Farmer-to-Farmer Accountant

  • Leoncio Prado, 05540, Peru
  • 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 Peru) qualified Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer candidates for the position of Volunteer Accountant to support Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Divisoria based in Leoncia Prado.

The Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Divisoria was founded in 2001 to help coffee producers in the regions of Huánuco, Ucayali and San Martín. In addition to coffee and cocoa beans, they also produce and sell organic fertilizer and certified wood. 

Divisoria management team reported that they allocate most of their time reviewing the accuracy of their accounting reports. They expressed that they especially need to pay attention to cacao and coffee bean collection reports to prevent errors. When the coop receives cacao and coffee beans from farmers it is considered an expense but when they sell, it becomes income. However, cacao and coffee bean collection requires a different system than income and expenses because Peruvian regulations do not classify cacao beans collected as an expense but rather an internal (coop) service. Consequently, bean collection influences accounting reports and accountants (management) need to master bean collection to guarantee proper coop management.  Divisoria would like to have more control and a simplified accounting process. (special focus on cacao and coffee bean collection).  They would like to understand and effectively execute control procedures to ensure risks are minimized and objectives are accomplished.  

Duration: 2 weeks, May- October 2021   

 

ESSENTIAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

  • Analyze Divisoria’s internal controls for bean collection
  • Based on analysis work with the members and staff to develop an internal control system to support beans collection management/accounting
  • Train employees and board of directors to understand how to prevent accounting errors with beans collection data, organize internal control process and guide them to be more time efficient to perform other business analysis

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration and/or a similar field
  • Accountant or management professional with experience in agriculture coops
  • Knowledge in coffee and cacao commercialization
  • Experience with adult group facilitation and with the ability to transmit his/her knowledge in a non-technical language.
  • 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.