2 USAID GHG Program Livestock Marketing Officer Jobs – Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project Name: USAID/Food for
Peace-funded program, North Karamoja Growth, Health and Governance (GHG)
Programme
Duty Station: Gulu and
Karamoja, Uganda
Reports to: Livestock
Advisor
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 Livestock
Marketing Officer will work to improve the economic future and quality of life
of program beneficiaries. The position’s three success factors include: 1)
His/her ability to push forward market-driven approaches at all stages of
programming, 2) the degree to which the person promotes and captures learning
with her/his team, institutionalizing activity reviews, identifying and
evaluating preconceptions and promoting a culture of inquisition, and 3)
her/his passion to drive results, make critical decisions and produce scheduled
outputs at deadline and to the expected quality will be.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Work closely with the GHG livestock team, district
production and commercial offices, traders and traders associations, research
institutions, district veterinary offices, agrovets, CAHWs, farmers and other
key partners to identify livestock production and marketing gaps, design
intervention strategies, work plans and implementation of livestock production
activities according to the approved work plans and budgets.
·        
The incumbent will also strengthen producer-trader
linkages through business dialogues and livestock fairs, and support mobile
information exchange platforms to ensure market information symmetry.
·        
Facilitate regular interactions between traders,
farmers, transporters and engage support establishment of business forums to
engage policy makers and create an enabling and competitive livestock business
environment.
·        
Build new marketing relationships through exchanges
and information sharing.
·        
Facilitate exposure visits of farmers and traders
associations to feedlots to foster learning, and local livestock traders to
abattoirs and livestock markets outside the region for business linkages and
new animal market routes.
·        
Carry out market analysis to assess business
opportunities for livestock, including poultry.
·        
Support dissemination of early warning information
to farmers to influence farmers’ decisions on herd composition and animal
off-take during droughts.
·        
Actively monitor intervention activities and collect
beneficiary qualitative and quantitative information, document success stories
and maintain proper records and filling systems;
·        
Prepare and send periodic work plans and activity
reports to the project manager;
·        
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
·        
Establish and maintain productive working
relationships with community, sub-county and district level leaders and
soliciting their participation in all activities where appropriate
·        
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
·        
Create a dynamic program environment that promotes
inquiry;
·        
The incumbent will also take primary responsibility
for sector-focused data gathering;
·        
Establish procedures and guidelines to monitor and
evaluate the progress and impact of economic development support work including
setting and measuring benchmarks along results chains;
·        
Keenly 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.
·        
Where needed, support external evaluations by
research partner Feinstein International Centre and other organizations;
·        
Work with Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and
Information Officers (MELIOs) to ensure accurate and timely flow of information
from the field into database and for preparation of communication reports
·        
Conduct himself/herself both professionally and
personally in such a manner that brings credit to Mercy Corps and to not
jeopardize its humanitarian mission;
·        
Perform any other duties as assigned by the line
manager.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The applicant must hold a degree in Agriculture
(Livestock production and marketing), economics, marketing or its equivalent;
·        
At least three years’ experience in livestock
marketing, including market information, live animal trading, livestock sales
to abattoirs and other markets, or similar experience.
·        
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
·        
Willingness to work in rural areas with livestock
producers, traders, and other market players
·        
Good spoken and written English. Fluency in
Ngakarimojong and Ethurr is an advantage
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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