Position: Horticultural and Natural Resource Specialist
Type: 12-month intntl. position with living allowance, accom., airfare, more (see below)
Organization: Cuso International
Location: Laos, Southeast Asia
Start Date Jan – Mar 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
The Volunteer’s Role
The overall purposes of this placement are: 1) To enhance and improve the operations of VFI’s Green Earth Centre, as a tool to improve livelihood opportunities for village people in the surrounding area, and 2) to strengthen the capacity of VFI staff members at the GEC, including in planning and management and in regard to technical skills.
Focus shall be on organic production systems and the creation of demonstrations on different crops and ways of production, as well as on livestock raising. The volunteer shall also support the VFI staff in program and project management. It will include training on planning, monitoring & evaluation, proposal and report writing.
The aim of this placement is to improve the operations and production of the Green Earth Centre in Lao Ngam District, Salavan Province, southern Lao PDR, through better GEC staff preparation and management capacity, more thoughtful and integrated plant and animal systems, and more appropriate and beneficial outreach and support to farming communities.
The volunteer will work collaboratively with VFI and the Cuso International Country Office team to meet the goal and strategies of partners, beneficiaries and staff.
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.
*We are trying to match the perfect volunteer to the perfect experience so our start dates can be flexible. It would just depend on the partner organization’s needs.
As a volunteer, you will:
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GoodWork ID: 43303 Date posted to GoodWork.ca: Dec 13 2017