Development in Gardening (DIG) is seeking dynamic and forward-thinking individuals as well as current and/or recent graduates to volunteer with our Kenya Team in Nyanza Province, Kenya. DIG is looking for individuals with various skill sets and expertise to work alongside our East African Coordinator and Kenya Team in the following key areas.
- Nutrition Expertise – Working with DIG Team to incorporate nutrition messages and activities using the life cycle approach in all our programs, with a special emphasis on undernourished children under 5 year olds, PLHIV, pregnant and nursing women, women and children with anemia, postnatal women and other nutritionally vulnerable groups.
- Monitoring and Evaluation – Working with DIG Team to review and analyze baseline, midline, endline surveys and as assist with developing/refining other data collection tools.
- Post Harvest Issues – Identify major challenges and look for innovative solutions with DIG Farmers around post harvest storage, with a special emphasis on horticulture crops.
- Communications/Journalism – Identify key communication messaging for in-country program around organic produce and nutrition as well as capturing success stories from the field.
- Contribute to the short and long term development and implementation of our Kenya Programs.
- Propose new innovative program ideas to advance DIG’s mission and contribute to organizational knowledge.
- Track and analyze program data from our farmers to collaborate with DIG staff around making evidence-based program decisions.
- Learn and experience how a household farm functions and impacts smallholder famers’ and their families in rural Kenya.
- Familiarize him or herself with native crops and trees, pests, and growing techniques appropriate for sustainable tropical agriculture.
- Work closely with DIG Executive Staff to support grant writing and reporting processes as well as engaging in meaningful social media and dialogue with donors.
- Vision: You share our belief that we see communities that are healthy and resilient working together to preserve and protect their environment.
- Relevant Work Experience: You are in pursuit of a bachelor’s level of education and have notable experience in the field of agriculture, nutrition or communications at a minimum. Experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa or in remote setting would be an added advantage as would a person persuing a higher degree.
- Social and Emotional Intelligence: You have a demonstrated ability to work with others across cultures and backgrounds with respect and collegiality.
- Alignment with our Core Values: Your work style is grounded in a sense of collaboration and mutual respect, and you operate from a place of compassion and empathy for your colleagues and with the families we serve.
- Flexibility: You can adapt and think positively in difficult situations.
Your Location: You will be based in Rodi Kopany, Western Kenya, about 20 minutes outside Homa Bay. A private room in DIG staff housing can be provided.
Duration:Looking for Volunteers willing to stay a minimum of 2 and as long as 6 months with placements starting as early as summer or fall 2017.
What we will provide: We will provide logistical and in-kind support.