Agro-Business & Entrepreneurship 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

An Agro-Business & Entrepreneurship Specialist fluent in Spanish and experienced with organizational development, financing strategies, and developing training activities and materials is needed to work with Fundación Educación para La Vida (FEDVIDA)- Education for Life Foundation, on various organizational development needs. Young residents in Herrera province communities live in conditions of poverty and extreme poverty with a low level of quality education that limits their opportunities to enter university and/or generate projects for entrepreneurship. FEDVIDA has leased a farm and is working to establish a “training center” to train young entrepreneurs and community members in the manufacturing and commercialization of bamboo and agro-ecotourism. With the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV), FEDVIDA hopes to strengthen the knowledge and skills of staff in matters related to organizational development in the areas of strategic and operational planning, project design and management, financing strategy (fundraising), improvement of grant proposals, and community organization.

The Agro-Business & Entrepreneurship Specialist will work with FEDVIDA on the manufacturing and commercialization of bamboo pellets and will help elaborate and implement didactic material (printed, digital and videos) on the cultivation of bamboo and the agro-ecotourism farms. They want to reinforce the knowledge of students at the local high school and to train teachers and provide tools that help improve the teaching and learning process of environmental education. They believe incorporating the PCRV into these activities and projects will correlate with their 5-year strategic plan for economic sustainability. The goal of this assignment is to build the capacity of FEDVIDA in terms of their organizational development.

Partner Information

Fundación Educación para La Vida (FEDVIDA) - Education for Life Foundation

Required Skills

• Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a college or university in Business, Small Business Administration, Agribusiness or equivalent experience
• Advanced/fluent in both written and spoken Spanish
• 3 years of experience developing training, activities and materials
• 3 years of experience in organizational development and financing strategies (fundraising)
• 3 years of experience in the planning, coordination and implementation of activities with young people and producers in rural communities with governmental and non-governmental institutions
• Strong organizational skills and the ability to work alone and with little supervision
• 2 years of experience giving facilitating training and field-based trainings in Spanish with local counterparts

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 Panama

  • Panama may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: 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: none identified.
  • After arrival in Panama, 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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