Farmer-to-Farmer Coffee Post Harvest Handler

  • Manta, Ecuador
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Contract

Company Description

The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the primary voice for people who use cooperative businesses to build a better world and a more inclusive economy. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, technical assistance, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For over 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 85 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 in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Job Description

NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking 2 (1- remote US volunteer and 1- volunteer based in Ecuador) qualified Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer candidates for the position of Coffee Post-Harvest Handler to support Asociación Nacional de Exportadores de Café del Ecuador (ANECAFE) based in Manta, Ecuador.

ANECAFE was founded in May 1983 as a private non-profit entity. It is the oldest coffee trade union in Ecuador. With over 38 years of existence, based in the city of Manta in the province of Manabí, (one of the provinces with the longest tradition of coffee production in the country.)  They currently require assistance in modifying their post-harvest handling procedures; drying, fermentation, and storage so that more of their producers will be able to participate in the Taza Dorada (the most prestigious coffee competition in the country). Improved post-harvest handling practices will increase their cupping scores, promote quality coffee, and increase their producer’s sales.

Duration:2 weeks, May- September 2021

 

ESSENTIAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

  • Analyze the current coffee post-harvest process and collaborate with essential personnel to determine improvements.
  • Teach trainees about good post-harvest practices focusing on the steps of drying, fermentation and storage of coffee.  
  • Recommend necessary steps or modifications to the storage facility that will secure the quality of the coffee until it gets to its final destination and consumer. 

Qualifications

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree in food technology, coffee production, or agricultural engineering
  • Experience in coffee post-harvest handling and coffee quality analysis
  • Demonstrated history in exports and coffee trade is valuable.
  • Past work in coffee quality inspections is highly desirable. 
  • 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.