Location Lanarm district, Laos
Start Date Jun - Aug 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
The overall purpose of this placement is to support the transformation of the existing smallholder agricultural production group into an agricultural cooperative. As a volunteer, you will work closely with the Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office/ Provincial Agriculture Extension and Cooperative (PAFO/PAEC) to assist farmers for establishment of cooperative groups and help them to build their capacity how to management the cooperative groups. In the meantime, you will provide training of trainers to PAEC staff on cooperative knowledge and skills.
Ultimately you will contribute to:
- Increase food security and agricultural production in local communities
- Improve income security from enterprise development and market linkage
- Build local management and agricultural extension capacities
As a volunteer, you will:
-Develop a training programme on how to form agricultural cooperatives
-Advise PAEC team forming and implementing the agricultural cooperative model
-Strengthen the capacity and knowledge of the new cooperative management committee
-Strengthen the capacity of cooperatives on Gender mainstreaming.
-Identify gender mainstreaming activities and initiatives that directly tackle issues relating to inclusion (people with disabilities, indigenous minority groups, and people living with HIV/AIDS).
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Qualified (Degree/Diploma) in Agricultural Studies, Business Management & Administration or relevant qualification.
Essential Professional Background:
-3+ years' experience in development
-Agricultural and cooperative development and forming skills
-Understanding and experience of cooperative management and scaling-up
-Skill in training and facilitating others to reach development outcomes
Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office Sekong
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) is the State authority in charge of agriculture and forestry development. Its duties include implementing forest management according to laws and national guidelines and strategies and developing a plan of action for proper forest use and conservation. The MAF has established Provincial Agricultural and Forestry Offices (PAFO) across the country. The placement partner, the Provincial Agriculture Extension and Cooperative (PAEC), works under the auspice of the PAFO in Sekong Province.
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.