Join our team! Vacancy for a part-time Fair Trade Business Development Officer at AFW

Fair Trade Business Development Officer (part-time)

Part-time – 5 hours per week

£14.00 per hour

Fixed term, 12 months from October 2018 (continuation dependent on further funding)

Aberdeen for a Fairer World wishes to appoint a part-time Fair Trade Business Development Officer to develop opportunities to increase engagement with, and generate income from, Fair Trade activities in Aberdeen city and shire.

Main duties:

  • Exploring opportunities and developing contacts to increase the reach of Fair Trade activities in Aberdeen city and shire
  • Identifying new retail and other activities which could generate income from Fair Trade activities
  • Organising occasional Fair Trade pop-up stalls, including working with volunteers and keeping records.

Other duties may include attending meetings of, and working with, Aberdeen City Fair Trade Steering Group and leading occasional Fair Trade awareness raising sessions with key target groups.

Person specification:


  • Knowledge of the Fair Trade movement and commitment to the principles of social justice for producers
  • Excellent communication skills for interaction with AFW colleagues and the wider public
  • Good IT skills and experience of using the internet, email and Microsoft Office software packages
  • Ability to keep accurate financial records
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team
  • A clean driving licence


  • Experience of the retail sector
  • Access to a car
  • Experience within the voluntary sector

To apply, please email your detailed CV with a covering letter to Dr Geraldine McNeill, HR Lead:

For further information, including a more detailed job specification, please call the Montgomery Development Education Centre on 01224 620111 or email

Closing date for applications: Monday 1 October 2018 at 12 noon.

Aberdeen for a Fairer World is an Equal Opportunities employer. 

 Applicants should be prepared to provide evidence of eligibility to work in the UK.


Start the Change – project launch at MDEC, Wednesday 26 September 2018

Start the Change 

Are you passionate about educating for a better world? We are looking for enthusiastic secondary teachers and youth workers to be part of an exciting new transformative EU global learning project on issues around inequality and migration – Start the Change.

To find out more and meet local organisations working on these issues, help us launch the project in Aberdeen on Wednesday 26 September, from 4.30pm – 6pm at Montgomery DEC, 45 Victoria Street, Aberdeen AB10 1UX.

See Flier for Aberdeen launch and RSVP to Charlie Barrow:

Why Start the Change now?

Young people are growing up in a world that is changing almost as fast as they are. Our interconnected and interdependent world brings huge opportunities, but it also brings challenges such as conflict, inequality and environmental degradation.

Feelings of powerlessness to change the world around them can be a common challenge, but given the opportunity, young people can be powerful agents of change. Pupils are entitled to an education which develops the necessary skills, values and attitudes to engage effectively with the opportunities and challenges our globalised world brings and to have a voice in shaping a fairer more sustainable future.

Aims of the project

Working with schools and young people across 11 European countries, Start the Change aims to empower teachers, youth workers and pupils to explore, debate and take action on local and global issues. Focussing on the links between the UN Sustainable Development Goals, inequality and migration, the project aims to develop a model of active global citizenship for young people.

The project involves training and mentoring for teachers and youth workers, support for working with young people, resource development and opportunities for networking across Europe. MDEC are working in partnership with Highland One World to deliver this project in the Aberdeen area.

Project teachers and youth workers will take part in two training days, 12 and 26 January 2019 in Aberdeen, followed by individually tailored mentoring and free resource support.

Schools will be given funded support to work with young people.

Get involved

If you are interested in being part of Start the Change, please contact Charlie Barrow at

Montgomery DEC – details of FREE CPD programme 2018-19

We hope you had a restful summer and are looking forward to working with you again this year.

We are delighted to launch our CPD programme for the 2018-19 school session: MDEC CPD booklet 2018-19. Our sessions are provided free of charge and are focused on supporting you to link Global Learning to your classroom practice and across your school.

You’ll see from the booklet that we have changed the format of our twilight sessions, in that we are now looking for schools to book and host a session and to help us to promote this amongst the network. We will manage the booking process and also promote outwith the school’s immediate area too.

