Field Facilitator

Caribbean, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia

POSITION TITLEField Facilitator
POSITION LOCATIONDominica, Guyana, Jamaica & Saint Lucia (4 positions)
REPORTS TOCountry Coordinator
CONTRACT TERMTwo years (full time position)

BACKGROUND

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) 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 Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO), the MasterCard Foundation, World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the African Development Bank.   WUSC is registered in the Caribbean as WUSC Caribbean.

WUSC Caribbean is implementing a five-year project – the Sustainable Agriculture in the Caribbean (SAC) 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 the Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprises and Linkages (PROPEL) project and is a multi-country economic growth project, funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) being implemented in Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Suriname.

Women and youth (female & male) will be central players in the targeted agricultural market systems so they can increase their influence on agricultural markets in the Caribbean, 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 SAC project will also work with men, so they can become advocates for women and youth (female & male) fostering the right conditions for equitable participation. The SAC project will engage agricultural markets in each of the target countries, and provide capacity-strengthening support to local organizations.

WUSC Caribbean will apply an inclusive market systems (IMS) approach, engaging multiple stakeholders, including established country partners, to increase productivity and economic growth.  SAC will 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 as well as profitability), at every stage and via every market actor in the agricultural value chain. This approach will help to increase productivity and profitability in the agriculture sector and will mitigate the impacts of climate change, reduce the region’s vulnerability to natural disasters, and foster climate-resilient agricultural markets that offer increased equitable, inclusive and sustainable economic benefits for women and youth (female & male).

REPORTING LINES

Reporting to the Country Coordinator and with guidance from the Regional Climate Smart Agriculture Specialist the Field Facilitator is responsible for supporting the facilitation and engagement with all relevant agricultural market system actors (with particular emphasis on women and youth) as well as facilitating economic growth opportunities in the agricultural product markets systems being supported in-country by WUSC Caribbean.  

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work closely in support of and with the Gender Equality Officer, Agribusiness & Marketing Officer and the Climate Smart Agriculture Officer in designing, planning and implementing/facilitating related project activities;
  • Support the development of annual work plans and strategic SAC interventions at the country level;
  • Obtain  and  aggregate  relevant  personal  and  production  data  at  the  household  level  for producers of the targeted agricultural markets who can potentially be supported through the SAC project and are willing to participate in project activities;
  • Assess the constraints affecting production, productivity and product quality for each of the targeted agricultural markets, at the individual and community levels;
  • Support WUSC Caribbean to develop and implement specific strategies aimed at addressing the constraints identified.    Such  strategies  will  include,  but  not  be limited  to  the establishment  of  demonstration  plots  and pilot projects for  the  purpose  of  guiding  farmers  in  sustainable agricultural practices involved in the production of the targeted agricultural products;
  • Ensure that innovative climate smart, climate resilience and gender sensitive approaches are integrated into targeted agricultural product market systems;
  • Assist WUSC Caribbean / SAC to identify specific issues at the producers level, which when satisfied will allow them to effectively and efficiently satisfy market requirements, particularly in the context of product quality and consistency of supply;
  • Assist WUSC Caribbean / SAC to deliver training, individual coaching and other forms of support to identified beneficiaries of the Project, particularly women and youth (female and male);
  • Assist WUSC Caribbean to monitor beneficiaries’ use of material inputs and other forms of support, as provided by the Project, and to assess the results obtained from the use of such support;
  • Support SAC project consultants, volunteers and other key project partners in conducting the necessary field visits;
  • Preparation of reports for farming communities, detailing the activities undertaken, findings and recommendations from the community/beneficiary level (particularly women and youth);
  • Support the collection and reporting for the SAC database with disaggregated information collected from project stakeholders; and
  • Any other duties as may be assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES

Education

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Social Science, Community Development, Marketing or other relevant field.

Experience & Competencies

  • At least three (3)  years of work experience in projects, marketing and/or entrepreneurship;
  • Qualification in agriculture with proven experience in providing agricultural extension services to farmers and experience in agricultural produce marketing an asset; 
  • Understanding of gender and youth issues related to agricultural production;
  • Basic familiarity with relevant government and non-government institutions, international and donor agencies working and supporting agricultural development in the country/region;
  • Knowledge and understanding of soil fertility and management and/or water management, post-harvest handling, quality, food safety and phytosanitary issues is an asset;
  • General knowledge of agricultural policies and strategies, projects focused on agricultural productivity enhancement in country; 
  • A team player with good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Good analytical and report-writing skills;
  • Highly proficient in use of Microsoft and Google software including Gmail, calendar, drive, spreadsheet, word processing and presentation software;
  • Pro-active with ability to take initiative and work in a team environment;
  • Adaptable and flexible, with the capacity to find innovative ways to manage issues and challenges using problem solving skills;
  • Willingness to learn new technologies;
  • High tolerance for uncertainty;
  • Persistence; 
  • Strong cross-cultural skills and cultural sensitivity; and 
  • A driver’s licence as well as a good knowledge of the country’s regions is a key asset.

Languages

  • Complete fluency in both written and spoken English is required. 
  • Creole is an advantage for Dominica and Saint Lucia

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 [email protected]. Please use the subject line Field Facilitator (please also indicate the country to which you are applying) for job applications.

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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