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Volunteer role: Market Development Specialist - Speculative


Type of role:Business, management and IT
Location:Various Countries, Various Countries
Application Closing Date:31 Dec 2020
Interview date:Soonest Possible
Start date:To be confirmed

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.

Role overview

To coordinate with the project team to ensure high quality deliveries in Rural Livelihoods with a focus on: market platform development and improvement for commodities, partnership building, stakeholder engagement, power relation analysis in different value chains;

Skills, qualifications and experience

Bachelor degree in agribusiness required, preferably Master degree with specialization in agribusiness, Agricultural Economics or Rural Development.
Relevant field experiences:
- 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.
- Experiences in Agri based value chain and market development 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

Allowance

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.

Accommodation

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.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

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VSO has zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy (PDF).

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