Food Engineering, Food Processing, Research & Development
4 Year Degree
The cheese market in Lebanon comprises a wide range of products that are classified mainly into three broad categories: white cheeses, processed cheeses and natural cheeses. The market for white cheeses includes a wide array of local products such as Halloumi, Baladi, Moujadali, Jebneh Helwe and Naboulsi. In addition, an important range of imported white cheese products is also present on the Lebanese market. These products range from Feta, Bulghari, and also Halloumi, in addition to processed and yellow cheeses like Mozzarella and Kashkaval, which have a major market share and are mainly dominated by international brands. It is important to note as well that the demand for local white cheese is gaining importance especially with the taxes levied on imported dairy products. In fact, these dairy products carry a high tax that makes them less competitive on the market. The host company is an Ashta, an evaporated clotted milk, processing facility. The company aims to produce Cheese products made from Whey which is resulting from their Ashta production.
Thus, the company needs a cheese expert to train them on the production of Ricotta cheese or any other cheese that is made from Whey. This will improve their profitability adding a new revenue to their company and use the produced whey.
Objectives and Outcomes of the Assignment
Objective: • To train the host on Ricotta cheese production • To introduce new products in the market under the host’s brand • To use the Whey produced from their Ashta production
Outcome: • Gross sales increased • Production line diversified • Ricotta cheese produced and marketed
1. U.S.-based. The volunteer is encouraged to bring any media or training materials such as manuals, journals, literature, DVD/video that will serve as good resource materials for training and for the library of the host organizations and Land O’Lakes office in Lebanon.
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 to discuss the in-country schedule and travel to Naameh region to meet the host and start the assignment
Day 4-13 Train the host on cheese production (Ricotta and/or any other cheese made from whey)
Day 14 Report Preparation Day, complete with specific and actionable recommendations for the three hosts. 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 15 Depart from Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut Arrive USA
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. E. Outreach 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 persons trained 2. New or improved products and services 3. Value of Annual gross sales
A. Lodging Beirut 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.
F2F FSQ Project Description
Bangladesh, Egypt and Lebanon face considerable food safety and quality challenges. To increase productivity and profitability in the agriculture sectors, Land O’Lakes International Development is implementing F2F FSQ to address the important issues of food safety and quality with highly qualified volunteers. Volunteers assist and train others on good agricultural, veterinary and manufacturing practices in order to improve the local food safety protocols and quality assurance systems from “field-to-fork.” The program will aim to work with agro-processors, associations, producers, exporters and other partners and assist them in achieving greater market access. Volunteers and the country staff work in each country to increase the awareness of the Farmer-to-Farmer program to build deeper connections to the communities we are supporting. We also support, coach and mentor our returned volunteers on how they can best share their experiences with personal and professional networks.
To ensure that safer foods reach markets in Egypt, Lebanon, and Bangladesh Land O’Lakes International Development is leading a five-year, $6.25 million Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program. Land O’Lakes will complete 213 assignments, which will be specifically designed to enhance food safety and quality across the three core countries. Funded by USAID, F2F initiatives generate rapid, sustained and broad-based economic growth in the agricultural sector. These programs also promote international goodwill, an understanding of U.S. foreign assistance programs, and private involvement in development activities.
Since 1987, we have sent more than 1,400 U.S. highly qualified volunteers — including 160 of our affiliate Land O’Lakes, Inc. staff and cooperative members — on assignments in 27 countries. As a quality-driven food company, Land O’Lakes, Inc. is uniquely positioned to drive improvements in food safety and quality by offering a broad range of agricultural technical expertise on a voluntary basis, including improved agri-business management, quality assurance, improved policy and regulatory regimes, and production and post-harvest activities.
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 10 years’ experience in cheese processing with focus on cheeses produced from whey like Ricotta • Expert in improving the quality of cheese production • Practical knowledge on dairy products storage management • 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 the assignment by the end of September
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