Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Program: The High Atlas Cultural Landscapes (HACL)
Program Holder: Moroccan Biodiversity & Livelihoods Association in partnership with the Global Diversity Foundation
The Moroccan Biodiversity and Livelihoods Association (MBLA), based in Marrakech is a non-governmental organisation created in 2014 by a group of young Moroccan researchers specialized in agronomy, botany, community development, plant commercialization and phytochemistry from various Moroccan universities. Our mission is to conserve biodiversity and improve livelihoods in partnership with local communities through applied research, capacity building and dissemination of results. In collaboration with local communities in the High Atlas, we deliver participatory conservation actions such as assessing the richness of local biodiversity, promoting agroecology, and building and managing local seed banks, herbaria, community plant nurseries and water infrastructure.
The Global Diversity Foundation (GDF) is an environmental and social justice non-profit that nurtures and supports changemakers who are operating at all scales, working across boundaries and differences to find durable solutions to complex challenges. With over twenty years of experience in implementing long-term programmes that empower communities and regenerate biocultural diversity, we provide changemakers with hands-on support and diverse networks that help them create flourishing communities and environments around the world.
The HACL program is a collaboration between GDF and MBLA to help High Atlas rural communities revitalize traditional practices, sustain livelihoods, and restore nature. Among our initiatives is the Rural Entrepreneurship Project, which is part of our five-year (2022-2027) initiative to improve the socio-ecological viability of High Atlas cultural landscapes.
The Rural Entrepreneurship (RE) project was initiated with a pilot first phase aimed at assisting rural enterprises in Morocco’s High Atlas in growing their businesses and committing to sustainable natural resource management while remaining sensitive to culture and biodiversity. Building on the success of the first phase, a second phase with a focus on capacity building and associated services was developed to assist High Atlas rural cooperatives in increasing annual revenues through sustainable market value chain development, from production to consumption.
RE Workshops and Trainings Topics
- Food Safety and Quality Control (good hygiene and manufacturing practices, HACCP…);
- Certification and Labelling (process of ONSSA authorisation and approval, food labelling and packaging regulations…);
- Trademark and Exportation (brand registration process at OMPIC, export requirements and procedures, accessing international markets and challenges…);
- Market Analysis and Testing (target market and competitive analysis, market analysis tools…);
- Branding and Marketing (brand building, brand management, marketing strategy…);
- Online Selling and Markets (selling techniques, access online markets such as Jumia and eBay….);
- New Product Development (idea generation and screening, product definition, concept development and prototyping….).
Purpose of the role:
The workshop facilitator’s role is to cover one of the many aspects of our capacity building program for high atlas rural cooperatives. The facilitator needs to work closely with the RE team to develop and deliver the workshop content that is consistent with the project’s objectives and the needs of rural entrepreneurs.
An ideal trainer would deliver the workshops in Darija using interactive activities and demonstrate creativity and an innovative approach to capacity building in teaching the material in addition to:
- A university degree and professional experience in a relevant discipline of one of the aspects of the capacity building program;
- Experience working with, training or instructing cooperatives and rural producers in the aspects of the program mentioned above;
- Excellent interpersonal and teaching skills, as well as writing and reporting skills in Arabic and French;
- Previous experience with an NGO, as well as knowledge of Tamazight and English, will be an asset;
- Coordination with internal or external training providers, as well as working independently and in group settings;
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite is required, as is the ability to work in multiple media for training delivery (i.e., internet, classroom, print, etc.);
- Commitment to our mission and values, and sensitivity to issues of confidentiality;
- Demonstrable experience in working in multicultural projects and contexts.
- Provide face-to-face training in Marrakech and its surrounding areas;
- Deliver the final workshop purpose and detailed agenda to the RE team before the workshop;
- Deliver pre-workshop self-evaluation forms to be distributed to the participants;
- Provide a workshop evaluation, educational tools (PPT, case studies…), and a final report that summarizes all workshop elements.
Submission and Selection Process
Applicants are invited to apply by emailing a resume, lesson plan for one of the topics, and cover letter including 2 references to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Friday, July 29th, 2022, with the subject line “Workshop facilitator – Full Name”
Given that more than six workshops will be held over the course of four months, we will accept applications after the deadline until all short-term positions are filled. Candidates who are chosen will be invited to an interview with the RE project coordinator and assistant.
Please do not hesitate to contact us via the email address listed above if you require any additional information.