USAID GHG Program Careers – Veterinary Business Officer at Mercy Corps

Job Title:      Veterinary Business Officer  
Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project Name: USAID/Food for
Peace-funded program, North Karamoja Growth, Health and Governance (GHG)
Duty Station: Uganda
About US:
Mercy Corps is
an international non-profit organization which implements high-quality,
analytical development work in very difficult places. We have been operating in
Uganda since 2006 and currently implement development programs in the Acholi
and Karamoja sub-regions of Uganda with funding from USAID, EC, SDC, and USDA.  
About USAID GHG Programme:
Mercy Ccorps is
currently implementing a market-development focused 5-year USAID/Food for
Peace-funded program, North Karamoja Growth, Health and Governance (GHG)
programme, working in the northern half of Karamoja region. GHG works through
partners with private, public and civil society sectors to support immediate
needs of program beneficiaries while promoting long-term development by
spurring systemic improvements in key economic sectors of northern Karamoja.
Job Summary:  The Veterinary Business Officer will work
directly with businesses to pilot private veterinary franchises, CAHWs
veterinary services, disease surveillance and control, and other activities
that improve livestock productivity and marketability.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
The incumbent will work closely with the GHG
livestock team, national pharmaceutical companies, Ministry of Agriculture, and
district veterinary offices and other key partners.
Work with National Drug Authority (NDA) and local
authorities to ensure certification and licensing of private animal health
businesses in the region.
Ensure quality health service delivery to farmers,
to support live animal inspection at markets and trading stations, and meat
inspection activities at abattoirs.
Work in close collaboration with DVOs, MAAIF and
national pharmaceutical companies, build the capacity of CAHWs and agrovets in
disease surveillance, reporting, and vaccination.
The incumbent must support veterinary pharmaceutical
companies, agrovets, farmers and extension workers on proper herd health
management practices.
Maintain close coordination with district veterinary
department, ministry of agriculture, research institutions, sector working
groups and development agencies.
Actively monitor intervention activities and collect
beneficiary information.· Identify, assess and develop networks and strategies.
Establish procedures and guidelines to monitor and
evaluate the progress and impact of economic development.
Prepare and submit periodic work plans and activity
reports to the team leader
Apply a gender and youth lens approach to activities
in the program cycle;
Carry himself/herself both professionally and
personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not
jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
Perform any other duties as assigned by the
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
The applicant must hold a good degree in Veterinary
Medicine or its equivalent;
A minimum of three years of veterinary practice
especially in rural communities and pastoral or agro-pastoral setting.
Working knowledge of phytosanitary standards for
live animal export and/or abattoirs.
Private sector experience and entrepreneurially
skills, although not necessarily in the veterinary sector.
Ability to interact effectively with a wide range of
partners; private sector, government and civil society;
Skills in team work, networking, community dialogues
and organizational development;
Excellent reporting, communication and
representation skills
Intimate knowledge of Uganda’s economy and business
environment, particularly in the context of rural livestock development in
Willingness to work in the field with small
businesses, veterinarians, CAHWs, kraal leaders and communities;
Good spoken and written English. Fluency in
Ngakarimojong or Ethurr is an advantage
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested Ugandan candidates should send their applications
including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV
(with three professional referees), and copies of academic
qualifications/certificates to the HR/Admin Manager, Kampala Head Office on 4th
Floor Embassy Plaza, Plot 1188-1190 Ggaba Road. The E-mail applications with
cover letter should be sent to:
16th October 2015

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