Climate Smart Agriculture and Adaptive Technology Advisor

Saint Lucia

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Assignment Type:
Canadian International Volunteer
Eligibility Requirements:
Open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada only
Assignment ID:
VA-105903
Assignment Title:
Climate Smart Agriculture and Adaptive Technology Advisor
Partner:
WUSC Caribbean
Country:
Saint Lucia
Duration:
6 to 12 months (flexible)
Time Commitment:
35 hours per week

Assignment Context

Are you passionate about agricultural technologies for sustainable food systems that improve the livelihoods of smallholder women, youth and marginalized men farmers?

As a volunteer with WUSC Caribbean, you will collaborate with the Regional team both in Saint Lucia and Dominica on innovative climate smart approaches within the selected in-country agricultural market systems. 

Apply today to make an impact on women, youth and men farmers in Saint Lucia!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with team to develop a framework for climate smart agriculture practice evaluation based on identified climate vulnerabilities
  • Conduct case specific climate smart assessments for selected production activities
  • Support the assessment, cost benefit analysis and technological design on site-specific Climate Smart Agricultural interventions, which may include; Protective structures, soil and water conservation strategies, energy efficient strategies for improving the sustainable utilization of natural resources and utilization of climate and weather data for on farm decision making
  • Support training programming and capacity building in CSA technologies and resilient strategies, based on case specific analysis.
  • Participate in pre-assignment training
  • Participate in at least 3 public engagement initiatives before, during, or after the assignment. Volunteers will be equipped with the tools, training, and support to achieve these goals. Volunteers will also have one virtual check-in with the Public Engagement Officer throughout the course of their assignment
  • Set up a personalized volunteer fundraising page on the WUSC fundraising platform and share it in your networks. Volunteers will be supported with the tools, training and support to achieve the fundraising goal
  • Ensure that a gender equality lens is consistently applied in the execution of all activities
  • Support partners to empower young women and promote a culture of gender sensitive representation in all activities and program benefits
  • Submit reports as required by the partner organization and by WUSC.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Degree in sustainable agriculture/rural development/environmental management/ or related discipline
  • Good understanding of climate smart agriculture practices, assessment, implementation and evaluation processes
  • Working experience and technical competence in designing, installing, training, and building farm adaptive structures for small-scale farming communities
  • Knowledge of the Small Island Developing State agriculture sector
  • Skills & Experience in working with rural communities
  • A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, 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
  • Written and oral fluency in English required, and a basic understanding of the Creole language would be an asset.

Partner Description

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 WUSC Caribbean’s 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.

Support Package

  • Support and guidance from the WUSC Volunteer Mobilization Team prior to departure and from WUSC Country Team while on assignment
  • Pre-departure training to learn about the volunteering for development program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and network with other volunteers
  • Travel, meals and accommodation during in-person pre-departure training
  • In-country orientation upon arrival in country of assignment
  • Language training in country of assignment, where required
  • Modest monthly living and accommodation allowance
  • Airfare to and from the assignment country
  • Visa/work permit
  • Pre-departure medical exam
  • Health insurance
  • Vaccinations and antimalarial medication
  • COVID-19 PCR testing
  • Criminal record verification
  • Vacation leave entitlement
  • Debriefing after completion of assignment
  • Support for accompanying spouse and dependents for assignments of 12 months or longer
  • An incredible opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to global development, enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

WUSC’s Safeguarding Policy

WUSC’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 promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion and sexual exploitation and abuse of any form. Successful applicants will be required to sign off on the WUSC Code of Conduct and the Self-Disclosure Form. International and national volunteers will also be required to submit a criminal record verification.

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International Volunteer Departures Have Resumed

Your work building capacity towards more resilient and inclusive economies is needed now more than ever! After a pause on travel since March 2020, international volunteer departures to Africa, Asia and the Caribbean have resumed.

All individuals considering volunteering internationally with WUSC must demonstrate openness, flexibility and accept to meeting the following conditions:

  • Volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be able to provide proof of vaccination.
  • Volunteers must meet Canadian and Assignment Country Government and airline requirements related to PCR testing.
  • Volunteers must agree to follow all COVID-19 mitigation instructions as issued by the Canadian Government, WUSC and by the local authorities in the country of assignment.

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