The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) are looking for a Gender and Equality Lead

The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) are looking for a Gender and Equality Lead to join our Programmes team. The role will be reporting to the Head of Programmes.

Location: UK, Africa or Asia preferred. Remote applicants considered.

Salary: Competitive starting salary based on location, internal equity, candidate experience, and local labour costs. Contractual terms and conditions, including company benefits may vary depending on location. For more information, please contact the HR Team on [email protected].

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (full-time), Monday to Friday.


The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) is a global membership organisation that is catalysing long-term, systemic change, to benefit everybody who works in tea – especially people in tea-producing regions.

The organisation is made up of a small, but dedicated, expert team across most tea growing regions, including Africa and Asia, as well as a London-based secretariat.


The Gender and Equality Lead plays a crucial role in designing and implementing programmes that are inclusive and gender sensitive (and transformative where possible), addressing the diverse needs of tea-growing communities and associated businesses.

The Gender and Equality Lead will be accountable for providing technical expertise on gender and equality issues across all ETP’s work. The Gender and Equality lead role is a strategic role within the organisation that will drive key partnerships, implement strategic initiatives and organisational growth to achieve long-term objectives on gender and equity across all ETP activities, including advice on project design and implementation, support on business pilots, guidance to the membership and input to policy development.

Reporting to the Head of Programmes, the Lead will use their in-depth contextual knowledge, technical, and practical expertise to deliver ETP’s ambition for a gender equitable and inclusive tea sector.


Programming (50%):

  • Update comprehensive assessments to understand Gender and Equality needs.
  • Lead Gender and Equality technical support for proposals to foundations and donors.
  • Introduce tools for gender equality and inclusion in programmes, aligning with operational needs.
  • Provide training and resources for Gender and Equality mainstreaming.

Private Sector Innovation and Pilots (20%):

  • Identify innovations supporting gender-responsive practices.
  • Advocate for gender-equitable practices within member organisations.

Gender and Youth Strategic Engagement & Oversight (15%):

  • Build relationships with stakeholders to promote gender equality.
  • Provide thought leadership on ETP’s gender strategy.
  • Convene discussions on gender issues and represent ETP in forums.

Policy and Communications (10%):

  • Develop evidence-based policy positions and factsheets on gender issues.
  • Communicate ETP’s Gender and Equality work through case studies and impact stories.
  • Track global policy developments and contribute to internal and external communications.

Shared Learning (5%):

  • Work with Insights lead to establish impact evaluation frameworks to document gender and youth insights.
  • Analyse programme outcomes, provide recommendations, and embed Gender and Equality enhancements in programmes.


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in Gender and Equality programming and policy, preferably within the agricultural or development sectors.
  • Technical knowledge on gender equality in global supply chains.
  • Advanced studies or equivalent experience in International Development, Value Chain Development & Market Systems, Agriculture, Responsible Business Practices or other relevant fields; participatory methodologies that promote learning and social change; participatory research and evaluation designs.

Please view the full job description and person specification on our website (

Candidates based in the UK must have the right to work. For candidates based outside the UK, please note that employment will initially be on a contract basis. Please consider this information before applying.


  • Generous paid holiday.
  • Flexible working schedule.
  • Access to thousands of online courses on Udemy.
  • Medical cover.
  • Further benefits depending on location.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please submit your online application form through the ETP’s website here and ensure you include your CV.

Closing date for applications: 14th of July

Interviews: week commencing 22nd of July (online)

Second round interviews may be conducted in-person depending on applicants’ location. Requesting an online interview will not be detrimental to your application.

We intend to complete the recruitment process by beginning of August.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We are committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace where everyone is valued and respected, regardless of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or any other non-merit factor.

If you have any questions about this recruitment or the position, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our recruitment team at [email protected].

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