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IICA Canada -Technical Cooperation Specialist

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) is a specialized institute of the Organization of American States. Canada has been a member since 1972.

IICA has 34 Offices in the Americas and has maintained an Office in Canada for close to 30 years. The primary mission of the Canada Office is to promote mutually beneficial initiatives between Canadians with other member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Through a series of two-year secondment agreements with AAFC and CFIA, IICA Canada has been assisting with the professional development of Canadians in agriculture interested in international development.  Serving as Technical Cooperation Specialist for IICA in Canada, these professionals design and deliver a program of technical cooperation activities including organizing and supporting events, professional expertise exchanges and a research and internship assistance program, all the while gaining invaluable hands-on experience with government, academic and private sector agriculture organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Activities may be diverse and are dependent on technical priority themes of the Medium Term Plan of the overall institute as well as those of the Canadian government. These include  Agricultural Health and Food Safety,  Technological Innovation, Agri-Business and Commercialization, Management in territories, agriculture and rural well-being, Food Security, Natural Resources and climate change.

Overall Responsibility

The main responsibility of the Technical Cooperation Specialist is to develop and deliver the technical cooperation program consistent with that outlined in the IICA Country Strategy.

Duties

  • To implement technical co-operation agenda for the current period
  • To organize and participate in technical cooperation events in Canada and other IICA member states
  • To develop and implement technical projects towards achieving stated objectives
  • To expand and maintain appropriate databases for technical assistance program
  • To network and build mutually rewarding partnerships between Canada and IICA member states
  • To assist the Representative with management and administrative duties as required 

Scope

The job is administrative in nature with the routine  use of  standard office equipment e.g. personal computer and audio-visual equipment.  The individual will be expected to give oral presentations, mount exhibitions and prepare publications.   Domestic and international travel in Latin America and the Caribbean is required and may involve field and site visits.

Excellent communication skills (oral & written) in English; French at the level BBB and basic Spanish are required.

Supervision

The Technical Cooperation Specialist supervises temporary staff employed to the Technical Cooperation Program (inclusive of interns)

Reporting Lines

The Technical Cooperation Specialist reports directly to the Country Representative.

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