Organisational Development Advisor

Closing Date: 01 December 2021

Category: Agriculture & Horticultural Sustainability

The Partner Organisations
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry’s (MAFF) vision and priorities are to pursue development activities that maximise the contribution of the agriculture sector towards sustainable economic growth and food security.  MAFF’s addresses these issues through four work programmes: Climate Resilient Environment; Enabling Environment; Sustainable Livelihoods and Healthy Foods; Sustainable Growth and Foreign Exchange Earnings.
MAFF is in a working partnership with the Vanilla Growers Association of Vavaú (VGA).  The VGA’s purpose is to develop a sustainable vanilla industry that minimises the risks for growers by securing profitable markets for generations of vanilla growers to come. VGA focuses on the long-term viability, growth, development and sustainability of the vanilla industry in Vava’u, supporting and encouraging vanilla growers to continually improve their vanilla plantation

The Assignment
Following several years without vanilla production, the VGA has lost momentum and direction but is working hard to resume its activities. A key challenge to the stability of the Association is its organisational systems and processes and building the capacity of staff to address certification/compliance (Fairtrade) requirements and to manage record keeping.
A VSA volunteer will work alongside the VGA staff to assist them to manage the requirements of Fairtrade certification (compliance-based documents), and the day-to-day running of the organisation. Key capacity improvement activities for the manager include:
  • Improving computer literacy
  • Improving understanding of the requirements of certification
  • Improving financial record keeping
  • Record keeping and database management
This assignment forms part of a wider VSA commitment to supporting vanilla production in Vava’u, alongside the Tonga Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research, and the New Zealand Aid Programme’s Vanilla Project

The Volunteer

We are looking for a volunteer who has:
  • Experience developing operational policies and processes
  • Organisational development experience
  • Strong communication, administration, and organisational skills
  • Experience mentoring and training staff
  • High attention to detail and accuracy
  • Able to work from home and utilise appropriate technology to engage with our partner organisation. 
Knowledge of supply chains and export requirements is desirable
About volunteering with VSA

VSA is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. We provide skilled Kiwi volunteers to support organisations in the Pacific and beyond through capacity building, both in country and virtually.

E-volunteers will receive a monthly honorarium to help cover the costs associated with undertaking the assignment.

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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Volunteer from the comfort of your own home
  • Part time
  • Flexible hours