Heifer International Livestock Production Officer KMDP Jobs in Kenya
Heifer International Livestock Production Officer KMDP Jobs in KenyaDescriptionHeifer 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.
Essential Character Traits
Result oriented, values committed, self-motivated, accountable and honest individual
Responsibilities and Deliverables
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)
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 det
ermined 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
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.
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
How to Apply
For more information and job application details, see; Heifer International Livestock Production Officer KMDP Jobs in Kenya
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