Livestock Officer USAID APOLOU Project 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 security
  • 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 systems
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 & Vision
  • 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
  • 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 expansion
  • 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 implementation;
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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 & Representation
  • Identify, build and manage collaborative
    partnerships with key private sector gatekeepers
  • Represent Mercy Corps’ approach at key
    government, coordination and advocacy platforms.
Organizational Learning: 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 equivalent;
  • 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
  • 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 development;
  • 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: 7th December 2018
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