Livestock Program Officer NGO Jobs – Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
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 GIRL Program:
Mercy
Corps was recently awarded funding for a twelve-month livelihoods focused pilot
program working in the Karamoja region. The pilot is an extension of the Mercy
Corps’ Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL) program that, aims to
empower pastoralist girls in the Karamoja region to improve their livelihoods
and personal agency, as well as increase the food security and adaptive
capacity of their households and the resilience of their communities.
Job Summary: The Livestock Program Officer will oversee the
implementation of a twelve month supplemental feed block pilot program in
Northern Karamoja. The incumbent will work  alongside other the GIRL program team members
to support groups of girls to launch microenterprises that produce and sell
supplemental feed blocks. The Livestock Program Officer will work closely with
the GIRL M&E Officer, Program Officers and Program Researcher to ensure
lessons learned are captured and model is well documented.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Identify and recruit girls’ groups where
    supplemental feed blocks (Urea-molasses blocks – UMB Blocks)
    microenterprises could increase livelihood security and bring about
    long-term effects.
  • Support GIRL team in the distribution of
    livestock/poultry in communities aligned with Mercy Corps facilitation
    approach
  • Guide the GIRL Program Coordinator and regional
    Program Managers on the types of livestock and poultry that adapt better
    to the environment of Karamoja, and which is more likely to resist
    diseases, droughts and harsh climate conditions.
  • Create curriculum on the creation of
    supplemental feed blocks
  • Carry out trainings and provide support
    assistance in the production, sales and usage of supplemental feed blocks
    targeting girl microenterprises
  • Arrange community meetings, sensitization
    events and farmer field days for community members to learn about supplemental
    feed blocks
  • Mobilize communities and lead the creation of
    demonstration plots
  • Lead market facilitation efforts across
    livestock value chains
  • Coordinate distribution of vouchers for free
    feed blocks, spurring demand for feed blocks among community members
  • Prepare accurate and timely monitoring and
    field reports and other project documentation as required
  • Prepare and submit regular reports and
    updates to the Program Coordinator and Program Managers
  • Maintain proper project/program files.
  • Send final report that includes pilot’s
    success, failures and well-documented model to scale moving forward
  • 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 by
    his/her supervisor or representatives
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The ideal candidate for the Livestock Program
    Officer vacancy should hold a Degree in Economic Development, Community
    Development, or related field or diploma with over seven  years’ experience;
  • At least five years’ experience working with
    NGOs/CBO’s in livestock or veterinary services
  • Experience working in livestock market
    development in pastoral communities
  • Show commitment to working with youth and
    vulnerable groups in need, regardless of race, tribe, religion or gender;
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of working
    with local partners;
  • Good problem solving, written and oral
    communication skills;
  • Strong written and spoken English
  • Local language skills required (Karamojong)
  • Proven ability to work without constant
    supervision and as part of a mixed team;
  • Good knowledge of MS Office software
  • The ideal candidate will have the ability and
    curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the cultural, relatively
    poor infrastructure of Karamoja sub region. S/he will be an excellent
    communicator, have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work
    difficult and often stressful environments
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:  5th
February 2016
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