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Sustainable Rice Production (SRP) and AC Coordination

Type of role:Agriculture and natural resources
Location:Battambang, Cambodia
Contract type:Consultant Agreement
Contract length:5 months
Full Time:40 hours per week
Interview date:ASAP
Start date:ASAP

VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. Our extraordinary volunteers live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. Sharing their unique skills and experience to generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities they work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview

To lead high quality delivery of the SRP component within VSO resilient signature programme implementation, with a focus on: partnership building and rice value chains facilitating shared understanding of the wide-reaching benefits of SRP; facilitating better access to improved inputs,technology, knowledge and markets; developing stronger linkages between market actors and delivering a high quality and context specific training to boosting rice export sustainable, and high-quality rice products

Skills, qualifications and experience

Education & Qualifications & Experience:
- Bachelor degree in agriculture required, preferably with specialization in agribusiness, Agricultural Economics or Rural Development
- At least 3-4 years’ experience on applied research, community development and value chains
Knowledge & Skill:
- Strong knowledge of the stakeholders in the agricultural sector especially the rice sector
- Demonstrated technical knowledge and understanding about SRP and its benefits
- Confident trainer and facilitator and understanding of participatory approaches
- Strong interpersonal, communication and network skills
- High level of demonstrated competency in developing and implementing effective strategies, business plans and budget management
- Demonstrated ability to nature and/or build effective partnerships with different partners
- Results-oriented with the ability to deliver high targets and meet deadlines
- Proven ability to work in a cross-cultural and multidisciplinary environment
- Fluency in English and Khmer essential
- Computer literate with additional expertise in statistical or other similar software is desirable
- Use of ICT in value chains
- Ability to organize farmers into business organizations, including linking them to markets
Personality Characteristics
- Ability to work effectively with a wide range of partners in the commercial sector, farmers, research organization and government
- Ability to work in a team or independently as necessary
- Capacity to handle a demanding workload, including considerable travel remote area
- Entrepreneurial and business-minded approach to development
- Strong analytical mind and willingness to learn
- A passion for international development and end-product focus
- Ability to motivate team members, build effective teams and encourage individual development and growth
- Ability to work both persuasively and diplomatically in a team-based environment with a high degree of complexity and ambiguity
- Ability to be open-minded and respectful
- Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
- Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
- Ability to seek and share knowledge
Competencies and Behaviour:
At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:
• Ability to be open-minded and respectful
• Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
• Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
• Ability to seek and share knowledge
Equal Opportunities:
VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.

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