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Horticulture Advisor - Volunteer in Zambia

Company: Cuso International
Location : Mpika or Shiwa Ng'andu, Zambia ,INT
Company Profile

Cuso International is a non-profit international development organization, working to improve the lives of people living with poverty and inequality around the globe. Each year we mobilize hundreds of volunteer professionals who work with local partners to create positive, lasting change. Established in 1961, Cuso International is a registered charity in Canada and the United States.

Job Description

Placement Location Mpika or Shiwa Ng'andu, Zambia 

9 months - flexible start dates

 

The Volunteer’s Role

 

As Horticulture Advisor, you bring strong technical expertise to the SANI team in Zambia, working with colleagues to ensure that SANI builds local capacity to support the implementation and sustainability of Kitchen Gardens to improve nutrition in target communities. Reviews of evidence from Africa and Asia suggest that interventions targeting home gardening can significantly improve diet diversity, strengthen interaction within communities, improve health as well as significantly reduce food insecurity.

You bring to this role a solid technical background in horticulture and organic farming as well as experience and flexibility in understanding and adapting programming to different cultural beliefs, social norms and local food habits. You will work with the SANI project team to develop a KG strategy and develop interventions to support and monitor the success of this component of the project.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Assess and advise on the technical inputs required to support implementation

- Document and share best practices with team and partners

-Facilitate capacity building for project staff and key stakeholders

-Lead in development of SANI Zambia KG strategy

-Support staff to conduct situational analysis to identify current local practices, and opportunities for KG’s and diversified gardens

 

 

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

- 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

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months

 

Essential Professional Background:

- Minimum 2 years’ experience in WASH programming, particularly in sanitation and hygiene

- Understanding behaviour change and health promotion methods

- Experiences in underground water identification work

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

- 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

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months