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Dear HAES members and friends,

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HAES is proud to support the efforts of the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA) in facilitating and matching individuals with a particular expertise with the needs of institutions and organizations in countries with these needs.  

FAVACA has been sending expert Floridian professionals to Haiti for over 28 years. FAVACA covers all volunteer travel costs (airfare, food, hotel etc), but ask that they donate their time and expertise. 

There currently exists a need for volunteers interested in helping with either of the opportunities below: 

 


Irrigation Water User Association Management Specialist-

A specialist to work with local irrigation associations and their memberships to improve the overall functioning of the water use, focusing on the governance of the associations and cooperatives in Montrouis. The ideal volunteer would be able to travel for one week and have experience in water user association management, especially on the governance aspects, and membership education about irrigation water systems.   Understanding of irrigation, the crops and the cultural norms in the Caribbean basin is important. Qualified persons are expected to be able to communicate with local Haitian partners in either Creole or French. 

 

Irrigation Engineering Specialist-

A specialist to work with local irrigation associations and their memberships to improve the overall technical functioning of the irrigation system.  This would include irrigation scheduling for the specific crops as well as in the operation and maintenance of the irrigation engineering structures.  The ideal volunteer would have experience with the technical and engineering elements of irrigation system management and have a demonstrated solid experience in irrigation system design, construction, operation and maintenance, especially the technical engineering perspective. Understanding of irrigation, the crops and the cultural norms in the Caribbean basin is important. Qualified persons are expected to be able to communicate with local Haitian partners in either Creole or French.

  

Marine Protected Area management specialist- proposed marine protected
area between the Arcadins coast and the Island of Gonave Haiti -

Seeking a volunteer who could work with local partners to propose and map buffer zones on the coastal areas adjacent to the Arcadins MPA.  The work will involve travel along the coastal areas and discussions with community groups and other stakeholders. The ideal volunteer would have experience in the collaborative management of marine protected areas including zoning arrangements and coastal zone management and speak either Creole or French.

 
Marine Biologist- Montruis, Haiti -

A volunteer to assess the biodiversity conservation and natural resource issues in communities around Montruis.

The assessment will identify major habitats in each zone and provide a summary of threats and opportunities depicting the two target areas.  The specialist will interview local authorities and organizations in order to evaluate the concerns and issues at the local resource user level. The specialist will suggest potential threat mitigation activities that local partner organizations can undertake to improve coastal and marine resource management. These activities should include best practices coming from Marine Protected Area management experiences.   The ideal volunteer is expected to have a demonstrated solid experience in Caribbean marine resource issues including reef ecology and restoration, reef fishery management and protection.  This experience should include work with fisher/coastal communities in a context similar to Haiti's.


 
If you would like to apply for any of these assignments please contact:

 

Angelina Klouthis,
International Program Coordinator

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7220 NW 36th St.
Suite 608
Miami, FL 33166
Tel.:              305-470-5035         305-470-5035
www.favaca.org

 

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