USAID Program NGO Jobs – Poultry Production Officer at Mercy Corps

Job Title:      Poultry Production Officer  
Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project Name: USAID/Food for
Peace-funded program, North Karamoja Growth, Health and Governance (GHG)
Programme
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 Poultry
Production Officer will be in charge of identifying, testing and refining viable
poultry livelihood options and to improve the economic and nutrition status of
program beneficiaries. The ability of the Poultry Advisor to push forward
market-driven approaches at all stages of programming, the degree to which the
person promotes and captures learning within her/his team, institutionalizing
activity reviews, identifying and evaluating preconceptions and promoting a
culture of inquisition, and her/his passion to drive results, make critical
decisions and produce scheduled outputs at deadline and to the expected quality
will be the position’s three success factors.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Work closely with the Mercy Corps livestock team to
improve the productivity of poultry, and poultry’s contribution to household
income and nutrition.
·        
Work closely with national veterinary pharmaceutical
companies, feed processors, research institutions, district veterinary
officers, agro vets, poultry vaccinator.
·        
The incumbent will strengthen the supply chain of
poultry veterinary products (vaccines & drugs), poultry feed,
poultry-raising equipment or cages, and embedded services.
·        
Routinely monitor intervention activities and
collect beneficiary qualitative and quantitative information, document success
stories and maintain proper records and filling systems;
·        
Prepare and submit periodic work plans and activity
reports;
·        
Apply a gender and youth lens to activities in the
program cycle;
·        
Identify, assess and develop networks and strategies
for potential private, public and civil society sector partnership with GHG
program
·        
Regularly analyze project implementation strategies
to identify constraints to program success and provide timely recommendations;
·        
Provide data in support of team’s submission of
timely weekly, monthly and quarterly reports that will be indicative of program
progress during implementation.
·        
Make on-site field visits regularly to monitor
progress of activities and provide strategic measures for progress to maximize the
programmes’ economic and social impacts to the community
·        
Work with team leader(s) and Mercy Corps technical
staff in order to bring synergy among different components of the project
·        
Conduct 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
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate must hold a degree in Livestock
production or Veterinary Medicine, with classwork including poultry production,
or its equivalent;
·        
A minimum of three years’ experience working with
women poultry farmers, especially on a small scale level in a rural context.
·        
Prior experience providing direct training to small
scale women farmers.
·        
Working knowledge of private-sector poultry markets,
including supply chain and poultry/egg markets.
·        
Willingness to work in rural areas with farmers,
poultry traders, agrovets shops, community animal health workers in northern
Karamoja.
·        
Ability to interact effectively with a wide range of
partners; private sector, government and civil society;
·        
Skills in team work, holding community consultations
and organizational development;
·        
Excellent reporting, communication and
representation skills.
·        
Good spoken and written English. Fluency in
Ngakarimojong and/or Ethurr is required.
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: mcjobs@ug.mercycorps.org
Deadline: 
16th October 2015
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