Location Xaythany, Laos
Start Date Jun - Aug 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 17 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
This placement is to support the strategic framework, best practices and knowledge sharing across national projects in the design and implementation of sustainable local development programs that promote climate smart agricultural practices, protect the environment and improve resilience and adaptive capacities of citizens. In addition, through this partnership Cuso International will be able to draw on approaches, tools and methodologies that best address local vulnerabilities and provide instruments for adaptation in agriculture and natural resource management that can be applied to other partnerships and projects under the Volunteers for International Cooperation and Empowerment (VOICE) program.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Assist Agriculture Research Center for Climate Resilience to research, develop plan and model usage to analyst Climate Change Impacts on agriculture producing.
- Establish the research plan and develop new technological and technical to support the farmers on climate change agriculture adaptation
- Develop Climate change information system and awareness plans
- Assist Cuso International staff, volunteers and partners to draft Project Concept Note for an extended project for the expansion of CCAFS CSV. Support climate change vulnerability and risk assessments methodologies
- Mainstream gender and social inclusion in partner organization project and all placement activities both with farmers and other stakeholders. This should be in relation to marginalized groups (people living with disabilities, indigenous minority groups, and people living with HIV/AIDS)
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Bachelor Degree or a higher degree in Environmental Management, Agriculture, Climate Change in relation to natural resource management and adaptation.
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience of working on climate change agriculture adaptation and livelihood resilience.
- Experience in policy development and strategy implementation of climate change adaptation program.
- Project implementation experience on agricultural resilience program.
- Demonstrated knowledge of climate variability and change and/or disaster risk management, as well as capacity building related to the provision and use of information to inform actions about disaster risk reduction or climate variability and change.
- Demonstrated understanding of climate vulnerability and risk assessment in a developing country context, with Southeast Asia preferred and strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Agriculture Research Center for Climate Resilience
National Agricultural 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 vision of Agriculture Research Center for Climate Resilience (ARCCR) focuses on mitigating climate change impacts toward the livelihood of the farmers who mainly rely on agriculture for a living. (9th Conference).
Goals: The goal of Agriculture Research Center for Climate Resilience is to focus on finding technical knowledge and other related support used to mitigate climate change impacts on agricultural production for food security and for commercial purposes as cited in the strategic plan for agriculture development of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute 2020 and the Vision up to 2030 and also referring to the National socio-economic plan which is the eighth five-year plan for agriculture development.
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.