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Women in Agriculture Gender Policy Specialist

Project description

The National Coffee Institute (ICAFE, Instituto del Café de Costa Rica) has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as a Women in Agriculture Gender Policy Specialist. ICAFE leads the research, transfer and promotion of the brand Costa Rica Coffee and provides technical assistance to small producers and supports the adaptation of plantations to face the effects of climate change. A Gender Policy for the Costa Rican Coffee Sector was developed in 2022; however, ICAFE does not have staff specialized in gender, which hinders the capacity of the institution to develop specific actions to promote the equal participation of women in the coffee value chain.

The PCRV will design and implement a methodological guide with a gender focus for ICAFE's training processes, including minimum guidelines, and design of an educational methodology for producer families regarding equal participation in domestic and care work. The PCRV will also develop training and awareness workshops with a gender focus for internal facilitation at ICAFE and to be promoted externally for relevant stakeholders.

Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Costa Rica together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Required skills

• Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work or another related field and five years of relevant work experience OR Master's degree in the above mentioned fields and 3 years of relevant work experience.
• Two years of experience developing and facilitating training, preferably with audiences with low levels of academic education.
• Two years of experience working as in gender and development issues, preferably with rural women.
• Experience working with farmers and the agriculture sector.
• Advanced Spanish: some counterparts can communicate proficiently in English, but Spanish will be needed to communicate with other staff and to facilitate trainings to coffee producers who not know English. Spanish will also be needed for daily life interactions (getting to work, buying groceries, developing local relationships, etc.).
• Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.

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