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Rural Training Specialist

Job Title

Rural Training Specialist

Project

Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)

Country

Tanzania

Partner Organization

Africa Bridge

Placement Location

Tukuyu, Mbeya

Duration

3-4 months

Start Date

May/June 2017

Pre-Departure Training Dates

April 7-11, 2017, May 5-9, 2017, June 2-6,2017, June 23-27, 2017

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements

Essential:
English

 

Desirable:
Kiswahili

 

The volunteer will not need the support of a translator while developing the curricula or working directly with the organization’s staff.

 

The volunteer will need the support of a translator while working directly with people outside the organization.

Academic Qualifications

Essential:

A university degree in International Development, Sustainable Community Development, or a related field.

 

Desirable:

Course work or additional training in supportive peer learning, participatory training, social/cultural learning contexts, needs- assessment, Training-of-Trainers, or related teaching method

Professional Background/Skills

Essential:

  • Experience in using participatory approaches and conducting needs-assessments 
  • Experience developing training materials and training plans for semi-literate, rural populations in developing countries

  • Experience working with adult learners in developing countries


Desirable:

  • Experience working in the vocational / technical training field and leading Training of Trainers (ToT)
  • Knowledge of best practices for vocational / technical training delivery 
  • Previous international work / volunteer experience in Tanzania or other developing country
  • 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

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)

Overall Goal:
To integrate into all AB training curricula (MVCC and co-op) culturally appropriate training methods – with a participatory approach –, and train the trainers on the use of this methods , resulting in positive outcomes for semi-literate rural adult learners.

 

Specific Objectives:

  • To advise on culturally appropriate M&E tools for assessing outcomes of trainings with the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
  • To collaborate with the Curriculum Development Specialist on testing the training manuals in the field
  • To help refine the manuals after they have been tested
  • To train the trainers on training methods and how to use the training manuals effectively
  • Coordinate the work with the Curriculum Development Specialist, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and prospective Abbott-funded 2016-17 project on entrepreneurship/business/co-op management training development for co-ops

 

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 monthly living allowance (MLA) that will be paid into the volunteer’s bank account in Canada. The MLA is designed 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. For more information, or to submit a resume and cover letter, please contact:Petronila Michael 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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