Position: Project Officer - Animal Well-Being (PO-AWB)
The Project Officer - Animal Well-Being will be responsible for the effective delivery of animal health and production technologies, knowledge, and skills to the Heifer team, project partners, cooperatives, and beneficiaries. S/he will ensure that farmers understand and adopt improved technologies to maximize farm animal productivity for consistency and supply of quality animals. S/he will work in close collaboration and coordination with the Heifer Nepal Program team, local government, project partners, cooperatives, and Community Agro-Vet Entrepreneurs (CAVE).
Strengthen Animal Health and Production System and ensure adoption (50 %)
Adopt appropriate strategies and plan at the Palika level for improving animal health, production, productivity, and marketing.
Prepare required guidelines for effective implementation.
Prepare Detail Implementation Plan (DIP), facilitate implementation, and track progress regularly.
Ensure targets for production volume, quality, and consistency at the Palika level are met.
Support project staff in forage fodder nursery establishment and plantation ensuring year-round availability of nutritious grasses.
Ensure animal sheds, with all technical specifications, are constructed within a set timeline.
Support in the animal selection, procurement, and placement based on technical specifications mentioned in the guideline.
Make sure deworming and vaccinations are carried out at the right time and stage meeting quality standards.
Support Technical Coordinators in the effective mobilization of CAVEs for ensuring accessibility and availability of treatment services at the household level.
Provide support in increasing farm profitability through the adoption of improved technologies at the farmers’ level.
Understand market demand and adjust production plans accordingly.
Capacity Building of Project Staff and Local Resource Person (25%)
Provide technical orientation to project staff to build a basic and common understanding of AWB components.
Build capacity of Technical Coordinators for effective mobilization of CAVEs.
Ensure CAVEs are adequately capacitated through regular follow-up, backstopping, and guidance.
Train Local Resource Persons (Carpenters, Lead Farmers, project technical team, etc.) to effectively conduct all planned activities.
Support cooperatives for effective provisioning of BDS (Business Development Services) to its member farmers.
Conduct discussion meetings, workshops, training, Animal Health Camps, etc. as and when required.
Support lead farmers, entrepreneurs, and cooperatives to leverage resources from local government, the provincial government, and other opportunities.
Document and disseminate best practices and promote cross-learnings among Palikas.
Coordination / Collaboration with Local Government and other Stakeholders (25%)
Build strong collaboration with local government to create enabling environment for planning and execution of planned activities.
Coordinate with the provincial government as well as veterinary hospitals and expert centers to leverage technical support and services in the project.
Establish functional relationships with private sectors in production inputs/services (animal feed, vaccines, vet medicines, livestock insurance, etc.), market actors/market centers, and connect them with farmers and cooperatives.
Perform other job-related duties as requested.
A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Veterinary Science plus at least three (3) years of job-related experience is required.
Other job-related education and/or experience may be substituted for all or part of these basic requirements.
A Cover letter mentioning expected salary along with application form (download from website), latest curriculum-vitae, a recent passport size photograph, a copy of Nepali citizenship certificate should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 March 2021. Please indicate the position that you are applying for in the subject line. For details of the job description and requirements, please visit our website link. Only short-listed candidates will be invited for the interview. Telephone inquiries will not be entertained.
Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Dan West was a farmer from the American Midwest and member of the Church of the Brethren who went to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker