Cuso International Organic Production Advisor Full Time in Montréal, QC

Cuso International

Branch Montréal QC CA

Organic Production Advisor
Montréal, QC

Fruandes offers the market healthy agro-industrial products, respecting the parameters of ecological production and fair direct trade;…

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Bogotá , Colombia

Partner name
Sistema B – Fruandes

Length of placement (months)

Deadline for application

Start date
March 2016

Funding Eligibility requirements
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents

Language Requirements
Spanish reading=3, writing=3, oral=3

About Cuso International
Cuso International is a development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors. Cuso International’s work is driven by authentic engagement with and accountability to the people and communities involved.

About Sistema B – Fruandes
Fruandes is a B Corporation based in Colombia which specializes in producing, processing and commercializaing Agro-Industrial organic products, including dried fruits, sugar cane and cocoa to developed markets natinoally and internationally (ie North America, Europe, Asia), under the guiding principles of Fair Direcet Trade and Organic Production. Fruandes works hand-in-hand with the community fo small producers in 6 regions of the country (Narino, Cauca, Tolima, Cundinamarca, Huila and Antioquia) and maintain a close relationship with all of their international and national clients.
Fruandes’ commitment to the environment and ecological production is reflected in their production process which is certified according to the norms of organic production in Colombia, North America and Europe – both the cultivation and processing of dried fruits.
The company respects the principles of Fair Direct Trade – working directly with associaciones of small and ecological producers in various regions of Colombia. Their business model is based on strategic alliances with the associaciones of small and ecological producers, and a vertical, productive, value chain and agricultural integration model. This model allows Fruandes to establish productive alliances that form the basis of a competitive society responsible for the production, processing and commercialization of agricultural and agro-industrial products; the basis for a competitive socially responsible business that can compete at the international level and which offers value-added products to the market, and which respects the principles of Fair Direct Trade and organic production.
Mission: Fruandes offers the market healthy agro-industrial products, respecting the parameters of ecological production and fair direct trade; they offer an integral flavour eperience to their clients.
Vision: To generate an ecosystem of social, human and environmental welfare based on a profitable business model.
For further information about the company and their team in Colombia, please visit their website: http://www.fruandes.com/

The volunteer’s role
The volunteer’s role will be to support Fruandes in the process of expanding in terms of the number of hectares and producers that are certified organic.
Currently, Fruandes is experiencing a phase of rapid growth and for that reason it is crucial that this growth is both organic and sustainable starting from the base of the value-chain: with our producers of organic fruits. Fruandes has supported more than 85 hectares of certified organic production in 6 departments of the Andean region of the Colombia where we produce pineapple, mango, bananas, dragon fruit, Andean berries, sugar cane and cocoa. The main challenges for our organic production are the following: 1. Construct an operational plan for organic production for the products mentioned, with academic, technical and scientific support. 2. Construct a research methodology that supports the development of solutions to the limitations of organic production. 3. Generate new knowledge about organic production to support the management of plagues and illnesses.
- Create a work plan for the technical support to small producers in each of the 6 regions of Colombia where Fruandes Works (Nariño, Cauca, Tolima, Cundinamarca, Huila and Antioquia) – that includes needs of the producers in each region and for each product.
- Design a research methodology that provides solutions for current limitations of organic production for small producers and generate new knowledge and materials on organic production in terms of plagues and pests.
- Generate materials with academic, technical and scientific support to contain plagues and illnesses in organic ways for all Fruandes products.

Essential Academic Qualifications
- University degree in biology, ecology, agronomy, or related field. – Courses or certification in organic production

Essential Professional Background/Competencies
Experience in: – Working in agricultural and organic production. – Working with fruit production. – Supporting small producers.

Desirable Academic Qualifications
- Post-graduate degree in development studies, social sciences, agronomy with a focus on organic production, and/or sustainable production/development.

Desirable Professional Background/Competencies
Previous experience in: – Researching organic production. – Working, volunteering, or living in Latin America.

Important information for candidates
Cuso International covers the following costs: – Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and in-country training orientation – Return airfare and visa/permit costs – The cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance – Access to Employee Assistance Program while overseas and upon return – Accommodation while overseas – Modest living allowance while overseas – Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer – Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
Fundraising: We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.
- E-volunteering: Depending on the nature of the placement, the volunteer might be required to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement.

Type d’emploi : Temps Plein

Candidats locaux uniquement :

  • Montréal, QC

Expérience exigée :

  • Working in agricultural and organic production : 1 année

Formation(s) exigée(s) :

  • Bachelor’s

Langue exigée :

  • Spanish

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Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Montreal, QC, CA
Posted on: 2016-02-19
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