Senior Livestock Officer UK Aid Project Jobs – Farm Africa

Job
Title:         
  Senior
Livestock Officer
Organization: Farm Africa
Project Name: Livestock
for Livelihoods (L4L) programme
Funding Source: UK Aid
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Project
Coordinator
About US:
Farm Africa is an
international non-governmental organization working to end hunger and bring
prosperity to rural Africa. We work to increase the incomes and improve food
security of smallholder farmers, pastoralists, agro-pastoralists, and forest
dwellers in East Africa. A core part of our strategy is to ensure that our
interventions are both economically sustainable and scalable. The systematic
integration of market linkages in implementing programmes is crucial to our
ability to scale our interventions cost-effectively. Farm Africa has the ambition
to be the leading European NGO specialising in Agriculture, Natural Resource
Management and Market Engagement.
About UK Aid Project:
Farm Africa was
recently awarded a £5m grant for a Livestock for Livelihoods (L4L) programme
operating in Uganda’s Karamoja sub-region and Ethiopia’s South Omo zone funded
by the UK government (UK Aid).The project will be implemented across four
districts of Karamoja sub-region (Moroto, Napak, Kotido & Nakapiripirit).
During this four year programme Farm Africa will work with local civil society,
SMEs, cooperatives and farmer organisations to develop market systems that
support livestock services and enterprises for 21,000 women, contributing to
women’s economic empowerment, reduced poverty and improved nutrition of women
and children. The project will address market failures in animal health and
breeding services to improve livestock productivity, build capacity and assets
of herders, establish trade and enterprise opportunities and improve household
nutrition practices through behavioural change. It will demonstrate how
nutrition interventions can build on women’s economic empowerment to contribute
to both increased income and improved household nutrition.
Job Summary: The
Senior Livestock Officer (SLO) is a key role in the implementation team of L4L
in Uganda and is responsible for managing the Kotido project sub-office and
ensuring timely and high-quality delivery of project activities in geographic
areas managed by the Kotido team. The Senior Livestock Officer (SLO) will be
required, under the management of the Project Coordinator, to play a lead role
in the planning, implementation, monitoring & reporting of the L4L project
in allocated areas. This will include contributing to internal and external
project reporting, financial management, partner management, monitoring and
evaluation of the project activities, outputs and impacts, and ensuring that
all stakeholders at the project area are fully engaged. The role will also
include general management oversight to a team of three staff based in Kotido
and responsibility for the daily running of the Kotido office and vehicles. The
Senior Livestock Officer (SLO) will be based in our field office in Kotido,
Karamoja, and will report to the Project Coordinator. The SLO will supervise
three field staff (a community facilitator, a finance and administration
assistant and a driver).
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Project planning
and implementation of the L4L project activities in allocated districts and
sub-counties
  • Actively contribute to the review and preparation of the project’s
    work plan and detailed activity budget as part of the quarterly and annual
    planning process.
  • With support from the Project Coordinator (PC) and Technical Manager
    for Livestock (TML) ensure technical excellence in delivery for all
    activities implemented by the Kotido team.
  • Ensure that project activities for Kotido team’s allocated districts
    are implemented and outputs achieved as planned and within the agreed
    budget.
  • Lead, and play a hands-on role in the delivery of, livestock-focused
    project activities including supporting with participant identification
    and ensuring community engagement in the project. Activities will focus on
    areas such as mobilisation, practical training in livestock production and
    productivity, land use planning and fodder management.
  • Work with the Project Coordinator to fully engage the Moroto-based
    M&E Knowledge Management Specialist (MEKMS) and Business Development
    Officer (BDO) in supporting the delivery of activities in and around
    Kotido.
  • Proactively identify and monitor any risks to non-delivery and,
    where required, develop and implement action plans to address issues
    identified.
  • Provide ongoing feedback to project activities and propose
    adjustments in annual implementation plans according to emerging needs and
    priorities.
  • Work in close collaboration with the PC, and the wider L4L team
    based in Moroto.
  • Support the PC in identifying and analysing the causes of spend
    variances to the budget and take action as needed.
Project monitoring,
evaluation and reporting
  • Provide information for reporting (internal and external) for
    activities managed from Kotido office as requested by the PC.
  • Regularly report on overall technical progress of the project to the
    PC (timelines to be agreed with the PC).
  • Keep PC regularly (monthly, or more frequently as requested) updated
    on delivery progress.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the Monitoring,
    Evaluation & Learning Plan (MLP) for the L4L project.
  • Work with the MEKMS to ensure that Kotido team are collecting
    indicator data as required in the MLP for purposes such as internal
    progress reviews and donor reporting.
  • Collect information for stories, case studies and lessons learnt and
    share with the PC.
  • Spend a high proportion of the time in the field, ensuring that all
    field activities are being delivered as planned and in line with Farm
    Africa Approaches/Methodologies.
Budget management,
financial reporting and compliance
  • Act as budget holder for Kotido office, with delegated authority for
    expenditure on budgeted project activities within agreed limits.
  • Ensure expenditure managed from Kotido sub-office is reported on in
    an accurate and timely manner, with explanations for variances provided as
    required/requested.
  • With support from Project Accountant & Administrator (PA&A)
    ensure that all members of the Kotido team are aware of, and operating in
    accordance with Farm Africa’s policies and procedures.
  • With support from the Finance and Admin Assistant (FAA), implement
    internal project financial controls, ensuring that financial management in
    the Kotido sub-office is in compliance with or exceeds the basic standards
    contained in the Farm Africa finance procedures manual and other relevant
    rules and procedures applicable in Uganda.
