Livestock Technical Assistant

at Vétérinaires Sans Frontières International
Published June 28, 2024
Location Shinshicho, Ethiopia
Category Administration  
Job Type Full Time  


The TA/CR works under the hierarchical responsibility of the Director of Operations, in connection with the Program Manager of the Livestock and Animal Health Unit at AVSF headquarters and the Inter Aide Project Manager and in close coordination with the Inter Aide teams in Ethiopia and France. His/her role will be to manage and follow up the implementation of the livestock activities of the project, as well to ensure the monitoring-evaluation and reporting of this component. He/she will supervise the team of local technical assistants (2 people to date).

More specifically the TA/CR will continue the deployment of experimental activities and studies regarding main determinant factors to dairy production that were launched in phase I (feeding and husbandry practices, disease prevention, genetic improvement), deepen the support strategy to the decentralized veterinary services to improve farmers’ access to animal health services, develop the dairy chain value for smallholder families benefit.

In addition to the technical and operational management of the project's activities, the person recruited will also ensure the strengthening of links with local and national authorities in livestock area (Ministry of Livestock) and in particular animal health (veterinary services).

He/she will be the official representative of AVSF in Ethiopia, with the local and national authorities, as well as with Inter Aide's country coordination. He/she will contribute to the advocacy, communication and associative life of AVSF in Ethiopia and in general.

Living and working conditions :

Position based in Central Ethiopia Region, in Shinshicho town (where there’s already an equipped house) or Sodo town with daily travelling to Shinshicho office.
Frequent and regular travel to the field in the administrative areas of Kembata Zone and Tembaro Special Woreda, Hadiya and North West Wolayta.
An Inter Aide car is allocated to AVSF activities and for personal use out of working schedule.
Security: Security conditions are good in the field (project area in yellow on the MEAE map). The person recruited will apply the security rules in force both at AVSF and within the InterAide team locally.

Education: Higher education (Master's degree or equivalent) in veterinary science, animal production, agronomy or agro-economics. Specialisation or strong interest in animal production (zootechnics) and/or animal sectors is a plus;
Experience: at least 3 years of proven experience in a project management position in an NGO or similar institution in the domain of rural and local development;
Other skills: ability to work in a team and in the field, strong analytical and synthesis skills, strong
interpersonal and writing skills, and a good personal capacity for autonomy and adaptation to
work in difficult local conditions.

Skills required:

Experience in rural development program management (mastery of project cycle management), skills in monitoring and evaluation and capitalisation of experience are required;
Pedagogical capacity towards the team and the beneficiaries, capacity building skills;
Technical skills or practical experiences in animal production (dairy cattle), organisation of veterinary services, supply chains and technical support methods for producers are highly appreciated;
Ability to work in an intercultural context, in a partnership frame where AVSF is under administrative/financial management of InterAide;
Fluency in English is essential (daily working language);
Computer skills are required.

Interested candidates should send their application (letter of motivation + CV), with the reference
"RP-ATE Ethiopia"

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