Full-Time Horticulture Value Chain Adviser – Timor-Leste
VSA .volunteers receive a living allowance and accommodation, insurance, and medical costs are provided. Travel arrangements are organised and funded by VSA along with other costs
Improve food security in Timor-Leste
Support and develop local market orientated agro-enterprise
Strategic, multi-agency programme
Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) sends skilled Kiwis to the Pacific and beyond to share their experience and knowledge directly with local people and communities.
Working together with our regional neighbours, our volunteers create new opportunities for people that will continue to ripple across communities for generations to come.
In this sustainable agro-enterprise development assignment you will work with ADRA as part of a locally identified team to grow the rural economy of Viqueque through market-orientated agro-enterprise and improve food security in Timor-Leste.
The project aims to connect smallholder farmers to identified value chains; increase yields, sales and cash reserves; and improve overall family well-being. It is anticipated that as a result of project activities, markets will be better supplied, value chains strengthened, food security increased, and trade deficits reduced.
The locally based project team are responsible for developing and delivering training to farmers so they can better understand value chains and market systems, how they communicate with traders, meet market demands, and collect marketing of their produce in agro-enterprises. This assignment will be responsible for strengthening capacity of the project management team to ensure they effectively communicate and educate local farmers in market orientated agro-enterprise.
Drawing on your blended experience of marketing in the horticulture sector you will take a flexible, adaptive approach to relationship building, be resourceful, and comfortable working in enviornments with minimal resources.
This would be an ideal opportunity for someone who in keen to utilise their experience and make a real impact on the lives of people in Viqueque, Timor Leste.
To be considered for the role you will have:
– Proven experience in the horticultural sector
– Background in marketing horticultural products, including conducting market surveys
– Experience with small to medium business development, including strategies planning and monitoring
– Ability to develop training material and deliver training
– Strong administrative skills and computer literacy
This is a 1-year assignment based in Timor-Leste
About volunteering with VSA
VSA is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development.
We cover living allowances, accommodation and utilities. Travel, visas, insurance and medical costs are organised and funded by VSA.
Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident.
If current VSA assignments don’t suit your skills and experience you can register your interest with us and we’ll let you know when something in your field is available.
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