African Union Compendium

As part of our capacity building and information sharing mandate on the African Union, Oxfam Liaison Office with the African Union has published the most comprehensive manual on the AU structures and organs: The African Union Compendium.

The Compendium, covers the AU structures, its various organs, departments and divisions of the AU Commission, the representational specialized and technical offices of the AU, the decision making processes of the Union, the meeting and summits organizing processes, civil society space in the AU and the role these various civil society actors have been playing, and more.

The African Union Compendium is intended for multiple stakeholders including, but not limited to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), policymakers at various levels, AU and embassy staff, academics, staff of Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and journalists among others.

In the past, there have been a number of guides and manuals on the AU, with useful information for civil society and other actors seeking to engage the continental body namely ‘Civil Society Organizations and the African Union: Towards a Continental Advocacy Strategy by World Vision’ (2007), ‘Towards a People Driven African Union: Current Obstacles and New Opportunities’ by Oxfam, AfriMAP and AFRODAD, and as well as another titled ‘Strengthening Popular Participation in the African Union: A Guide to African Union Structures and Processes’ by Oxfam and AfriMAP.

However, with the African Union Compendium, a holistic approach was adopted in the gathering of information on the institution and a method of organizing information about the African Union, its organs, structures, mechanisms that offer both an overview for understanding as well as a comprehensive reference for in-depth insight.

In preparing the African Union Compendium, we have made use of publicly available official AU documents, policy instruments, key presentations by AU departmental experts, internet research and research work that has taken into account available information.  

Oxfam and its partners are committed to the vision and objectives of the African Union, and continue their engagement with the continental body through different efforts of popularizing the African Union, and supporting it to promote the implementation of the various policy instruments that will in essence render better conditions of life for the citizens of the continent.

Oxfam presents the new 'African Union Compendium' to the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Jean Ping during the July 2012 AU Summit. Photo: Oxfam

Oxfam presents the new ‘African Union Compendium’ to the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Jean Ping during the July 2012 AU Summit. Photo: Oxfam


Businesses Operating in U.S. Market Make Certification Decisions

After Fair Trade USA (FTUSA) left Fairtrade International (FLO), the dominant certifier of Fair Trade products worldwide, on January 1, 2012, businesses and brands faced a new choice about how to participate in the certification of Fair Trade products. Businesses could become licensees, and use the product label, of FTUSA, FLO, both, another certification like IMO’s “Fair for Life” or CLAC’s Small Producer Symbol, or none. An era of significant competition greatly accelerated between certifiers and labels in Fair Trade.

FLO invited businesses who had been registered with FTUSA while FTUSA had been FLO’s sole representative in the U.S.,  to register as licensees by May 31 or become de-registered. This week, FLO announced the names of some of the brands that have registered with FLO. Of course, businesses can join and leave any certification system at any time, so current lists are not permanent.

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Manager Land of Promise (Research)

Manager Land of Promise (Research)
30 hour/week
Based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

Position Within the Organisation
The Research Department is Fairfood’s centre of knowledge. The department analyses and provides contextual and background information about the food industry and conditions, issues and supply chains throughout the world affecting sustainability. We also provide targeted internal advice to guide the advocacy and campaigning process and make assessments of initiatives that companies apply to address sustainability challenges.

The department consists of core research disciplines, and specific projects like the “Land of Promise” which combine several of the core disciplines under a focused project.

The “Land of Promise Project” is a special project being run by Fairfood, which aims to improve the sustainability of the pineapple sector in the Philippines. The purpose of this position is to provide background to the challenges related to sustainability in the pineapple sector – especially in relation to the island of Mindanao – and to analyse concrete, realistic and relevant solutions for international food and beverage companies operating in the area.

Function & Responsibilities
The Manager, Land of Promise (Research) is responsible for proactively providing the Land of Promise project with all background and factual information related to the campaign. This will include providing information and advice mainly in the form of written reports and small ad hoc research assignments. By working with a team of researchers (volunteers), you will supervise them in conducting research on priority campaign topics such as agrochemical use, precarious work and land grabbing and ensure that information is shared internally in the development and ongoing support of campaign activities.

The manager will also be expected to network extensively with experts and other organisations that can provide the level of in-depth and ‘on ground’ information required.

As a member of the Land of Promise team, you are expected to coordinate between the research department, members of the Land of Promise team from other departments and the project

Your competencies
You have a master’s degree in a relevant field and have work experience relating to campaigning or action oriented research. You also possess in depth knowledge of the pineapple or fresh fruit sector, or export agriculture in the Philippines.

You are highly results-oriented, committed to achieving campaign objectives and are committed to supporting the activities and objectives of the entire project team. As such, you adapt quickly to changing priorities and ad hoc requests. You show initiative in a team and are able to motivate volunteers to produce high quality results on tight deadlines. You are able to prioritize work easily and ideally have experience delegating tasks to others.

Obviously, you have a close affinity with Fairfood’s goals and are able to help partners translate these objectives into their own work.

What do we offer?
We offer a versatile position within a young international organisation, providing sufficient opportunities to achieve results. Due to our commitment to spend our funds on achieving our mission, the salaries within Fairfood are not excessive. The annual salary is non-negotiable and fixed at € 32 037.86 gross, based on a 40-hour work week. In addition, we offer a gross personal budget amount, in lieu of pension, of €2 563.03 per annum. Work-home travel costs are reimbursed.

If you recognise yourself in this outline and your core qualities are detailed above, we would like to meet you! Please send your CV and motivation letter by 17 August 2012 to Lieneke Wieringa, Manager Food Industry Analysis, at

For any queries related to the position or the selection process, please contact Lieneke Wieringa at (+31) 6 2724 2719.

First round interviews will be held in the week following the application deadline, and second round interviews will take place the week after. Candidates should be prepared to begin work in the first weeks of September.