Business Development 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

A Business Development Specialist fluent in Spanish and with 3-5 years of professional experience in the field of ecotourism, marketing, sustainable development, economics, or business is needed to develop sustainable and profitable ecotourism strategies for Minga Peru. Since 1998, Minga Peru has been working in rural, indigenous communities located in the Peruvian Amazon, an area of important biodiversity. The non-profit organization is helping to deepen the understanding and conservation of local plant species, to reconnect with indigenous languages and values, and to increase food security while protecting the environment and promoting gender equality. Within the last four years, tourism to the Peruvian Amazon has doubled, thus Minga needs someone with expertise in business.

The Business Development Specialist will support Minga’s team in developing profitable and sustainable ecotourism strategies and a communication strategy while also helping to build the technical capacity of the team through identifying international and local partners to develop profitable and sustainable ecotourism opportunities. The Response Volunteer will also make formal presentations in English and Spanish to local, national, and international donors, foundations, and organizations about potential collaborative projects and funding. He/she will also develop and implement strategies, procedures, and processes to effectively monitor, evaluate, and report on Minga’s Amazon projects.

Please note that this position is one of several that will depart for service in Peru at the same time. It is unlikely that the departure date will change and applicants will be notified if the date does change. Please only apply if you are available on the date listed and if you can serve for the entire duration of the project.

Partner Information

Minga Peru

Required Skills

•Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, sustainable development, economics or ecotourism.
•3-5 years of professional experience in the field of ecotourism, marketing, sustainable development, economics, or business.
•Demonstrated fundraising and/or business development experience through networking and presenting oral and written presentations, grants, and other proposals in English and Spanish.
•Experience living and/or working at the grassroots level in a developing country, preferable in South America.
•Advance Spanish (written and spoken) at a professional level in order to interact and train with MINGA’s staff and community leaders.
•Demonstrated success as both a leader of a project from start to finish and as a team member of a project from start to finish.
•Compassionate about protecting the environment, respecting other cultures, and respecting and empowering different genders.

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 Peru

  • Peru may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; 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 Peru, 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 also 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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