Our sessions can be tweaked and tailored, so please get in touch if there is something that you need that is not in the booklet.

Please contact our Global Learning Adviser, Charlie Barrow for more information: 

In addition, there are some other opportunities in the next few weeks that your teaching staff may be interested in.

*** UN Global Goals School STEM Summit 2018 *** Tuesday 25 September 2018 at Aberdeen Science Centre

Aberdeen Science Centre and The Montgomery Development Education Centre invite teachers of STEM subjects and STEM Ambassadors to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This annual event shall showcase interactive classroom resource activities and afford the opportunity for attendees to consider methods of incorporating global issues and children’s rights in the classroom whilst maintaining a STEM focus.

Register by going to

*** SIGNPOSTS Fiction Book Club – two part session *** First twilight session – Wednesday 3 October 2018 at Montgomery DEC, 45 Victoria Street AB10 1UX

MDEC are looking for teachers with a particular interest in literacy and global citizenship education. We are running a session on Wednesday 3 October from 4.30pm at our office in Victoria Street. We will discuss the use of storytelling in global citizenship education as well as what makes a good GCE fiction resource. At the end of this session, teachers will be invited to borrow books to use with their class. We will aim to meet back at the beginning of November to evaluate the resources’ success and this will inform the selection of new titles for the updating of the SIGNPOSTS website’s fiction list.

This is a one-off, 2-part session although it may be repeated if there is an appetite.

*** Fair Trade Ferry to a Fairer Future event *** Wednesday 3 October 2018, 10am – 12.30pm, onboard NorthLink Ferry at Aberdeen Harbour

Please look out for the invitation to attend our annual fair trade ferry event, being held on 3 October. If you already know that you are keen to send a group of 4 children, please contact However, we are looking to give initial places to schools that have not been before. A letter will be sent/emailed out shortly. In the meantime you can see more details here: Fairtrade Ferry To A Fairer Future flyer 2018

As always, for more information, or to discuss your school’s global learning needs, please call us on 01224 620111.

Grampian Fair Trade Regional Session – Cults Parish Church, Saturday 1 September, 2-4pm

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is hosting an informative session available to anyone interested in Fair Trade. The session is a fantastic opportunity for networking between Fair Trade groups in the Aberdeen area and to discuss recent developments in the Fair Trade movement. Fairtrade refreshments will be served.


1. General Introduction to Fair Trade

2. New developments within Fair Trade (e.g. Brexit, UK Trade Policy, Cadburys, Sainsburys etc)

3. Running a Fair Trade group: expanding reach and communications (including social media and website).

4. Administration of running a Fair Trade group: GDPR, insurance, risk assessments etc.

All welcome to attend.

Please let us know if you have any access or dietary requirements.

For more information about the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, visit:

Twitter & Facebook: @FairTradeNation

FREE Twilight CPD sessions at MDEC: Water & Sanitation (14 March), Refugee Issues (28 March), Global Goals: Two Years On (2 May) – book now!

CPD Sessions 2017 – 2018 Term 3

There are two more free twilight CPD sessions running this term:

All sessions are free of charge and will run on Wednesdays from 4.30–6pm at Montgomery DEC, at our new address, 45 Victoria Street AB10 1UX.

14 March – Water and Sanitation (22 March is World Water Day)

28 March – Teaching About Refugee Issues

2 May – Global Goals: Two Years On

Register on Eventbrite

For more information, contact our Global Learning Adviser Charlie Barrow:

OWW events in Aberdeen, 14 October – 5 November 2017


Although there is a particular theme, any event that broadly fits in with the ethos of OWW is welcomed – global justice, peace, celebrating diversity of culture and faith etc. See the website (, Contact Nigel Dower (co-ordinator): email:

(In Aberdeen we include anything within the three week period 14 October to 5 November).


