Location East Coast Demerara, Guyana
Start Date Oct - Dec 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 increase the access to extension services, create awareness of new technology in sustainable agricultural production, train farmers on improved farming practices due to its necessity in developing countries. Many techniques are employed by extension personnel to satisfy this need. A widely-used tool is the utilization of Farmer Field Schools (FFS). This tool facilitates knowledge and skills transfer to farmers, in new agricultural technology.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Provide support for the development and implementation of a Farmer Field Schools Program.
- Foster awareness of the importance and relevance of Farmer Field Schools among key stakeholders
- Support establishment of Farmer Field Schools in identified areas/communities.
- Develop training materials, mobilize extension personnel and farmers and facilitate training.
- Conduct field visits to monitor implementation of improved agricultural practices among farmers, and mentor extension personnel in provision of extension services.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Bachelor's or Master’s Degree in Agriculture Science, Agronomy or relevant field
- Degree in Program, project or international development or relevant experience
- 5 to 10 years’ experience.
Essential Professional Background:
- 5-10 years of practical experience managing agricultural programs.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in sustainable agriculture practices and new agriculture technology.
- 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.