Position title: Notetaker, Sustainable Agriculture in the Caribbean (SAC) Project
Duration: August 2021 – September 2021
Position location: Jamaica & Saint Lucia
Reports to: Country Coordinator, SAC Project
Application deadline: July 30, 2021
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 study to obtain baseline data for relevant performance indicators, in order to report and demonstrate change and assess the level of progress made towards achievement of indicators. The study will utilize a mixed methods approach, including the use of Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), to gain an in-depth understanding of issues relevant to the study population, specifically potential beneficiaries of the project including men, women and youth producers and agro-processors in targeted market systems.
Reporting to the Country Coordinator and liaising with WUSC staff and the FGD Facilitator, the Notetaker will be responsible for documenting information gathered from the FGD sessions (including verbal and non-verbal communications by FGD participants) in accordance with the scope and objectives of the study, transcribing notes to prescribed templates and supporting triangulation with data gathered from other sources.
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 focus group discussions in different geographic locations is essential:
- Participate in a sensitization session to understand assignment
- Travel to various sites to conduct FGDs according to schedule
- Document basic attendance data on FGD participants, as required
- Capture and record pertinent responses and perspectives of FGD participants during the conduct of the sessions
- Observe and capture non-verbal communications from participants that would further inform and provide insight to issues being discussed
- Transcribe notes captured during the FGD to prescribed templates and within specified timelines
- Liaise with the FGD Facilitator and other team supports as required, to ensure that notes captured from the sessions adequately reflects discussions had
- With the aid of a recording device, review and edit notes to ensure completeness and accuracy of pertinent information captured from the sessions
- Participate in working sessions to triangulate the data from other sources, as required
- Adhere to confidentiality procedures and policies when gathering information
- Provide progress updates as required
- Adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols
REQUISITE QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- At least 5 CXC Subjects, including English
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft and Google software including spreadsheet and word processing software
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Experience in conversing with rural producers
- Experience in a similar capacity is an asset
- 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 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.
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:
Jamaica: [email protected]
Saint Lucia: [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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