We are looking for a volunteer to support one of our hosts in Guatemala, Popoyan, with virtual and in-country technical assistance in Risk Plan Development. Please see a general description of the scope of work for this technical assistance below:
The Popoyán initiative in Guatemala supports different economic development initiatives throughout the country. In the Quetzaltenango department, a coffee and honey producer requests F2F volunteer support to help the company develop a short, medium and long term risk management plan given the sometimes volatile situation for small businesses in the country. It is expected that at the end of the assignment the company will have a complete risk management plan that identifies potential risks, the tools for its monitoring, and the costs and benefits of response measures. This assignment contributes to the broader goals and objectives of Rural Enterprise Development project by strengthening agribusinesses capacities for organizational growth and maintaining employment in the region.
Remote Volunteers must be U.S. Citizens or have a current U.S. working visa. Local Volunteers must have experience in the aforementioned fields and ability to connect and engage with the remote U.S. volunteer. Please see the description of the Farmer to Farmer remote volunteers and local volunteers below:
Remotevolunteers will support through document sharing, photo or video sharing, video calls, webinars etc. These will not be a Farmer to Farmer “assignment,” in the traditional sense, but rather a deliverable-driven technical assistance that is catered to the specific needs of the host. This assistance will not assume the typical 15-day format, but will respond to the host on an as-needed basis (one 2hr training per week for 3 weeks, for example).
Remote volunteers may be paired with local volunteers and asked to collaborate to provide support to the hosting organization throughout the assignment. In this collaborative model, we ask that the remote volunteer and local volunteer work together to agree on final recommendations to provide to the host for improvement.
Volunteer requirements for this assignment include:
Education: Agro-Industrial Engineer or similar
Experience: 10 years of experience in management and developing agribusinesses plans.
Experience in coffee industry (global coffee economics), and risk management and risk mitigation plan development.
Experience developing assessment and management Risk Measurement and Alert Tools.
Language: Spanish is preferred or required. Fluent level Spanish proficiency.
Experience working in a developing country preferred
Ability to work via videoconference and with other remote arrangements
Financial evaluation skills
Additional Salary Information: This program covers all volunteer costs including airfare, lodging, meals, insurance, and other assignment-related expenses.
About Partners of the Americas
Since 1991, Partners of the Americas' Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program has been transforming lives in over 30 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. F2F connects specialized volunteers from the United States with farmers, cooperatives, agribusinesses, extension services, government agencies and other institutions. F2F is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
These volunteers provide technical assistance on practical interventions that increase food production and income, improve farm and agribusiness operations, help farmers gain access to markets, build local capacity, and conserve natural resources. Volunteers not only offer much-needed training, but they also build meaningful relationships, fostering mutual understanding and respect. The 2018-2023 program focuses on Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica, and Myanmar; as well as other select countries in the region. A projected 610 volunteer experiences will be completed over the next five years.