Agribusiness Advisor - Volunteer in Laos

Posted Date: Nov 28, 2017
Expiry Date: Jan 28, 2018
Location: Laos
Tags: CUSO, Laos, Agribusiness, Volunteer, Climate Resilience, Assistance, Farmer

Cuso International


City  Xaythany, Laos

Start Date Jan - Mar 2018 (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 5

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


This placement is to support the strategic framework, best practices and knowledge sharing across national projects in the design and implementation of sustainable local development programs that promote climate smart agricultural practices, protect the environment and improve resilience and adaptive capacities of citizens. In addition, through this partnership Cuso International will be able to draw on approaches, tools and methodologies that best address local vulnerabilities and provide instruments for adaptation in agriculture and natural resource management that can be applied to other partnerships and projects under the Volunteers for International Cooperation and Empowerment (VOICE) program.

As a volunteer, you will:

-   Assist Agriculture Research Center for Climate Resilience to research, develop plan and model usage to analyst Climate Change Impacts on agriculture producing.

-   Establish the research plan and develop new technological and technical to support the farmers on climate change agriculture adaptation

-   Develop Climate change information system and awareness plans

-   Assist Cuso International staff, volunteers and partners to draft Project Concept Note for an extended project for the expansion of CCAFS CSV. Support climate change vulnerability and risk assessments methodologies

-   Mainstream gender and social inclusion in partner organization project and all placement activities both with farmers and other stakeholders. This should be in relation to marginalized groups (people living with disabilities, indigenous minority groups, and people living with HIV/AIDS)

Essential Academic Qualifications:

Bachelor Degree or a higher degree in Environmental Management, Agriculture, Climate Change in relation to natural resource management and adaptation.

Essential Professional Background:

- Experience of working on climate change agriculture adaptation and livelihood resilience.

- Experience in policy development and strategy implementation of climate change adaptation program.

- Project implementation experience on agricultural resilience program.

- Demonstrated knowledge of climate variability and change and/or disaster risk management, as well as capacity building related to the provision and use of information to inform actions about disaster risk reduction or climate variability and change.

- Demonstrated understanding of climate vulnerability and risk assessment in a developing country context, with Southeast Asia preferred and strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Support Package

- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

- Accommodation while in placement

- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)

- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).

- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation

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