Field Operations Manager US Non-profit Careers – Heifer International

Organization: Heifer
International
Project Name: EADD-II
Duty Station: Mbarara,
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 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).
Job Summary: The Field
Operations Manager (FOM) will provide overall guidance and coordination of
consortium partners in the implementation of field based activities in the EADD
II project in Uganda. To this end, s/he will take the overall responsibility of
increasing dairy production at farm level, sustainable functioning of hubs and
gender equity. S/he will also ensure that the project is implemented in
compliance with the donor (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and Heifer
policies and that it meets all compliance standards consistent with
conventional good project management practices.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
Management and Compliance:
  • Develop operational strategies and oversee
    execution of project operations (10%)
  • Provide weekly/monthly follow-up on
    targets from country level and cascade down to cluster and producer
    organization (PO) level
  • Coordinate robust facilitation support to
    team leaders to guarantee quality cluster leadership and timely
    implementation of project activities (15%)
  • Ensure coordinated, consistent and smooth
    implementation of project activities on a monthly basis
  • Monitor cluster activities to ensure they
    are effectively aligned to meet Cluster Team’s weekly targets
  • Review significant variances on plans and
    budgets as needed
Provide leadership to teams on operationalizing implementation plans
and budgets, including enhancing compliance standards at project and PO levels
(10%)
  • Develop and implement Standard Operating
    Procedures (SOPs) within the first three months
  • Ensure full compliance with financial and
    other internal controls on an ongoing basis
  • In close collaboration with the MLE
    coordinator, lead planning and implementation processes and track
    performance of project activities (10%)
  • Ensure the result tracker develops;
    monthly performance and provide feedback with consultation of Country
    Project Manager (CPM) in timely manner
  • Ensure monthly, quarterly and annual
    reports are accurate, complete, and on-time
Program Effectiveness:
  • Provide sound leadership by sharing
    project strategic thinking with Dairy Production and Business Teams; and
    ensure these teams are working in tandem to establish sound Hub
    businesses, anchored on production (10%)
  • Provide strategic guidance for Production
    and Business Teams on a weekly basis
  • Establish the sound Hub businesses anchored
    sustainable production with quarterly review on the team’s work
  • Provide technical support to production
    and business teams to facilitate farmers’ transformation towards farming
    as business (transforming farm from a production unit to an enterprise) (10%)
  • Ensure development of the transformation
    process and provide guidance to the team on a quarterly basis
  • Ensure the number of farmers transforming
    towards dairy farming as business (entrepreneurs) increases at an average
    of 3% in first 4 months, and thereafter at 10% on a quarterly basis
Provide technical and leadership support to Gender & Social Capital
Development (SCD) team to develop and/or review project gender strategy and
ensure the entire team is mainstreaming gender in their activities (10%):
  • Tasked with the review and implementation
    of gender strategies with the first two months
  • Ensure gender mainstreaming on improving
    women and youth participation in project activities by increase at an
    average of 15% in first 2 months with monthly follow-ups
Ensure maximum and effective utilization of SCD approach (tool) to
implement project activities from Project to Farmer levels (15%)
  • Ensure SCD approach is fully utilized and
    project implementation is localized on a monthly basis.
  • Ensure the number of Dairy Interest Groups
    (DIGs) are established and graduated towards sustenance at agreed
    timelines per DIG.
Partnership and Engagement:
  • Support CPM to identify potential
    stakeholders, conduct analysis and engage (develop partnership framework
    and draft MOUs) (10%)
  • Support the CPM to ensure that the routine
    engagement of stakeholders is completed at agreed timelines
  • Develop and maintain biannual reports on
    partnership framework
  • Perform any other job-related duties as
    assigned



Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The applicant should hold a Master’s
    Degree in Livestock Production, Agriculture Economics, Project Management,
    Rural Development or other related field
  • A minimum of five years of hands-on
    experience;
  • A minimum of two (2) years at managerial
    level in a mix of agricultural value chains and rural development related
    projects; and a good understanding of the dairy value chain of Uganda and
    experience setting up producer/ market groups
  • Broad knowledge and understanding and
    hands-on experience in project cycle management; planning and budgeting;
  • Demonstrated ability to design and
    implement strategies aimed at providing institutional capacity building to
    key partner institutions with a view to build a more efficient,
    competitive, and sustainable dairy industry.
  • Previous experience working in NGO
    environment in a similar position is an added advantage.
How to Apply:
All candidates are encouraged to Apply Online be visiting the Web link
below.
Deadline: Friday 20th October 2017
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