Agriculture and Access-to-Market Specialist

Before You Apply

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

Project Description

Three Agriculture and Access-to-Market Specialists with advanced-level French language skills and a degree and work experience in economics, agriculture, horticulture, or a field relevant to international development assistance are needed to work with offices of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in different sites in Guinea. A Comprehensive Food and Nutrition Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA+N), conducted by WFP and Guinea’s National Agency of Agriculture and Food Security Statistics in 2018, indicated that 21.8 percent of households are food insecure, with 2.4 percent severely food insecure. The support WFP is giving to education aims to improve the attendance rates of elementary pupils through the daily provision of hot school meals to 131,895 primary school students throughout the school year in targeted prefectures, and WFP also supports communities to produce locally grown food that can be used for school feeding programs. The Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRV) have been requested to support these offices’ work to assist their beneficiaries through activities that support primary education, nutrition of vulnerable groups, and enhance resilience in fragile communities.

The PCRVs will work with the staff of the WFP Sub/Antenna Offices to increase availability of community-grown vegetables at WFP-supported school canteens, reinforce the skills of field staff on nutrition promotion in vulnerable/target communities, and increase awareness of hunger and malnutrition in targeted communities and appropriate ways to address those hardships. The PCRVs may also collaborate with WFP partner NGOs to identify local food stuff procurement opportunities with small-holder producers, women’s production groups and unions to support WFP Purchase for Progress initiatives; facilitate application of USDA-USAID school garden teaching materials to reinforce and expand knowledge of soil fertility practices, composting, biological and organic practices and planned rotations with WFP vegetable gardening groups and students at beneficiary school lunch programs; and support the Cash-Based Transfer initiative by surveying market prices on staple foods to determine prices for the cash-based transfer of food assistance, and support Food Aid Monitors in the implementation of projects. The overall goal of the assignment is for the PCRVs to build the capacity of each of the WFP Sub/Antenna Offices to ensure projects are well implemented and monitored.

Partner Information

United Nations World Food Program (WFP)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree with experience and training/courses in one or more of the following disciplines: economics, agriculture, horticulture, or a field relevant to international development assistance
• Advanced level French language is required
• Proficiency in Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
• Excellent analytical and report writing skills.
• Culturally sensitive: candidate should enjoy working in a new context, with people of other 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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