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Biosecurity Risk Communications Advisor

Job Title

Biosecurity Risk Communications Advisor

Project

Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)

Country

Vietnam

Partner Organization

Center for Public Health & Ecosystem Research (CENPHER)

Placement Location

Hanoi

Duration

1-3 months

Start Date

December 2019

Pre-Departure Training Dates

A 2-day manadatory pre-departure training available once a month (all costs covered by VWB).

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements

Essential:
English

Desirable:
Vietnamese

Academic Qualifications

Essential:

Degree in relevant field – Epidemiology, Public Health, or, Communications/English

Desirable:

Masters or PhD (Epidemiology, Public Health, or Communications/English)

Professional Background/Skills

Essential:
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Great organizational skills
    • Experience in risk communication relating to AMR, zoonosis, food safety and/or related topics
    • Experience and/or educational background in health, public health, and/or communications
    • Effective cross-cultural communication skills
    • Experience with strategic planning / communications plan
    • 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 working in a research environment
    • Experience preparing communication plans and deliverables
    • Previous international work / volunteer experience

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)


Overall Goal:
The goal of this placement is to work with CENPHER staff to prepare risk communication resources which will be distributed to the general public in aims of reducing the transmission of illness and disease (both zoonotic and food borne illnesses).

Objectives:

    • To assist CENPHER staff in developing risk communication materials on food safety (biological and chemical hazards, AMR, zoonosis, etc.)
    • To train CENPHER staff to build their risk communications approaches and capacity

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) 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 $1,500 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: Allyson Fradella 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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Communications Specialist - Kenya

Job Title

Communications Specialist

Project

Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)

Country

Kenya

Partner Organization

MERU Dairy Co-operative

Placement Location

The volunteer will be located in Meru, but with travel time to visit districts to collect resources

Duration

1-3 months

Start Date

December 2019 (or as soon as possible)

Pre-Departure Training Dates

VWB covers the full cost of a 2-day pre-departure training session, available once a month.

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements

Essential: 
English

Desirable:

Kisawhili

Volunteer will not need to work with local language translator when working with project staff and partners, however, most working knowledge of Kiswahili is helpful

Academic Qualifications

Essential:

  • College, Bachelors, or Masters-level program - OR WORKING EXPERIENCE - in a relevant field such as: Communications or Journalism in International Development, or; Development Studies, International Relations or Public Health with a strong focus on Communications

Professional Background/Skills

Essential:

  • Some work experience in Communications, journalism, photography, and/or advocacy and dissemination
  • Strong inter-personal skills and the ability to work well as part of a team but also with the ability to work proactively on tasks individually
  • Literacy in Windows-based or MAC-based computer applications
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

Desirable:

  • Previous international work / volunteer experience is considered an asset

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)

Overall Goal:

To increase the capacity of MERU’s communications, particularly by collecting, editing and distributing English-based materials, articles and publications for Africa Bridge. However, the Communications Specialist Volunteer will also assist with collecting information for report writing and proposal development and this will likely entail extensive writing.


Objectives:

  • Coordinate closely with the your local supervisor on raising the profile of MERU
  • Support staff to design, edit, publish and disseminate promotional materials, including the possible development of a quarterly newsletter
  • Flag up important ‘Upcoming Events’ for sharing information and highlighting MERU’s work throughout the country
  • Create and maintain an MERU Donor Directory and profile of various donors with funding allocations
  • Write articles about MERU partner activities to include in MERU promotion materials and associated media
  • Provide assistance with drafting documents, reports, articles, letters or other types of materials as needed
  • Take meeting minutes and participate in workshops, meetings and conferences as deemed necessary
  • Assist and carry out other duties as requested by the Country Director
  • Produce case studies of activites in Tanzania to be used by VWB and MERU
  • Collect beneficary stories and imagery to be used by VWB and MERU

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 two-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 $1,500 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: 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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Communications Specialist - Tanzania

Job Title

Communications Specialist

Project

Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)

Country

Tanzania

Partner Organization

Africa Bridge

Placement Location

The volunteer will be located in Tukuyu, but with travel time to visit districts to collect resources

Duration

1-3 months

Start Date

January 2019 (or as soon as possible)

Pre-Departure Training Dates

VWB covers the full cost of a 2-day pre-departure training session, available once a month.

