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Uganda: Livestock Program Officer- 1 Vacancy based in Kotido (Open to Ugandan Nationals Only)

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Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 17 Nov 2017


Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006 and works to catalyze change makers within the Ugandan private sector, civil society and government to create economically dynamic, healthy and secure communities. Our works focus on building resilience and enable economic growth, improve opportunities to attain better health and nutrition, and improved governance and conflict management. We implement programs in the northern districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other private donations.

Since May 2015, Mercy Corps has been implementing Nike Foundation funded program working in the Karamoja (Uganda) and West Pokot and Turkana (Kenya) regions. The project, called Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL), aims to empower pastoralist girls in the Karamoja region to improve their livelihoods and personal agency, as well as increase the food security and adaptive capacity of their households and the resilience of their communities. Mercy Corps is looking for a qualified Ugandan to fill the position of Livestock Program Officer for the GIRL program.


The Livestock Program Officer will lead the implementation of GIRL Program livestock Component in Karamojong region. Working alongside the GIRL program Staff, the Livestock Program Officer will work with groups of girls to implement livestock activities such as livestock distribution and training of newly recruited Girl groups on livestock management and health practices. The Livestock Program Officer will work closely with the GIRL M&E Officer, Program Officers and Team Leader to ensure lessons learned are captured and model is well documented.


· Coordinate GIRL team in the distribution of livestock in target communities aligned with Mercy Corps facilitation approach

· Advise the GIRL Program Team Leader and Program Director on the types of livestock that adapt better to the environment of Karamoja, and which is more likely to resist diseases, droughts and harsh climate conditions.

· Create curriculum on for the different Livestock management practices that would later be used for trainings

· Conduct trainings and provide technical assistance to the beneficiaries of livestock distribution

· Arrange community meetings, sensitization events and farmer field days for community members to learn about livestock production and management

· Provide weekly reports and updates to the Program Director and Moroto Team Leader.

· Make on-site field visits regularly to monitor progress of GIRL livestock activities and provide strategic measures for progress to maximize the program’s economic and social impacts onto the community.

· Assist business and girl (youth) groups to develop new livestock related businesses such as feed block manufacture, silage production, livestock fattening activities.

· Promote livestock production targeting girls (women) and youth groups as an income generating activity.

· Collaborate with livestock health companies and service providers such as veterinary extension workers linking them to the communities and girl farmers.

· Prepare accurate and timely monitoring and field reports and other project documentation as required

· Maintain proper project/program files.

· Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.


· Minimum 3-5 years’ experience working with NGOs/CBO’s in livestock or veterinary services

· Degree in Economic Development, Community Development

· Experience working in livestock market development in pastoral communities

· Commitment to working with youth and vulnerable groups in need, regardless of race, tribe, religion or gender;

· Understanding of working with local partners;

· Good problem solving, written and oral communication skills;

· Strong written and spoken English

· Local language skills required (Karamojong)

· Ability to work without constant supervision and as part of a mixed team;

· Good knowledge of MS Office software


The ideal candidate will have the ability and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the cultural, relatively poor infrastructure of Karamoja sub region. S/he will be an excellent communicator, have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and often stressful environments

How to apply:

Applications: Submit your application through email to addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda. Include a cover letter clearly stating your salary requirements, CV (with 3 referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates. Deadline for Submission: Close of business on Friday, 17th November, 2017. Subject of email should include the position you are applying for**.** Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by Mercy Corps. Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer; qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.