Food Engineering, Food Processing, Research & Development
4 Year Degree
The host organization is a family business producing grape molasses for the past two decades and in 2016 the company launched their new product “Grape syrup” in the local market. Grape syrup is a filtered product that is currently facing sedimentation problem which is affecting the physical appearance of the product.
Grape syrup production occurs from late September till mid-November with the grape season, where the host will benefit from a volunteer consultant to identify the cause of the tartaric acid formation and sedimentation. Once the cause of the problem is identified, the volunteer expert will provide a list of recommendations and trials along with a plan to be executed while the consultant is still in Lebanon.
Objectives and Outcomes of the Assignment:
Objectives: 1. To conduct process line assessment to identify the crystallization issue 2. To set trial plan to eliminate the problem 3. To conduct trials during production 4. To provide recommendations for the production process of grape syrup
Outcomes: 1. Improved grape syrup product 2. Increased host knowledge regarding the production of grape syrups
1. U.S.-based: - Introductory Skype call between the volunteer expert and the host organization is required to prepare for the consultant visit and ask for any needed material that might help to solve the mentioned problem
2. Schedule of In-country activities/tasks. The volunteer will complete the following activities in-country:
Day 1 Depart USA
Day 2 Arrival and pick-up from Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut Transfer to Boutique Hotel in Jal el Dib
Day 3 Orientation at F2F Lebanon office and transfer to meet the host in Rashaya.
Day 4 Arrival to Royal Organics facility for an introductory meeting to discuss in details the assignment flow and outcomes.
5 to 12 days Work on solving the grape syrup sedimentation issue as stated in the problem statement
Day 13 Report Preparation Day, complete with specific and actionable recommendations for Royal Organics.
Attend final debriefing session with F2F team and host organization staff members to:
• Provide recommendations to the individual host organizations at the time of visit and in the final report.
• Provide recommendations to the F2F Program staff on potential follow-up assignment with the hosts and future plans for recommendations to capture impact.
Day 14 Depart from Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut Arrive USA
Deliverables: Each volunteer must submit a Final Report to the F2F Program, which includes the following sections:
A. A summary of tasks and observations from site visits B. A list of 3-5 specific and actionable recommendations for the host organization(s). The recommendations are very important to the program as we use them to track host adoption of recommendations and the impact on hosts’ farms and businesses. These recommendations will be reviewed during the debriefing session with country staff at the end of the assignment and the volunteer may make revisions to them in their Final Report. C. A section listing the assignment objectives above and how they were met or why they were not met. D. A short summary of the assignment with relevant photos that can be posted on the F2F volunteer blog.
Upon return to the United States, the volunteer is requested to communicate his or her F2F experience. Outlets to share the volunteer experience include home groups (e.g., civic and religious groups, professional associations, etc.), workplace presentations, local newspapers, community or workplace newsletters, personal blogs and social media sites. It is important to give recognition to USAID for funding F2F. At least two outreach events are requested and should be communicated to Gretchen Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sadie Paschke at email@example.com. Volunteers will be invited to join a volunteer group through LinkedIn and will receive occasional surveys requesting information about completed outreach activities during each period.
Indicators for the Evaluation of the Impact:
1. Number of beneficiaries 2. Number of Persons trained 3. New or improved products and services 4. Value of Annual gross sales
A. Lodging Bekaa and Mount Lebanon Hotels: we have several 4 stars hotel choices, depending on the availability, all of which contain single or double beds with a private bathroom, Internet, and laundry services. Breakfast is provided.
B. Transportation During Office hours, a Land O’Lakes driver will pick up the volunteer upon his/her arrival at the Beirut airport, otherwise a Taxi from the hotel will be booked and waiting for the volunteer’s arrival at the Beirut airport. The volunteer will be visiting the field by the host organization vehicles or the Land O’Lakes driver
C. Materials Needed for the Assignment The volunteer can bring whatever materials needed for the implementation of the assignment. Expenses incurred for materials which are not donated to the project as match, must be preauthorized by the Project Coordinator in order to be a reimbursable expense.
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Volunteer Qualifications: The recruited volunteer is expected to have the following skills and qualifications:
• Educational Background: University degree related to Food Technology or Food Engineering. • The expert shall have a minimum of 15 years’ experience working in food processing, research and development • Experience working with food processing facilities producing grape syrup or similar products (grape juice or wine) • USAID programs experience is highly required. • Experience in Lebanon and MENA region is preferable. • Training skills, including training in group settings • Good writing and computer skills. • Sufficiently physically fit, with appropriate medical clearance. • Familiar with conducting trainings through translators/interpreters. • Available for assignment by the end of September 2019
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