[Sust-mar] Job posting

Satya Ramen info at judesfairtrade.ca
Mon Apr 21 13:51:05 EDT 2008



I was wondering if you would be willing to post this CIDA internship
opportunity on the sust-mar listserve.  As follows:


ACIC's member JUDES is seeking a Quality Control Support Specialist to work
in Nova Scotia and with their partner in Ecuador, Jambi Kiwa. 



JUDES (the Just Us! Development and Education Society) was established in
2006 as a not-for-profit organization committed to raising public awareness
about the social and environmental issues relating to international
development and the benefits of Fair Trade. 


JUDES uses a values-based approach to implement our projects and activities,
which fall into two key areas: working to increase the understanding and
connections between producers and consumers and creating resources and tools
to support individuals and organizations in living justly and lightly on our


Jambi Kiwa is a certified fair trade and organic co-operative – producing,
processing, distributing and commercializing medicinal and aromatic plants.
Four hundred families belong to this member-owned co-operative of largely
Andean small farmers, 70% of whom are Andean women. 


Jambi Kiwa has received a loan from Just Us! Coffee Roasters to be repaid in
stock (boxes of herbal teas) for the purchase of a tea bagging and boxing
machine. This machine will allow the cooperative to expand.  Jambi Kiwa is
working to improve its quality protocols to ensure that their products are
acceptable for export standards, building on past experience and efforts.



The intern will be assigned to the Jambi Kiwa manufacturing facility in
Riobamba, Chimborazo, Ecuador and will have the responsibility of supporting
this cooperative’s efforts to add value to its dried and milled herbal &
medicinal plants that are being exported to Europe and North America, as
well as being sold nationally and in Latin America. The intern will be
expected to train and transfer their knowledge to one of the Jambi Kiwa


While in Canada, the intern will work closely with JUDES to share
information and stories gathered in Ecuador with Canadians and support
educational activities in strengthening the ties between producers and
consumers and the social, environmental, and economic benefits of Fair


Job duties include:


Quality Control

·         In preparation for the visit, develop principles and initial
protocols to assist Jambi Kiwa in improving quality control and evaluation

·         Provide support to Jambi Kiwa through monitoring the processing
(harvest, drying, milling, blending and packaging of teas) to ensure quality
control (hygiene, flavour, consistency)

·         Develop policy and protocols manual and training program for a
quality control system

·         Train and transfer knowledge to counterpart at Jambi Kiwa


Packaging & Preparation

·         Coordinate communication and facilitate the production of
appropriate tea packaging that meets the requirements of the Canadian
importer for the marketing of teas in Canada



·         Participate in developing an evaluation process to evaluate the
impacts of the internship in assisting Jambi Kiwa and other internship


Public Engagement

·         Develop opportunities and educational activities specifically
relating to the Jambi Kiwa experience upon return to Canada



The intern must:

·         Be aged 30 or under; 

·         Be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant able to work in Canada; 

·         Be currently under or unemployed; 

·         Have not previously worked outside Canada in a paid,
career-related position; 

·         Be a graduate of a college or university; and, 

·         Have not previously participated in another Internship Program
funded by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). 



·         Natural sciences or engineering background is preferable

·         Spanish speaker, intermediate level minimum (will be offered
Spanish upgrade opportunities in Canada)

·         Ability to work cooperatively & sensitively in an intercultural
environment, particularly with Indigenous peoples (demonstrated experience
is an asset)

·         Clear communication skills

·         Problem-solver 

·         Committed to gender and social equity

·         Environmentally responsible

·         Factory work experience an asset

·         Training or education experience an asset



Salary: Stipend of $225 per week

Other benefits include:

•             International travel to overseas posting; 

•             Medical insurance and visas; 

•             Cultural awareness training; 

•             Job search skills; and 

•             Other potential training courses as opportunities. 



9 months – 4 months in Canada with JUDES and 5 months in Ecuador 




Grand Pré, Nova Scotia and Riobamba, Ecuador 



Applications due by:  Wednesday, May 7, 2008 by 5 pm AST

Interviews will take place between May 8 – 13, 2008 in Halifax or by phone. 

Anticipated start date May 19, 2008 

Applicants should electronically provide a cover letter, highlighting their
qualifications for this position, along with a resume and 3 references. 


Please send applications by email to: 

Satya Ramen

Development Coordinator, JUDES

Email: info at judesfairtrade.ca

Cdn Organization website: www.judesfairtrade.ca 

Ecuador Organization website:  www.jambikiwa.org 


No phone calls, please. We thank all candidates for their application.
Unfortunately, only those under consideration will be contacted. 


This position is part of CIDA’s International Youth Internship Program
(www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/internships).  Please note that program approval is
conditional upon the signature of a contribution agreement by CIDA.  








Satya Ramen

Development Coordinator

JUDES (Just Us! Development and Education Society)

info at judesfairtrade.ca


Tel: 902-542-7474

Cell: 902-877-0263


JUDES is a not-for-profit educational organization committed to raising
public awareness about social and environmental issues relating to
international development and the benefits of Fair Trade.  We welcome
donations to help support our educational activities.


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