Thursday 19th October 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm, Aberdeen Arts Centre, 33 King Street AB24 5AA

Shape Your Community Event

In September and October the Co-op is holding 20 Shape your Community events across the UK and we’d love you to join us. We want to hear what you think about the things we should campaign on, what you’d do to improve your community and give us your ideas about what we could do to help. For instance, if the Co-op is to fly the flag for Fair Trade, then Members & customers have to attend these events to let Co-op know what they think.

The Coop Engagement Team, Aberdeen. Further details are available from: Registration is required either by phone or Internet (Contact Number: 0800 023 4708)  Contact: Peter Kennedy:


Monday 23rd October, 2017, 6.00 pm,  Room MR051, MacRobert Building, King Street, Old Aberdeen All welcome

Lewis Macdonald, MSP & Convener of the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on International Development, will give the John Forster Memorial Lecture:

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Scotland’s International Development Strategy’

Aberdeen University Centre for Global Development (CGD) and Aberdeen for a Fairer World (AFW). Contact: Nigel Dower:


Thursday 26th October, 7.00 pm, New Kings Room 11, University of Aberdeen, Kings College

Andy Hinton, Aberdeen and District CND speaks on The United Nations General Assembly resolution to ban nuclear weapons’

On Friday 7th July the UN passed this historic resolution. Andy Hinton was one of six Scottish CND delegates to attend the meeting, and will reflect on his experience of this and on its consequences.

United Nations Association Aberdeen & Aberdeen University MUN Society (Model United Nations). Contact: Julia Leichnitz:; Penny Wells:


Sunday 29th October 11.00 am, Aberdeen Unitarian Church Centre, 43A Skene Terrace All welcome

Interfaith service on the theme of “Good Neighbours – my world depends on us”

Aberdeen Interfaith Group (AIFG) in conjunction with Aberdeen Unitarian Church. Contact: Caroline Cormack


Sunday 29th October 1.00 pm, Aberdeen Unitarian Church Centre, 43A Skene Terrace All welcome

Interfaith meal – lunch will be provided, but those attending are encouraged to bring non-perishable food to contribute to the Food Bank which CFine organises. At 1.30 pm Dave Simmers, CEO from CFine is coming to do a talk on their work.

Aberdeen Interfaith Group (AIFG) in conjunction with Aberdeen Unitarian Church. Contact: Caroline Cormack


OWW 2017 in Aberdeen marks our gratitude to John Forster who sadly died on 7th July 2014 and whose great enthusiasm and commitment lay behind the revival of Aberdeen’s contribution to OWW in the last six years


Vacancy for Global Learning Officer at Highland One World in Inverness

Our friends and colleagues at Highland One World, the Global Learning Centre in Inverness, have a vacancy:

Are you passionate about social justice and sustainability, locally and globally? We are looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic person, with a background in education and experience of working with young people, to join our energetic team in the role of Global Learning Officer.  Salary £26,000 – £29,000 pro-rata.

Closing date for applications:  Noon on Tuesday 24th October

Interview date: Wednesday 1st November in Inverness

Read the job description for full details on how to apply.


Applications now open for Wood Foundation’s Global Learning Partnerships Programme 2018

Developed in line with the GTCS Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning, Global Learning Partnerships (GLP) is a platform for developing leaders of global education and Learning for Sustainability (LfS).

It is delivered by The Wood Foundation in partnership with Inspire Educate and Empower Rwanda (IEE) and Redearth Education Uganda.

Over the course of the 18 months, participants are exposed to a number of training interventions, including a four week overseas cultural placement. These are designed to enhance their knowledge, understanding and delivery of global education within the classroom, the school and the wider learning community.

The overseas placement provides participants with the opportunity to live and work in Sub Sahara Africa; to immerse themselves in the education system and culture of their host community; learn how other people live and work whilst living, working alongside them.  This first-hand cultural experience is an integral part of GLP, it equips participants with a deeper knowledge and understanding of life in another country and provides participants with an array of credible personal experiences which augments the development of delivery of global education within the curriculum.

To find out more and to apply, visit or contact Kelly Work at for more details