Bio-Intensive Farming Specialist

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) with advanced French proficiency and a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, agro-pastoralism, agroforestry, agroecology, environmental studies, or a related field, is needed to assist the staff of Le Groupe Chrétien de Recherche Action pour la Promotion Humaine (GRAPHE), a local NGO in Togo’s Maritime Region. Primary activities will be capacity-building and the development and updating of best practice manuals and SOPs while providing training agricultural extension agents who primarily work with rice farmers. As Togo’s agricultural sector develops to provide a more sustainable income for local families, this NGO is expanding technological advances in sustainable rice production to communities in the Maritime Region.

The PCRV will collaborate and work with GRAPHE leadership and agricultural extension agents dedicated to training and promoting System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and Bio-Intensive Gardening (BIG) technology to rice farmers and gardeners with a major goal being increased crop cultivation. To ensure continuity and sustainability, the PCRV will transfer all project activities to GRAPHE leadership and Agricultural Extension Agents.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of uncertainties relating to Peace Corps and local partners resuming volunteer operations. Invitees will be arriving in Togo together as a group. While the whole group's departure dates could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Le Groupe Chrétien de Recherche Action pour la Promotion humaine (GRAPHE)

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 Agriculture, Agro-pastoralism, Agroforestry, Agroecology, environmental studies or related field
• Experience in writing/reviewing best practice manuals and standard operating procedures
• Knowledge of organic farming and natural resource management
• Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
• Advanced French (Reading, Speaking and Writing)

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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