Volunteer Position - Coffee Value Chain Advisor | CARE Laos
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Volunteer Position - Coffee Value Chain Advisor | CARE Laos

Veterinarians Without Borders has an open Coffee Value Chain Advisor volunteer position with our partner organization, CARE International, in Laos

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Volunteer Placement Details

Position Title: Coffee Value Chain Advisor

Country: Laos

Location: Sekong Province with travel to other areas  

Partner Organization: CARE

Duration: 3 months (flexible)

Start Date: As soon as possible

Pre-departure Training: VWB/VSF will provide training orientation.

Eligibility: Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language: English (essential). Volunteer will have support of translator for some duties

Academic Requirements: Degree and/or relevant experience in agriculture, food science, project management or a related field 

Fundraising: VWB/VSF encourages each volunteer to raise funds towards the organization’s operations.

Volunteer Support Package

VWB offers you an incredible experience to take part in an international volunteer experience where you will expand your personal and professional skills while contributing to global development. VWB commits to supporting you throughout your volunteer journey and will cover the majority of the costs involved in being an overseas volunteer, including: 

  • Return airfare to placement country 
  • Pre-departure training
  • In-country orientation upon arrival in country of placement 
  • Return airfare to placement country 
  • Visa/permit costs 
  • The cost of required for vaccinations and anti-malarial medication 
  • Overseas emergency travel health insurance 
  • A monthly living allowance (MLA) that will be paid into the volunteer’s bank account in Canada. The MLA is designed to be sufficient to cover simple housing, basic food requirements, and other typical monthly living expenses. 
  • Debrief after the placement  

Overall Goal

As the Coffee Value Chain Advisor based in Sekong province, Laos, you will support CARE Laos to improve and develop the production of coffee and other agriculture products in an environmentally sustainable way to increase the income of farmers. 

As part of your role, you will:

  • Assist in conducting a community needs assessment to determine the potential market for agricultural products and coffee specifically
  • Train and share best practices on how to improve and develop coffee, coffee products and agricultural products in an environmentally sustainable way
  • Support in developing market access for coffee and other agricultural products
  • Promote gender equality by tailoring trainings and solutions through a gender equality lens. Training in gender equality is provided.
  • Ensure an environmental and sustainability climate action lens is applied throughout the placement by implementing green solutions
  • Promote human rights by promoting inclusive activities and ensuring the rights of marginalized individuals are protected where applicable during the placement.
  • Participate in pre-assignment training

Required Experience and Skills

  • Degree and/or relevant experience in agriculture, food science, project management or a related field 
  • Experience in agriculture and/or coffee production including relevant value chains and market access 
  • Minimum two (2) years relevant professional experience in your field of expertise 
  • A commitment to gender equality, One Health principles, and international volunteering 
  • Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity 
  • Experience with group facilitation and trainings, including content development considered an asset 
  • Experience living and working internationally considered an asset 

Working Conditions

  • Travel to remote communities by flight, train, or car 
  • Travel in remote areas may be on gravel/bumpy roads
  • Virtual meetings and in-person meetings in Vientiane

VETS Volunteer Application

Personal Information

Eligibility Requirements

Due to funder requirements, Canadian International Volunteers must be either Canadian citizens or permanent residents in order to be eligible to volunteer. Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are residing outside of Canada and/or who do not have a Canadian permanent address are eligible to apply.
Due to VWB's volunteer insurance eligibility requirements, we are unable to recruit volunteers over the age of 79 years of age for international assignments.
Please note that final selection as an international volunteer is subject to completion of a criminal record verification and approval by VWB's insurance provider. International volunteers will also require a valid passport with an expiry date that must exceed the assignment end date by at least six months.

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Our Commitment 

Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontière is an equal opportunity employer and values the diversity of our team.

We are committed to inclusive and equitable employment practices and strive to create a workplace that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion. VWB/VSF Canada welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, including members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, women, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

Please let us know if you require an accommodation and we will work with you to ensure an equitable hiring process. Thank you for your interest in VWB/VSF Canada.

Safeguarding Policy

Veterinarians Without Borders works for, and with, communities in need to foster the health of animals, people and the environments that sustain us. In order to create equitable, sustainable development around the globe, the work of our staff, volunteers, and partners must align with our organizational values. Through our programs, VWB promotes respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we have a zero tolerance policy for any harassment, coercion, sexual exploitation or abuse of any kind. Successful volunteer applicants will be required to follow our Volunteer Code of Conduct and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). Volunteers will also be required to submit a criminal record check.  

VWB is a signatory to the Cooperation Canada Leaders’ Pledge on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct. The pledge represents the shared commitment as Canada’s global development and humanitarian leaders to ensure the full implementation of practices and policies that will protect and respond to our own staff, volunteers and the communities we serve. We are committed to creating safe and respectful workplaces and programs that promote gender equality and are free from gender-based violence, including by addressing and responding to all abuse of power, holding people to account, and protecting the vulnerable. Read the full pledge. 
 
 
 

About the Project: VETS

Volunteers Engaged in Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS), funded through the Volunteer Cooperation Program at Global Affairs Canada, will engage 190 volunteers to work with local partner organizations in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Volunteers will help create integrated animal health systems to increase the livelihoods and household nutrition of small-scale farmers. The VETS program utilizes the skills of volunteers to build local partner capacity to support community members, primarily women, to reduce poverty. Through improved production of livestock and crops, volunteers help improve family income and nutrition.

The VETS program is built around the One Health concept, which recognizes that the health of people, animals, and the natural environment are interconnected. This project promotes the production of more and better food and increased incomes from livestock, all the while promoting land rehabilitation and conservation for sustainable development.

Learn More About The VETS Project

About Veterinarians Without Borders

In the global south, more than 90 percent of food animals are raised by subsistence farmers. However, small-scale livestock producers, the majority of whom are women, have very limited access to quality and affordable animal health services.

Aside from the risks associated with the loss of valuable livestock that provides important protein and/or income for low-income households, zoonotic diseases that can be passed from animals to humans offer a very real threat to human health on a wider scale.

Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires sans frontières (VWB/VSF) works for and with communities in need to foster the health of animals, people, and the environments that sustain us. VWB/VSF works nationally and internationally to train animal health workers, increase food security, and improve animal and public health.

VWB/VSF provides overseas volunteer placements for veterinarians and other animal and public health professionals.

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