Fruit and Coffee Product 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 Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) with a degree in food science or a related field and advanced Spanish language skills is needed to serve as a Fruit and Coffee Product Development Specialist with CITE Agroindustrial Oxapampa. CITE Agroindustrial Oxapampa is a government institution that offers training, technical assistance, and provides support in development and management for innovation in agro-businesses. The PCRV will support the program “Improved Capacities to Absorb New Technological Processes” (ANPT) that is being developed to strengthen the ability of agro-businesses to adopt new technology. The aim is to encourage innovative process and product development in the following areas: specialized training in developing products derived from fruit and coffee; technical assistance in product development and planning including Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points for food safety; and improved environmental management and technological solutions for treating solid waste from agro-business.

The support of a PCRV is necessary to improve the supply chain of products in the regions of Pasco and Junín. CITE Agroindustrial Oxapampa’s goal is to build the capacity of their teams to improve competitiveness by way of new lines of production,to increase earnings and lower costs, and better utilize existing resources. The PCRV will work in collaboration with CITE professionals, and design modules and training guides on the development of fruit products; generate technical and scientific reports; Present proposals for technological solutions to mitigate damage to the environment generated by the productive chain of agro-industry; and deliver technical trainings and presentations.

Partner Information

Technological Institute of Production (ITP) Official address: Av. Republica de Panama 3418, San Isidro, Lima Decentralized organ: CITE Agroindustrial Oxapampa Capitan Soto, Cuadra N°7, Villa Rica, Oxapampa, Pasco

Required Skills

• Degree in Food Science, agriculture or other relevant field to fruit production
• 3 years minimum of experience in at least one of the following: Design and development of products derived from fruit or coffee; sustainable environmental techniques
• Advanced level in spoken and written Spanish in order to coordinate with and train CITE professionals and business representatives
• 2 or more years of experience in training, elaboration of informative materials in pamphlets, workshops, presentations and training guides
• 2 or more years of experience in creating and carrying out scientific research for the academic or commercial sectors

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

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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