Heifer International Project Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Heifer International Project Officer Jobs in Ethiopia


  • The Project Officer will be responsible for the effective delivery of animal health and production technologies, knowledge and skills to project participants, project partners and agricultural cooperatives.

  • S/he will ensure that farmers adopt improved technologies for consistence and bulk supply of quality animals.

  • S/he will work in close collaboration and coordination with the Heifer Ethiopia Program team especially Project Manager-AWB, project partners, agricultural cooperatives and Community Agro Vet Entrepreneurs (CAVEs).

  • In addition, s/he will implement prototypes related to enhancing efficiency of livestock (poultry and small ruminants) health, production and productivity; and contribute in the scale-up of learnings for the wider benefit of farmers.

    Essential Character Traits

  • Highly motivated and inspirational leader, superb listener and communicator, relationship builder, energetic and positive, team builder, strives for shared vision, impact-driven and innovative, organized, having strong business acumen, pro-active, respect for procedures and norms, curious, analytical, socially sensitive, values-oriented, conviction towards holistic sustainable development.

    Responsibilities & Deliverabes

    Animal health and management strengthening (30%)

  • Develop plans and support project partners and agricultural cooperatives in implementing activities for well-balanced livestock diets

  • Ensure cooperatives and project beneficiaries follow appropriate breeding strategies and plans to improve genetic quality for better productivity

  • Assist the field project team and project partners to ensure livestock purchased for distribution to project recipients are healthy and productive

  • Ensure that vaccinations to needy animals against major diseases are carried out at the right time and stage- meeting quality standards of the biological needs and processes adopted

  • Keep prior intelligence/information and appropriately handle/investigate/respond to disease epidemics, outbreaks, unusual mortality and other similar situations such as natural calamities

  • Technical assistance provided through formal/informal trainings, coaching, exposure, and other possible ways

  • Year-round adequate availability of nutritious grass, balanced feeding techniques practiced by farmers

  • Adequate availability of superior quality animals and their multiplication

  • Documentation and periodic reports on quality of animals purchased; mortality decreased

  • Established a consistent system of bulk supply of quality animals

    Networking, communication and business development (30 %)

  • Strengthen CAVEs/technicians' capacity to ensure accessibility and availability of quality veterinary services and input supplies (vet medicines, vaccines, etc.) through in-house and collaboration with govt. departments

  • Work with the field team in networking and coordination with appropriate government institutions and the private sector for veterinary services and inputs

  • Work with Project Manager-Animal Well-Being and project team to develop the business hubs of the cooperatives/producers with backward and forward linkages into the total value chain

  • Work with the Senior Project Manager- Business/Enterprise and Cooperatives Development to organize enterprise development related Training of Trainers for project partners, cooperatives and project farmers

  • Guide, coach and facilitate CAVEs/ technicians for effective and sustainable supply of inputs and services to farmers through respective agricultural cooperatives.

  • Established coordination and networking between government veterinary systems and agricultural coops.

  • Be a team motivator for the Heifer Ethiopia team.

    AWB Implementation Support and Leadership (20%)

  • Lead the animal well-being related activities
    and functions at the cluster level.

  • Develop strategy at the cluster level to establish quality, quantity and consistent supply system of farm animal productivity.

  • Oversee at the sub-project and agricultural cooperative level animal health and husbandry services to ensure improved animal management practices are being adopted by farmers.

  • Take a lead in implementation of related prototypic and action research, document the outputs and scale-up the best/good practices.

  • Develop animal health and production strengthening plan with clear timeline and deliverables.

  • Timely delivery of milestones relating to AWB component.

    Produce periodic reports as and when required.
    Capacity building (15%)


  • Develop staff capacity building plan in the field of animal well-being

  • Organize and facilitate trainings and workshops for CAVEs/technicians and project partners on improved animal health and husbandry.

  • Provide technical backstopping and mobilize CAVEs and technicians through regular coaching, and technical guidance as appropriate to ensure improved livestock management practices are adopted by project participants

  • Assist the field team to oversee Famers' Field Schools, support in documentation and explore possibilities to streamline in other projects

  • Develop and deliver training materials/modules on various aspects or functions of animal well-being

  • Prepare manuals, briefs, guidelines, technical papers and other knowledge documents related to the field of animal well-being

  • Track performance and progress of CAVEs and technicians periodically

  • Seek continued growth in the knowledge of Heifer International projects and issues of hunger and poverty

  • Perform other job-related duties as requested (5%)

    Minimum Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent from a recognized university in Animal Sciences, Veterinary Science and minimum three (2) years of experience with an international organization in a similar context is required.

    Most Critical Proficiencies

  • Knowledge of and experience in working with livestock projects.

  • Knowledge of and experience with or within community organizations.

  • Competency in both speaking and writing skills on local language/Oromia and English.

  • Excellent leadership qualities and communication Skills.

  • Have an interest in animals, agriculture, and community development.

  • Good understanding of and sensitivity for poverty, social and ethnic issues.

  • Excellent organizational skills including strong attention to detail.

  • Computer proficient in word processing, spreadsheets, electronic mail software (Microsoft preferred) and other appropriate technology.

    Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands

  • Motivated to work responsibly with little supervision - major tasks in field where independent expert decisions must be made.

  • Ability to meet and deal with others in a courteous and tactful manner.

  • Demonstrate a high degree of honesty and integrity.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work cooperatively, tactfully and diplomatically with a culturally diverse group of people.

  • Ability and willingness to work with a flexible schedule.

  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively, both locally and internationally.

  • Ability to foster and maintain a spirit of unity, teamwork and cooperation.

  • Sensitivity in working with multiple cultures and beliefs, and to gender equity.

  • Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Heifer International Project Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

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