Volunteer Opportunities with Canadian Co-operative Association in Peru

Canadian Co-operative Association
One-year overseas volunteer opportunities in Peru (2)Knowledge Manager Officer Gender and Youth Engagement Officer

WHERE: Piura, Peru (travel to rural areas required)
WHEN: January 15, 2017 – December 22, 2017
DURATION: 1 Year Internships
REPORTING TO: Andrea Kohut, Program Manager
DEADLINE: Monday, October 31, 2016

Note: These are voluntary assignments. Domestic and international economy airfare, ground transport, visa, travel insurance, out of country accommodation, and a meal/incidental allowance will be covered by CCA.

BACKGROUND:
The INVEST Co-op program seeks to improve the economic well being of 70,000 small producers in Malawi, Peru, Mongolia and Indonesia. Through an integrated co-operative approach, the program will benefit producers by increasing production and productivity, increasing access to markets, and increasing access to financial services. The program will also focus on building the capacity of local co-operatives, and working with governments to create an enabling environment for co-operatives to do business.

The Peru INVEST Program was designed and will be implemented in partnership with the Norandino Agricultural Cooperative Ltd. The project will be providing capacity building and inputs for 13 primary organizations located in the Piura, Cajamarca, Lambayeque, and Amazonas regions and will provide direct and indirect benefits to 4,349 Norandino member coffee and cacao producers. The project will build the capacity of small holder famers to increase the quality and quantity of cacao and coffee produce, as well as improve financial literacy and agriculture enterprise management skills. The project will further develop existing co-ops to assist women and men producer’s ability to access new markets, extension services and low cost quality inputs.

About our Partners:
The project will be implemented with Co-operative Norandino. Norandino was established in 2005 and is headquartered in Piura city. Norandino works with over 7,000 small producers of cocoa, coffee, brown sugar and fruit in five northern regions in Peru. Norandino improves the lives of member families through the promotion of good agricultural practices, technical assistance, and access to storage facilities and to local and international markets. The program is funded by the Partnerships with Canadians for Innovations branch of Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

ABOUT THE ASSIGNMENTS:

The Knowledge Management Officer will provide support to the project’s local Program Coordinator to carry out the internship objectives. The Knowledge Management Officer will be based out in the partner offices in Piura working with Project Staff, the Gender consultant, the Gender Intern and Norandino staff. A significant percentage of their time will be spent in the field (Amazonas, Piura, Cajamarca and Lambayeque regions). For more details, visit ourwebsite.

The Gender and Youth Engagement Officer will provide support to the project’s local Gender Consultant, under the joint general direction of the local Gender Consultant and the local Project Co-ordinator. The Gender and Youth Engagement Officer will be based in the partner offices in Piura, and will work closely with the project team. A significant percentage of the Gender and Youth Engagement Officer’s time will be spent in the field, participating in gender training activities with the local producer organizations in rural communities, under the guidance of the local Gender Consultant. For more information, visit our website.


APPLICATION PROCESS:
Please submit a resume and letter of intent by end of business day Monday, October 31, 2016 to Volunteer Manager,Laurie Tennian . You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Successful candidates will be required to obtain a police check from their local police/RCMP detachment. No phone calls please. All applicants are thanked for their interest in CCA; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

ABOUT THE CANADIAN CO-OPERATIVE ASSOCIATION
The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) is a not-for-profit co-operative with a mission to establish and grow co-operatives internationally that build a better world. CCA delivers programs for the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) and other organizations which help communities fight poverty and create more secure lives through community-owned co-ops.

To achieve this mission, CCA works closely with Canadian co-operatives and credit unions to channel their knowledge and experience to partner organizations and co-operatives in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. For more information, visit www.coopscanada.coop.

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