Small and Micro Agribusiness Advisor


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Assignment Type:
Canadian International Volunteer
Eligibility Requirements:
Open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada only
Assignment ID:
Assignment Title:
Small and Micro Agribusiness Advisor
WUSC Caribbean
6 to 12 months (flexible)
Time Commitment:
35 hours per week

Assignment Context

As the Small Micro Agribusiness volunteer you will provide technical training and mentorship to new and existing women, youth and marginalized male agro-producers. You will facilitate the identification and support of existing and potential agricultural products whose value can be enhanced through efficient value-added processing and improved methodologies within small-scale food processing businesses. In addition, you will be required to undertake market research and analysis to inform strategies implemented by the Sustainable Agriculture in the Caribbean (SAC) project in the OECS (Dominica and Saint Lucia) for the benefit of women and youth producers. 

You will work closely with the Agribusiness and Marketing Officers and the WUSC OECS team in the planning and delivery of training, initiatives, and interventions that benefit women and youth (male/female) producers and farmer groups.

Apply today to make an impact on youth and women in Dominica!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with team on an initiative to improve small-scale agro-processing surrounding selective market systems of focus, with a particular focus on women-owned or operated businesses so that they can produce quality horticultural processed products for promising domestic and international markets
  • Provide expertise in the application of appropriate industrial processing methods, product quality and safety, cost-effective packaging, and product presentation for women and youth producers
  • Support capacity building in areas such as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Entrepreneurship concepts at training conducted for the benefit of women and youth producers
  • Research economically feasible sectors and sub-sectors, Identify those sectors and sub-sectors with higher growth potential and with a clear definition of the level of micro and small enterprises participation
  • Assess digital savviness of micro and small enterprises within the area of coverage i.e. online presence (social media, online directories, email, and websites), participation in digital online markets, adoption of digital payment services for clients and suppliers
  • Research the opportunities and challenges to position micro and small enterprises to better access markets (domestic and export), as well as assess whether micro and small enterprises face restricted access to any financial services, under what circumstances such barriers are placed and whether these differ by sector, service, or client type
  • Provide specific, relevant, updated detailed and reliable recommendations for areas of business enterprise in Dominica and Saint Lucia, which should be selected, strengthened, or diversified for the SAC Country annual work plan for year 3 adhering to the IMS and multi-stakeholder approach. This will have a specific focus on the creation of value-added products
  • 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
  • Submit reports as required by the partner organization and by WUSC.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Degree in Food Science/Food Processing/Agri-Business Management/or related field
  • At least 4 years of experience in food processing and manufacturing, livelihoods programming, economic development, private sector development, monitoring, food quality & quality control, and capacity building
  • Experience in green energy, adaptive micro-solutions for climate resilience and climate smart technology for small scale agro-processors would be an asset
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in providing technical support to agro-processors and conducting market research utilizing qualitative and quantitative research methods, through the Inclusive Market Systems (IMS) approach
  • A demonstrated understanding and analytical capacity in the identification of issues relating to indicators of performance in development projects
  • 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.

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

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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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