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  • Posted: Apr 14, 2020
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    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. His mission was to provide relief, but he soon discovered the meager single cup o...
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    Livestock Production Officer KMDP

    Job Summary

    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.

    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.

    Responsibilities

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Any other tasks assigned by the supervisor

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    Business Development Officer

    Job Summary

    The Business Development Officer, under the overall guidance of the Project Manager, will provide overall leadership in designing and implementing appropriate interventions within the project with the objective of developing the 25-farmer owned agri-business (FOAB), in the HHK project into strong and profitable farmer business organizations and entities. This will be achieved through capacity building of the organizations in business planning and financial management, development of management structures and systems, the provision of business advisory services and the development of key marketing and financial linkages in financial services, input services and strong partnerships with both public and private organizations. The officer will identify impact investment opportunities and scaling up of Business Models. The interventions to be led by the Business Development Officer seek to increase the overall level of competitiveness of the poultry production business within the farmer-owned agri-business (FOAB).

    Minimum Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Business Management, Rural Development, Animal production with post-graduate diploma or experience in Business Management or a related field is required.
    • Experience implementing activities in large, complex projects in challenging environments.
    • Minimum 5 years of field and technical experience working on agribusiness development projects.
    • Significant experience in building public/private partnerships, preferably in the dairy sector.

    Responsibilities

    Business Development (30%)

    • Undertake capacity assessment and due diligence for farmer-owned agri-business (FOAB)
    • Support producer organizations to develop business plans, strategic plans, and financial and human resource management systems
    • Capacity Building of farmer-owned agri-business (FOAB), through training in business, financial management, and governance
    • Analysis and conducting of feasibility to assess and develop new business, investment, and financing options
    • Provide advice and assistance in the establishment and maintenance of business and financial records keeping systems
    • Develop business models clearly showing the value proposition of farmer-owned agri-business (FOAB), to members and how it will leverage the opportunities in the production and market environment

    DELIVERABLES

    • 25 farmers owned agri-business (FOAB) assessed within the first year of the project implementation and 25 capacity assessment reports developed
    • Technical assistance and mentorship provided to the 25 farmers owned agri-business (FOAB) on a quarterly basis through research, advisory and visits, and training sessions
    • Facilitate the development of business planning guidelines and the development of business plans, strategic plans, and financial management systems for 25 farmers owned agri-business (FOAB) by the end of the first year of the project
    • Capacity Building plans developed for all 25 farmers owned agri-business (FOAB) by the end of the first year and their implementation updated and reviewed on a quarterly basis
    • Feasibility and analysis conducted to identify business and investment opportunities for 25 farmers owned agri-business (FOAB) and at least 3 new opportunities explored per year per organization
    • 25 farmers owned agri-business (FOAB) with established financial and business records systems that provide management with the key information to govern business operations by the end of the second year of project implementation
    • 25 farmers owned agri-business (FOAB) with established and documented business models with a clear value proposition within the first 18 months of the project
    • 25 farmers owned agri-business (FOAB) achieve the targeted growth in member mobilization numbers-based project and hub membership targets by the end of the second year of the project implementation
    • Collect the Collate Catalytic Leverage Fund (CalF) and shared with the manager on a monthly basis

    Cooperative Governance and Management (30%).

    • Provide support in establishing and operating market structures (e.g., collection centers, market centers, processing facilities, chilling centers, etc.)
    • Facilitate the transformation of 25 farmers owned agri-business (FOAB) into formal dairy collective enterprises that will stimulate Poultry production
    • Assist to develop guidelines for the formation, management, and governance of cooperatives/FOAB/Producer groups
    • Coordinate and build up linkages and networks with the appropriate government Cooperative Office and other organizations, as required

