Project Proposal Developer - Sand Dams/Subsurface Dams (E-Volunteer)
Online placement (E-Volunteer)
Partner Location Ethiopia
Start Date Nov - Dec 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 4 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Cuso International’s e-volunteering program welcomes new and returning volunteers to work with our international program partners and volunteers remotely. E-Volunteering offers many of the benefits gained from international volunteering, while having the extra advantage of fitting into one's regular weekly schedule without needing a passport. Contributing and giving back to a community, gaining new skills, and making new connections are common benefits of e-volunteering and for Cuso International it is a great opportunity to engage more people in its mission.
E-Volunteers are expected to supply their own basic home office equipment, Internet and have a moderate knowledge of computer technology. Some of our partners are located in remote areas with unreliable internet connection. In addition, for some of our partners, this is their first experience working with e-volunteers, so flexibility and patience is a valuable e-volunteer characteristic.
E-Volunteers spend approximately 3-4 months in a placement and spend 2-10 hours per week working as an e-volunteer depending on the project requirements.
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The E-Volunteer’s Role
We are currently seeking a skilled project proposal developer to help our partners to expand the sand dam/subsurface dam centered approach and establish a viable sustainable and scalable model.
As an e-volunteer you will coordinate and develop a proposal on Sand Dams/Subsurface Dam Centered Agricultural Development Models in the rural communities.
Your role as an e-volunteer:
- Draft a plan for the project proposal development process
- Guide and coordinate with the team in Harar in collecting the essential information and data for the project proposal
- Monitor the project the relevance of the project ideas and proposed interventions to the real problems the communities facing
- Monitor the sustainability and scalability and affordability of the interventions
- Check the potential economic, environmental and social impact of the project
- Check the project proposal was approved by authorities of EHZAD & HRADO
Essential Academic Qualifications:
-A post-graduate degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Natural Resources or Environment.
Essential Professional Background:
-Highly experienced in project development specially in smallholder, subsistence farming systems preferably in Africa.
-Experienced in agricultural rural development work (preferably in Africa).
-Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
-Experienced in project management.
-Ability to plan, study, design and construct irrigation schemes such as dam, weir and similar irrigation agricultural structures.
-Experience with surface, sub-surface and ground water potential identification and analysis.
-Adequate experience in integrated and participatory agricultural development approach.
-Knowledge of basic engineering software and its application knowledge, such as AutoCAD civil 3D, GIS, etc.
-Knowledge and ability in hydraulic and agricultural infrastructure modeling and simulation software and programs manipulation.
About Our Partner
Eastern Hararge Zone Agricultural Development Office (EHZADO) and Harari Region Agricultural Development Office (HRADO)
EHZAD & HRADO are working in an area where communities in both areas have the similar agro-climatic and sociocultural characteristics, despite the fact that a large portion of the population in Harari regional state are composed of urban dwellers from the town of Harar.
Currently the EHZAD & HRADO are working to conduct a technical study in three potential project sites within the territories of Harari regional state and Eastern Hararge zone, within 25 km radius of the town of Harar. In order to expand the sand dam/subsurface dam centered approach and establish a viable sustainable and scalable model, EHZAD & HRADO have requested Cuso International for a partnership in developing a project proposal.