Online placement (E-Volunteer)
Partner Location Guyana
Start Date Jan – Mar 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 3 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Cuso International’s e-volunteering program welcomes new and returning volunteers to work with our international program partners and volunteers remotely. E-volunteering offers many of the benefits gained from international volunteering, while having the extra advantage of fitting into one's regular weekly schedule without needing a passport. Contributing and giving back to a community, gaining new skills, and making new connections are common benefits of e-volunteering and for Cuso International it is a great opportunity to engage more people in its mission.
E-Volunteers are expected to supply their own basic home office equipment, Internet and have a moderate knowledge of computer technology. Some of our partners are located in remote areas with unreliable internet connection. Consequently, it is reasonable to assume that when working with the partners, emails will not be responded to immediately. For most of our partners, this is their first experience working with e-volunteers and flexibility and patience is a valuable e-volunteer characteristic.
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Given recent trends towards increased consumption of fresh fruits for the local market and processing (juicing) for exports, there is some focus on expanding orchard crop production. Another area of focus is helping small and medium sized farmers increase access to credit in order to expand areas under production and adopt technologies that will improve productivity. Cost of production information will assist in assessing profitability of the proposed activity and determine farmers’ ability to repay loans and guide repayment terms by lending institutions. In both instances, information is needed to guide decision making for policy makers and other stakeholders.
The E-volunteer is expected to provide guidance and technical support in terms of type of data needed, treatment of data, and analytical tools needed to achieve the deliverables.
This placement is intended to assist the in-country volunteer:
- Develop a user-friendly template that determine cost of production (Note: a template was developed in the last placement; assistance is being sought to improve on this template and make it more user friendly); calculate profitability and rate of return on investment
- Develop methodology to estimate demand for orchard crop productin
- Develop record keeping system for the nursery (orchard crop production) so extension officers can advise farmers
Likely Activities and Expected Outputs:
- The e-mentor will meet with in-country volunteer on a regular basis to provide guidance on accomplishing the activities outlined in the table above and any other activities of a related nature.
- This will include but not limited to: advising on selection of statistical tools, reviewing work in progress and completed work, and make suggestions for improvements
- Make recommendations for other work that will complement activities in this assignment (Note: these additional tasks would not necessarily be done in this placement but could form part of recommendations for future placement activities)
As an e-volunteer, you will:
Develop cost of production data sheet for orchard and vegetable crops:
- Liaise with extension officers to obtain cost of production information for vegetable and orchard crops.
- Develop user friendly cost of production template that can be easily used by staff
- Train extension officers on how to use template so they can help farmers determine their cost of production
- Develop template to calculate internal rate of return/profitability of selected crops for the purpose of accessing loans.
Identify production and price trends for selected crops:
- Obtain historical data on production and prices for crops identified
Estimate demand for orchard crops to guide expansion plans for NAREI’s nurseries:
Obtain data on current and past production levels
- Review policy/planning documents relating to increased demand
- Identify major sources of demand for fruits for juice production and conduct survey regarding factors affecting demand
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Experience working with time series data to estimate demand
Essential Professional Background:
-Adept at estimating demand and supply, and deriving proxies for incomplete data
-Competent in use of software to perform trend analysis
-Strong ability to design survey/questionnaire to estimate demand
-Ability to use Excel to create database to allow for easy extraction of information
-Ability to calculate internal rate of return
National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute
The National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute was established following the ascent of the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute Act 2010 in March 2011. It was created to expand the services offered by the then National Agricultural Research Institute, which was formed in 1984. The National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute was established to promote greater efficiency in the crops and agricultural product industry; provide enhanced services in Agricultural Research and Extension and Crop Protection; and allow effective administration and regulation of trade, commerce and export of crops and agricultural products.
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