IESC is looking for an expert volunteer for a 21-day assignment in Morroco. The volunteer will develop a full business plan for the vinegar productincluding such as identifying markets, evaluate competition, create marketing strategies, develop a cost-benefit analysis and financial projects, and calendars to optimize the sale of apple cider vinegar. For this purpose, the volunteer should conduct web-based research and prepare questions for meetings to learn about demand, markets, buyer requirements, production capacity, financials costs, and revenue. These questions and answers will help guide village groups so they can learn to evaluate this and other organic agricultural business opportunities, to seek buyers independently and compose a complete business plan to build partnerships and secure financing for implementation and project development.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. permanent resident (as required by the Farmer to Farmer Program).
  • Educational Background: University degree in finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, international development, social enterprise, business development, project management, or similar.
  • More than 10 years of practical knowledge and experience in preparing organizations for agricultural decisions and marketing. Experience with organic or agroforestry is a plus.
  • Experience collecting information through meetings and observations. Experience communicating financial reports to non-financial people.
  • Training Skills, including training in small group settings.
  • Good writing and computer skills
  • Sufficiently physically fit, with appropriate medical clearance.
  • Familiar with conducting trainings through translators/interpreters

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.

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