The Peace Corps Volunteer program is often called life-defining by the more than 235,000 Americans who have served. Get the chance to fully integrate into a host country community, where you will live and work on projects ranging from education to business development. Peace Corps Response sends experienced professionals to undertake short-term, high-impact service assignments in communities around the world. Bring valuable skills and experiences to projects in places where they are needed most.
Ethiopia is an ancient land, known for its coffee, rock hewn churches and rugged landscape. The Peace Corps program was re-established in Ethiopia in 2007 and since then Volunteers have been working with the Ethiopian people on various initiatives. One priority is combatting food insecurity; Volunteers serve as Agriculture and Nutritional Development Workers to help address widespread nutrition challenges through the Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture program.
As an Agriculture and Nutrition Development Worker you will be assigned to a farmers’ training center located in a small town ranging from 500-2,000 inhabitants. Assisting local partners, you will work directly with smallholder farming families to increase the availability of diverse and nutritious foods.
To do this, you might undertake any of the following tasks:
• Organizing technical trainings on: home gardens, building chicken coops, management of stock, building transitional bee hives, bee colony management, and food diversification
• Building demonstration gardens using bio-intensive gardening techniques, including: composting, fencing, water management, plant nursery, bed construction, and organic soil amendments
• Constructing poultry demonstrations promoting improvements in nutrition, sanitation, and management of stock
• Establishing beehive demonstrations promoting best practices for maintaining sustainable bee colonies
• Organizing and delivering nutrition lessons paired with cooking demonstrations, using locally available and affordable foods, including the home garden produce, poultry, and honey
• Facilitating agriculture club at local schools and/or creating school gardens
To do this, you will spend a substantial amount of time in the field working directly with farmers. In the early stages of your service, you may work directly with a local Development Agent one or more days a week at their office and in the field. Later, as you become more comfortable in your community and your language skills improve, you will spend the majority of your time in the field with the farming families. This is a hands-on assignment where you will be working directly with at least five farming families to help them establish and/or improve diverse garden production, adopt new or improved small animal husbandry practices, and increase consumption of more diverse and nutritious foods.
Along with your primary work assignment, you are encouraged to be involved with school clubs, youth camps, sports, and other extracurricular activities that are of interest to both you and your community.
In addition, Peace Corps Ethiopia prioritizes gender awareness, girls’ education and empowerment. During your service, you are highly encouraged to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency in all your activities, as contextually appropriate.
You will learn all the skills and knowledge you need to accomplish these tasks during Pre-Service Training (PST). This is a 12-week-long intensive training period where you will live with a local family and be trained on technical, cross-cultural, language, medical, and safety and security aspects within the rural Ethiopian context. Once you have demonstrated your proficiency in these areas, you will be sworn in as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
Serving in Ethiopia’s Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture project is the quintessential Peace Corps experience and
an excellent opportunity for you to gain hands-on experience in a variety of areas including community organizing, leadership, inter-cultural communication, problem solving, behavior change, food security and international development. Using the skills you have, and the ones you develop in country, you can have a significant impact on your community.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Relocation allowance (if applicable), Stipend, Training
Subject to criminal background check