European Furniture Market Linkages Volunteer Expert (IMM Cologne)



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Short-Term (few weeks/months)


North Rhine-Westphalia


IESC – the International Executive Service Corps – is a U.S.-based nonprofit that seeks private enterprise solutions to problems of poverty in developing countries and around the world. By providing a mix of technical assistance and volunteer expert support, IESC works with emerging industries, financial institutions, and governments to stabilize economic environments, increase opportunity, and promote growth.  

The USAID funded Workforce and Higher Access to Market (WHAM) Activity is a three-year program that aims to stimulate job creation by advancing Bosnia’s trade integration with and expansion into the European Union and regional markets. The activity will accomplish this primarily via grants with SMEs. This activity aims to increase exports by 30 percent for assisted enterprises and create over 1,000 new jobs, half of which are for youth and 20 percent are for women.

WHAM will improve the capacity of high-growth and exporting or export-ready small and medium enterprises via grants focused on three intervention areas: 

  1. Improve workforce in targeted sectors (metal processing, wood processing, and textiles/footwear).
  2. Increase market access. 
  3. Improve product quality (including new technology related to quality management and certification) and capacity building.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) selected eight companies to participate at the IMM 2019 Furniture Fair in Cologne, Germany, from 14-20 January 2019. The selected companies will exhibit under the umbrella and support of the Chamber.

IESC is in search of an Expert Volunteer to assist the selected companies to recognize and select potential markets, products, and consequent buyers, and facilitate meetings to close deals. The expert volunteer should preferably be in the position to assess and, if applicable, introduce potential buyers to these beneficiaries; to achieve that, the expert volunteer should have previous sales experiences with potential buyers.


  • Stipend Provided
  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • International Volunteers