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National Livestock Specialist, Harare

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST - VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT : 180856 National Livestock Specialist Job Posting : 07/Aug/2018 Closure Date : 21/Aug/2018, 9:59:00 PM Organizational Unit : FAO ZIMBABWE Type of Requisition : NPP (National Project Personnel) Grade Level : N/A Primary Location : Zimbabwe-Harare Duration : 12 months renewable Post Number : N/A CCOG Code : N/A IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on your personal device's date and time settings. FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality. Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization Organizational Setting The Government of the United Kingdom through the Department for International Development (DFID) is supporting the Zimbabwe Livelihoods and Food Security Programme (LFSP), which aims to contribute to poverty reduction through increased incomes for a minimum number of 200,000 beneficiaries' households from 2014 to 2020. The programme is being implemented in four provinces covering ten districts as follows: Mutasa, Mutare, and Makoni in Manicaland province; Guruve, Bindura and Mt Darwin in Mashonaland Central province; and Kwekwe, Gokwe North, Gokwe South and Shurugwi in Midlands province and two additional districts reached with biofortification component only; Mazowe and Zvimba in Mashonaland Central and West provinces. The programme is being implemented by a multiple of partners and the components in the extension phase are structured around the following with gender mainstreaming cutting across on all components; Extension and Nutrition (EN) Rural Finance (RF) Policy Support (PS) Biofortification (BF) Market Development (MD) Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation (MEAL) Reporting Lines Working under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative for Zimbabwe, the direct supervision of the LFSP Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and in close collaboration with relevant FAO staff, donors, implementing partners, government and other LFSP components Technical Focus The technical areas/profiles covered will be as follows: Livestock production Livestock extension Livestock value chains Tasks and responsibilities Design and oversee the implementation of livestock production models and innovations, which will allow for selection of appropriate production systems to enhance resilience and commercialization of small, food insecure men and women farmers in Zimbabwe. Support the development and updating of enterprise selection methods and tools, as well as efforts to enhance group formation and dynamics as a means of empowering small-scale farmers, particularly women. Provide technical support to the FAO project team and implementing partners on all aspects related to extension and advisory services focusing on livestock value chain. Take a leading role in the production and distribution of relevant livestock extension materials for the identified enterprises in the target districts. Support the IPs in the delivery of livestock extension training to stakeholders and ensure training is relevant and meets quality standards. Identify constraints and issues related to agricultural extension with focus on livestock and take mitigation action to ensure the successful and timely completion of all activities that contribute to project results. Work closely with Agribusiness, Rural Finance officers and market development partners in the development and facilitation of livestock value chains Participate in the preparation of project annual work plans in consultation with key stakeholders and prepare costed work plan for the livestock extension sub-component. Review and monitor progress made in the implementation of project interventions and lessons learnt in the districts and make recommendations to improve performance in livestock production and productivity. Provide regular technical back-up to the project field personnel to ensure technical compliance. Prepare regular/periodic project implementation progress reports, develop information products to support decision making during project review exercises and contribute to preparation of advocacy material and policy briefs under the project. Conduct programme wide technical thematic meetings for sharing and strengthening the knowledge and skills among programme officers on interventions and approaches to enhance programme delivery. Produce and present knowledge products including technical papers, lessons learned or success stories on livestock extension and advisory services aspect of the programme Conduct any other duties assigned to him/her by the CTA or his designate from time to time. CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING Minimum Requirements Advanced degree in Animal Production or Animal Health related agricultural sciences At least 10 years of experience in the livestock production sector, animal health, extension and/or research Working knowledge of English, excellent communication, interpersonal and networking skills Being nationals of Zimbabwe FAO Core Competencies Results Focus Teamwork Communication Building Effective Relationships Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement Selection Criteria Experience in project management (planning, budgeting management of contracts and monitoring). Experience in working with national governments and NGOs. Good organizational skills, ability to work independently and under pressure, ability to interact constructively with a diversity of clients and team members within FAO Zimbabwe. Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing). Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list. Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications. Candidates with acceptable language certificate/s should upload them when submitting their application. For details, visit For other issues, visit the FAO employment website: For further information on categories, contract duration and honoraria, please refer to the Conditions page. 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