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The CRS Coffeelands Program: Now Hiring

Earlier this month, I announced the launch of the CRS Coffeelands Program, a three-year initiative designed to coordinate our work in the coffeelands around the world and drive lasting impact at scale.  Today, we start building the Coffeelands Program team, announcing the first of six vacancies worldwide.  The Coffeelands Program Officer and the Coffeelands Program Deputy Director for Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) will be based in our headquarters in Baltimore; in the coming days we will be announcing field-based openings in Central and East Africa and Central and South America.

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The Coffeelands Program Deputy Director for Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) is a senior position appropriate for a coffee professional with exceptionally strong analytics and lots of experience in performance measurement, or a professional from the international development or research communities with a keen understanding of coffee production, processing, trading and market trends.  As the title suggests, the Deputy Director for MEAL will lead the Program’s learning and knowledge management agendas: s/he will coordinate our relationships with research institutes and supervise the four field-based Coffeelands Program Officers in their efforts to take lessons learned from more than a decade of CRS experience in the coffee sector to create a standardized approach to the coffee sector, generate a field-ready toolkit, develop a global set of key performance indicators and build a unified database that spans the countries and regions where we are working in the coffeelands.  And there will be times when s/he stands in for the Director to represent the program.  It’s a big job!

Competitive candidates will have an advanced degree, management experience, familiarity with agricultural research.  They will also be native speakers of one of the following languages and professionally fluent in at least one of the others: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish.

This position requires travel up to 30% of the time to destinations both domestic (think coffee events) and international (think coffee farms).

Click here for more information on the Coffeelands Program Deputy Director for MEAL, or to apply online now.

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The Coffeelands Program Officer vacancy is ideal for young, bilingual professionals from the coffee, international development, or advocacy communities with strong communications skills, an entrepreneurial spirit,  and a desire to build valuable experience at the intersection of specialty coffee and international development.  There will be a lot of directing traffic in this role—the Program Officer will coordinate 12 big meetings over two-and-a-half years, eight of them overseas—but it is not all logistics.  The Program Officer will engage with leaders from the specialty coffee sector, Coffeelands Program leaders, and other international development professionals to help build a successful program through

Competitive candidates will have some professional experience in their field (preferably including overseas experience) and comfortable working on a far-flung team with members all around they world.  They will also be native speakers of one of the following languages and professionally fluent in at least one of the others: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish.

Finally, this position requires some travel (up to 15% of the time) both domestically and internationally.

Click here for more information on the Coffeelands Program Officer vacancy, or to apply online now.

Michael Sheridan

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