Farmer-to-Farmer Entrepreneurship Trainer

  • Castillo Grande, 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’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 help 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. 

NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking qualified Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer candidates (either 1- US volunteer willing to travel or 2 volunteers for a hybrid assignment- 1 remote US volunteer and 1- volunteer based in Peru) for the position of Entrepreneurship Trainer to support  Cooperativa Agroindustrial Cacao Alto Huallaga  based in Castillo Grande, Perú. 

Cooperativa Agroindustrial Cacao Alto Huallaga (CAICAH) established itself to assist members with cacao export and market cacao and its by-products internationally under the UTZ, Organic, and Fairtrade Certifications. Alto Huallaga empowers members to become entrepreneurs by increasing knowledge on business development, including forecasting, diversifying, and balancing investments and returns. The cooperative technical field team has recently been tasked with providing training to members on topics of finance; however, this team lacks the skillset to lead these training courses. Alto Huallaga seeks a volunteer to strengthen the technical field team’s capacity for training members in financial planning, entrepreneurship, and empowerment. 

Duration: 2 weeks, February- April 2022  

ESSENTIAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: 

  • Evaluate Alto Huallaga’s initiatives and collaborate on a strategy for enhancing members entrepreneurship skills.   
  • Work with the technical team to design educational and/or communication materials to facilitate coop efforts to develop members skills - empowerment, entrepreneurship, finance.  
  • Train technical team how to develop learning activities, materials about financial planning and empowerment.  

Qualifications

  • Degree in farming and/or agribusiness  
  • Experience teaching business skills and developing learning experiences for farmers   
  • Knowledge of the cacao value chain, farm and coop management, empowerment, and entrepreneurship  
  • Ability to facilitate group training, adult training, and skills to transmit his/her knowledge in 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.