Animal Health Advisor USAID Project Jobs – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy
Corps
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Animal
health Manager – Apolou Activity
About US:
Mercy Corps is a
leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is
possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world,
we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over
adversity and build stronger communities from within.   Working
in Uganda since 2006, Mercy Corps has applied market-driven solutions to
communities across the country, equipping individuals and households with the
knowledge, skills and confidence to generate improvements in their access to
markets, livelihoods, health, nutrition, and security, in order to improve their
overall resilience. 
About USAID 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 Animal Health- Adviser will support the
development and roll-out of sound implementation plans that are in line with
the program’s theory of change, strategy development, implementation and
quality control for the Animal Health for Resilience Activity within the
broader Apolou Activity.
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.
·       
Animal
health advisor will be responsible for the design and 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 models.
·       
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 Karamoja.
·       
Plan,
lead and organize meetings and workshops to support strengthening of veterinary
epidemiology capacities



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       
The
applicant must be a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with 4-6 years direct
experience partnering with governments on animal health and disease.
surveillance systems including 3 years minimum experience in health or public
health program management.
·       
An
advanced degree animal health.
·       
Experience
working on policy and advocacy change with Government of Uganda, MAAIF
specifically.
·       
Knowledge
of and experience working with complex MEL systems.
·       
Experience
working with USAID as a donor preferred.
·       
Understanding
of and experience of working with Resilience concepts.
·       
Excellent
analytical skills and experience working on livestock research.
·       
Good
self-management and interpersonal skills.
·       
Experience
working in or for Karamoja a plus.
·       
Excellent
written and oral communications skills in English language.
·       
PMD Pro
certification or equivalent is an advantage.
How to Apply:
All candidates who
wish to join Mercy Corps in this capacity should apply online at the link
below.
Deadline: 17th June 2020
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