Are you looking for rewarding work in an international environment where you can use and refine your administrative, finance, organisational and language skills, while building up your experience working in international development?

The Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS, provides advocacy and leadership on rural advisory services (RAS) for sustainable development. The GFRAS Secretariat, hosted by AGRIDEA in Lausanne, Switzerland, is seeking a motivated and engaged Programme Assistant (50%) to provide administrative, financial and logistical support to the GFRAS Secretariat.

Terms of Reference, GFRAS Secretariat, Lausanne


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Regional and sub-regional networks and country fora play a crucial role in the operationalisation and implementation of GFRAS work and in strengthening and advocating for RAS within their regions. They also help make sure that GFRAS puts forward the right activities and priorities on a global level, providing sort of a reality check for GFRAS’ work from the ground. Hence, the GFRAS Strategic Framework 2016-2025 and corresponding five-year operational plan place a strong focus on strengthening the capacities of the regional and sub-regional networks and country fora. Along these lines, GFRAS has been undertaking comprehensive capacity needs assessments with many of its regional networks in 2016. The assessments covered the general functioning and institutional set-up of the networks, their capacities to advocate for RAS, their knowledge management and ICT capacities, as well as their capacities to support the professionalisation of RAS within their regions and countries. These assessments have then be summarised and visualised in a synthesis report, which is available below and as a basis for the continuing efforts to strengthen the regional networks. Each year at the GFRAS Annual Meeting a section of the programme is allocated to discuss the results and latest progress based on these assessments.



MELA17 Blog

The third annual meeting of the Mekong Extension Learning Alliance in Cambodia discussed the role of RAS in nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food security with some very concrete aspects like the impact of misusing pesticides.



ILRIBusinesses and other institutions around the world are increasingly using the term ‘professionalism’ to describe their level of service provision. While some professions, for example medicine and engineering, have been well known and recognised through standard qualifications for many years, others – such as rural advisory services (RAS) – have only recently begun to aspire to a high level of professionalism.

In 2016, the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) commissioned a scoping study to examine the current levels of professionalism in its 11 regional networks. The aim was to provide evidence that would guide the activities and tools offered by GFRAS as well as to promote inter-regional learning and information exchange with a specific focus on training, talent and career development, performance incentives, certification and registration, mentoring and standards.

A summary of the study is available as brief:


GFRAS gender scoping study

Promising Experiences and the Role of Rural Advisory Services

While much has been written about the importance of mainstreaming gender in agricultural value chains (and the challenges inherent in doing so), relatively few studies have provided details on cases in which gender integration has been successful. This study, therefore, presents a collection of experiences in which rural advisory services (RAS) were able to successfully mainstream gender into agricultural value chains, categorised in terms of “best-fit practices”. While the examples presented here cannot be precisely replicated in other contexts, they provide general guidance for organisations that implement programming related to agricultural value chains.

A publication of GFRAS