Livestock Production Officer KMDP

Job ID 183

Program / Project Management Kenya   Rift Valley Region


Description

Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

FUNCTION
Under the leadership of Project Manager KMDP, the Livestock Specialist is responsible for providing technical input and coordinating all functions related to improvement in performance of dairy enterprises through establishment of functional extension systems at producer organizations, modern breeding, and health-promoting techniques, and uses these systems to develop dairy production plans in the project. The officer will also be responsible for supporting producer organizations to offer quality and reliable services to their members, through a robust extension systems which will facilitate easy access to inputs and services, all of which will ultimately contribute to increased production and productivity.

ESSENTIAL CHARACTER TRAITS
Result oriented, values committed, self-motivated, accountable and honest individual

RESPONSIBILITIES & DELIVERABLES
A. Mobilization and strengthening of Dairy Interest Groups to become effective participants in the dairy production improvement activities (30%)

  • Based on the ongoing assessment, develop a plan for building capacity of the Peer Farmer Trainers and use the plan to train them so that they can effectively facilitate the group strengthening activities at the grassroots
  • Coordinate the strengthening of the 800 DIGs to become active participants in the dairy production improvement activities
  • Promote the formation of Savings and Credit Schemes by the DIGs to ensure that smallholder farmers at the grassroots have mechanisms to finance the dairy improvement activities
  • Facilitate the training of the DIGs on Group dynamics and social capital strengthening
  • Facilitate the formation of Group Management Committees in each of the hubs (Producer Organizations)

DELIVERABLE

  • A training plan for Community Facilitators, Extension staff and Dairy Farm Assistants developed within the first 6 months and implemented based on the on-going capacity assessment gaps
  • Peer Farmer Trainers (Community Facilitators) actively involved on a daily basis in strengthening Dairy Interest Groups within the first 6 months. The number of Peer Farmer Trainers will be determined after the ongoing group assessment
  • 800 Dairy Interest Groups trained on Social Capital strengthening and group dynamics by the end of the second year
  • 800 Dairy Interest Groups strengthened to become active participants in dairy production improvement activities
  • Dairy Interest Groups implementing savings and credit schemes and using the schemes to finance the dairy improvement activities on a monthly basis
  • Each Hubs with functional Group Management Committees by the end of the first year
B. Coordinate the delivery of Grassroot Training to improve Dairy Productivity (30%)
  • Coordinate the delivery of dairy improvement training using the KMDP manuals and other relevant materials
  • Develop and implement detailed training plans for each of the producer organizations
  • Facilitate training of Artificial Service Providers in order to efficiently and effectively deliver quality services to farmers
  • Provide technical guidance and support in the establishment of fodder demo plots and promote replication of the same by the farmers
  • Provide technical support Producer organizations to prepare and implement efficient feeding and breeding plans

DELIVERABLE

  • Detailed implementation plan developed and implemented for all training to be undertaken per quarter
  • 20,000 farmers fully trained and completed the Livestock training manual by the end of the second year
  • 50 AI providers trained to efficiently and effectively deliver quality services to farmers
  • Fodder demonstration plots developed using the right agronomic standards by the end of the first year
  • Breeding and Feeding Plans developed by the end of the first year and is used by the producer organizations for improving dairy production and productivity
C. Monitoring and Evaluation (20%)
  • Develop and implement robust production monitoring indicators including a g database for all production and productivity parameters
  • Develop and regularly update a database for all the farmers trained on dairy production and productivity improvement
  • Monitor production and productivity-related indicators at producer organization and DIG levels and provide timely advice to enable attainment of key productivity targets
  • Undertake monthly monitoring of the farmer training and their effectiveness together with group performance and submit a report on the same every month
  • Facilitate the GMCs to undertake quarterly Participatory Self Reviews and Planning (PSRP)
  • Develop and promote best practice examples and ensure documentation of experience and lessons learned

