National Volunteer-Agroecology and Livelihoods Coordinator (Surkhet)

VSO Nepal

VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. Our extraordinary volunteers live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. Sharing their…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Surkhet
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 1+ Years
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    Job Qualification : Bachelor
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    Posted Date : Sep 16, 2022

Job Description

National Volunteer-Agroecology and Livelihoods Coordinator (Surkhet)

Volunteer Job

Surkhet, Nepal

Working at project location

VSO Nepal

About VSO

VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. At VSO we pride ourselves on doing development differently. We fight poverty not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to create long-lasting change in some of the world’s poorest regions. We bring key stakeholders together to co-ordinate collective action, from local organisations to national governments. Our programmes in Africa and Asia focus on health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience, peace building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change that will improve the lives of generations to come.

Mode of Delivery overview

Working at project location – In this role, you will provide on-site support in the project location and/or VSO office, (full-time unless otherwise specified) for a set period of time.

Role overview

National Volunteer-Livelihoods and Agro-Ecology will work closely with the ACTIVE team and partners team to facilitate the implementation of Agroecology and livelihoods interventions under Active Citizens through Inclusive Volunteering and Empowerment (ACTIVE Program).

Specifically, this role is focused on promoting resilient livelihoods and agro-ecological practices in the farmer groups, mother groups in identified municipalities in Madhesh and Karnali Province. It includes supporting partner organizations in planning the activities, coordinating with farmer groups, mother groups and other local level stakeholders and providing advisory oversight in the designing and implementation of livelihoods and agro-ecological practices.

Required Qualification & Experience

Skills, qualifications and experience required

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Essential criteria (must have to be able to carry out the role successfully)


  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in agriculture/ environment science/ Forestry with at least one-year proven experience of promotion of agro-ecological livelihoods practices for the marginalized farmers including women farmers.


  • Previous experience of working on promotion of agro-ecological livelihoods practices for the marginalized farmers including women farmers.


  • Facilitation of capacity-building events on Agro-ecology and inclusive livelihoods Networking with local government authorities
  • Coordination with stakeholders, line agencies and partner organization
  • Report writing, financial management and planning.
  • Desirable Criteria: (skills that could be an advantage in the role)


  • Capacity building of farmer groups and coordination/linkages with local government.


  • Previous experience of livelihoods, agro based climate resilient practices.
  • Previous experience of working in supporting local government and groups in group strengthening and implementation of agro value chain systems.

Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

  • Ability to be open minded and respectful
  • Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
  • Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
  • Ability to seek and share knowledge


As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.


VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

Some background about VSO

Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

How to Apply

Once you’re ready to apply, click on ‘make an application’ below to complete the online form.

Application closing date: 22 Sep 2022

Interview/Assessment date(s): as soon as possible

Start date: as soon as possible

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