Farmer-to-Farmer Ag Educator Volunteer

  • Chazuta, 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.

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.

Job Description

NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Ag Educator, based in Peru, to support Cooperative Agraria Allima Cacao, based in San Martín, Peru. The candidate will virtually collaborate with the US volunteer to achieve the objectives of the assignment.  The Ag Educator provides teaching methodologies to help the extension agents affiliated with the cooperative, better equip the cooperative members with useful knowledge.  This cooperative has their own extension agents who provide technical support to members; however, the coop has recognized that only 10% of its members are using the methods thus negatively impacting their production rate and long-term goals).  Allima Cacao leaders attribute this low implementation rate to the extension agents not knowing how to effectively relay information and would like teacher training.

Duration: 3 weeks, November 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:

  • Assess the current methods used by Allima Cacao extension agents in the field
  • Provide recommendations for training methods/techniques that will increase adoption of content
  • Lead Training-of-Trainers workshops that will facilitate communication and delivery of content by the extension agents

Qualifications

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree in Ag Education and/or a similar field
  • Experience providing training in extension settings
  • Available for virtual communications with Host Organization, Staff and Co-volunteer
  • 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.