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Stakeholder Mapping Advisor

6 Month | Start Date between Jun - Aug 2017

Laos Group Photo


Location Xaythany District, Laos

Start Date Jun - Aug 2017 (flexible)

Length of Placement 6 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 Volunteer’s Role


Overall objective is to support small holder farmers in Laos to develop, adapt and innovate technologies for improving agriculture and food security in response to climate change effects.


Specific Objectives:

  • To understand the socio-economic conditions, cultural norms, cultural practices, needs and priorities in the context of climate vulnerability for target communities.
  • Develop improved methods for climate smart horticultural production with farmers.
  • Improve resilience in agronomic practices including rice production
  • Innovate soil and water conservation and management with carbon-nitrogen smart technologies
  • To enable farmers to understand how to try, test and adapt technologies to suit local conditions.
  • Build local capacities and work with IRRI, IMWI, National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute and district agricultural extension staff in finding cost effective, appropriate and scale-able techniques under CCAFS.


As a volunteer, you will:

- Support implementation of activities in the CSVs in collaboration with the relevant stakeholders, under the oversight of IRRI researchers based in the local and central IRRI office in Vientiane and Philippines.

- Coordinate visits and activities of the CCAFS regional office & IRRI researcher in the provinces and in the CSV

- Coordinate a stakeholder mapping exercise using “Net Map” in Phailom village (and surrounding village clusters) in coordination with IRRI researchers.

- Liaise with PAFO/DAFO officials, extension staff, farmer organizations and rice millers in the two provinces for CSV and act as CCAFS-CSV Coordination for the during of his/her roles.

- Support participatory trials for new seed varieties and other adaptation technologies.

- Contribute to the concept development and the integration of short range and seasonal weather forecast services into the RCM logic in support the Technical Transfer Facilitator volunteer from Cuso International Laos.

- 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).

- Contribute to the strategic development of the Cuso International Laos country strategy, share information and actively participate in m & e / periodic reviews of VOICE in Laos.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Qualified graduate (degree or above) in Bsc Agriculture/ Agronomy or related subjects with at least 3 years’ experience of agricultural projects and ideally with a focus on climate change livelihood adaptation options

- Fluent in spoken and written English

- Computer and Internet literacy

Essential Professional Background:

- Horticultural production skills and experience

- Experience and proven competencies in community development, farmer facilitation and application of social science research.

- Pest and disease management- handling and post-harvest techniques.

- Soil and water conservation skills and knowledge.

- Agriculture/ horticulture project implementation experience.


About Our Partner


National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute

The National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute was established in 1999 in order to consolidate agriculture and forestry research activities within the country and develop a coordinated National Agriculture and Forestry Research System under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.


Vision: The National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute envisions the future where the poverty in rural areas is reduced through improvement of agriculture production systems which support a higher state of food security, increased income for rural farmers, and the utilization of natural resources is managed sustainably.


Mission: The National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute aims to contribute to the goals of the Government of Laos by carrying out integrated ‘research for development’ to overcome specific problems limiting production and causing degradation of natural resources. The National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute will also work closely with different levels of policy-makers to provide feedback and advice to ensure a more supportive policy environment. Finally, the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute will strengthen information and communication systems within Laos so that a range of actors have better access to information and knowledge to make informed decisions at different levels.



  • To develop appropriate methods and technologies to strengthen agriculture production systems for different regions in Laos and focus on ensuring food security as well as income generation opportunities for rural farmers.
  • To develop alternative options for upland farmers to cope and adapt their production systems to the rapid changes occurring in the country.
  • To support the development of improved methods to ensure the sustainable management of land and natural resources.
  • To provide MAF with information and guidance on emerging and globally linked opportunities and problems in the sector.
  • To improve access to information and knowledge of different actors so they can make informed decisions at different levels.
  • Strengthen the capacity of the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute and its local partners to undertake research and provide effective research support activities.


Terms and Conditions


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.


Support Package

- 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.