Animal Nutrition Training Specialist

Job Title

Animal Nutrition Training Specialist


Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)



Partner Organization


Placement Location

Volunteer will be based in Salaga, but with travel time outside of Salaga to 7 other districts (Kpandai, Chamba, Tatale, Zabzugu
Chereponi, Chinderi, Wulenis)


4 months

Start Date

Mid-February / March 2018

Pre-Departure Training Dates

VWB covers the full cost of a 5-day pre-departure training session, available once a month: February 2-6, 2018 / March 2-6, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements



Volunteer will need to work with local language translator when working with community volunteers in the project communities.

Academic Qualifications


  • A university Degree in Agriculture with specific expertise in Animal science (Health, nutrition  and production)


  • Experience with gender analysis

Professional Background/Skills


  • Experience working on rural livelihood promotion and food security interventions
  • Experience in animal nutrition (particularly for rural communities)
  • 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
  • Good facilitation skills


  • Experience in the development of knowledge/training resources in animal science/agriculture for rural communities with high illiteracy levels
  • Knowledge of food security and nutrition issues
  • Previous international work / volunteer experience in rural under developed communities, Ghana or other developing country

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)

Overall Goal:

To lead in the training of CVEAs and CAHW on feed and fodder preparation for livestock production (Small ruminants and poultry)  for smallholder men and women farmers in the Eastern Corridor of the Northern region of Ghana.


  • To develop an animal nutrition training manual
  • To train SEND and MoFA staff on delivering practical nutrition training and support to farmers
  • To increase input of animal feed and forage for livestock
  • To diversify the use of surplus commodity crops for animal feed production (less loss to waste/spoilage of crops)
  • To establish community fodder plots for housed livestock
  • To reduce animal wasting, fertility problems and mortality due to malnutritionAll volunteers are expected to promote gender equality, environmental sustainability and good governance within their placement responsibilities.

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.


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 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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