Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze

Scope of Work – Livestock Program Advisor

Project Name     :   Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze / Contract No. AID-696-C-17-00001

Consultancy Title and Assignment      : Livestock Program Advisor

Reports To      :  Deputy Chief of Party and Senior Agronomist

Level of Effort   :   Full-time position

Place of Performance   :  Kigali, Rwanda and Hinga Weze target districts

Period of Performance  :  Starting from January 2019 as soon the recruitment is over

  1. Background
    1. About CNFA

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is an international agricultural development organization that specializes in designing sustainable, market-led agricultural, agribusiness and livestock initiatives. CNFA builds strong local and global partnerships, incorporates innovative approaches in its programs, and fosters inclusive development to offer enhanced opportunities to underserved groups. Since 1985, CNFA has managed more than $600 million in donor-funded agriculture development programs, and has worked in 44 countries across the world in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latina America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia.

About Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity
The objective of the five-year USAID Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve the nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of agriculture and food systems to the changing climate. These outcomes will be achieved through combining capacity building with in-kind matching grants and technical support to strengthen agricultural extension, improve agricultural infrastructure, and facilitate linkages among value chain actors. To achieve the goals of Hinga Weze, five value chains will be specifically targeted: high-iron beans, orange flesh sweet potato (OFSP), Irish potato, maize and horticulture. The Activity is being implemented in the following ten districts of Rwanda: Gatsibo, Kayonza, Kirehe, Ngoma (Eastern Province); Nyabihu, Rutsiro, Ngororero Nyamasheke, Karongi (Western Province); and Nyamagabe (Southern Province).

  1. Position Overview:

The Hinga Weze Livestock program Advisor is responsible for guiding the interventions in the domain of livestock, advising the leadership on policies and strategies related to livestock, overseeing the overall management of the Hinga Weze livestock program in all Districts of intervention; recruiting, mentoring and field training of local community agri-preneurs; and directing the organization’s livestock specific interventions like animals or animal products distribution. The main goal for the Hinga Weze Livestock program will focus on the research, design, and implementation of Hinga Weze livestock interventions, training and mentoring of Agri-preneurs as well as community volunteers.

III. Hinga Weze Livestock Programme Advisor’s Responsibilities:

Review the current policy and regulatory framework on small stock in Rwanda and give recommendations on how the new project can assist in the development of small stock;
Propose or contribute to the strategic vision of CNFA in the domain of livestock programme;
Provide professional advice and services in formulating and implementing policies and regulations on various species and classes of livestock;
Advise on developing human and infrastructure capacity for small stock husbandry in the country;
Train extension agents and farmers on small stock husbandry;
Establish partnerships with animal breeders in the characterization, performance evaluation and selection of animal genotypes for yields and adaptability to specific production system
Gather and analyze key information on small stock development in Rwanda, including status of existing rearing system, and potential for new development.
Advise on developing and implementing strategies for rapid multiplication and distribution of improved small stock breeds to end users
Develop competitive development projects and partnerships at national, regional and international levels for developing and disseminating innovations to end-users
Be able to conduct research on the impact of small stock on the livelihood of farmer beneficiaries
Translate the research outputs into extension materials
Contribute to designing and implementation of Hinga Weze livestock community program
Contribute to the planning and assessment of livestock-related grants
Mentor and train agri-preneurs to raise small animals of good quality and in accordance with Hinga Weze Training Manual, designated protocols and standards, suitable for nutrition and market purpose in line with Hinga Weze objective.

  1. Job Qualifications – Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Bachelor’s degree in animal production, animal sciences, veterinary with a minimum professional experience of 7 years, or master’s degree in aforementioned fields with a minimum professional experience of 5 years, with at least 2 years in leadership positions;
Familiar with Rwanda livestock and animal resources policies and strategies;
Experience with US-funded project;
Ability to work with a variety of people and groups;
Ability to work under the minimum supervision
Good command of computer skills.
V. Application

All interested and qualified candidates are invited to send their applications with an application letter together with a detailed curriculum vitae, a copy of degrees and certificates, sent in PDF or Word format to with the subject: APPLICATION FOR THE POSITION OF HINGA WEZE LIVESTOCK PROGRAM ADVISOR not later than January 18th, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

N.B: Only online applications are accepted.

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