Kosovo Industrial Instrumentation and Controls Volunteer

This EWB-USA Engineering Service Corps 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
Industrial Process Controls

The program includes providing evaluation, consultation, design, construction and operations engineering services to private post-harvest processing businesses of local agricultural produce.  The objective is to improve processing efficiencies and meet higher EU standards in order to open new markets as well as extend penetration of existing markets to improve the economic viability one of the newest countries of the world.

  • Agricultural products include table grapes, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, mushrooms, herbs, milk and some unique local produce.
  • Work with local dairy processors to train them on the maintenance of their new process controls systems. The systems have been recently installed by contractors from neighboring countries so it is difficult for them to respond to maintenance requests.  Needs include  process controls automation, data collection, and process controls maintenance training.

This effort is funded by USAID under the Farmer to Farmer program and is in support to the current ESC members stationed in Kosovo.  The Person will work closely with the current ESC members and the USAID AGRO program in Kosovo that is being led by Tetra Tech.  Lodging will be at an apartment.  A daily stipend will be provided for food and incidentals. One round-trip airfare is also included.

Qualifications + Requirements
The candidate must have experience in industrial controls and their maintenance.  Those with dairy experience 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.  3-5 days of preparation is anticipated prior to travel.

Commitment Duration
3-4-week assignment starting in early November.  Late January or February are also an option.

Candidates for this and any Engineering Service Corps field assignment should plan to complete the half-day field security management course from RedR.

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