Farmer-to-Farmer Fruit Post-Harvest Handler

  • Phnom Proek, Cambodia
  • 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’s USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer program sends American farmers and agribusiness professionals on 2-4 week agricultural development assignments, promoting sustainable growth and agricultural development worldwide.  Volunteer technical assistance from U.S. farmers, agribusinesses, cooperatives and universities helps smallholder farmers in developing countries improve productivity, access new markets and conserve environmental and natural resources.  During COVID-19 we have shifted to a hybrid volunteer model that affords US volunteers and in-country volunteers the opportunity to continue to provide technical assistance.   For more information visit NCBA CLUSA Farmer-to-Farmer.

NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking 2 (1- US volunteer and 1- volunteer based in Cambodia) qualified Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer candidates for the position of Fruit Post-Harvest Handler to support Pech Chenda Agriculture Cooperative based in Battambang, Cambodia. The Post-Harvest Handler will provide support to this cooperative that would like to improve post-harvest handling practices of longan and mango trees. This cooperative comprised of 58% women anticipate improving their post-harvest handling methods of longan and mangoes to increase profits.  This would include the sorting, grading, storage and transport, etc. of these fruits in efforts to compete in national and Thai markets.

Duration: 3 weeks, June-September 2020 (Due to the global impact of COVID-19, Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer assignments are tentatively scheduled to restart summer 2020)

ESSENTIAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

  • Improve post-harvest handling practices of longan and mangoes
  • Provide training, coaching and mentoring to the host and their participants
  • Apply the tools and technologies to the pilot fruit farms

Qualifications

  • Masters in Horticulture, Agribusiness, and/or a related field
  • Successful experience in processing fruit products 
  • Experience working with fruit trees and post-harvest handling techniques
  • Knowledge in SMART Agriculture technologies and cooperative organizational development and management.
  • Successful experience in supervising post-harvest handling applications related to medium and large-scale fruit farms.
  • Previous experience in establishing low cost post-harvesting handling best practices effectively.
  • Available for virtual communications with Host Organization, Staff and Co-volunteer
  • US candidate must be legally able to work in the U.S. without sponsorship
  • Advanced English language skills; reading, writing, speaking.

Additional Information

All application materials must be submitted in English.

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.