Livestock Officer DfiD BRACED Program Careers – Mercy Corps

Job Title:     Livestock Officer
Organization: Mercy
Duty Station: 
About US:
Mercy Corps is an international
non-profit organization which implements high-quality, analytical development
programmes in very difficult places. Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda
since 2006. It has and continues to implement programs in Acholi and Karamoja
sub regions. Mercy Corps is taking a community-led, market driven approach to
address poverty and food insecurity needs through interventions that get to the
root causes and contributing factors of economic vulnerability. Donors include
the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), DFID,
Mastercard Foundation, WALMART Foundation, Coca Cola Africa Foundation, US
Depart of State (DOS) /PEPFAR, ECHO and Nike Foundation.
About BRACED Program:
BRACED is being implemented in the Karamoja Region of Uganda, as well
as Wajir County Kenya. The BRACED Mercy Corps programme is designed around
three integrated thematic focus areas – Lands/NRM, Market Systems Development
and Governance. Mercy Corps recently received an 18-month extension operating
from January 2018-June 2019.
Job Summary: The Livestock
Officer will be responsible for implementing sector focused activities
including training, providing technical assistance and helping to strengthen
the livestock market. S/he will lead activities to build knowledge among
livestock market actors and household members on livestock management and
health and disease prevention. S/he will participate in activity
implementation, monitoring, data tracking and conducting assessments. Working
with the Project Manager, s/he will ensure successful implementation of the
program’s fodder production pilot and any additional activities has outlined in
his/her workplan. S/he will ensure BRACED program’s objectives and results are
fully accomplished, documented and meet expected standards.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • The Livestock Officer will take lead in
    conducting contextual analysis to analyze the livestock market in order to
    identify key market actors and target beneficiaries.
  • Work in close collaboration with technical
    sub county stakeholders, take lead in organizing and coordinating
    trainings of program beneficiaries on livestock management and care
  • The Livestock Officer will offer technical
    guidance to program beneficiaries on livestock
  • S/he will lead implementation of the
    livestock fodder production activities, providing trainings and technical
  • Keenly monitor and closely track key
    indicators related to activities, ensuing high quality programming.
  • The Livestock Officer will ensure that the
    approved detailed implementation plan is properly implemented as well as planning
    and preparation of weekly and monthly work plans as agreed by the Projects
  • Plan, implement, evaluate and ensure that
    reports on field activities are properly drafted and timely submitted to
    the Projects Manager.
  • He/she will take part in periodic BRACED
    monthly and quarterly review meetings to share successes, challenges and
    lessons learnt to inform overall program objectives.
  • Actively promote Mercy Corps Uganda
    visibility; and provide technical support to Field Agents, program
    beneficiaries and stakeholders in line with the Organizational Mission and

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Livestock Officer job placement should hold a Bachelor’s Degree
    in Economic Development, Community Development, or related field;
  • Three years’ experience working with
    NGOs/CBO’s in livestock or veterinary services
  • Previous experience working in livestock
    market development in pastoral communities
  • Show commitment to working with youth and
    vulnerable groups in need, regardless of race, tribe, religion or gender;
  • Understanding of working with local
  • Good problem solving, written and oral
    communication skills;
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Local language skills required
  • Ability to work without constant
    supervision and as part of a mixed team;
  • Good knowledge of MS Office software
  • Good team player
  • Excellent communication and diplomatic
  • Proven ability to work independently as
    part of a national team and with international professionals.
  • Excellent analytical and information
    management skills.
  • Good organizational skills and ability to
    work under stress and in austere contexts of remote locations.
  • Flexible and creative in planning and
    problem solving.
  • Attention to detail, ability to follow
    procedures and meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively
    with team members.
  • Proven excellence maintaining professional
    internal and external relationships.
  • A focus on building other staff capacity
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send their E-mail applications including a cover
letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV (with three
professional referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates
addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda to:
Deadline:  24th January 2018

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