    DELIVERABLES

    • 25 farmers owned agri-business (FOAB) with functional market structures for milk aggregation by the second year of project implementation
    • All the producer organizations operating as dairy collective producer organization and cooperatives by the end of the project
    • The project has strong linkages with the government cooperative offices in all the targeted counties and all the 25 farmers owned agri-business (FOAB) are compliant with cooperative guidelines and formal requirements by the end of the second year of project implementation

    Capacity Development (30%)

    • Design, develop and deliver business management training packages/modules, in liaison with other relevant project staff
    • Identify and carry out a comprehensive capacity assessment of the potential farmer producer organizations for the project to partner with and thereafter develop and deliver a capacity building programme
    • Develop capacity building and operationalization of the business and marketing plans of the producer organizations/Hubs through joint planning, monitoring
    • Facilitate the capacity building of the Cooperative/FOAB/union governing board and management in effective and efficient decision making, financial management, human resource management, operation and strategic planning and implementation, conflict management and democratic governance
    • Support the Producer Organizations to put in place and implement efficient financial management systems and build their capacity in all aspects of financial management

    DELIVERABLES

    • An operational and module-based business training package that integrates the experience of Cargill to develop and in use within the first 3 months of the project implementation
    • Capacity assessment is completed and continuously reviewed using the Scope Insight methodology and LINK methodologies in the project
    • Annual capacity development plans are developed overall for the project every year and their implementation reviewed and monitored on a quarterly basis
    • 25 farmers owned agri-business (FOAB) with effective governing boards with the capacity to provide strategic management and vision for the organizations in financial management, human resource management, operations, strategic implementation, and conflict management
    • 25 farmers owned agri-business (FOAB) with efficient and effective financial management systems by the end of the first year of project implementation

    Collaboration towards a common goal (10%)

    • With the Enterprise Development manager, develop the business FOAB of the cooperatives with backward and forward linkages into the total value chain
    • Incorporate within the framework of the project, potential ‘win-win’ business opportunities which can attract different value chain actors to engage in transactional relationships with the farmer producer organizations and develop a platform for the achieving these partnerships
    • Work in close coordination with the relevant project staff on quality assurance and control for all livestock-based products for processing, packaging, marketing, and distribution

    DELIVERABLES

    • The 25 farmers owned agri-business (FOAB) develop a strong platform for engaging with the value chain actors in transactional relationships
    • Close coordination and collaboration with Country Office Enterprise Development Manager, Training Manager, and Animal Wellbeing Manager to deliver quality training through the annual capacity building plans
    • The 25 farmers owned agri-business (FOAB) achieve and maintain high-quality standards for their produce including milk and have effective systems for daily quality monitoring

    Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor

    DELIVERABLES

    • This will be dependent on the specific duties assigned

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    Business Development Manager F4AK

    Job Summary

    The Business Development Manager, under the overall guidance of the Project Coordinator, will provide overall leadership in designing and implementing appropriate interventions within the project with the objective of developing the 5 producer organizations in the Food for All Project (F4APK) into strong and profitable farmer business organizations and entities. This will be achieved through capacity building of the organizations in business planning and financial management, development of management structures and systems, the provision of business advisory services and the development of key marketing and financial linkages in financial services, input services and strong partnerships with both public and private organizations. The interventions to be led by the Business Development Manager seek to increase the overall level of competitiveness of the dairy production business within the 5 farmer producer organizations.

    Minimum Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Business Management, Rural Development, Animal production with post-graduate diploma or experience in Business Management or a related field is required.
    • Experience implementing activities in large, complex projects in challenging environments.
    • Minimum (5) five years of field and technical experience working on agribusiness development projects.
    • Significant experience in building public/private partnerships, preferably in the dairy sector.

    Responsibilities

    Business Development (30%)

    • Undertake capacity assessment and due diligence for farmer business organizations
    • Support producer organizations to develop/Implementation of the business plans, strategic plans and financial and human resource management systems
    • Capacity Building of Farmer business organizations through training in business, financial management and governance
    • Analysis and conducting of feasibility to assess and develop new business, investment, and financing options
    • Provide advice and assistance in the establishment and maintenance of business and financial records keeping systems
    • Develop business models clearly showing the value proposition of Hubs to members and how it will leverage the opportunities in the production and market environments

    DELIVERABLE

    • Develop an 18 Month action plan based on the capacity assessment report for the 5 Dairy cooperative
    • Technical assistance and mentorship provided to the 5 farmer-based on a quarterly basis s through research, advisory and visits and training sessions
    • Facilitate the development of business planning guidelines and the development/implementation of business plans, strategic plans, and financial management systems for 5 producer organizations based on the infrastructural development
    • Capacity Building plans developed for all 5 farmer producer organizations and their implementation updated and reviewed on a quarterly basis
    • 5 producer organizations with established financial and business records systems that provide management with the key information to govern business operations by the end of the second year of project implementation
    • 5 producer organizations achieve the targeted growth in hub member mobilization numbers-based project and hub membership targets by the end of the second year of the project implementation

    Cooperative Governance and Management (30%)

    • Provide support in the operationalization of the value addition infrastructure, cooling systems, and centers
    • Facilitate the transformation of producer organizations (POs) into formal dairy collective enterprises that will stimulate dairy production
    • Assist to develop guidelines for the formation, management, and governance of cooperatives/Hubs/Producer groups
    • Coordinate and build up linkages and networks with the appropriate government Cooperative Office and other organizations, as required

    DELIVERABLE

    • 5 producer organizations market structures for milk aggregation and value-added products reviewed and action points developed
    • All the producer organizations operating as dairy collective producer organization and cooperatives by the end of the project
    • The project has strong linkages with the government cooperative offices in all the 4 counties and all the 5 producer organizations are compliant with cooperative guidelines and formal requirements by the end of the project implementation

    Capacity development (30%)

    • Design, develop and deliver business management training packages/modules, in liaison with other relevant project staff, based on the capacity assessment report
    • Develop capacity building and operationalization of the business and marketing plans of the producer organizations/Hubs through joint planning, monitoring
    • Facilitate the capacity building of the Cooperative/union governing board and management in effective and efficient decision making, financial management, human resource management, operation and strategic planning and implementation, conflict management and democratic governance
    • Support the Producer Organizations to put in place and implement efficient financial management systems and build their capacity in all aspects of financial management

    DELIVERABLE

    • An operational and module-based business training package that integrates the experience of 5 cooperatives and in use within the first 3 months
    • Continuously review the capacity assessment deliverables using the Scope Insight methodology and LINK methodologies in the project
    • Annual capacity development plans are developed overall for the project every year and their implementation reviewed and monitored on a quarterly basis
    • 5 producer organizations with effective governing boards with the capacity to provide strategic management and vision for the organizations in financial management, human resource management, operations, strategic implementation, and conflict management
    • 5 producer organizations with efficient and effective financial management systems by the end of the first year of project implementation

    Collaboration towards a common goal (5%)

    • With the Enterprise Development manager, develop the business hubs of the cooperatives with backward and forward linkages into the total value chain
    • Incorporate within the framework of the project, potential ‘win-win’ business opportunities which can attract different value chain actors to engage in transactional relationships with the farmer producer organizations and develop a platform for the achieving these partnerships
    • Work in close coordination with the relevant project staff on quality assurance and control for all livestock-based products for processing, packaging, marketing, and distribution

    DELIVERABLE

    • The 5 producer organizations develop a strong platform for engaging with the value chain actors in transactional relationships
    • Close coordination and collaboration with Country Office Enterprise Development Manager, Training Manager, and Animal Wellbeing Manager to deliver quality training through the annual capacity building plans
    • The 5 Producer Organizations achieve and maintain high-quality standards for their produce including milk and have effective systems for daily quality monitoring
    • Collect, Collate and analysis the 5 cooperative revenues and expenditures on a monthly basis using standard data collection tools

    Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor (5%)

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