Manager, Research and Learning

Fair Trade USA

About the organization

Fair Trade USA, a four-time winner of Fast Company Magazine's Social Capitalist award, promotes sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. We are an entrepreneurial, non-profit organization and the leading independent third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the U.S. Our unique market-based model for sustainability links millions of farming families in the developing world to almost 800 leading US companies through more direct, equitable trading partnerships. Fair Trade allows farming families to improve their living standards and cultivate hope for the future while protecting the environment. At the same time, we strengthen global supply chains and make sustainability a driver of profitability for the business community. Since 1999, Fair Trade USA has generated over $400 million in additional income to hardworking farmers and farm workers around the world.

Fair Trade USA is a fast-paced, dynamic environment driven by a passion for doing good in the world.


Local and remote candidates will be considered.

The Manager, Research and Learning for the Impact, Research and Learning (IRL) team will play a critical role in Fair Trade USA’s work to define, measure, and communicate impact. The position will be a strong project manager in multiple workstreams:

A) Alongside the Director of Impact, Research and Learning (IRL), project managing external research deliverables including supporting the design and development of external research evaluations and contributing to the methodology and focus of the research.

B) Alongside the Senior Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation, developing and implementing the IRL team’s learning loop that will facilitate internal and external learnings from the research and org-wide impact overall.

C) Supporting and working with the Director IRL and other teams such as the Development Team (Philanthropic), Business Development Team, and Producer Services Teams to create and implement the research priorities agenda for the organization considering the overall impact needs and narrative for Fair Trade USA.

The ideal candidate for the role will be a strong project manager and have a robust and holistic understanding of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies such that they can make informed decisions on research design decisions, some statistical analysis skills or understanding of statistical reporting, and data visualization and presentation skills.


Strong project management skills, ability to manage deliverables for multiple projects happening simultaneously, and communicate progress to relevant stakeholders

Four to six years of relevant experience in research management, research design and implementation, work as a primary investigator preferred, with experience in quantitative as well as qualitative data research and analysis particularly in international development contexts.

Master’s degree or PhD in a related field such as International Development, Public Health, Economics/Development Economics, or Research Management

High degree of proficiency in all standard software programs including MS Office applications including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and relevant internet applications. Preferred knowledge of either Quantitative (SPSS/STATA/R) or Qualitative (NVivo, MAXQDA, Dedoose) Analysis applications.

Strong research design, analytical, evaluation and methodological skills (i.e., economics, statistics, M&E)

Ability to synthesize and present complex data in a simple, meaningful way, particularly using visual tools and creating presentations, and reports.

Experience collaborating and communicating effectively and respectfully with diverse professionals and cultures, with excellent writing and presentation skills.

Ability to work in a flexible, yet fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment, able to meet deadlines and share progress regularly via key performance indicators.

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