Data Collector

Caribbean, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia

Position title: Data Collector, Sustainable Agriculture in the Caribbean (SAC) Project

Duration: August 2021 – September 2021

Position location: Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica & Saint Lucia

Reports to: Country Coordinator, SAC Project

Application deadline: July 30, 2021

BACKGROUND

World University Service of Canada (registered as WUSC Caribbean in the Caribbean), is a Canadian non-profit organization working to create a better world for all young people. We bring together a diverse network of students, volunteers, schools, governments, and businesses who share this vision. Together, we develop solutions in education, economic opportunities, and empowerment to overcome inequality and exclusion for youth around the world, particularly young women and young refugees. WUSC currently works in 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with an annual budget of approximately CAD $40 million. We have over 90 staff in our Ottawa office, and over 200 people overseas implementing 16 development projects in collaboration with donors such as Global Affairs Canada, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the African Development Bank.

WUSC is preparing to implement a new five-year project – the Sustainable Agriculture in the Caribbean Project, which will promote climate resilient agriculture for equitable economic growth to increase the economic prosperity of women and youth (female/male) in more sustainable agricultural markets in the Caribbean. The project builds on learning from a previous phase of PROPEL, a multi-country economic growth project, funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and implemented by WUSC in Dominica; Guyana; Jamaica; Saint Lucia; and Barbados.

Women and youth (f/m) will be central players in the targeted agricultural market systems so they can restore the dwindling number of farmers in the region, while strengthening more climate resilient domestic agricultural production to enhance food security, and reduce reliance on imported agricultural products, for more sustainable economic growth. Recognizing that adult males are currently dominant actors in market systems, the Sustainable Agriculture in the Caribbean Project will also work with men, so they can become advocates for women and youth (f/m) fostering the right conditions for equitable participation. Sustainable Agriculture in the Caribbean Project will engage agricultural markets in each of the target countries, and provide capacity-building support to local organizations.

WUSC Caribbean will apply an Inclusive Market Systems (IMS) approach, engaging multiple stakeholders, including established country partners, to create links between key market actors; strengthen their capacity through training, information sharing and outreach; and foster climate resilient approaches (re-orienting agricultural development for sustainability), at every stage and via every market actor in the agricultural value chain. This approach will help to mitigate the impacts of climate change, reduce the region’s vulnerability to natural disasters, and foster climate-resilient agricultural markets that offer increased, sustainable economic benefits for women and youth (f/m).

SUMMARY OF ASSIGNMENT

WUSC Caribbean will be conducting a baseline data collection process primarily to obtain baseline values for relevant performance indicators in order to report and demonstrate change and assess the level of progress made towards achievement of indicators.

For this purpose a questionnaire survey will be administered to potential beneficiaries of the project, including producers and agro-processors. The Data Collector will work with staff of WUSC Caribbean, including the Regional M&E Specialist, to ensure that high quality data is collected from required persons in the identified timeline. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

In order to successfully complete the assignment, the post holder will be required to demonstrate a high degree of flexibility and commitment. The list of responsibilities below is not exhaustive and a willingness to conduct interviews based on availability of potential respondents is essential. 

  • Participate in training to understand assignment
  • Travel to field sites to administer in-person questionnaires to respondents from assigned list of contacts
  • Conduct interviews in keeping with procedures outlined in training and within the prescribed time frame
  • Review and edit data to ensure completeness and occurrence of information; follow up with respondents to clarify data collected, as needed
  • Adhere to confidentiality procedures and policies when collecting data
  • Provide progress updates as required 
  • Adhere to all COVID-19 protocols

REQUISITE QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • At least 5 CXC Subjects
  • Knowledgeable in interviewing and data collection techniques 
  • Experience in conversing with rural producers
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills

OTHER REQUIREMENTS 

  • Reliable 
  • Ability to work to meet deadlines
  • Good attention to detail
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Sensitivity to vulnerable groups and populations
  • Knowledge of rural jargons, terminology etc.
  • Creole is an advantage for Dominica and Saint Lucia
  • Understanding of agriculture sector in the local context would be an asset

WHY WORK WITH WUSC?

Join Us. Our work is important, cutting-edge, and fast-paced. We encourage curiosity, innovation, and flexibility. And we provide a phenomenal learning experience.

WUSC Caribbean offers a dynamic international work environment with a diverse intercultural workforce. We offer employees exciting opportunities to apply their skills and gain experience all while making a difference in the lives of youth around the world. Employees at WUSC Caribbean work hard to create lasting change in education, economic opportunities and empowerment.

APPLICATIONS

WUSC Caribbean’s activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, representatives and partners shall correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC Caribbean promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion, sexual exploitation or abuse of any form. Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced criminal record check where appropriate.

WUSC Caribbean is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

This position is open to all suitably qualified CARICOM Nationals. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

Suitably qualified persons are invited to submit their cover letter, CV, and the name and contact information of 3 professional references via email to:

Guyana: Nicollette Roach ([email protected])

Dominica & Saint Lucia: Oneica Betrand-Anselm ([email protected])

Jamaica: Tameka Daley ([email protected])

While WUSC Caribbean thanks all applicants for their interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

The Sustainable Agriculture in the Caribbean project is implemented by World University Service of Canada (WUSC) with funding support from the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC)

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