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Job Number:  41808
Coffee Value Chain Advisor
Job Posted: Friday, 9 February 2018
Closing Date: Friday, 16 March 2018
(65 days ago)
Region: International Type: Contract - Full time
Location: LAOS Salary: 1400 per month

Job Title

Coffee Value Chain Advisor


Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)



Partner Organization


Placement Location

Dakcheung District, Sekong Province


12 months

Start Date

March 15, 2018 (or as soon as possible)

Pre-Departure Training Dates

VWB covers the full cost of a 5-day pre-departure training session, available once a month: March 2-6/ April 13-17 / April 20-24

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements




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


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics or equivalent and/or minimum 4-5 year relevant work experience, preferably in coffee value chain development activities for an International Non-Government Organisation (INGO)

Professional Background/Skills


  • Demonstrated high level organizational and time management skills, including the ability to plan and manage workflows and balance competing priorities to ensure timely processing to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated strong leadership, decision making, problem solving, planning, analytical and influencing skills
  • Representational skills including developing networks and relationships with key stakeholders
  • Fully conversant in Microsoft Office with knowledge in Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel


  • 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 Coffee Value Chain Capacity Development Volunteer will provide capacity development to project staff and governmental counterparts from the District Agriculture and Forestry Office related to the development, implementation and evaluation of value chain development activities (e.g. coffee value chain analysis and upgrading, supporting coffee producer groups, market information and linkages, private sector engagement).



1. Strategy and Leadership:

  • In cooperation with Senior Managers promote organizational cohesion and learning through coordination and information sharing with staff

2. Program Implementation and Quality Assurance:

  • Provide technical input for activity design, implementation, and monitoring
  • Support the team in development and implementation of strategies to establish sustainable markets for coffee value chain commodities
  • Support the team to facilitate market assessments and other activities linking producer groups to markets, identify key constraints and opportunities in the coffee market and identify leverage points
  • Strengthening business relations between traders, farmer producers and processors through project activities aimed at building understanding and capacity among these groups and building trust between parties
  • Support the team in design, develop and implement project activities that will improve cost competitiveness and quality standards and create market opportunities for coffee value chain products
  • Participate in the project strategic planning sessions and contribute to the development of annual work plans and budget
  • Request and clear all field cash advances in a timely fashion in accordance with finance policies and procedures.

3. Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

  • Support team in field assessments
  • Provide input on how to improve the project based on lessons learned, best practices, technical advances
  • Joint implementation of all monitoring and evaluation activities
  • Identify training needs for staff and counterparts
  • Participate in learning and reporting workshops with the program team as required
  • Input into and development of high quality reports and case studies that illustrate program progress as required

4. Capacity Building and Coordination:

  • Regularly update with Project Manager on all activities, coordination and issues relating to the project
  • Ensure participation and information exchange with partner agencies as required
  • Understand the broader issues in the district and their impacts on the project
  • Actively participate in the Program Steering Committee (PSC) meetings
  • Provide trainings to partners and in-country networks in relevant topics (e.g. value chain analysis, market assessments, market information system etc.)

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 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/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: Monique Charron . If you need more information, please contact Volunteer Program Manager Kristen Rodrigues at .

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.

How to Apply:
Please mention you saw this posting on WorkInNonProfits.ca.
Please send your resume to
Contact Details:
Allyson Fradella

Tel: 6138570521
www:   www.vetswithoutborders.ca/coffee-value-chain-advisor

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