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements

Essential: 
English

Desirable:

Kisawhili

Volunteer will not need to work with local language translator when working with project staff and partners, however, most working knowledge of Kiswahili is helpful

Academic Qualifications

Essential:

  • College, Bachelors, or Masters-level program - OR WORKING EXPERIENCE - in a relevant field such as: Communications or Journalism in International Development, or; Development Studies, International Relations or Public Health with a strong focus on Communications

Professional Background/Skills

Essential:

  • Some work experience in Communications, journalism, photography, and/or advocacy and dissemination
  • Strong inter-personal skills and the ability to work well as part of a team but also with the ability to work proactively on tasks individually
  • Literacy in Windows-based or MAC-based computer applications
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

Desirable:

  • Previous international work / volunteer experience is considered an asset

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)

Overall Goal:

To increase the capacity of Africa Bridge’s communications, particularly by collecting, editing and distributing English-based materials, articles and publications for Africa Bridge. However, the Communications Specialist Volunteer will also assist with collecting information for report writing and proposal development and this will likely entail extensive writing.


Objectives:

  • Coordinate closely with the Country Director on raising the profile of Africa Bridge
  • Support staff to design, edit, publish and disseminate promotional materials, including the possible development of a quarterly newsletter
  • Flag up important ‘Upcoming Events’ for sharing information and highlighting Africa Bridge’s work throughout the country
  • Create and maintain an Africa Bridge Donor Directory and profile of various donors with funding allocations
  • Write articles about Africa Bridge partner activities to include in Africa Bridge promotion materials and associated media
  • Provide assistance with drafting documents, reports, articles, letters or other types of materials as needed
  • Take meeting minutes and participate in workshops, meetings and conferences as deemed necessary
  • Assist and carry out other duties as requested by the Country Director
  • Produce case studies of activites in Tanzania to be used by VWB and Africa Brige
  • Collect beneficary stories and imagery to be used by VWB and Africa Bridge

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 two-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 $1,500 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: 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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Communications Volunteer (E-Volunteer)

Job Title

Communications Advisor (E-Volunteer)

Project

Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)


Placement Location

Home based

Duration

1-4 months 

Start Date

November 2018 (or as soon as possible)

Pre-Departure Training Dates

N/A

Eligibility Requirements

Open to all

Language Requirements

Essential:
English

Academic Qualifications

Essential:

  • A college or university degree in relevant field OR working experience

Professional Background/Skills

Essential:

  • Experience with social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Demonstrable graphic design skills
  • Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator or other visual design tools
  • Ability to put together vibrant marketing pieces and email communications
  • Excellent visual design skills with sensitivity to user-system interaction
  • Ability to solve problems creatively and effectively

Desirable:

  • 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 produce vibrant social media and infographic materials that highlight the organization’s impact and programming.

Specific Goals:

• Create original content this is vibrate and informative which showcases the organizataions efforts and impact
• Consult with staff to discuss needs/ideas
• Create basic, yet functional website to feature programs, staff, and community impact
• Establish and promote design guidelines, best practices and standards (as needed)

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 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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Communications Specialist

Job Title

Communications Specialist

Project

Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)

Country

Ghana

Partner Organization

SEND-GHANA

Placement Location

The volunteer will be located in Accra, but with travel time outside up to 7 other districts: Kpandai, Chamba, Tatale, Zabzugu, Chereponi, Chinderi, Wulenis

Duration

1-3 months

Start Date

December 2019 (or as soon as possible)

Pre-Departure Training Dates

VWB covers the full cost of a 2-day pre-departure training session, available once a month, or an online session

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements

Essential: 
English

Desirable:

N/A

Volunteer will not need to work with local language translator when working with project staff and partners

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

Academic Qualifications

Essential:

  • Bachelors or Masters-level (or equivalent) program in a relevant field such as: Communications or Journalism in International Development, or; Human Rights, Development Studies, International Relations or Public Health with a strong focus on Communications

Desirable:

  • N/A

Professional Background/Skills

Essential:

  • Some work experience in Communications, journalism and/or advocacy and dissemination
  • Strong inter-personal skills and the ability to work well as part of a team but also with the ability to work proactively on tasks individually
  • Literacy in Windows-based computer applications
  • Excellent (mother tongue or equivalent) English language skills and high-level writing skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Desirable:

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

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)

Overall Goal:

To increase the capacity of HPA’s communications, particularly by collecting, editing and distributing English-based materials, articles and publications for the HPA Laos office. However, the Communications Specialist Volunteer will also assist with collecting information for report writing and proposal development and this will likely entail extensive writing.


