Land O'Lakes Intern'l Devel: Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Recruiter – Part time temporary

Land O’Lakes International Development has decided to make the temporary role for the Farmer to Farmer Program full time (below). It is also posted here:

Sadie Paschke / Program Specialist
Land O'Lakes International Development : Main: 202 370-1700 / Fax: 202 370-1666
1080 West County Road F, Shoreview, MN 55126

Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Recruiter – Part time temporary
Land O’Lakes International Development
Location: Shoreview, MN

The John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program provides voluntary technical assistance to farmers, farm groups, and agribusinesses in developing and transitional countries to promote sustainable improvements in food security and agricultural processing, production, and marketing. The program relies on the expertise of volunteers from U.S. farms, land grant universities, cooperatives, private agribusinesses, and nonprofit farm organizations to respond to the local needs of host-country farmers and organizations.

This position will support Land O’Lakes F2F Program for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The position will be responsible for the recruitment of U.S. volunteers to provide short-term (two to three weeks) technical assistance to the Farmer-to-Farmer program in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The number of hours of work needed per week will vary and be communicated by the Land O’Lakes task managers. Anticipated hours are 40 per week over a 3-4 month period.

Job Duties

· Identify competitive personnel to respond to identified and acute needs from our host organizations as identified by our Country Directors and our program management.

· Source and recruit volunteers using traditional and non-traditional recruitment methods.

· Mobilize and onboard volunteers.

· Review, process and code expense reports for volunteers

· Increase and manage candidate pools of experts, both internal and external to Land O’Lakes.

· Maintain up to date records and comprehensive volunteer files.

· Provide administrative and logistical support to facilitate successful project implementation.
Schedule and coordinate regular project meetings with overseas and US- based staff.

Required Experience/Knowledge (to be able to perform this job):

· B.A./B.S. degree in Business, International Relations, Human Resources Management or closely related field with a minimum of 1 year experience;

· Demonstrated recruiting experience and ability to creatively source candidates for challenging profiles, preferably for international development;

· Superb communication skills (written and verbal), fluent in English, active listener, customer focused, and unquestionable ethics and values;

· Knowledge and experience utilizing electronic and social media to recruit volunteers and disseminate programmatic information;

· Must have strong collaboration and facilitation skills as well as demonstrated ability to exercise judgment and discretion in establishing and maintaining good working relationships with all levels of employees;

· Ability to manage recruitment under high stress and impending deadlines;

· Must have excellent organizational skills with an emphasis on attention to detail and accurate record keeping;

· Must be proficient in MS Word, Excel, Sharepoint.

Preferred Experience/Knowledge:

· Prior experience with USAID, USDA and/or other donor proposal development and recruiting practices;

· Must possess knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of Human Resources Management;

· Background or experience in agriculture, food quality and safety or food systems.
· Experience using recruitment databases and systems and LinkedIn.

· Fluency in a second language; French or Arabic especially helpful, but not required.

Land O’Lakes, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Land O’Lakes, Inc. enforces a policy of maintaining a drug-free workforce, including pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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