Location: Mont Rolland, Thiès
Assignment Number: SEN278
Volunteers Requested: 1
Winrock International requests the support of a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer for a 20-day volunteer assignment (including travel) located in Mont Rolland, Thiès, Senegal. The volunteer will briefly introduce the institutional assessment process (why are institutional assessments important, how to conduct assessments, who to involve in assessments, etc.) and conduct a rapid assessment of the Mont Rolland Vocational Training Center using Winrock’s Agriculture Education and Training (AET) Organizational Capacity Index. The volunteer and the center’s staff will work closely to articulate their strategy, policies, and their aim to connect with partner support. The center would benefit from an external assessment and briefing in self-assessment and self-improvement.
The AET institutional assessment process enables Winrock and the center to identify strengths and weaknesses towards a goal of creating stronger, sustainable, market-oriented an institution that effectively prepares the next generation of agriculturalists. The institutional assessments become a foundation for institutional action plans and follow up F2F support.
Then, the volunteer will build the capacity of the Mont Rolland Vocational Training Center’s trainers to train students on agricultural enterprise development to strengthen and open opportunities within the center and prepare the students for the job market and/or start their own agricultural enterprises. Expected training topics include experiential learning, incorporating entrepreneurship as part of competency-based education, resource identification, market research, financial management, and record-keeping, student management, and marketing
A School-Based Agricultural
Enterprise is a student-led productive activity that provides a product or
service for the school or the community. Sometimes it constitutes a course
independent of the academic curriculum; other times it serves as a generator the theme for the entire curriculum. School-Based Agricultural Enterprises are
important for several reasons: they provide relevance, context, and
concreteness to abstract material learned in the classroom; they supply a
product or service that is lacking in the school or community; they challenge the
individualized nature of modern education by engaging students in a cooperative
endeavor; it increases students’ awareness of the connections between work and
community well-being; they enable students to take pride in their work, and it
allows students to develop confidence in their leadership capabilities.
The volunteer will work with the centers’ staff and trainers on ideas, design, and management of school-based agricultural enterprises for establishing income-generating activities for the school and better matching school curriculum and training a student on skills and competencies related to market demands. With F2F training, the trainers will be able to develop their students’ confidence in their leadership capabilities, management, and marketing skills to be able to become successful entrepreneurs after graduation. The school-based enterprise will give the students the opportunity to perform activities of production and management as if they were in the real market.
The volunteer should have the following qualifications and background:
***As part of the Farmer-to-Farmer Consortium, this assignment is made possible through USAID funding. In accordance to USAID guidelines, any candidates submitted for consideration under this project must have a valid US passport or Green Card.***