Join the Australian Volunteers Program, Volunteer Soils Agronomist in Savannakhet, Lao PDR

January 23, 2020

 Call for Expressions of Interest

Volunteer Soils Agronomist  –  Savannakhet,  Lao PDR
Early 2020 for up to 12 months

The Crawford Fund in association with the Australian Volunteers Program are calling for expressions of interest for an agronomist as part of the Crawford Fund Capacity Building Program in Lao PDR. The objective is to improve soil and crop management for increased productivity and reduce labour requirements in subsistence farming systems. The Crawford Fund has been working in partnership with the Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry since 2009. The volunteer will be assigned to the Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office in Savannakhet. The aims are to work with farmers and advisers to improve soil condition and crop production by: a) demonstrating in-field best management practices, b) preparing field extension and training resources, and c) training farmers and advisers.

Current volunteers, Stephen Lang and Matt Champness with Deirdre Lemerle

The Australian Volunteers Program is an Australian Government initiative that supports Australians to contribute to sustainable development across our region. Volunteers are supported with return airfares, visas, living allowances, language support and more. The program has partnered with the Crawford Fund to support its work in Lao PDR.

The volunteers are supported by the Australian Volunteers Program in-country team, and Crawford mentors. The Crawford Fund will provide technical and scientific support both through in-country visits and online forums. The Crawford Fund also provides some financial support for laboratory and field work, and extension activities.

This is a challenging, yet rewarding assignment for individuals wishing to enhance their professional development while contributing to rural development in the Lao PDR. If you are interested in this assignment please send an Expression of Interest (up to one page) and a CV to Dr Deirdre Lemerle, deirdre.lemerle@gmail.com by 23 February 2020. Phone enquiries to 0419816267.

Minimum Qualification: Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia, U/G Degree in Agriculture, or equivalent qualification, and experience in crop production systems.