IESC and the Farmer-to-Farmer Program seek to recruit a volunteer expert to support the development of a mushroom farming business in Lebanon. The volunteer expert will support the host organization with developing a business plan.
- U.S. Citizen or U.S. permanent resident (as required by the Farmer to Farmer Program).
- University degree in business management or agribusiness, or related
- Practical experience with mushroom farms preferred
- Previous experience with group training. Familiar with conducting trainings through translators/interpreters.
- Very good communication, presentation, and analytical skills.
- Sufficiently physically fit, with appropriate medical clearance.
- Regional experience in MENA highly desired.
- Writing Skills: Reporting requires good computer skills including, but not limited to, working and generating reports with MS Word. Experience with PowerPoint presentations is desirable.
- This is a United States government funded program. Therefore, for the purpose of achieving desired results in accordance with the work plan and submitting requisite reports, written and spoken fluency in English is required. Ability to work through translators in the field, however, is essential. This requires deliberation and sensitivity to cultural issues in communication.
VOLUNTEER EXPERT SUPPORT:
IESC provides comprehensive support to pro bono experts before, during, and after the anticipated assignment. Support to include:
- All travel and logistics arrangements and costs to be provided by IESC including airfare, visas, medical examination, medevac and emergency travel insurance, and transit expenses;
- Project management and oversight from the country office and the home office in Washington, DC;
- All accommodation, transport, meals, and incidental expenses throughout the duration of the assignment in country;
- Follow up and administrative support for the production and dissemination of the final report and deliverables for the project.
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.
- Attend orientation meeting at Land O’Lakes Beirut Office
- Meet with hosts for an overview of the constraints being faced
- Explore all the existing resources, constraints and opportunities and help the host in understanding them
- Work in conjunction with a technical expert in identifying needed resources for the project
- Write a business plan for button mushroom farm
- Provide recommendations to the F2F Program staff on potential follow-up assignments with the host
- Attend a debriefing session with F2F Lebanon Country Director and host organization staff members to provide feedback and discuss the recommended future plans to follow up on volunteer recommendations and capture impact.
- Final report, submitted to the F2F Program and host organization containing detailed recommendations on the assignment. This final report should include:
- A summary of tasks and observations from site visits
- List of 5-7 specific and actionable recommendations for the host organization
- A final report summarizing observations and recommendations, as well as follow-up plans.