4 Entry Level Livestock Officer USAID Project Job Placements – Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps
Duty Station:
Reports To: Animal
Health Manager
About US:
Mercy Corps is a US-founded global non-governmental,
humanitarian aid organization operating in transitional contexts that have
undergone, or have been undergoing, various forms of economic, environmental,
social and political instabilities.
About the Project:
Mercy Corps is implementing a five year USAID funded food
and nutrition security Activity called Apolou in Karenga, Kaabong, Kotido,
Amudat and Moroto Districts. In addition to this funding, Mercy Corps was
awarded funding for an Animal Health for Resilience Activity on Animal Health
interventions and policy in the Karamoja sub-region through USAID’s Resilience
Challenge Fund. Activities will be focused on Kaabong and Amudat Districts. The
overall goal of the Animal Health for Resilience Activity is to increase
veterinary governance and increase public and private investment in disease
prevention, surveillance, control, and response systems to strengthen
productive assets for improved resilience in Karamoja.
Job Summary:   The Livestock officer will be at the fore
front of implementation the Animal Health for Resilience Activity within the
broader Apolou Activity. And work in close collaboration with the Apolou
Activity livestock team and the broader Apolou teams, government stakeholders
especially the district veterinary offices and Ministry of Agriculture Animal
industry and fisheries, USAID and other implementing partners in Karamoja. The
position will have the responsibility to Improve veterinary governance and
increased public and private investment in disease prevention, surveillance,
control and response systems to strengthen productive assets for improved
resilience in Karamoja.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
In partnership with the Government of Uganda at
national and district levels, the position will participate the design and
implementation of a 1-2 cost-effective livestock disease surveillance,
monitoring and response systems.
Livestock officer will be responsible for the
development and operationalization of active and passive livestock disease
surveillance, Livestock Early Warning System LEWs and response mechanisms in
Kaabong and Amudat districts
Participate in desk review and interview experts
in public animal health systems to capture lessons learned and recommendations.
With this information and in close consultation with district officials,
Propose and co create different models such as an event- and indicator- based
surveillance, and community-based surveillance systems in Kaabong and Amudat
Pilot disease surveillance/response systems
including overseeing the completion of a cost-benefit analysis of different
Will work in coordination with Ministry of
Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) to prepare and endorse an
animal health services capacity-strengthening plan for the Karamoja region.
Coordinate with other program Livestock,
Livelihoods and Apolou teams to support activity integration and information
sharing within Apolou and other similar programs.
Coordinate with GoU to provide technical
expertise, analyze surveillance data, conduct studies, provide recommendations
to partners, and conduct epidemiologic and programmatic assessments using
program-developed instruments and tools.
Coordinate and assist government and CBO
organizations that conduct animal health and disease outbreak response in
Plan, lead and organize meetings and workshops
to support strengthening of veterinary epidemiology capacities
Team Management
Promote accountability, communicate expectations
and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on
ones and performance reviews.
Create and sustain a work environment of mutual
respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
Liaise with other team members to ensure
consortium is integrated in approach, on-scope, on-time and on-budget.
Finance & Compliance
Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps
regulations related to Livestock Activities
Develop team budgets, ensure adherence to MC
Uganda Field Finance Manual and Field Procurement Manual for all livestock
Influence & Representation
Identify, build and manage collaborative
partnerships with key private sector gatekeepers
Represent Mercy Corps’ approach at key
government, coordination and advocacy platforms.
Organizational Learning
As part of our commitment to organizational
learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are
more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect
all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit
Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Participants 
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support
all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our participants and to
international standards guiding international relief and development work,
while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the
design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
The ideal applicant must hold a Degree in
Veterinary Medicine with 2-3 years’ direct experience partnering with
governments on animal health and disease surveillance systems, experience
working with public health programs is an added advantage.
Willingness to work in the field with agro-vet
shops, Community animal health workers, kraal leaders and communities;
Possess the ability to interact effectively with
a wide range of partners; private sector, government and civil society
Basic understanding of and experience of working
with Resilience concepts
Excellent analytical skills and experience working
on livestock research
Skills in team work, holding community
consultations and organizational development;
Excellent reporting, communication and
representation skills
Skills in networking, team-working, and
community consultations
Good spoken and written English. Fluency in
Ngakarimojong and Pokot is an advantage
How to Apply:
All candidates are encouraged to apply online at the link
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during
and outside work hours. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a
professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies,
procedures, and values at all times and in all locations.
Deadline: 20th April 2020
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