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PROJECT OFFICER -ANIMAL WELL BEING (PO-AWB) Expired

Application Deadline: 10 Mar, 17:00

No. of Openings: 2

FUNCTION

The Project Officer - Animal Well-Being will be responsible for an effective delivery of animal health and production technologies, knowledge and skills to Heifer team, project partners, cooperatives, and beneficiaries. S/he will ensure that farmers understand and adopt improved technologies to maximize farm animal productivity for consistence 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).

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Strengthen Animal Health and Production System and ensure adoption (50 %) 

  • Adopt appropriate strategies and plan at 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 palika level is met.
  • Support project staffs in forage fodder nursery establishment and plantation ensuring year-round availability of nutritious grasses.
  • Ensure animal sheds, with all technical specifications, are constructed with in a set timeline.
  • Support in animal selection, procurement, and placement based on technical specifications mentioned in the guideline.
  • Make sure deworming and vaccinations are carried out at right time and stage meeting quality standards. 
  • Support Technical Coordinators in effective mobilization of CAVEs for ensuring accessibility and availability of treatment services at household level. 
  • Provide support in increasing farm profitability through adoption of improved technologies at farmers’ level. 
  • Understand market demand and adjust production plan accordingly.

Capacity Building of Project Staff and Local Resource Person (25%)    

  • Provide technical orientation to project staffs to build basic and common understanding on 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, trainings, Animal Health Camps etc. as and when required.
  • Support lead farmers, entrepreneurs, and cooperatives to leverage resources from local government, 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 provincial government as well as veterinary hospital and expert centers to leverage technical support and services in the project.
  • Establish functional relationship 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.

HOW TO APPLY

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 hr.nepal@heifer.org by 10 March 2021. Please indicate the position that you are applying for in the subject line. For details of job description and requirement, please visit our website http://www.heifernepal.org.

Only short-listed candidates will be invited for the interview. Telephone enquiries will not be entertained.