Sustainable Agriculture projects executive
Internship details – 6 month, full time
Location: FairAgora Asia - Bangkok office & travels in Thailand. Potential field trips in SEA countries.
Starting Date: June 2019
FairAgora Asia is a Bangkok-based consultancy firm supporting agricultural operators on certification process. The company created Verifik8, a technology verification system to improve social and environmental performances of agricultural operators. The objective of the Verifik8 website platform is to promote efficiency, productivity and sustainability in the entire supply chain. The Verifk8 software platform provides a real-time data collection, and an analysis of the data to foster better farming management while doing a benchmarking against the most relevant sustainability standards existing.
Verifk8 is ready to be used by shrimp’s and sugarcane’s farmers, but seeks to be extended to other type of farms (rice, other seafood commodity, rubber,etc.)
The intern would benefit from a unique exposure to the key sustainability right issues in Southeast Asia food supply chain, working also on social compliance and contributes to the discussion in a
The sustainable agriculture project executive is based in Bangkok and will be responsible of Verifk8 technology implementation on farms for the pilot phase. The intern will mostly work on sustainability specific projects and will also contribute to other FairAgora projects in other commodities as per FairAgora Asia clients’ needs. The intern work will be mostly related to standards and certification advisory services (BONSUCRO, ASC, Organic regulations, GMP, HACCP, ISO, etc.)
2- Major Functions
2.1 Support the next VerifiK8 deployment strategic group of farmers:
2.2 Support other FairAgora projects:
Coordinate the implementation of private and/or international standards such as GMP, HACCP system, EU Organic Regulation, NATURELAND, Bonsucro, ASC-MSC, etc. in agro-food companies.
Support the writing of the documentation needed for certification (procedures, work instructions, forms, quality manual);
Develop the training material to help the customer’s understand the challenges and the rules of the standard it will apply;
Follow-up with potential customers and attendance to regular meetings to support an effective implementation of the quality management system.
2.3 Support to VerifiK8 business and entrepreneurship articulation:
Support the development of the entrepreneurship documentation,
Help the preparation of business and investors reports,
Participate and support competition and start-up pitch entries for funds, grants and investors
2.4 Provide support and collaboration to the Verfik8 sugarcane and other agriculture project(s):
Review existing publications on production monitoring in social and environmental aspects.
Identify relevant studies to feed Verifik8 crosscheck processing: farm description and concepts internationally used;
Prepare technical reports and information for incorporation in the Database or other related information system pieces as will be required.
Work closely with the sugarcane project office team & the pilots farms: project planning, logistics (timeline, objectives, outputs and results analysis)
Participate to the selection and adjustment of the metrics chosen to monitor environmental and social performance of the farms.
Coordinate the activities related to Verifk8 deployment such as farmers trainings and advisory, workshops, surveys., etc.
Technical reports and analysis of the results of the project in sugarcane sector.
University degree in a field related to agriculture, aquaculture, economics or social sciences;
Field experience in the agricultural or aquaculture sector will be an advantage
Strong interest to work in a start-up environment;
Strong interest in sustainability impact and technology related;
Interest in working in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment, (Government, NGO’s, Donors, Civil Society),
Strong skills or keen to learn in project planning, financing, management, implementation, and evaluation;
Excellent English communication skills (oral and written);
Local language of Verifk8 pilot countries would be an advantage (Thai, Vietnamese, Bahasa, Pilipino).
Excellent inter-personal skills, including the ability to adapt and develop strong relationships at all levels.
This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.
Reports to VerifiK8 Agronomist Expert/ FairAgora Asia’s Director on a daily basis.