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International Executive Service Corps (IESC) – Dominican Republic – Job Description The Exporting Quality (EQ) Program is being implemented in the Dominican Republic. It works with five value chains, pineapple, cocoa, avocados, greenhouse and Asian vegetables, and takes a “field to fork” approach, providing technical assistance all along the value chain, including producers, packinghouses, and exporters. General Objective Train EQ program beneficiaries on market trends and requirements for dehydrated fruits and vegetable in the United States. Background Dominican growers face many issues related to pest, disease, and quality which, as a result, may sometimes cause high rejection rates. This situation has pushed some of them to explore market alternatives such as fresh produce transformation for the local and international markets. Also, Dominicans have a tendency to pursue a “push” strategy where they produce and then hope to export without any information on which market segment they would like to enter, the requirements thereof, the key a…