DELIVERABLE

  • Production and productivity indicators identified and a database for the same developed by the end of the first year
  • Database for all the producers trained in different modules developed and updated quarterly
  • Quarterly monitoring of the production and productivity outcomes undertaken on a quarterly and information used to inform the corresponding the quarterly reports
  • PSRP reports from the Group Management Committees submitted quarterly
  • At least four success stories produced i.e. at least one during each quarter
  • Produce monthly field monitoring visit reports
D. Provide technical support to Producer organizations to set up effective extension coordination and management structures at the grassroots (15%)
  • Support producer organizations to setup robust extension systems that effectively serve smallholder farmers to increase production and productivity.
  • Work with input service providers including Artificial Insemination services, to ensure that they deliver training and quality services to farmers - feeds, animal drugs, equipment, breeding services among others
  • Support the Producer Organizations to implement sustainable AI and Animal Health delivery systems
  • Submit timely weekly, monthly and quarterly reports indicating progress for each of the targeted producer organization
  • Participate in the business Review Meetings for the Producer Organizations

DELIVERABLE

  • Functional Extension Coordination Structures in the 18 hubs (Producer Organizations) by the end of the first year
  • 18 Producer Organizations with functional extension subcommittees and coordinating extension activities
  • 18 Producer Organizations implementing efficient Breeding and feeding plans
  • Each hub with a functional system for delivery of Artificial Insemination and Animal Health Services
  • AI services delivered system developed to service 20,000 farmers in the project area by the end of the second year
  • Progress reports submitted on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis, within the expected schedule
E. Planning and Reporting (5%)
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly work plans for implementing in line with the project operational plans and submit them within the expected timelines
  • Prepare weekly, monthly and quarterly reports and submit to the Project coordinator, within the expected timelines
  • Participate in compiling of donor reports as requested

DELIVERABLE

  • Annual, quarterly, monthly and weekly work plan produced and shared with the Project coordinator
  • Well prepared weekly, monthly, quarterly and semi-annual reports submitted to the project coordinator on schedule
F. Any other tasks assigned by the supervisor

 

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the fields of veterinary medicine, animal science or other related fields, plus three (3) years’ experience in a mix of dairy production, value chain competitiveness, or agriculture development.

Preferred Requirements

  • Demonstrated experience in setting robust and sustainable extension systems for producer organizations. This requirement is in line with the need to have inbuilt ‘exit strategies’ within the project as a measure of ensuring that there are self-sustaining businesses by project end.
  • Significant experience in supporting producer organization to increase dairy production and productivity.

Most Critical Proficiencies

  • Clear understanding of the dairy value chain and Heifer’s Value-based model.
  • Experience in delivering extension services to small scale farmers
  • Innovative, analytical, and solutions-oriented.
  • Strong farmer mobilization skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement strategies aimed at providing institutional capacity building’ to Producer Organizations with a view to build a more efficient, competitive, and sustainable dairy industry.
  • Knowledge of income and expense budget preparation and monitoring.
  • A good understanding and sensitivity to issues associated with poverty, hunger and environment, and knowledge of the context to which non-profit organizations operate.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the latest developments in advancing good/best practices in dairy productivity improvement and dairy value chain development that reaches women, youth, and underprivileged.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Proficient knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, electronic mail (Microsoft Office preferred) and Internet.
  • Knowledge of and experience with developing private/public partnerships at the district level.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English and other local languages, both oral and written.

Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands

  • Prepar and present documents in a well-designed and attractive format with superior attention to detail.
  • Ability to understand, appreciate and implement Heifer’s Value-Based Holistic Community Development.
  • Demonstrated creativity, ability to think systematically, willingness and ability to incorporate innovative solutions and design catalytic activities within the production segment of the dairy value chain (e.g. the concept of business development service provision).
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work cooperatively, tactfully and diplomatically with culturally diverse groups of people.
  • Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues and the general public.
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively.
  • May require constant sitting, working at a computer and focusing for extended periods and performing office environment activities while on the road and/or in remote conditions.
  • Ability to work with sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Ability to manage and execute multiple tasks with little supervision while meeting inflexible deadlines.
  • Ability to work with smallholder farmers in rural set up while appreciating the dynamics or rural extension system
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision