Policy Adviser

Closing Date: 21 February 2023

Category: Agriculture & Horticultural Sustainability

Change your scene and become a VSA Volunteer and share your experience, knowledge, and skills to transform the lives of many. Work with our partner organisation to create a fair future for all.

VSA will organise and fund, flights, visas, insurance, accommodation, living allowance and utilities while on assignment. 

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. 
Please note VSA Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident. 

Experience Volunteering in Samoa!
Talofa Lava! Get to know an incredibly hospitable community with the brightest smiles! Relax on the beach with amazing fresh seafood at the end of the day. 

Our Partner Organisation - Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) is the principal organisation providing regulatory and technical advice, training, and support for subsistence and commercial farmers, agri-processors, and exporters. With a vision towards self-sufficiency in food and increasing income generation in Samoan farming, the Ministry's long terms goals include improved food security, improved commercial development and sustainable agricultural production. 

The Assignment 

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has identified the need for support in the identification of policy issues and the formulation of evidence-based policies to guide and support the development of the agriculture and fisheries sector and in the developing of specific sub-sector policies (e.g. crops, livestock and fisheries). The provision of a volunteer for this assignment will help enable better understanding and bigger confidence of the staff members in developing policies/strategies relevant to sector. Currently, in-country trainings on policy areas coordinated by the Samoa Public Service Commission are insufficient to build capacity for the Policy and Planning staff of MAF. Therefore, hands-on application and guidance on how-to is required to actively build the capabilities of the staff.
The Volunteer 
Are you someone who wants to make a difference, have a sense of adventure and like the challenge of being outside your comfort zone?  VSA Volunteers are technical experts who impart their skills and knowledge to the local community.  You will need to be flexible, adaptable, resourceful, resilient with a passion for Aotearoa and the wider Pacific community. 
We're looking for a volunteer with the following: 
  • A degree in Agriculture, Agribusiness, Economics or a related field
  • Proven experience in reviewing, analysingand developing agricultural policies
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake research and provide recommendations to develop/support policies for agricultural development)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Apply Now! 
Apply for this amazing opportunity through our website. For more information on this assignment, email volunteer@vsa.org.nz. 
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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Full-time volunteer opportunity in beautiful Samoa!
  • Flights, accommodation and other expenses covered by VSA
  • Support Samoa's farming and agri-business goals

VSA covers flights, accommodation, insurance and some expenses. A living allowance is also provided.