2 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation EADD Project Social Capital Development Local Consultant Vacancies – Heifer International

Organization: Heifer International
Funding Source: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Project Name: East Africa Dairy Development Project (EADD) – II
Duty Station: Mbarara or Kamuli, Uganda
About Heifer:
Heifer
International, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1944 in the United
States of America, works with resource constrained families in 125 countries
worldwide to develop innovative solutions to the underlying causes of hunger,
poverty and environmental degradation.
About Heifer EADD-II Program:
The
East Africa Dairy Development (EADD-II) is an ambitious five-year program supported
mainly by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and it’s designed to transform
the lives of resource poor farming families through a competitive and inclusive
dairy value chain in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Heifer International as a lead
partner is implementing this project with its consortium partners that include;
The Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Techno serve (TNS), the World
Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and African Breeders Total Cattle Management
(ABS-TCM). Based on the successes and learning of EADD phase one, the project
aims to double the dairy income of 136,000 farming households in Kenya, Uganda
and Tanzania, as well as stimulate income growth for an additional 400,000
secondary beneficiaries by 2018.
EADD
uses the hub model approach – a one-stop shop model towards facilitating access
to inputs and services, training, as well as access to markets for the dairy
farmers. Smallholder dairy farmers buy shares in a milk-bulking and/or chilling
hub where they sell a dependable, quality supply of milk to dairy processors
and receive income in return. They also gain access to bank credit as well as
private goods and services that they need to sustain and grow their dairy
business. This facilitates strong ‘win-win’ linkages between various
stakeholders in the dairy sector.
Job Summary: The Social Capital Development Local Consultants will
support the Production coordinators in the roll out of social capital
development at Producer Organization (PO) and Dairy Interest Group (DIG) level
within a specified cluster in the EADD II Uganda project. The Social Capital
Development Assistant will work directly with the Production Coordinators,
project staff in the cluster and liaise with the Gender and Social Capital
Development Coordinator, for technical guidance and quality control.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Conduct capacity needs assessment and plans
    to address identified capacity needs of Producer Organization (PO) and
    Dairy Interest Group (DIG);
  • Coordinate delivery of different trainings to
    Producer Organization (PO) and Dairy Interest Group (DIG);
  • Facilitate participatory self-review and
    planning (PSRP) process at Producer Organization (PO) and Dairy Interest
    Group (DIG);
  • Actively involve other relevant staff members
    in planning and implementation of projects activities at Producer
    Organization (PO) and Dairy Interest Group (DIG);
  • Expeditiously follow-up the implementation of
    Producer Organization (PO) and Dairy Interest Group (DIG) budget in
    accordance with approved budgetary line;
  • Facilitate the procurement of project
    inputs-supplies in accordance with approved Heifer policies and procedures;
  • Identify and support the creative potential
    of Producer Organizations (POs) and Dairy Interest Groups (DIGs) to
    develop appropriate strategies and approaches for interventions at
    household level.
  • The incumbent will facilitate access to and
    effective use of appropriate tools for social capital development at
    household, Dairy Interest Group (DIG) and Producer Organization (PO)
    level.
  • Conduct regular monitoring of social capital
    development activities at household, Dairy Interest Group (DIG) and
    Producer Organization (PO) level.
  • Facilitate and promote collaboration between
    Heifer – EADD II project and other Public-Private development partners at
    all levels  in the Project area;
  • Compile and update data at Producer
    Organizations (POs) and Dairy Interest Groups (DIGs);
  • Strengthen effective communication from the
    at household, Dairy Interest Group (DIG) and Producer Organization (PO)
    level. 
  • Compile and submit monthly reports and
    accountabilities;
  • Perform any other duties and responsibilities
    as may be assigned by the supervisor;
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The ideal candidate should hold a Diploma in
    Community Development. Applicants with  Bachelor’s Degrees in Rural
    Sociology/Anthropology and Community Development have an added advantage
  • At least five years’ experience primarily
    working at community based development activities.
  • Project management skills including
    experience of project cycle management and participatory approaches.
    Having project management certification is an added advantage.
  • Knowledge and experience of value chain and
    market system development.
  • Skills and experience working with
    smallholder farmers in undertaking farming as viable and sustainable
    business.
  • Proven ability to plan and ensure the
    implementation of projects, management and report on resources
    effectively.
  • Ability to live and work in a rural setting
    with minimum supervision;
  • Ability to cope with the demand of duties
    which might require extra hours of working;
  • Ability to manage and executing multiple
    tasks;
How to Apply:   
All
suitably qualified and interested candidates should Apply Immediately by
emailing, together, a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae and relevant academic
documents to Human Resources Coordinator, heiferuganda@heifer.org. Please use
‘Social Capital Development Local Consultant, as the subject of your email. In
your application indicate preference for duty station (Mbarara or Kamuli).
Deadline: 12th February 2016
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