Dried Fruits Expert:
In Partnership with Drosos Foundation, the Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa (APJM) is implementing a project entitled: Community Development Project (CoDeP). The project will contribute to achieving a better, sustainable quality of life for the local communities living in and around Jabal Moussa.
One of the main objectives of CoDeP is to “promote of environmentally sound and economically sustainable income opportunities for local people”.
Dried fruits were identified as one major opportunity to focus on, as they can be linked to the existing line of Jabal Moussa food products, thus providing additional sources of income for several target groups -farmers on one hand, and women processors on the other-. More importantly, these new “high-value, low-volume” products will target a promising market, so far unexploited by APJM: the thousands of hikers visiting Jabal Moussa Reserve every year.
In this context, a Food Processing / Food Technology expert is requested to support APJM in launching its new line of dried fruits, and implement an intervention plan to encourage the production of dried fruits in the 7 villages surrounding Jabal Moussa.
Required tasks and deliverables:
Development of new products:
Select the local fruit species that are most suitable for dehydration (for instance: cherries, pears, figs, walnuts, almonds, apples, peaches, apricots, cherries, plums, berries…)
Develop new creative products with a good market potential based on the selected fruits, taking into consideration the possible forms (leather, slices, raisins) and mixes of fruits.
Decide on the products packaging and follow up on the form, content and design of the package
Provide APJM with technical information on the developed products, mainly: recipes, production steps, packaging, storage, expiry…
1. Facility establishment:
Assist APJM in finding the proper location to establish a “Facility for food drying” in Jabal Moussa
Assist APJM in establishing the facility, and in purchasing equipment, material, instruments, tools and uniforms required for the production and packaging of the dried fruits
2. Training program:
Develop and implement a training program to the women processors including, the following topics:
Selecting the right fruits (ripeness)
Preparing fruits prior to drying: seed and shell removal, rinsing…
Pre-treatment: blanching -steam/water/syrup-, dipping, and other treatments
Drying process: proper use of dehydrator, time of drying…
Post-treatment: conditioning, storing and packaging (Polypropylene bags, jars…)
The assignment is due to begin in March 2016, and end in October 2016.
Total compensation amount: _________________$
This amount will be paid in installments upon the satisfactory completion by the expert of each of the activities within the set timeframe as described below:
Budget (US $)
Development of 6 new lines of products (recipe + packaging)
Consultancy on choice of equipment for production and packaging
Kindly submit an offer and return to the following email addresses:
· Joelle Barakat - firstname.lastname@example.org (CoDeP Project Coordinator)
· Jean Sakr - email@example.com (CoDeP Financial Officer)
The Forestry Coordinator is included in APJM’s work division Biodiversity and Forestry, and therefore cooperating closely with the person in the position of the Biodiversity Officer to whom he/she reports. The main responsibilities include tasks on a regular daily basis, and such related to upcoming projects related to conservation, rehabilitation/reforestation and use of forest land within the Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve. The responsibilities can be summarized as follows:
1 Native tree nursery production
Ò Ensure proper and sufficient maintenance at the tree nursery’s three different locations, and take appropriate actions where and whenever needed (e.g. pest control, or technical problems with installation)
Ò Monitor and record growing process, irrigation schedule, and report on regular basis; quality control
Ò Maintain a friendly relationship with local landowners (nurseries are set up on rented land, water and electricity are provided by landowners)
Ò Coordinate and follow up with persons responsible for irrigation
Ò Purchases of needed materials/equipment (components for growing substrate, growing containers, spare parts for irrigation system)
Ò Plan and coordinate upcoming seasonal tasks related to preparation of nursery land and seedling production
i. Seed collection (summer-fall)
ii. Seed processing and treatment (fall-spring)
iii. Nursery preparation and sowing (spring-summer)
iv. Maintenance (summer-fall)
v. Sales and delivery (fall-winter)
Ò Coordinate and communicate with APJM accountant concerning financial issues
Ò Continuously follow up with previous and potential buyers of seedlings, and follow up on reforestation projects in need of seedlings
Ò Follow up and communicate with Native Nursery Coop and other partners, e.g. Ministry of Agriculture, Lebanon Reforestation Initiative etc.
Ò Research on available methods and materials, and take advantage of opportunities to increase knowledge and skills related to nursery production and management
Ò Develop germination protocols for plant species of particular economical and ecological value
Ò Develop production system of medicinal, edible and aromatic plant species in APJM native nursery
2 Project development
Ò Drafting project proposals for suitable funding opportunities
Ò Seek and keep contact to relevant contact persons and coordinate on project development
Ò Field visits required for project development
3 Project coordination
Ò In general:
O Coordinate upcoming/existing projects’ activities
O Serving as contact person for contractual stakeholders (including meetings etc.)
O Reporting on project process
Ò Specific project(s): TJ Saade Forest project
O Follow up on maintenance of rehabilitation site (irrigation/weed control)
O Assure proper operation of irrigation system including regular refilling of irrigation tanks
O Follow up on protection of site
O Monitor seedling survival on site
O Where necessary, replant seedlings
Ò Assist and work in a team with other APJM staff on related projects (e.g. agricultural activities)
5 Qualification requirements:
The position is a junior or senior position. Preference will be given to holders of degrees in the Forestry / Biodiversity field and to a lesser extent in the Agricultural field. Knowledge of native trees and/or nursery practices is a plus; previous experience in native tree nurseries is highly recommended. Strong commitment and interest in applied practices and in objectives behind the program are essential personal qualities. Discipline in performing given tasks properly is expected. The candidate should be open-minded to unconventional practices.
The position is not restricted to tasks like supervising, organizing, and monitoring. Own initiative in participating in work tasks that include manual labor is expected.
Driver’s permit is mandatory. The candidate has to be able to reach nursery independently. Pickup truck (manual transmission) is available for transport of materials.
Supervisory role: To be determined depending on projects’ structure
The Forestry Coordinator’s responsibilities require to dedicate at least 50% of the working hours in the field depending on upcoming tasks and their urgency.
Office: APJM – Jounieh
Field: JM Biosphere Reserve- Ftouh Kesrwan; Native tree nurseries (Mshati, Qehmez, Yahshoush villages); driving license required.
Working hours: 9am to 5pm, weekly staff meeting for 2 hours. Working hours may vary depending on tasks; overtime and occasional work on week-ends required.