic plans and ensure effective systems are in place for programme design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation
  • Convene staff and stakeholders to build creative solutions to the social and environmental challenges faced by the tea sector – programmes, new coalitions, commercial solutions, advocacy etc.
  • Build excellent relationships with ETP’s corporate members to understand (and balance) their priorities and commercial interests
  • Ensure that strong relationships are developed and sustained with tea growers, donors, opinion formers and implementation partners
  • Provide compelling leadership for a small but geographically dispersed team – promoting an organisational culture that values and encourages all staff to contribute fully and work collaboratively.
  • Advocate for ETP and its mission with a range of audiences and through different media and lead efforts to ensure ETP is regarded as a highly credible and effective development organisation
  • Work closely with the Board of Trustees and ensure it receives accurate and timely information (including financial) to enable it to carry out its governance function and meet all its responsibilities.
  • Oversee financial planning, budgeting and income generation for the organisation.

Person Specification

The Executive Director will manage a global team of 30 and drive strategic level change in the tea industry – influencing at senior levels to ensure sustainability remains at the heart of the sector.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of driving change and securing and nurturing cross-sector partnerships. They will be fascinated by the challenges and opportunities faced by tea communities and motivated to find new and innovative solutions to sustainability-related issues.




  • A degree in a relevant discipline – international development, economics, sustainability, business, agriculture, environmental science for example, or equivalent experience.


  • More than 10 years of senior level leadership experience including strategy development, change management and influencing & advocacy
  • Experience in brokering, leveraging and managing cross-sector partnerships (across the private sector, government and NGOs) with sustainability related objectives
  • Experience of designing and delivering projects, programmes and alliances with rural communities, including understanding of monitoring and evaluation and impact analysis
  • A good knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and experience of delivering against them in the developing world
  • Proven experience of design and delivery of influencing strategies for achieving widespread systemic change.
  • Experience of leading and managing teams – employing a coaching approach to develop people


  • Strong leadership, listening and facilitation skills – with the ability to enable partners, staff and sector stakeholders to coalesce around shared plans and ideas
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate effectively across audiences and cultures, tailoring language, tone, style and format to match audience
  • Excellent communication skills in English (oral and written), with the capacity to engage private sector, government, public and community audiences at a senior level.

Personal Attributes

  • A strategic outlook with the ability to problem solve alongside a willingness to trial innovative ideas
  • An unwavering commitment to ETP’s mission and values
  • Ability to maintain resilience, positivity and perseverance when faced with challenging issues
  • An understanding and appreciation of what it takes to deliver across different cultures
  • Integrity and professionalism, setting and demonstrating the highest ethical and moral standards and a strong sense of personal accountability.

Highly desirable

  • Experience of working in or with the private sector
  • Specific knowledge of the tea sector or another agricultural value chain
  • A track record of securing funds and generating income for a not for profit organisation
Closing date: 
26th February 2020