ACDI/VOCA

Tajikistan- Fruit Orchard Management, Zohir Dehkan

Location Tajikistan-Dushanbe
Type
Short-term
Length of Assignment
1 week
Assignment Number
TJK-2014-036
Project Name
Farmer to Farmer

Overview

ACDI/VOCA is currently seeking a Fruit Orchard Specialist for an upcoming volunteer assignment in Tajikistan. Local farmers are requesting volunteer assistance to improve their care for their 3 year old trees of sweet cherries, apricot, plum, peach, almond, persimmon and walnuts. They are particularly interested in guidance on budding, grafting and pruning.

Due to current travel restrictions, this assignment will take place remotely. The selected volunteer will collaborate with a local volunteer who will provide hands on training to the host farmers. The selected volunteer will work with the host farmers, the local volunteer and ACDI/VOCA field staff using popular online methods. The assignment will last for approximately 1 week for the selected volunteer, spread over 2 weeks when the local volunteer will be working with the host community. 

***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.***

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the local volunteer to create trainings or video webinars on new tree growth, fruit tree pruning as well as grafting and budding.
  • Share training materials/handouts on pest management and disease control
  • Be available for frequent video calls for Q&A sessions
  • Contribute to the end of assignment Final Report

Qualifications

Volunteer Qualifications:

  • University degree in Agronomy or some other related topic.
  • At least 5 years of experience managing fruit trees.
  • Experience training small groups.
  • Proficient computer and social media skills including Zoom, MS Teams, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc. 

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