Farmer-to-Farmer Organic Certification Specialist

  • Zumbi, Ecuador
  • 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.   Compensation in the form of lodging, transportation, per diem, is provided by NCBA CLUSA.  No salary/consultant fees are paid. For more information visit NCBA CLUSA Farmer-to-Farmer.

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 Organic Certification Specialist to support Asociación de Producción de Cacao y Derivados Aromas del Sur (ASOPROMAS) based in Centinela del Condor, Ecuador.

ASOPROMAS was founded in 2013 by 18 farmers to support local cacao growers and promote fair trade practices. The association aims to promote cacao production to contribute to social, economic, and environmental development. ASOPROMAS produces, processes and trades cacao derivatives such as bonbons, cacao paste, chocolate bars, and cacao liquor. ASOPROMAS works to engage its female and youth members throughout production and social media management.

ASOPROMAS’ production is based on organic practices; however, they do not have organic certification yet. The members would like to learn the procedures for obtaining organic certification. With this certification, they can access a larger market and increase their incomes. ASOPROMAS is ready to be audited by an organic certifier, however, they want to make sure they are doing exactly what they need to do to get the certification. The volunteer will help prepare ASOPROMAS to ensure they are ready for the audit.

Duration: 2 Weeks (February – July 2022)

 

ESSENTIAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

  • Assess the current organic agricultural practices of the association and provide constructive feedback about improvements.  
  • Develop comprehensive training on requirements to apply for the organic certification. 
  • Work with all participants on meeting the organic certification requirements requested by the certifier.  

Qualifications

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS:

  • The volunteer should have experience in organic crop management and cacao production.   
  • Good presentation skills, good written communication, and be deadline oriented.  
  • Background working with associations in agriculture 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, speaking.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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.