USAID NGO Project Jobs – Livestock Production Officer at Mercy Corps

Job Title:      Livestock Production Officer  
Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project Name: USAID/Food for
Peace-funded program, North Karamoja Growth, Health and Governance (GHG)
Programme
Duty Station: Uganda
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
Production Officer will actively participate in the daily implementation of the
development programming through supporting key stakeholders to ensure the
desired outcomes and targeted behaviors are achieved at household level. It is
an opportunity for result oriented and self-motivated individual looking for complex
challenges that can make a real difference in people’s lives. The Livestock
Production Officer will focus on community based pilot interventions in areas
of feed production (from by-products), rangeland management, animal nutrition,
livestock production and health, farm business management, dairy production and
small scale preservation, and meat production through backyard fattening at the
community level
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Work closely with the GHG livestock team to identify
and pilot interventions that improve the productivity and competitiveness
·        
Actively promote preservation and storage of local
agricultural and industrial bi-products.
·        
Support businesses and youth groups to develop new
livestock-related businesses, such as feed block manufacture, silage
production, milk distribution, and fattening activities.
·        
Work closely with livestock health companies and
service providers
·        
Work closely with district veterinary offices and
veterinary extension workers, the Livestock Production Officer will support
initiatives to improve herd composition.
·        
The production officer will foster good calf
management practices, including creep feeding, milking frequency and calf-pen
hygiene.
·        
Conduct 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· 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.
·        
Pilot small scale backyard fattening in villages and
peri-urban areas
·        
Identify, assess and develop networks and strategies
for potential private, public and civil society sector partnership with GHG
program
·        
Where needed, support external evaluations by
research partner Feinstein International Centre and other organizations;
·        
Conduct himself/herself both professionally and
personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not
jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
·        
Perform any other duties as assigned
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The applicant must hold a degree in Agriculture
(Livestock production), Animal Production Technology and Management, Veterinary
Medicine or its equivalent, including coursework on feed and dairy production;
·        
Four or more years’ experience in livestock
production activities especially in a rural or pastoral community.
·        
Ability to interact effectively with a wide range of
partners; private sector, government and civil society;
·        
Exhibit skills in team work, holding community
consultations and organizational development;
·        
Excellent reporting, communication and representation
skills
·        
Good spoken and written English. Fluency in
Ngakarimojong and Ethurr is an advantage
·        
Willingness to work in the field with livestock
producers, community animal health workers, kraal leaders, businesses in the
value chain and communities;
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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