Position: Climate Change: Coordination & Marketing Advisor
Type: 12-month intntl. position with living allowance, accom., airfare, more (see below)
Organization: Cuso International
Location: Xaythany, Laos, Southeast Asia
Start Date April – June 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only.
The Volunteer’s Role
This placement is part of a global Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) research program funded by the CGIAR System Organization. https://ccafs.cgiar.org/novel-approaches-climate-smart-villages-mekong-region#h3_4 Although housed within the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI), the volunteer’s day to day work will be with the implementing partners: International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), both part of the CGIAR.
The objective of this project is to engage partners in the development of appropriate tools and the dissemination of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices in two villages in Laos (namely Ban Ekxang and Ban Phailom), selected by CCAFS and referred as climate-smart villages. To this end, the project shall aim for the following outcomes:
Within the specific context of Cuso International’s work in Laos, the involvement with the CCAFS program fits within the Inclusive Sustainable Economic Growth (ISEG) project which has been funded for the next 5 years by the Canadian government. The volunteers working on this initiative will have the unique opportunity not only to support local villages within Laos but also to network within the region with other stakeholders rolling out the work in their respective areas.
As a volunteer, you will:
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Relevant Degree in related field (e.g.: Marketing, Geography/Environmental Management, Project Management, Community Development, Agricultural Sciences / Horticultural Production)
Essential Professional Background:
About Our Partner
National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute
The National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute was established in 1999 in order to consolidate agriculture and forestry research activities within the country and develop a coordinated National Agriculture and Forestry Research System under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
Vision: The National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute envisions the future where the poverty in rural areas is reduced through improvement of agriculture production systems which support a higher state of food security, increased income for rural farmers, and the utilization of natural resources is managed sustainably.
Mission: The National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute aims to contribute to the goals of the Government of Laos by carrying out integrated ‘research for development’ to overcome specific problems limiting production and causing degradation of natural resources. The National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute will also work closely with different levels of policy-makers to provide feedback and advice to ensure a more supportive policy environment. Finally, the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute will strengthen information and communication systems within Laos so that a range of actors have better access to information and knowledge to make informed decisions at different levels.
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GoodWork ID: 44561 Date posted to GoodWork.ca: Mar 9 2018