Livestock Officer US Non-profit Jobs – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy
Duty Station: 
About US:
Mercy Corps is an
International NGO that exists to alleviate poverty and oppression by helping
people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps has been
fully registered in Uganda as an operational NGO. Currently Mercy Corps has an
office in Kampala and is implementing Food Security programs which comprise of
Water and Sanitation, Livelihood and Agriculture and Conflict Mitigation
Management Program in North and North Eastern Uganda. We implement programs in
the northern districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido
with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other
private donations.
About USAID APOLOU Project:
Mercy Corps
implements high quality- analytical work in tough environments. We’ve been
operating in Uganda since 2006 and currently manage a range of programs in
Acholi, West Nile and Karamoja sub-regions with funding from a host of donors. Apolou
is implemented by a consortium of actors led by Mercy Corps, including Save the
Children, Whave Solutions, four local partners (KAPDA, AIDI, NARWOA and Riam
Riam) and Tufts University’s Feinstein International Centre (FIC). In October
2017, Mercy Corps was awarded a 5 year USAID/ Food for Peace- funded program
working in 4 districts in Karamoja, the Apolou Activity. The Activity has four
purposes with cross cutting themes of gender and youth and resilience:
  • Inclusive and effective governance contributes to food and nutrition
  • Improved health and nutritional status of pregnant and lactating
    women, children under five, and adolescent girls
  • Improved WASH conditions
  • Adolescent girls, adolescent boys, women and men access diverse and
    secure livelihoods through improved capacities and strengthened market
Job Summary:  The Mercy Corps Livestock Officer will work to
improve the economic future and quality of life of program beneficiaries. The
Officer will implement and support facilitation projects that support the
growth of livestock value chains in Karamoja in collaboration with the
Livestock Manager for the North, Senior Veterinarian for the South and with
direction from the Livestock Advisor. These activities will work almost
exclusively through private sector actors, seeking to crowd in provision rather
than displace or replicate private actors with donor-funded services.
Facilitation projects will include, but are not limited to, commercializing
livestock value chains and live animal trading in an equitable manner,
increasing profitability and provision of community animal health services,
increasing fodder production, strengthening livestock output markets and
creation of an enabling environment in Karamoja for pro-poor, nutrition
sensitive livestock growth
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Strategy &
  • Formulate the strategy for and subsequently implement innovative
    actions for livestock market systems development, both in building the
    capacity of local livestock actors, crowding in additional actors, and
    ensuring an enabling environment for pro-livestock growth in Karamoja
  • Actively advance Mercy Corp’s connections to livestock actors at
    local, regional and national level, seeking avenues for partnership,
    collaboration and coordination of activities.
  • Work with the MSD Manager to develop livestock related research and
    monitoring of livestock market systems analyses, business cases and
    intervention plans in the selected sectors to improve impact
  • Program Implementation
  • Work in consultation with the Mercy Corps livestock health
    Production and Marketing teams, national drug companies, district
    veterinary officers and other key partners in planning and implementation
    of veterinary service extension activities of Apalou program according to
    the approved work plans and budgets;
  • Work with livestock producers have improved knowledge and skills and
    adopt practices that are nutrition sensitive and support resilience,
  • Work closely with farmers to commercializing livestock value chains
    and live animal trading and profitable provision of community animal
    health services and increasing fodder production,
  • Work with Livestock output markets to facilitate strengthening and
  • Work with youth to improve on and off farm livelihood opportunities
    in the livestock sector
  • Work with the DVOs office to facilitate creation of an enabling
    environment in Karamoja for livestock is to support target markets and
    improved nutrition and security.
  • Work closely with agro-vet shops and livestock traders to identify
    capacity gaps of CAHWs and farmers’ challenges and provide technical
    support, design tools and activities for improvement and follow up the
  • Work in liaison with the district veterinary officers and agro-vet
    shops, the LTO will design and implement a supervisory plan for CAHWs to ensure
    quality service delivery to farmers;
  • Build and maintain close coordination and co-operation with district
    veterinary department, ministry of agriculture, research institutions,
    sector working groups and development agencies to ensure synergy and improved
    coordination among programs/interventions;
  • Work closely with NDA to oversee the work to control the illegal
    sale of animal drugs in the markets;
  • Work with DVOs to plan and support disease surveillance activities
    and vaccination campaigns – including poultry and Newcastle disease, foot
    and mouth disease etc;
  • Offer technical support to national drug companies, agro-vet shops
    and CAHWs to promote herd health program at kraal and household levels
Team Management
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide
    constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on ones and
    performance reviews.
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team
    members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Work closely with other team members to ensure consortium is
    integrated in approach, on-scope, on-time and on-budget.
Finance &
Compliance Management
  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to
    livestock Activities
  • Develop team budgets, ensure adherence to MC Uganda Field Finance
    Manual and Field Procurement Manual for all livestock activities
Influence &
  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with key
    private sector gatekeepers
  • Represent Mercy Corps’ approach at key government, coordination and
    advocacy platforms.
As part of our
commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that
learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the
communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time
to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Livestock Officer job
    opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in an animal related science
    (Veterinary medicine, animal husbandry; production and marketing) or its
  • A minimum of three years of relevant experience with proven
    technical experience in the field;
  • Willingness to work in the field with agro-vet shops, Community
    animal health workers, kraal leaders and communities;
  • Possess the 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
  • Excellent reporting, communication and representation skills
  • Skills in networking, team-working, and community consultations
  • Good spoken and written English. Fluency in Ngakarimojong and Pokot
    is an advantage
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: 19th October 2018
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