Livestock Officer USAID Grant Jobs – Mercy Corps

 

Job Title:    Livestock Officer

Organization: Mercy Corps

Duty Station: Uganda

 

About US:

Mercy Corps has been present in Uganda since 2006, focusing its
interventions on economic and agricultural development, maternal child health
and nutrition, governance, conflict management and humanitarian response. In
2017, Mercy Corps had an impact on almost 1 million beneficiaries in Uganda
through our work focusing on building resilience and enabling economic growth,
improving opportunities to attain better health and nutrition, and improving
governance and conflict management. Common themes include community engagement,
inclusive development, gender, and working in partnership with local government,
the private sector and civil society actors.

 

About USAID Grant:

The $41 million USAID Food for Peace Activity (Apolou) and the $5 million
USAID Resilience Challenge Fund (RCF) Activity support agriculturalists,
agro-pastoralists, and pastoralist households living across the districts of
Amudat, Kotido, Kaabong, Karenga, and Moroto in Karamoja.

 

Apolou is implemented by a consortium of actors led by Mercy Corps,
including Save the Children, Whave Solutions, four local partners (KAPDA,
NARWOA and Riam Riam), TUNADO, FIDA Uganda, Strong Minds and Tufts University’s
Feinstein International Centre (FIC).

 

Job Summary:  The
Livestock officer will be at the forefront 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 participate in 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 models.

·       
Officer
will work in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and
Fisheries (MAAIF)- DVOs at the district level 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.

·       
Work
directly with government and CBO organizations that conduct animal health and
disease outbreak response in Karamoja.

·       
Organize,
participate and support in 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 Management

·       
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 activities

Influence & Representation

·       
Identify,
build and manage collaborative partnerships with key private sector gatekeepers

·       
Represent
Mercy Corps’ approach at key government, coordination and advocacy platforms.

 




Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal candidate must hold be a Doctor of 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

·       
The
success of the Livestock Officer will be based on the ability to work 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, the second will be the
degree to which the person promotes and captures learning with her/his team,
institutionalizing activity reviews, identifying and evaluating preconceptions
and promoting a culture of inquisition.

·       
The
third success factor will be the degree to which that person drives results,
making critical decisions and producing scheduled outputs at deadline and to
the expected quality.

 

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online at the
link below

 

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Deadline: 26th October 2020

 

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