  • Ensure that all procurement of goods and services is carried out in
    line with Farm Africa procedures and also follows the terms and conditions
    stipulated in the financing agreement.
  • Ensure compliance with legal and contractual requirements for all
    activities conducted out of the Kotido sub-office.
Manage the Kotido
team, office facilities and fleet
  • Provide leadership and motivation to Kotido team, building
    values-based team working and individual staff skills relevant to the
    project. 
  • Hold (at least) monthly staff meetings and send minutes and key
    action points to the PC and the Project Accountant and Administrator.
  • Regularly provide both informal and formal coaching and feedback to
    all project staff. Effectively and promptly deal with any poor performance
    and actively recognise and encourage strong performance.
  • Hold in-person supervision sessions with line-managed staff at least
    once per quarter (to discuss progress against their personal development
    objectives and work targets) and carry out in-person annual appraisals
    with all line-managed staff.
  • Actively seek feedback on own performance and effectiveness from
    both country leadership as well as own project staff.
  • Ensure that vehicles and/or motorbikes allocated to the Kotido
    office are kept secure, well maintained and appropriately insured.
  • Ensure that Kotido office is well managed, with adequate facilities
    for team to carry out their duties.
Manage and nurture
mutually beneficial relationships with implementing partners and other
stakeholders
  • Work with AFRII (implementing partner) to coordinate delivery of
    nutrition focused activities in Kotido and surrounding sub-counties.
  • Lead in establishing and maintaining strong, collaborative and
    result-oriented relationship with the Kotido district authorities and with
    partners representatives in Kotido district.
  • Proactively identify and raise with the PC (and others as
    appropriate) any partner-related delivery risks, and work with project
    partner staff to implement action plans to resolve identified issues.
  • Oversee the implementation of the project’s visibility strategy for
    Kotido office activities in line with donor guidelines.
Play a key role in
delivering the wider objectives of both the L4L programme, and Farm Africa’s
work in Uganda.
  • Participate in project team meetings as requested by the Project
    Coordinator.
  • Work with AFRII (implementing partner) to ensure collaboration
    between delivery of nutrition-focused and business development activities
  • Support the wider L4L Uganda project delivery team to integrate
    market approaches within work plans and stakeholder engagements.
  • Work in close collaboration with the L4L Ethiopia Team – ensuring
    that knowledge, learnings and tools are shared across the two project
    locations
  • Maintain regular and effective communications with the wider project
    team, Uganda Country Office and implementing partners.
  • In consultation with the PC, act as an ambassador, promoting the
    project and the work of Farm Africa, including hosting visitors, speaking
    at workshops, conferences and meeting donors and other officials as and
    when required.
  • Contribute to the development of relevant Farm Africa policies and
    strategies.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Farm Africa Senior Livestock Officer job
    placement must hold a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Agriculture,
    Veterinary, Livestock, Rural Development, Pastoral Development, Rural
    Livelihoods or other relevant field. Further relevant academic
    qualification in the area of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development,
    Pastoral Development, Rural Livelihoods or other relevant field is desired
  • Detailed understanding of the livestock and pastoralism sector in
    Uganda, in particular with relation to small ruminants
  • Understanding of the interdependence between livelihoods and
    nutrition programming
  • Understanding of eco-system management, ideally in a
    rangeland/fodder context
  • Detailed understanding of market-based approaches to development and
    particularly approaches which encourage greater participation of women
  • Detailed understanding of participatory community-based project
    approaches, gender mainstreaming in development and economic
    opportunities. 
  • At least four years’ experience as a project officer in an INGO or
    agri-business evidencing knowledge and understanding of project strategy,
    design, implementation, monitoring and reporting
  • Experience working with pastoralist communities
  • Experience in implementation of livelihoods programmes with
    behaviour change components
  • Experience working in Karamoja 
  • Experience in designing and conducting trainings of communities and
    community-based veterinaries in livestock management related topics
  • Experience of leading projects delivering change using a
    market-systems approach
  • Experience in conducting household surveys or similar project
    evaluation surveys
  • Trained in DBC techniques / Experience in Designing for Behaviour
    Change (DBC) approaches
  • Proven ability to effectively manage a small team in conducting
    field activities
  • Ability to build strong relationships with stakeholders and
    communities based on trust, collaboration, demonstrated commitment and
    impact, deploying a wide range of influencing techniques as required
  • Budget management skills
  • Excellent project planning and organisational skills
  • Demonstrated leadership, line management and team building
    experience – including appraisal and managing under-performance.
  • Excellent network and excellent relationship with government
    partners
  • Written and oral communication and presentation skills with the ability
    to work with both Government and Private Sector stakeholders
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Fluency in Karamojong. 
  • Ability and willingness to travel widely and frequently both within
    and outside the Karamoja sub-region
  • Adept in Microsoft Windows including Word, Excel, Outlook and
    PowerPoint
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send an updated CV, salary history,
and a two-page supporting statement detailing how you meet the person
specification to ugandarecruitment@farmafrica.org including ‘Senior Livestock
Officer – L4L’’  in the subject line.
NB: Please DO NOT
send additional documents such as certificates and references with your
application. Shortlisted candidates ONLY will be required to provide these
documents during the interview process.  Interviews are expected to take
place w/c 14th May 2018 in Moroto (or via Skype). Only
shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Deadline: 10th May 2018 by 5.00pm EAT
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