The United Nations is taking a big step in leading the fight against coffee leaf rust in Central America. UNOPS, an arm of the U.N. focused on developmental projects throughout the world, is currently hiring a rust emergency response coordinator.
The position, which will be run out of the offices for Promecafe in Guatemala and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) headquarters in Costa Rica, is set to run from June 1, 2013, to May 31, 2014.
The position is a result of discussions during the first International Summit on Coffee Rust Summit, and a resulting integrated multi-agency program to help handle the crisis. Here’s a piece of the job description from UNOPS:
The coordinator will be responsible to expedite actions, and link national coffee organizations, international research centers and financial institutions, in support the Integrated Program. The Regional Coordinator will assist PROMECAFE as the leading organization to implement the Integrated Program, in coordination with all regional and international actors concerned with the problem. IICA offered to host and provide partial support for this position.
Here is the full job description.
Nick Brown is the editor of Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine.