Position: Agricultural Marketing Advisor - Volunteer in Laos
Type: 12-month intntl. position with living allowance, accom., airfare, more (see below)
Organization: Cuso International
City: Paske, Laos, Southeast Asia
Start Date: Jan - Mar 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
The Volunteer’s Role
The overall purpose of the placement is to provide support to smallholder farmers in Laos in strengthening their capacity to improve the implementation of new or existing rice varieties and collective economic initiatives to grant farmers access markets. Additionally, we want to improve and diversify farmers’ incomes exploring market potential for improved/diversified production and upgrading of value chains for their rice and crops productions. It is hoped that new potential markets including access to export and inter-provincial trade will be developed as well as the adaptation of low cost sustainable agriculture techniques that are resilient to the impacts of climate change.
The aim of this placement is to further develop the quality of the rice production and marketing channel (written reports and case studies) in order to share learning and best practice generated by partners and volunteers within Cuso International programs. The volunteer will work collaboratively with the Country Office team to meet the goal and strategies, partners, beneficiaries and staff.
The volunteer will work collaboratively with the Agriculture Section, PAFO Champasak and Cuso International Country Office team to meet the goal and strategies, partners, beneficiaries and staff. The volunteer will also be involved in developing and improving the marketing systems for the partner organization.
This placement will support the work of Cuso International Laos in Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth (ISEG) and governance, with a particular focus on sustainable livelihoods for all, access to finance, training, and capacity building opportunities. There will also be a focus on how far services are provided for youth, women as well as men in the area, given the importance placed by Cuso International on the inclusion of women and socially excluded groups.
As a volunteer, you will:
Essential Academic Qualifications:
BA in marketing, business administration, Agricultural Sciences, Horticultural Production, or a related field is desirable
Essential Professional Background:
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GoodWork ID: 43302 Date posted to GoodWork.ca: Dec 20 2017