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Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
Cuso International in Peru is looking for a volunteer like you to conduct market research in farmers' markets to better understand market trends, opportunities and threats, examine fluctuations in supply and demand, as well as obtain information on products sold in addition to measuring customer satisfaction of urban agriculture in the capital city of Lima.
Urban and peri-urban agriculture is reemerging worldwide as a strategy to address a diverse array of interrelated urban issues, especially those related to food, health, environment and income generation. Farmers' markets have the potential to give urban farmers access to new, larger-volume markets that can increase their income and scale up production through aggregation, distribution, and marketing services.
Farmers' markets not only raise awareness about healthy eating, food security, and organic agriculture but they can educate the public about the importance of urban agriculture in creating a sustainable city. In addition, farmers' markets become a place for the neighborhood to gather and engage in cultural and recreational activities - revalorizing public spaces throughout the city!
In Lima, most farmers' markets have emerged from organized neighbors or civil society associations and experience significant barriers including bureaucratic process and reluctance from municipalities. Due to the increasing demand for organic, environmentally-friendly, healthy and short-food supply chain products, you'll notice that there are exciting opportunities to strengthen and replicate these farmers' markets throughout the city. However, in Lima, where urban and peri-urban agriculture is practiced, little in-depth data is available and few systematization efforts have been undertaken.
THIS is where your experience and skills will be crucial!
In collaboration with representatives of the Network of Organic Agriculture in Peru (RAE for its acronym in Spanish) and the local farmers' markets, as a volunteer, you will carry out research to obtain reliable information to strengthen the farmers' markets around the city and promote urban and peri-urban products. Working with your local colleagues, you will also develop data collection tools to build their capacity to collect and analyze systematic data.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Design the market research process (e.g. defining the objective and problem, focus/scope, data collection techniques and tools, resource planning, as well as deadlines)
- Develop standardized data collection tools
- Build the capacity of farmers' markets to collect and analyze data in a systematic and coherent manner
- Validate market research findings and report with partners prior to dissemination
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Degree in Business Administration, Economics, Social Sciences, or a similar discipline.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- 2-3 years of relevant professional experience
- Experience conducting market research, including interviews and/or focus groups.
- Strong writing, editing, and communications skills
- Good communication and interpersonal skills as well as ability to work under pressure
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines
- Person with creativity, sound judgement and ability to work both independently and in a team
- High level attention to detail and evidence of a superior work ethic
Red de Agricultura Ecológica del Peru
Red de Agricultura Ecológica del Perú (Network of Organic Agrilcuture of Peru) or RAE for its acronym in Spanish was established in 1989 and works towards the promotion and development of organic agriculture. The institutional capacity is based on the performance of its institutional and individual partners and their programs, along with their extensive experience and proven track record in the subject. The Network of Organic Agriculture consists of 16 local non-governmental organizations and 22 individual members.
RAE is a nonprofit association that identifies with the organic agriculture principles. It promotes and encourages the transition of Peruvian small farmers towards a competitive organic agriculture articulated into markets.
Visit their website to learn more: http://raeperu.org.pe/
Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.
- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
- Accommodation while in placement
- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
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.
Depending on the nature of the placement volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement.
Residency and Citizenship
The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.
We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.
Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.
By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.
You must check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:
- Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
- Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.