Objectives:

  • Coordinate closely with the Country Director on raising the profile of SEND GHANA
  • Support staff to design, edit, publish and disseminate promotional materials, including the possible development of a quarterly newsletter
  • Flag up important ‘Upcoming Events’ for sharing information and highlighting SEND’s work throughout the country
  • Create and maintain an SEND Donor Directory and profile of various donors with funding allocations
  • Write articles about SEND partner activities to include in HPA promotion materials and associated media
  • Provide assistance with drafting documents, reports, articles, letters or other types of materials as needed
  • Take meeting minutes and participate in workshops, meetings and conferences as deemed necessary
  • Assist and carry out other duties as requested by the Country Director
  • Produce case studies of activites in Ghana to be used by VWB and SEND
  • Collect beneficary stories and imagery to be used by VWB and SEND

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 $1,500 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: 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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Farm Management Advisor

Job Title

Farm Management Advisor

Project

Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)

Country

Uganda

Partner Organization

SNV

Placement Location

Mid-sized town

Duration

1 - 3 Months (flexible)

Start Date

September 2018 (or as soon as possible)

Pre-Departure Training Dates

VWB covers the full cost of a 5-day pre-departure training session in Ottawa, or a virtual session.

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements

Essential:
English

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
  • Knowledge of grazing and feed management strategies
  • Knowledge of ecological / environmental impact of grazing/over grazing

Professional Background/Skills

Essential:

  • Experience in dairy farm management
  • Experience with dairy management and cow nutrition
  • 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
  • Previous international work / volunteer experience in developing country

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)

Overall Goal:

To support dairy farmers and implement a successful transition from grazing to zero-grazing feed strategies to increase animal health.

Objectives:

  1. Develop and deliver farm management training to extension officers and local farmers on the benefits of zero grazing, and how to implement it successfully
  2. To provide training to extension officers, local farmers, the partner organisation, and animal health technicians in animal nutrition, feed management, and resource storage (such as cereal bank for dry seasons)
  3. Develop and deliver record keeping and farm training to effectively track grazing patterns and animal health
  4. Provide a training session on best practices for zero grazing, highlighting the benefit for animal health, the environment, and the farmer.

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 $1,500 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: Allyson Fradella 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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Website Designer (E-Volunteer)

Job Title

Website Designer (E-Volunteer)

Project

Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)


Placement Location

Home based

Duration

3-4 Weeks

Start Date

November 2018 (or as soon as possible)

Pre-Departure Training Dates

N/A

Eligibility Requirements

Open to all

Language Requirements

Essential:
English

Academic Qualifications

Essential:

  • A university degree in computer science or other related field/experience.

Desirable:

  • Coursework in website design

Professional Background/Skills

Essential:

  • Experience as a web designer
  • Demonstrable graphic design skills
  • Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator or other visual design and wire-framing tools
  • Proficiency in HTML, CSS, JavaScript or other similar tools
  • Excellent visual design skills with sensitivity to user-system interaction
  • Ability to solve problems creatively and effectively

Desirable:

  • 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 review the current organization’s website and build a new template to better reflect the organization’s needs, programs and impact.

Specific Goals:

• Conceptualize original website design ideas that bring simplicity and user friendliness to complex roadblocks
• Consult with staff to discuss website needs
• Create basic, yet functional website to feature programs, staff, and community impact
• Hold Skype session with staff providing instructions on how to maintain/update website as required
• Establish and promote design guidelines, best practices and standards (as needed)

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 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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Nutrition Advisor

Job Title

Nutrition Advisor

Project

Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)

Country

Lao PDR

Partner Organization

CARE

Placement Location

Dakcheung District, Sekong Province, Luang Namtha Province

Duration

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

Essential:
English

Desirable:

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

Essential:

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

Professional Background/Skills

Essential:

  • 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

Desirable:

  • 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.

Fundraising

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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