Volunteer Opportunity posted by: VSO
Posted on: October 2, 2013
Ranked 128 out of 177 countries by the International Human Development Index (HDI) 2011, Kenya suffers from widespread unemployment and persistent poverty. In response to this, the Kenyan government is currently engaged in an ambitious effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. Help Self Help Centre (HSHC) is a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) aimed at enhancing the living standards of people in the Mt Kenya region. Their goal is to boost commercial production among the smallholder farmers and to accompany them in the ongoing search for better markets.
Working with Help Self Help Centre's (HSHC) Marketing and Value Chain Development Manager you'll build relationships with suppliers and customers, as well as ensuring products are profitable. To do this you will:
You'll be a qualified food technologist with at least 3 to 5 years experience. You'll have a degree level qualification in food science or food technology and ideally a post-graduate qualification in either. You should have a background or interest in working with non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Experience in branding is also advantageous. You'll be flexible and demonstrate adaptability to the local culture and environment, as well as being respectful of the organisational culture. In addition you'll be required to learn how to ride a motorbike.
We'll ask you to commit to at least 6 months to make a sustainable contribution to our development goals. In return, we'll provide you with extensive training before your placement (including motorbike training), and our financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights and accommodation. When you return to your home country, we'll support you to resettle.
To find out more about volunteering with VSO and to apply please visit our website and please use the following reference K2057/0003/0001 in your application. On average it takes a minimum of 4 months to go through the application process.