Livestock Officer UK Aid Project Jobs – Farm Africa


Job Title:         
  Livestock
Officer
Organization: Farm
Africa
Project Name: Livestock
for Livelihoods (L4L) programme
Funding Source: UK
Aid
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Project
Coordinator
About US:
Farm Africa is an international
non-governmental organization working to end hunger and bring prosperity to
rural Africa. We work to increase the incomes and improve food security of
smallholder farmers, pastoralists, agro-pastoralists, and forest dwellers in East
Africa. A core part of our strategy is to ensure that our interventions are
both economically sustainable and scalable. The systematic integration of
market linkages in implementing programmes is crucial to our ability to scale
our interventions cost-effectively. Farm Africa has the ambition to be the
leading European NGO specialising in Agriculture, Natural Resource Management
and Market Engagement.
About UK Aid Project:
Farm Africa was recently awarded
a £5m grant for a Livestock for Livelihoods (L4L) programme operating in
Uganda’s Karamoja sub-region and Ethiopia’s South Omo zone funded by the UK
government (UK Aid).The project will be implemented across four districts of
Karamoja sub-region (Moroto, Napak, Kotido & Nakapiripirit). During this
four year programme Farm Africa will work with local civil society, SMEs,
cooperatives and farmer organisations to develop market systems that support
livestock services and enterprises for 21,000 women, contributing to women’s
economic empowerment, reduced poverty and improved nutrition of women and
children. The project will address market failures in animal health and
breeding services to improve livestock productivity, build capacity and assets
of herders, establish trade and enterprise opportunities and improve household
nutrition practices through behavioural change. It will demonstrate how
nutrition interventions can build on women’s economic empowerment to contribute
to both increased income and improved household nutrition
.
Job Summary: The
Livestock Officer is responsible for leading the delivery activities focusing
on livestock and livestock management in designated sub-counties of Moroto,
Napak, Nakapiripirit and Kotido districts in line with the operational plan for
the project. In particular, the LO, with support from the Community Facilitator
(CF) will be responsible for mobilising women’s livestock groups and supporting
their development – with a particular focus on supporting them to increase the
size and productivity of their goat herds, savings and credit, land use and
fodder management and value addition. The LO will also organise the technical
training of CAHWs and provide technical support in the establishment of private
sector breeding stations for different breeds of goat. The Livestock Officer
will work closely with the team from our nutrition partners, AFRII, to ensure
that members of the women’s livestock groups are actively participating in
activities designed to drive behaviour change and improve nutritional outcomes
at a household level. The LO will also contribute to project planning and
monitoring and evaluation activities, ensuring that accurate and timely impact
data is collected from project participants.  The LO will be based in our field office in
Moroto, Karamoja, and will report to the Project Coordinator.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Activity planning and delivery
in accordance with L4L budgets and implementation plan.
  • Work
    with the PC to develop weekly and monthly work plans to support timely
    delivery of activities
  • Work
    with the CF to ensure that livestock-related project activities are
    implemented and outputs achieved as planned and within the agreed budget,
    including:
  • Mobilising
    and provide ongoing support to women’s livestock groups – delivering
    ongoing training in areas such as leadership and group dynamics, savings
    and credit, goat rearing and land use and fodder management
  • Establishing
    and provide ongoing support to a group level revolving scheme, ensuring
    relevant group level by laws and agreements are in place and being adhered
    to.
  • Facilitating
    technical training of community animal health workers (CAWHs) and
    supporting CAWHs to cascade their learnings
  • Providing
    technical support in the establishment of breeding stations and technical
    breeding training
  • Organising
    technical training of buck keepers
  • Promotion
    of saving culture and of good nutritional practices
  • Ensure
    that Farm Africa Approaches to livestock programming are used to guide
    high-quality delivery
  • Work
    in close collaboration with the wider L4L team in Uganda and Ethiopia, and
    in particular the Senior Livestock Officer in Uganda, to ensure
    consistency in delivery across all project sites
  • Ensure
    that livestock-focused activities are aligned with, and mutually
    supportive of other interventions in the same areas
  • Work
    with the Project Coordinator (PC) and the Project Accountant and
    Administrator (PA&A) to ensure all activities are planned and
    conducted according to the organization and the donor financial and
    procurement requirements and procedures.
Support project management and
coordination
  • Support
    the PC & PA&A with activity planning and budgeting as requested
  • Keep
    abreast of activities being implemented by other partners operating in a
    similar intervention area and sharing this information with the PC and
    wider team as appropriate
  • Proactively
    identify and monitor any risks to non-delivery and, where required,
    develop and implement action plans to address issues identified.
