Food Certification & Marketing - Volunteer Expert

Volunteer , Volunteer opportunity
Posted on 13 March 2018

Job Description


Food Certification & Marketing - Volunteer Expert

Location of Assignment: Chuka, Kenya

Proposed Level of Effort: 2 weeks

Anticipated Start Date: April 2018

Position Objective:

The Expert Volunteer is expected to provide support in gaining required certifications and facilitating market linkages in dried fruits and vegetables. He/She will guide the company’s overall process of becoming export ready.

Anticipated Tasks:

  • Assist in obtaining required certifications, such as: Global GAP and HACCP
  • Facilitate market linkages in dried fruits and vegetable
  • Prepare Sweet and Dried to become export ready


  • Certifications obtained
  • Market linkages facilitated
  • Getting the company to be export ready

Desired Volunteer Qualifications:

  • A university degree in food technology, market research, marketing, international trade, manufacturing chemistry, engineering, business, economics, development, or a related field;
  • Technical competencies and qualifications in food processing, market research, and export development, including distribution and coordination;
  • Knowledge of export procedures and requirements for the U.S. (under AGOA);
  • Knowledge of U.S. market food safety, SPS, and quality certification processes;
  • Previous experience in providing direct technical support to individual firms and business support institutions;
  • Fluent in oral and written English;
  • Excellent computer skills;
  • Ability to work within strict deadlines;
  • Established buyer relationships with retail channels in U.S./EU is a plus;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills; and,
  • Knowledge of East Africa and Africa agro-processing industry would be a great asset.

*This is not a paid position*

About the Organization

IESC – the International Executive Service Corps – is a US-based NGO with a focus on supporting private enterprise internationally. We have worked in partnership with local people in 130 countries—mainly with the generous support of USAID—designing, implementing, managing and evaluating a wide range of market driven solutions along the entire value chain of a company or industry. In Tanzania, IESC is implementing the Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise (ENGINE) program, a four-year USAID-funded Feed the Future activity awarded through the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) that aims to address many of the regulatory, informational and financial constraints that inhibit domestic and foreign investment in the southern agricultural regions of Mbeya, Morogoro, and Iringa, as well as in Zanzibar.

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