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Horticulture Advisor

Mpika or Shiwa Ng'andu, Zambia

9 Months | Start Date between Jan – Mar 2019

Location Mpika or Shiwa Ng'andu, Zambia  

Start Date Jan - Mar 2019  (flexible)

Length of Placement 9 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5

Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Due to funder restrictions, support for accompanying partners/dependents is not available for this placement.

The Volunteer’s Role

 

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced horticulture professional to contribute to a regional nutrition project led by CARE Canada! The Southern Africa Nutrition Initiative (SANI) is working to improve the nutrition of women of reproductive age and children under five years old in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia.

As Horticulture Advisor, you bring strong technical expertise to the SANI team in Zambia, working with colleagues to ensure that SANI builds local capacity to support the implementation and sustainability of Kitchen Gardens to improve nutrition in target communities. Reviews of evidence from Africa and Asia suggest that interventions targeting home gardening can significantly improve diet diversity, strengthen interaction within communities, improve health as well as significantly reduce food insecurity.

You bring to this role a solid technical background in horticulture and organic farming as well as experience and flexibility in understanding and adapting programming to different cultural beliefs, social norms and local food habits. You will work with the SANI project team to develop a KG strategy and develop interventions to support and monitor the success of this component of the project.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Assess and advise on the technical inputs required to support implementation

- Document and share best practices with team and partners

- Support staff to conduct situational analysis to identify current local practices, and opportunities for KG’s and diversified gardens

- Facilitate capacity building for project staff and key stakeholders

- Lead in development of SANI Zambia KG strategy

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Degree/certificate in Horticultor, Agriculture, Permaculture

Essential Professional Background:

- Minimum 2 years’ experience in horticulture or Agriculture work, particularly in growing food for consumption and setting up Kitchen Gardens

- Experience implementing behaviour change and health promotion methods linked to horticulture activities

 

About Our Partner

 

CARE

Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty.

CARE works with the poorest communities in 95 countries to:

  • Improve basic health and education
  • Enhance rural livelihoods and food security
  • Increase access to clean water and sanitation
  • Expand economic opportunity
  • Help vulnerable people adapt to climate change
  • Provide lifesaving assistance during emergencies

CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls living in poverty because, equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty.

 

Terms and Conditions

 

Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.

 

Support Package

- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

- Accommodation while in placement

- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).

- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months

 

Residency and Citizenship  

 

Residency

The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.

We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.

 

Citizenship

Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.

By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

You  must  check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

  • Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
  • Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.