Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Volunteer Product Development Specialist

  • La Paz, Honduras
  • Contract

Company Description

The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the trade association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, technical assistance, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For nearly 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in over 100 countries in the areas of food security, agricultural development, strengthening of communities and farmer organizations, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women, and youth. We currently work in 21 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Job Description

NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Product Development Specialist to support MUJERES EMPRENDEDORAS AL ÉXITO (MUJALE), based in La Paz, Honduras. The Product Development Specialist will work with members of this women’s social enterprise to assist them with new product development. Currently they produce and sell coffee-based bar-soap, but would like to introduce cosmetics, body scrubs, lotions, etc.  The volunteer will help expand their limited knowledge in creating new products using readily available resources such as of coffee by-products, herbs, and aloe vera (an extensive aloe vera based product line already exists). A volunteer with experience preparing these coffee-based, handcrafted products would be exceptional, as these women are enthusiastic about providing for their families’ well-being.

 

Duration: 2 weeks July- September 2019

 

Qualifications

ESSENTIAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

·         Collaborate with members to develop new coffee by-products using available resources.

·         Recommend packaging strategies for the products developed.

·         Provide recommendations on operation expansion, to include purchase of equipment and supplies

 

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS:

 

·         Experience in product development with a focus on handcrafted bath and body/cosmetic products

·         Knowledge of coffee by-products.

·         Minimum BS in Marketing and Branding desired

·         Candidate must be legally able to work in the U.S. without sponsorship

·         Advanced Spanish is a plus (However a translator will be available if needed)

Additional Information

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

 

NCBA CLUSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity.  All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, and legally protected characteristics for non-merit factors.