EWB-USA Engineering Service Corps/ USAID AGRO Program in Kosovo

This EWB-USA Engineering Service Corps led-volunteer assignment will provide engineering assistance to the agricultural community in Kosovo.  Through these efforts, the efficiency and effectiveness of the agricultural producers and processors will improve, enhancing their economic potential.

Description + Responsibilities
This effort is funded by USAID under the Farmer to Farmer program.  The Team of two members will work closely with the USAID AGRO program in Kosovo that is being led by Tetra Tech.  The Team consisting of two members will be placed in Tetra Tech’s office in Pristina Kosovo for a 2-3 month assignments and work with local agricultural businesses.  Lodging will be at an apartment with some stays on site with the local agricultural businesses anticipated.  A daily stipend will be provided for food and incidentals.

Possible assignments include:

Industrial / Mechanical / Electrical

  • Work with the local fabricator of dryers who is improving efficiencies of drying by combining solar, biomass burners and heat recovery systems, as well as the use of zeolite to improve efficiency of utilization of solar energy.
  • Work with local table grape processor to perform a feasibility study. The concept is to utilize an existing structure to house a forced air cooling facility to cool and humidify table grapes, which will improve their quality and make the accessible to additional markets
  • Engineering demands from raspberry freezing facilities as they upgrade their capacities to install blast freezing technologies.
  • Equipment management for processors – servicing protocols for large freezer facilities

Qualifications + Requirements
The candidate must have a minimum of 5 years of experience working in developing countries and the agricultural sector.  Professional Engineers are preferred.  Those with Farmer / agricultural experience are also preferred.  US Residency is required.
Financial Commitment
The Farmer to Farmer program will fund airfare for one, round trip flight per member.  Lodging and local transportation will also be provided. Volunteers will be expected to fund any personal costs beyond the $25/day stipend.

Time Commitment
Full-time engagement during field assignment.  2 days of preparation is anticipated prior to travel.

Commitment Duration
3-month assignment starting in July or early August.
Candidates for this and any Engineering Service Corps field assignment should plan to complete the half-day field security management course from RedR: http://redr.org.uk/en/Training-and-more/mission-ready.cfm

To apply submit a resume and cover-letter to service.corp@ewb-usa.org

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