Plant Protection Specialist
Position # 71209-187

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT:

Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)
Unaccompanied assignment - This assignment does not include support for accompanying partners or dependants

PARTNER:

Nepal Agriculture Co-operative Central Federation Ltd.

LOCATION:

NEPAL , Lalitpur

DURATION:

12 months

EXPECTED DEPARTURE DATE:

Departure date is contingent upon completion of administrative file and approval of visa. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and position will remain open until filled.

OVERVIEW:

Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries and with over 200 partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas through the exchange of expertise and knowledge of Canadian and international volunteers. Uniterra believes that economic growth, when inclusive, is the most powerful driver of poverty reduction. The purpose of the Uniterra program is to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by stimulating growth and facilitating access to the benefits of growing and diversified markets. To make this happen, we are working with our local partners to enhance the income of poor and marginalized women and youth through better access to employment and income generation opportunities. Uniterra country program staff work with our local partners to design Uniterra assignments in the context of the country strategy, supporting the inclusion of women and youth in key economic subsectors.

For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach and countries of focus please visit: Uniterra.ca.

PARTNER DESCRIPTION:

Nepal Agriculture Cooperative Central Federation Ltd. (NACCFL) is the umbrella organization of the Small Farmer Agro- Cooperative Limited (SFACL) and similar agricultural cooperatives spread over 56 Districts of Nepal. SFACLs are agricultural microfinance cooperatives which are fully owned and managed by the local community. They have their origin in the Small Farmers Development Program (SFDP) which was implemented by the Agricultural Development Bank Ltd. (ADBL) . Their vision is to emerge as the leading Federation for the sustainable development of community-owned, small farmers’ cooperatives and other cooperatives in order to reduce existing poverty. The role of NACCFL is to strengthen the institutional capacities of member organizations to provide services to small farmers to improve their socio-economic conditions. NACCFL provides non-financial services such as training and technical support in enterprise development, market linkages and agricultural technology. It promotes networking among member organizations and conducts lobbying and policy advocacy activities.

More than 80% of investment by member SFACLs is done in the agriculture sector and more than 15,000 members are involved in commercial agriculture and have established their own agriculture and livestock farms. So, there is a huge demand for technical experts in this sector. Plants are suffering from various diseases/pests.

NACCFL is seeking a volunteer Plant Protection Specialist to provide them with guidance in plant protection and pest control.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assess the pest risk situation of high-value crops;
  • Provide advice and support in conducting lab tests (focus on entomology) of high-value crops;
  • Ensure the participation of women and youth, as well as their representation, in all activities of and all program benefits; and
  • Write reports required by NACCFL and the Uniterra program.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree and/or training in Agricultural Science or a related discipline
  • Experience in plant protection
  • Knowledge of high-value crops
  • Knowledge of entomology or pest management
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments
  • Demonstrated coaching or mentorship skills, including tact and professionalism
  • Written and oral fluency in English

VOLUNTEER BENEFITS AND SUPPORT:

  • Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in country.
  • Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
  • In-country orientation and briefing upon arrival in-country.
  • Language training in-country where required.
  • Return flights, visas and work permits.
  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials.
  • Health insurance.
  • Modest monthly living allowance while overseas.
  • Accommodation while overseas.
  • Vacation leave entitlement.
  • Return debriefing in Canada after completion of assignment. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
  • An incredible opportunity to enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the age of 18-70.
  • Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, travel documentation).
  • With the support of the program, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution of $1,500 for participating in the program.

TO APPLY:

  • You must ensure that you have a SYGESCA session open and that your profile contains a curriculum vitae before applying for the position.