  • Support
    the PC to identify and analyze the causes of spend variances to the budget
    and make recommendations on actions to be taken as required
Support monitoring, evaluation
and reporting
  • Contribute
    to internal and external reporting, with a particular focus on collecting
    and collating information from women’s livestock groups supported by the
    project.
  • Regularly
    report on implementation learnings, and make recommendations on areas for
    improvement or changes in delivery strategy to the PC
  • Contribute
    to the development and implementation of the Monitoring, Evaluation &
    Learning Plan (MLP) – and in particular support with developing data
    collection tools that can be used to collect relevant data on the progress
    of women’s livestock groups.
  • Contribute
    to quarterly internal progress reviews and annual project performance
    review sand workshops
    .
  • Collect
    information for stories, case studies and lessons learnt as required
Line manage the Community
Facilitator
  • Hold
    weekly work planning meetings with the Community Facilitator ensuring that
    she/he is delivering activities as per agreed work plans and budgets
  • Provide
    leadership and motivation to the Community Facilitator building
    values-based team working and individual staff skills relevant to the
    project. 
  • Regularly
    provide both informal and formal coaching and feedback to the Community
    Facilitator and effectively and promptly deal with any poor performance
    and actively recognise and encourage strong performance.
  • Ensure
    that Community Facilitator has objectives in place (as per Farm Africa’s
    performance management framework) and that annual appraisals and quarterly
    review meetings are held to discuss progress and personal development.
  • Play
    a key role in delivering the wider objectives of both the L4L programme,
    and Farm Africa’s work in Uganda.
  • Work
    with AFRII (implementing partner) to ensure collaborative and integrated
    delivery of support to women’s livestock groups
  • Support
    the implementation of the project’s visibility strategy in line with donor
    guidelines.
  • Work
    in close collaboration with the L4L Ethiopia Team – ensuring that
    knowledge, learnings and tools are shared across the two project locations
  • Maintain
    regular and effective communications with the wider project team, Uganda
    Country Office and implementing partners.
  • In
    consultation with the PC, act as an ambassador, promoting the project and
    the work of Farm Africa, including hosting visitors, speaking at
    workshops, conferences and meeting donors and other officials as and when
    required.
  • Contribute
    to the development of relevant Farm Africa policies and strategies

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Farm Africa Livestock Officer job placement must
    hold a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Agriculture, Livestock, Rural
    Development, Pastoral Development, Rural Livelihoods or other relevant
    field
  • Demonstrable
    technical knowledge (academic or practical) of small ruminant management
    and breeding systems
  • Further
    relevant academic qualification in the area of Agriculture, Livestock,
    Rural Development, Pastoral Development, Rural Livelihoods or other
    relevant field
  • At
    least three years’ experience delivering practical training and support in
    the livestock sector.
  • Demonstrable
    technical animal health/veterinary knowledge (academic or practical)
  • Experience
    working with pastoralist communities
  • Experience
    of supporting rural communities with fodder and/or land use management
  • Experience
    of organising technical trainings for CAHWs
  • Experience
    of mobilising project participants and engaging them in project activities
  • Experience
    of establishing or supporting the development of village level savings
    groups
  • Experience
    of working in Karamoja 
  • Experience
    of designing and conducting trainings for pastoralist communities
  • Experience
    of designing and conducting trainings using gender-sensitive techniques
    and methodologies
  • Experience
    of data collection for monitoring and evaluation purposes
  • Experience
    of delivering technical training and support to CAHWs and/or developing
    training materials for CAHWs
  • Experience
    of promoting behaviour change within rural communities 
  • Experience
    of supporting the establishment of livestock breeding services
  • Ability
    to build strong relationships with stakeholders and communities based on
    trust and collaboration
    .
  • Ability
    to communicate and share knowledge with a broad range of stakeholders with
    differing backgrounds and abilities.
  • Skills
    in problem identification, analysis and solving of complex issues
  • Fluent
    written and spoken English
  • Ability
    and willingness to travel widely and frequently both within and outside
    the Karamoja sub-region
  • Confident
    user of Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Willingness
    to ride a motorcycle in the field, with a valid riding permit (Class A)
  • Desirable: Fluency in Karamojong
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send an updated CV, salary history, and a two-page
supporting statement detailing how you meet the person specification to
ugandarecruitment@farmafrica.org including ‘Livestock Officer – L4L’’  in the subject line.
NB: Please DO NOT send
additional documents such as certificates and references with your application.
Shortlisted candidates ONLY will be required to provide these documents during
the interview process.  Interviews are expected to take place w/c 7th
May 2018 in Moroto (or via Skype). Only shortlisted candidates will be
contacted.
Deadline: 2nd May 2018 by 5.00pm EAT
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