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Farm Management Advisor

Job Title

Farm Management Advisor

Project

Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)

Country

Kenya

Partner Organization

Meru Dairy Co-operative Union

Placement Location

Mid-sized town

Duration

2 to 4 weeks (flexible)

Start Date

January/February 2018

Pre-Departure Training Dates

VWB covers the full cost of a 5-day pre-departure training session, available once a month: Dec 8 – 12, 2017 / Jan 12 – 16, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements

Essential:
English

Desirable:
Kiswahili, Kimeru

Note: Translation support will be required/provided when communicating with farmers.

Academic Qualifications

Essential:

  • Degree in Farm Management, Animal production or related field/experience

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of dairy cow nutrition, calf rearing, housing and hygiene
  • Knowledge of cow care and comfort

Professional Background/Skills

Essential:

  • Experience in dairy farm management
  • Effective cross-cultural communication skills
  • Commitment to the principles of volunteer cooperation and familiarity with participatory approaches to development, including the promotion of gender equality, good governance and environmental sustainability

Desirable:

  • Experience in record keeping and business management
  • Experience in dairy management, cow nutrition
  • Previous international work / volunteer experience in Kenya or other developing country

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)

Overall Goal:
To support dairy groups and their farmer members to produce saleable milk and improve their economic well-being.

Objectives:

  •  To provide training to extension officers, local farmers, the partner organisation, and animal health technicians in animal nutrition, watering, disease diagnosis, treatment and housing;
  • Assist in development of champion farmers and demonstration farms;
  • To collect baseline information on nutrition, now health, local disease treatment.

All volunteers are expected to promote gender equality, environmental sustainability and good governance within their placement responsibilities.

Volunteer Terms and Conditions

VWB covers the majority of the costs of being an overseas volunteer, including:

  • Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course in Ottawa
  • Return airfare to placement country and visa/permit costs
  • The cost of required vaccinations, anti-malarial medication and overseas emergency travel health insurance
  • A modest monthly living allowance (MLA) that will be paid into the volunteer’s bank account in Canada. The MLA is designed to be sufficient to cover simple housing, basic food requirements and other typical monthly living expenses.

Fundraising

VWB expects each volunteer to raise $500 prior to departure with a goal of $2,000 towards the overall project costs. In addition, VWB/VSF offers an award for the top volunteer fundraiser of the year.

How to Apply

If interested, please send your resume and a covering letter which clearly indicate the position you are applying for, and how your qualifications meet the requirements of this posting. Resume and cover letters can be sent to: Monique Charron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you need more information, please contact Volunteer Program Manager Kristen Rodrigues at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Veterinarians Without Borders

In the global south, more than 90 per cent of food animals are raised by subsistence farmers yet these small-scale livestock producers, the majority of whom are women, have very limited access to quality and affordable animal health services. Aside from the risks associated with the loss of valuable livestock who provide important protein and/or income for poor households, zoonotic diseases that can be passed from animals to humans offer a very real threat to human health on a wider scale.

Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontières (VWB/VSF-Canada) works for, and with, communities in need to foster the health of animals, people and the environments that sustain us. VWB/VSF-Canada works nationally and internationally to train animal health workers, increase food security, and improve animal & public health. VWB/VSF-Canada provides overseas volunteer placements for veterinarians and other animal & public health professionals.

About the Project: Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)

For ten years, Veterinarians Without Borders has been sending Canadian Veterinarians and Vet students to poor communities around the world to help increase the knowledge and skills of small-scale farmers to keep their cows, chickens, goats, pigs, guinea fowl and other livestock healthy, well-fed and housed securely.   Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2), a project funded through the Volunteer-Cooperation Program of Global Affairs Canada, will allow VWB/VSF to substantially increase the number of Canadian volunteers it is able to send overseas.  Over the next five years (2015 to 2020), 102 Canadian volunteers will work with local organizations and community partners in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Lao PDR, and Vietnam to help create integrated animal health systems that will help to strengthen the livelihoods and household nutrition of small scale farmers who raise livestock.  We will be looking to recruit professors of veterinary medicine, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal and human nutritionists, laboratory experts, rural development specialists, food safety specialists, horticulturalists, community health workers, gender specialists and other professionals that respond to the specific needs identified by our local partners.

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VWB-VSF Canada Headquarters
311 – 700 Industrial Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario  K1G 0Y9

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