Volunteer role: Market Development Advisor
|Type of role:||Agriculture and natural resources|
|Application Closing Date:||16 Apr 2020|
VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. As a VSO volunteer you’ll live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. By sharing your unique skills and experience you’ll help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities you work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us as a VSO volunteer and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.
To coordinate with the project team to ensure high quality deliveries of the Volunteer For Development (VfD) investment in Rural Livelihoods VSO at the provincial level, with a focus on: market platform development and improvement for rice and horticulture, partnership building, stakeholder engagement, power relation analysis in rice and vegetable value chains; facilitate shared understanding of the wider reaching benefits of the application of Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP), Good Agricultural Practice (GAP), Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) for smallholder farmers and cooperatives. To ensure the inclusiveness in the project implementation and platform. To provide support on day to day operation at the Battambang office. This role requires technical expertise in agriculture, and agribusiness.
Skills, qualifications and experience
Skills, knowledge and experience required:
-Bachelor degree in agribusiness required, preferably Master degree with specialization in agribusiness, Agricultural Economics or Rural Development.
- At least 5 years’ experiences in agribusiness for cooperatives, smallholder farmers and marginalize group, development of market linkage/value chain, private sector engagement and development.
Relevant field experiences:
-Experiences in agribase value chain and market developemt for smallholder farmers and the poor and lead the team with international expert or colleagues
-Strong knowledge of stakeholder/private sector management, engagement and development
-Experience in working with cooperatives and remote communities
-Experience in coordination work with multi-stakeholders, multi-disciplinary, multi-level, multi-sectors and cross-culture.
-Results oriented with the ability to deliver high targets and meet deadlines
-Understanding about rice production systems and challenges in Cambodia.
-Understanding of socio-economic issues, especially relating to Cambodia agriculture and economy development.
-Clear understanding of climate-related risks to rice farming and mitigation strategies;
-Proficiency in Khmer Language
-Valid driving license
-Passion for volunteering and helping development of Cambodia
-Strong interpersonal, communication and network skills
-High level of demonstrated competency in developing and implementing effective strategies, business plans and budget management
-Demonstrated ability to nature and/or build effective partnerships with different partners
-Fluency in English and Khmer essential
-Computer literate with additional expertise in statistical or other similar software is desirable
-Use of ICT in value chains
-Ability to organize farmers into business organizations, including linking them to markets
-A clear understanding about the value of volunteering, through personal experience of volunteering or working with volunteers and an ability to articulate how change happens through volunteering for development.
-Ability to articulate the issues around voluntourism and harmful forms of volunteering
-Direct and substantial experience of working cross-culturally and able to communicate to a range of audiences and promote sharing and learning between cultures
Competencies and Behaviour
At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:
• Ability to be open minded and respectful
• Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
• Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
• Ability to seek and share knowledge
VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.
As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.
VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.
Some background about VSO
Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.
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