Small Business Development Specialist

Project Description

The Reserva de la Biosfera Tehuacán – Cuicatlán (RBTC) in Mexico has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as a Small Business Development Specialist. The RBTC works closely with communities located within the Natural Protected Area to preserve their biodiversity, culture, and sources of income. The local co-op “Productores de Sal Prehispánica de Zapotitlán Salinas” was formed to to maintain their culture and ancestral tradition around producing salt and to access fair markets at the state and national level. The co-op’s goal is to position their brand, “Sal Oro Blanco,” and introduce their products in the national and international markets. To achieve this goal, the co-op is interested in collaborating with a PCRV specialized in business development and marketing to support their efforts to improve their marketing and commercialization processes and strategies.

In coordination with personnel from the RBTC, the PCRV will work directly with members of the co-op in identifying areas of opportunity and growth, defining, and implementing appropriate business strategies, providing guidance and consulting as necessary, and identifying training needs to build upon and strengthen their skills and expertise. In collaboration with the co-op members, the PCRV will provide input and recommendations to improve the co-op’s logo, slogan and product image, support them to design and write business and marketing plans, and define and support the implementation of a communications plan and strategies to increase product exposure and consumption.

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

Volunteer safety is of paramount importance, and the protections of U.S. citizenship promote volunteer safety. Under Mexican law, anyone born in Mexico who became a U.S. citizen after 1998 or anyone holding dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship is considered a citizen of Mexico, and not of the United States. If such an individual faced a legal, safety or other emergency situation in Mexico, the Peace Corps' ability to intervene could be limited. Therefore, the PC will not place in Mexico individuals who are either dual citizens of Mexico and the U.S. or who were born in Mexico and became U.S. citizens after 1998. If you fit either of these categories, we encourage you to look at other opportunities with PC Response.

Partner Information

Reserva de la Biosfera Tehuacán – Cuicatlán (RBTC)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in business, administration, marketing, entrepreneurship, or related field.
• At least 3 years of professional experience in business development and marketing.
• Intermediate Spanish
• 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 Mexico

Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Mexico: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, health, and safety -- including health and crime statistics -- in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.

Medical Considerations

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