The John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program provides technical assistance from U.S. volunteers to farmers, farm groups, agribusinesses, and other agriculture sector institutions in developing and transitional countries with the goal of promoting sustainable improvements in food security and agricultural processing, production, and marketing. The program leverages the expertise of volunteers from U.S. farms, universities, cooperatives, private agribusinesses, and nonprofit farm organizations to respond to the local needs of host-country farmers and organizations.
A group of four medium-sized enterprises are requesting the assistance of a Cheese Processing Specialist to provide training on best practices for manufacturing cheese in Armenia. They would like to increase their knowledge on food safety and hygiene practices, improve packaging and shelf-life in addition to other topics.
The selected Volunteer, an expert in cheese technology, is expected to:
Play a key role in the creation, production, and ripening periods of cheese by improving the production process within the existing technical structure.
Provide recommendations that will improve existing products and realization of cost saving opportunities.
Teach principles of bacteriology, chemistry, physics, engineering, and economics to develop new and improved methods in production, based on local raw supply and technical setup for Gouda cheese.
Closely work with the nominated cheesemakers of the production groups to transfer knowledge and techniques of cheesemaking.
Introduce new methods of production and varieties of high-value cheeses and by-products from cheese production, including technology that will create additional income opportunities for beneficiaries.
The assignment will last for 2-3 weeks including travel time. Travel, lodging and meals will be provided.
University degree in Food Technology, Food Safety or a related topic.
At least 5 years of experience processing cheese
Experience with food safety and hygiene
Proficient computer skills- MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Internal Number: ARM-2014-003
ACDI/VOCA is an economic development organization that fosters broad-based economic growth, raises living standards, and creates vibrant communities. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA has worked in 147 countries since 1963. Its expertise is in catalyzing investment, climate smart agriculture, empowerment & resilience, institutional strengthening, and market systems.