Farmer-to-Farmer Coffee Exporter

  • Moyobamba, Peru
  • 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 Peru) qualified Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer candidates for the position of Coffee Export Strategist to support Asociación de Productores Selva Nororiental (APROSELVANOR), based in Moyobamba, Peru.  APROSELVANOR is an association dedicated to the production, processing and retail of green coffee to national and international markets.  They have previously received marketing and branding technical assistance, which has significantly impacted their operation. They aim to develop a strong export strategy to conduct direct trade contracts. This includes knowledge of international requirements (preferably USA and Europe), INCOTERMS use, pricing, negotiations, and other topics that the volunteer considers relevant for better performance of this activity.

Duration: 2 weeks in September 2020 (Due to the global impact of COVID-19, Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer assignments are tentatively scheduled to restart summer 2020)


  • Work in collaboration with the association to develop an export; designate roles and responsibilities, timeline for execution complete with tasks, etc.
  • Train participants on coffee contracts; types, clauses, requirements and conditions, most used INCOTERMS.
  •  Teach participants to conduct negotiations and contract writing to sell coffee.
  • The volunteer will teach participants about development of a commercialization strategy.



  • Bachelor’s degree in international trade, economics, business or related field
  • Background in food and beverage (F&B) wholesale, retail and commodity sales in global markets.
  • Experience in global coffee trading and working with cooperatives is desired.
  • Previous work as a barista is a plus
  • 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, and 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.