East Coast Demerara, Guyana
Start Date Jul - Sep 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
The overall purpose of the placement is to enhance the capacity of the National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute to develop appropriate systems to promote balanced, diversified and sustained agricultural production. A very important component of agricultural research involves the interpretation of statistical data, to derive valid conclusions. Utilization of the most suitable experimental design and subsequent data collection are also integral in the decision-making processes.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Support researchers in determining and establishing the most appropriate designs for field and laboratory experiments.
- Assist in identifying the relevant data to be collected
- Support establishment and train key personnel to use, appropriate statistical packages to analyze the data.
- Work with key personnel to interpret and report on statistical results.
- Develop format for research reports and train personnel to prepare reports.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Master’s Degree in Agriculture Science, Biometrics, agricultural analysis or statistics or
- Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Science or other relevant field with 5 to 10 years’ experience.
Essential Professional Background:
- 5-10 years of practical experience providing data analysis and interpretation for agriculture field and laboratory experiments.
- The ideal candidate should be familiar with agricultural research activities and trained in biometrics/statistics.
- Ability to train others
National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute
The National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute was established following the ascent of the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute Act 2010 in March 2011. It was created to expand the services offered by the then National Agricultural Research Institute, which was formed in 1984. The National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute was established to promote greater efficiency in the crops and agricultural product industry; provide enhanced services in Agricultural Research and Extension and Crop Protection; and allow effective administration and regulation of trade, commerce and export of crops and agricultural products.
Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.
- 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
- 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
We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.
Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.
Residency and Citizenship
The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.
We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.
Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.
By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.
You must check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:
- Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
- Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.