Livelihood National Professional Volunteer at VSO

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is the world’s leading international development organization whose vision is “A World without poverty”. Our approach to fighting poverty is through the lasting power of volunteering. VSO currently works in 24 countries across Africa, Asia and The Pacific.Type of role: Agriculture and natural resources Start date: 14th March, 2019 Job Purpose

The goal of this role is to increase income and income security for the poor and marginalized through more equitable participation in value chains.
You will be part of the implementation of the integrated livelihoods V4D grants through changes in selected value chains and training in Agriculture Extension Services with focus on value chain crops such as Cowpea, groundnut, millets and maize.

Job Responsibilities

Provide best practice agronomy training to farmers and farmer cooperatives
Contribute to the promotion of extension reforms and capacity development for partners with special attention to market-orientated, and participatory approaches that meet the diverse needs of smallholders and rural people, especially women and marginal groups.
Formulate and implement training that strengthen agricultural/rural extension and provide technical assistance in capacity development of agriculture innovation systems.
Prepare advocacy materials and documents to support the strengthening of agriculture innovation systems and support services.
Provide support in the organization and delivery of technical workshops, consultations, seminars and training sessions on conceptual and practical aspects of extension and rural knowledge institution improvements.
Contribute to the preparation of studies, position papers and conceptual frameworks that strengthen extension systems and agriculture innovation systems.
Maintain networks of collaboration with technical specialists.
Perform other related duties as required.

Internal Reporting:

Submit monthly plans and reports to VSO livelihoods Program Manager as well as VSO Project officer
Document and share successes and case stories, best practices and lessons learnt.
Input into quarterly donor reports
Participate in project planning and review meetings
Jointly with other VSO volunteers identifying and sharing areas of good practice acrossVSO V4D integrated Livelihoods program

Due to the nature of our volunteer placements, it is possible that the responsibilities of this role may differ in reality and therefore the postholder will need to be prepared to be flexible and adapt to their environment as necessary. Key Performance Indicators The Key performance indicators of this placement are that:

Target beneficiaries are able to sustain their livelihoods and the livelihoods of their families. This includes managing their own businesses, supply their produce to the markets and are always able to meet the market demands by having adequate produce for identified markets.

Below includes number indicators:

Number of beneficiaries who have increased produce for the markets as a result of agriculture extension support and trainings received.
Number of beneficiaries who have increased their income and have businesses as a result of training and support received.
Number of beneficiaries able to reach the market demands through supplies of their produce.
Number of beneficiaries supported/reached.
Number of linkages along the value chain crops and value chain markets identified.

Objectives will be confirmed in a three way discussion between the volunteer, employer and VSO in the first three months of the placement. Competencies Building and Sustaining working relationships:

The social skills to build and actively maintain working relationships that foster teamwork and collaboration with others for the benefit of a common goal.

Open Minded and Respectful:

A non-judgemental approach that values other people and culture:

Seeking and Sharing Knowledge:

Recognition that learning is a twoway and continuous process.

Facilitating Positive Change:

The ability to analyse problems and develop lasting solutions in line with VSO approaches.

Adaptability:

A flexible approach and the ability to adapt behaviour to different situations.

Resilience:

The self-confidence to work with a variety of situations, diverse people and ambiguity.

Skills and Knowledge Professional qualifications and experience: Essential:

A degree in the field of Agriculture, Business, other related field or equivalent experience
Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience
Experience and knowledge in agri-business sector, agricultural markets and value chains and marketing
Experience in supporting organisations to develop and implement strategic and business plans
Experience of working with/training low capacity teams
Proven coaching and mentoring skills
Effective communications skills (report writing, verbal)
A self-starter
Cultural sensitivity
Motorbike skills or a willingness to learn

Desirable:

Able to speak hausa
Experience in related field
Lesson planning and course development skills
Monitoring and evaluation; documentation and information sharing skills
Experience in supporting market-linkages and value addition in agricultural markets

Benefits

Allowance – As a VSO volunteer you will work on an ad hoc basis, performing activities for VSO / your community during your free time. Expenses you incur while volunteering for VSO are reimbursed (be more specific if applicable).
Accommodation – If you are not able to work from your own home, VSO will provide basic accommodation (including utilities).

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