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Organization Name: Gardens for Health International
Placement location: Ndera, Rwanda
Eligible Citizenship: Rwandan

About: Gardens for Health International (GHI) works in Rwanda to provide lasting agricultural solutions to chronic malnutrition by:

  • Partnering with health centers to integrate agriculture and comprehensive health education into the treatment of malnutrition
  • Advocating for policies and programs that include nutrition-focused agriculture in the treatment of malnutrition
  • Providing technical assistance to partners interested in adapting our model and methodology for their communities

We currently work in 8 partner health centers, helping 960 families each year to break the cycle of malnutrition and providing an average of 4,800 children the healthy food they need to grow and thrive. Our unique approach combines targeted agricultural assistance, comprehensive health education, and regular home visits, to ensure that families receive the resources, education, and support to keep their children healthy over the long term.

Our work is having a tangible impact on the families we serve: one year after enrolling in our program, 71% of children are at a healthy weight. Not only are children getting healthier, but the consumption patterns of entire families are changing. 88% of families report that they are now eating 4 or more types of food each day – food that grew in their own gardens.

Position Overview: The Agriculture Fellow will oversee the provision of quality seeds, tree seedlings and livestock to the families that Gardens for Health supports. The main objective of this position will be to ensure the timely delivery of quality seed and livestock and to assess and trial different crop varieties.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee local seed and seedling multiplication sites, including on-farm trials
  • Coordinate the transport and distribution of inputs
  • Develop feedback loops to assess quality of inputs
  • Lead field trials to assess the impact of different inputs in the home garden package
  • Establish connections with local suppliers
  • Provide agriculture training to staff

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Background and education in agriculture
  • Fluency in Kinyarwanda
  • Excellent English and French
  • Ability to identify and troubleshoot planting material and livestock quality
  • Capacity to work independently and collaboratively
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Patience, flexibility, resiliency, and community spirit
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Horticultural experience in seed multiplication and nursery stock production

Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $650/month. Fellows will receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included, including $600 in professional development funds.

*Note: the living stipend and completion award may be paid out in USD or local currency, as determined by the placement organization.

To apply to this position click here: http://ghcorps.org/fellows/apply/application/