Application Closing Date – 21 July 2019
Role overview – Horticulture Research and Development Advisor
You will be working with horticulture research centre in Kabala under Sierra Leone Agriculture Research Institute (SLARI) to strengthen the capacity of the research centre in conducting research on plant propagation and cultivation with the aim of improving plant growth, yields, quality, nutritional value, and resistance to insects, diseases, and environmental stresses; development and use of appropriate technologies and value chain adaptable in local context by farmers
Skills, qualifications and experience
To be successful in the role you will need; A Masters or Bachelor’s degree in horticulture and landscape management with at least 3-4 years of experience in horticulture research and programming, working with research institute and farmers; development and use of appropriate technology in horticulture, knowledge of low-cost greenhouse technology etc. – Experience in horticulture research project management, M&E and reporting systems – Experience in mentoring, coaching and training of staff on technical skills – Demonstrated experience of developing effective working relationships with senior stakeholders from government agencies, international organisations, donors, NGO, academics and opinion-leaders, including successful advocacy and influencing. – Demonstrated effectiveness in project management, reporting and donor compliance – Excellent communication and facilitation skills, including fluency in written and spoken English and strong inter-personal and advisory skills.
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
VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.
As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full-time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in the country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.
VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which mean accommodation varies and will be basic.