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Are you passionate about driving a global understanding of sustainability in agriculture and food, especially in the poorest countries?

COSA began with a handful of volunteers committed to finding globally comparable metrics for understanding sustainability in agriculture. Today, as a nonprofit organization operating at the forefront of sustainability, COSA thrives on the gift of skilled volunteers to work together in the virtual space with us in creating a better world. Interested?
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Spotlight

Christina Benjamin worked in the Food-Ag sector for 8+ years in various lead roles within food safety. She decided to transition to sustainability and pursued her second Master’s Degree in Sustainability Science and Policy. It was during her thesis research, while engaging with stakeholders on living income and smallholders, that she came across COSA. And when she was looking for a volunteering opportunity post-graduation, she found COSA to be the perfect fit.

From her current location in the state of Karnataka, India, Christina says that her volunteer experience has helped her engage further in the food-ag sustainability sector through COSA’s work on sustainability metrics and indicators. So far, she says “through my research work for COSA I have gained further insights into the fragmented as well as much needed depth and transparency to metrics and indicators in the agri-food sector. I hope to gain the knowledge and discernment to assess and apply sustainability metrics/indicators that are measurable and relevant to create a sustainable world for the environment and farmers.”

Thank you, Christina!

AREA OF WORK DESCRIPTION TIME COMMITMENT LOCATION
Business Development Research events and foundations for potential business development Open, ongoing Anywhere
Communications Help us create infographics Open, ongoing Anywhere
Communications Translate or edit documents, reports and communications from English into Spanish Open, ongoing Anywhere
Communications Edit videos Open; ongoing Anywhere
COSA Metrics Research information on relevant sustainability indicators on the web
Information and Public Relations Survey and report on the landscape of COSA information on web Open, ongoing Anywhere
Research Build query programs using farmer data sources, to build real-time COSA dashboards. Projects lasting several weeks to several months in developing countries Anywhere
Research Translate STATA scripts into R language Open, ongoing Anywhere
Social media Research optimal positioning, messaging and group connections for COSA’s LinkedIn page Occasional, several hours per month Anywhere

Jobs

Our diverse global team including from Italy, Mexico, Peru, Zimbabwe, Spain, and the United States has evolved some very effective approaches to create an excellent and nurturing work environment. The team shares five things in common:
  • A high level of personal initiative and personal responsibility for great work
  • A strong set of world-class skills
  • A deep respect for the value of different perspectives
  • A commitment to the practical application of good scientific methods
  • A passionate commitment to creating a more sustainable world

Job opportunity

Measurement Systems Coordinator. COSA is seeking an individual with relevant experience to provide support in developing and deploying measurement frameworks and assessment tools for specific client projects, as well as for continuous improvement of the COSA indicators, metrics, and surveys.

For a full job description and how to apply, click here.

Thank you!