Food Processing and Transformation Specialist

Project Description

The Gambia Songhai Initiative (GSI) has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as a Food Processing and Transformation Specialist. Since inception in 2015, GSI has sought to train students and young people in food processing, among other areas, with the goal of enhancing their livelihood skills. GSI has identified a need for additional training for their staff to be able to implement the program that they envision. The program is to include a training curriculum for youth, with content that is 25% theory and 75% practical hands-on training.

The PCRV will work closely with the technical director and other key staff focal persons. They will work collaboratively in GSI’s complex, which includes the office, training center, farms and gardens, on activities such as co-training students and key staff on food processing, developing a curriculum and training manual, and supporting documentation of guidelines and good practices on sustainable food processing. The PCRV will also participate in project proposal development to GSI partners. The goal by the end of the assignment is for the PCRV to have co-designed a program for food processing that will add value to the produce of GSI.

Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in The Gambia together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Gambia Songhai Initiative (GSI)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, biochemistry, nutrition, economics, or related field
• At least five years of experience relevant to food processing
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in The Gambia

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Medical Considerations

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