Agriculture Research Specialist

Project Description

The Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS) at Tribhuwan University in Nepal has requested the support of Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) to serve as Agriculture Research Specialists. IAAS aims to improve the ratio of agriculture technicians to farmers in Nepal by training human resources in agriculture and allied disciplines, and to promote research, development, and technology dissemination in agriculture. IAAS has identified a need for support in strengthening agriculture-based research capabilities of faculty members, lab persons and the students.

The PCRVs will support the faculty members and students in developing standard Research Protocols and provide on-site mentoring and coaching to students undertaking field-based agriculture research. Each PCRV will work closely with the assigned faculty counterparts in co-designing research-based curriculum and lesson plans, and co-facilitating classroom and field-based sessions on research practicum. The overall goal of this assignment is to to collaborate on enhancing the capacity of IAAS-affiliated agriculture campuses in producing skilled human resources for the expansion of agriculture extension services to rural communities.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Nepal together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Tribhuwan University

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Bachelor’s degree in any relevant field, such as agriculture, animal science, agriculture economics, statistics, research, sociology, or agriculture extension
• At least 2 years’ experience in research assistance, including the use of different statistical tools
• Strong coordination and community integration skills
• Demonstrated ability to live and work in a multi-cultural setting
• Excellent people skills with demonstrated flexibility and patience

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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Medical Considerations

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