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Cuso International - Community Development And Food Security Advisor - Volunteer in Ethiopia

Chiro, Ethiopia

On January 31, 2018

Start Date Feb - Apr 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement 9 Months

The Volunteer’s Role

The Growing Nutrition for Mothers and Children (GROW) project in Ethiopia is an initiative to address undernutrition in women of reproductive age and children under five years of age. GROW project is a partnership among CARE Canada, Cuso International and McGill University. In Ethiopia, the project will be implemented in East and West Hararghe Administrative Zones of Oromia Regional State and in Gewane and Argoba Special Woredas of Afar Regional States. The implementation of the project is led by CARE Ethiopia in close partnership with the Government of Ethiopia Ministry of Health, Regional Health Bureaus of Oromia and Afar Regional States. Cuso International Head Quarter and the Ethiopia Country Program Office will involve in deploying volunteers to strengthen the institutional and community nutrition capacity of the different sectors engaged in the implementation of GROW project in the respective targeted zonal and district administrative areas.

Funded by Global Affairs of Canada, the project has three intermediate outcomes

  • Improve nutrition practices and services for women of reproductive age and boys and girls under five years
  • Improve nutrition-sensitive practise for women of reproductive age and boys and girls under five years
  • Strengthen governance of gender-sensitive nutrition programs and approaches at the Federal, Regional, Zonal and district level

The overall purpose of this placement is to strengthen the community level livelihood, food security and nutrition service provision in West Hararghe Zone (WHZ) through capacity building and system strengthening in West Hararghe Government Sectors and community based organisations who are working with the Zonal Nutrition Coordination committee by assigning international volunteer in OBU, which is a public university responsible for promoting problem-solving action researches and delivering coordinate community outreach activities in WHZ Administrative areas.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Assist the assessment of the main household livelihoods particularly the food security mechanisms
  • Support the capacity building activities for livelihood and food security programing for Zonal, District and Kebele level development workers
  • Assist the design and implementation of household level variety food production interventions
  • Support OBU in designing relevant community development interventions with emphasis of food security and livelihood diversification

Essential Academic Qualifications:

  • MSs. / MA degree in the following fields of study:
  • Development Studies / Community Development,
  • Rural Development / Agricultural Economics / Community Nutrition or social scineces or related areas

Essential Professional Background:

  • Minimum of two years work experience in designing community development interventions;
  • Demonstrated work experience in capacity development of agriculture and food security and experience in household livelihood and food security assessments are assets

Support Package

  • Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
  • Accommodation while in placement
  • Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
  • Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
  • Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
  • Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
  • Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
  • Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
  • Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months

To Apply: