Agribusiness Specialist

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Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

An Agribusiness Specialist with advanced proficiency in French and experience in product development, agricultural value chain development and/or developing food products and brands is needed to work with the field office in Kindia of Dare to Innovate (Osez Innover) in Guinea. Dare To Innovate is a youth-led movement to end unemployment in West Africa, and its mission is to make investments in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to ignite social change. Dare to Innovate’s AgriHub leverages the concept of “social franchising” to train young people to produce specialized products in specific value chains. The AgriHub then regroups their products under unique branding and manages logistics to end markets that support entrepreneur livelihood. DTI will be working in partnership with UC Davis, UNDP and SCAD – local and international organizations working on youth employment in Guinea – as well as with CRRAF, Guinea’s agricultural research center located in Kindia. DTI is looking for a volunteer with field experience in agricultural value chain development, food product development and/or food processing as well as practical business experience through education, fieldwork, or entrepreneurship.

The PCRV will work directly with DTI’s AgriHub team, Agro-preneurs/Agro-partners, and program staff on value chain product development including researching, developing, and testing production processes for the new value chains and other possible value-add products. The PCRV will also coach the entrepreneurs who have graduated from DTI’s programs on business development and problem solving, conduct training workshops for DTI's technical staff on each new value chain product researched and developed, and research companies in Guinea, West Africa, or internationally that have developed successful micro-industries or industrial production chains for these products. The overall goal of the assignment is increase the capacity of DTI’s AgriHub Program to train young people to launch their own micro-industry to produce specific end-products.

Partner Information

Dare to Innovate

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s Degree in agriculture, agribusiness, product development or related field
• Advanced level French is mandatory
• Experience in product development, agricultural value chain development and/or developing food products and brands
• Experience designing training manuals, modules, or curricula
• Experience working or volunteering in a developing country and across cultures

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.

Medical Considerations in Guinea

  • Guinea may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; dermatology; some types of gynecologic support; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizures; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: peanuts.
  • After arrival in Guinea, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.

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