Nutrition Advisor

Job Title

Nutrition Advisor


Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)



Partner Organization


Placement Location

Dakcheung District, Sekong Province, Luang Namtha Province


4 months

Start Date

December 2019

Pre-Departure Training Dates

VWB/VSF covers the full cost of a 3-day pre-departure training session, available once a month, or a virtual session.

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements



Willingness to learn basic communication in Lao language

The volunteer will work with a local counterpart, who will provide translation support when traveling and performing duties in the rural communities.

Academic Qualifications


  • Bachelor's Degree in food science, nutrition or a related field. Work experience in lieu of degree will also be considered.

Professional Background/Skills


  • Demonstrated high level organisational, financial and time management skills, including the ability to plan and manage workflows and balance competing priorities to ensure timely processing to meet deadlines in a complex environment;
  • Demonstrated strong leadership, decision making, problem solving, planning, analytical and influencing skills;
  • Demonstrated characteristics in honesty, reliability, trustworthiness with the ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Representational skills including developing networks and relationships with key stakeholders; and
  • Fully conversant in Microsoft Office with knowledge in Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel


  • 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
  • Previous international work / volunteer experience in COUNTRY or other developing country

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)

Overall Goal:

The Nutrition Capacity Development Volunteer will be based in Dakcheung District, Sekong province and will provide training to project staff and project partners from District Agriculture and Forestry Office and Lao Women Union related to the implementation of food security and nutrition project activities to develop their capacity.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Provide nutrition and food security trainings to the CARE team and the project partners from District Agriculture and Forestry Office and Lao Women Union;
  • Support the team in development and implementation of strategies to improve food security and nutrition
  • Participate in the project strategic planning sessions; provide up-to-date advice on developments, challenges and recommendations.
  • Support project teams to set up sound monitoring and evaluation of nutrition project outcomes;
  • Provide input on how to improve the project based on lessons learned, best practices, technical advances;
  • Identify training needs for staff and counterparts;
  • Producing reports and case studies that illustrate program progress as required;
  • Understand the broader issues in the district and their impacts on the project.

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

Volunteer Terms and Conditions

VWB/VSF 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 monthly living allowance (MLA) that will be paid into the volunteer’s bank account in Canada. The MLA is sufficient to cover housing, basic food requirements and other typical monthly living expenses.


VWB/VSF asks each volunteer to raise $2,000 to contribute towards the overall project total costs.

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: Allyson Fradella 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

For about ten years, Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans frontières (VWB/VSF-Canada) 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.

VWB/VSF-Canada works for, and with, communities in need to foster the health of animals, people and the environment that sustain us. VWB/VSF-Canada works nationally and internationally to improve animal health knowledge, livelihoods development and public health.

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

Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2) project is a five-year program funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) through the Volunteer-Cooperation Program (VCP). For five years (from 2015 to 2020), Over 100 Canadian volunteers will work with local organizations and community partners in six developing countries to help create integrated animal health systems that will help to strengthen the livelihoods and household nutrition of livestock small-scale farmers.

This program operates in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Lao PDR, and Vietnam. We work hand in hand with subsistence farmers (small-scale livestock producers) most of whom are women in developing capacity and increasing knowledge on promoting healthy relationship between animals, people and the environment. Majority of our partners are in remote and rural areas with very limited access to quality and affordable animal health services. Our volunteers work with our partners to identify and alleviate challenges around livestock farming as well as providing knowledge and education on zoonotic diseases that can be passed from animals to humans. Through this program, VWB strives to promote food security, gender equality and sustainable ecosystems as well as making meaningful contributions towards attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developing countries.

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, animal & public health professionals and other technical experts to support the specific needs identified by our local partners.


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