Engineering / Technical Maintenance Fellow

Meds & Food for Kids (MFK), a non-profit, operates a food processing facility, using electro-mechanical machinery, to produce Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), to treat severe acute malnutrition in Haiti’s children. This fellowship is located in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. This position’s primary goal is to develop, alongside Haitian technical staff, a sustainable preventative maintenance plan and risk reduction planning for the MFK food processing facility, for its production equipment as well as for its other systems.

The role of the fellow is to work collaboratively with Haitian maintenance technicians to identify problems and find solutions. Often these solutions will be outside of Haiti and will require consultation with volunteer engineers in the U.S. and elsewhere. It is not expected that the fellow will know all the answers but it is expected that the fellow will know the questions to ask and will pursue the answers.

Working with Haitian technical staff, other important objectives for this role are listed below.

• Responsible for ensuring production equipment is maintained in efficient operating condition
• Responsible for ensuring all other plant systems are maintained in efficient operating condition
• Organizing, editing and supervising maintenance schedules for all technical aspects of the machinery and electromechanical systems in the facility
• Developing a system for ensuring that critical replacement parts are in stock and are indexed
• Participation in all management discussions among MFK staff to facilitate good communication and decision-making throughout the organization
• Mentoring Haitian workers on all systems with the view toward Haitian self-sufficiency in the near future.

Specific Major Systems
• Food Processing System for production and packaging of peanut-based RUTF
• Agricultural peanut processing equipment for sorting, blanching, roasting of peanuts
• Water purification system
• Air conditioning and ventilating systems
• Energy production system: generators, inverters, batteries

Anticipated Outputs
• Plant systems are well-maintained and operating efficiently
• Comprehensive and sustainable preventative maintenance plans are put in place, with Haitian support and buy-in, for all major facility systems
• Efficiencies are identified, resulting in cost reduction for production, and for operations in general
• Operating downtime is minimized as the machinery is well-maintained, and critical replacement parts are readily available

With this in mind, we expect:

• Collaboration with Haitian production, maintenance and quality assurance staff
• Mentoring Haitian maintenance staff in trouble-shooting, maintenance, repairs and other techniques necessary for the smooth and professional workings of the factory
• General duties as assigned by the Executive Director and Deputy Director and MFK staff in Haiti.

Reporting and being responsible directly to Lauren Plummer, Deputy Director

• Preferred four-year degree in engineering: industrial, mechanical, electrical or other technical area; will consider applicants with proven, strong technical skills, experience and aptitude, but lacking a degree in an engineering field
• Proven experience in successfully managing, influencing and leading others; international or cross-cultural experience a plus
• Good problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills, and demonstrated leadership capability
• Willingness to do what it takes to produce results in an under-resourced, rapidly changing environment, where uncertainty and new obstacles are common
• Must be willing to “get hands dirty”
• Willing to live and work in Cap-Haitien, Haiti for 12 months
• Construction experience helpful
• Food processing facility experience helpful
• Ability to speak French or Haitian Creole a plus; must speak English (Willingness to learn Creole)

Fellow will be provided shared, secure housing in a Cap-Haitien apartment; health and medical evacuation insurance; two round-trip plane tickets from country of residence to Haiti; four weeks of vacation during the 12-month contract, two of which must be taken when the facility in Haiti is closed for the winter holidays; a monthly stipend to cover food and personal items; access to two shared vehicles for transportation in and around the Cap-Haitien area

Interested candidates should submit cover letter and CV or resume to; please put “Engineering Fellowship” in subject line.

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