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Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse (VSF-Suisse), MCK Building, Muthangari Road, Off Gitanga Road, P. O. Box 25656, 00603 Nairobi, Kenya

Founded in 1988 with Headquarters in Berne, Switzerland, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse (VSF-Suisse),, is a not for profit organisation focusing on alleviating suffering, disease and hunger, supporting socio-economic development and assisting people whose livelihoods mainly depend on livestock and agriculture, with the aim of improving food sovereignty, nutrition security and resilience. The duty station will be based in Somaliland.

VSF-Suisse seeks to fill the following position immediately for its project in Somaliland:


Animal Husbandry Officer
Duty Station: Hargeisa, with frequent travel throughout the project area.
Duration: 48 months


“Somaliland”, and to a lesser degree Djibouti, have a potentially strong economic base in their rural enterprise – from livestock production for both the domestic market and for export. For such enterprises to be properly exploited to the benefit of the community at large, there needs to be significant improvement and innovation in all aspects of animal husbandry systems.

To assist the relevant Government line ministries, international organizations and NGOs in improving livestock production, the project has made provision for financing a National Animal Husbandry Office (AHO) to be assigned on a full-time basis over the duration of the project. The AHO will be employed by VSF-Suisse and be its permanent presence within the Transtec Project Coordination Unit (PCU) in “Somaliland”. The AHO will report directly to the Project Coordinator (PC) in “Somaliland” and Djibouti, and work as an essential member of the PCU team.

The AHO is expected to be thoroughly familiar with the project design document, and with the respective activity detailed description.


Job Description

The AHO will set up, in close collaboration with the PC, the implementation mechanisms with the Ministry of Livestock (MoL) staff, and coordinate and monitor the activities under the Range and Small Ruminant Productivity component (Component 2), and the pastoralists’ travelling workshops under the Capacity Development component (Component 4). He will liaise with the short-term animal geneticist and rural veterinary services expert, and organize their assignment inputs to meet the schedules of the project work plans.

The AHO will be responsible for:

  • Establishing sound working relationships with officers of the relevant line ministries, and particularly with the “Somaliland” MoL and Djibouti Ministry of Agriculture (MoA).
  • Assisting the MoL focal point with mobilization of task specific officers and provide them with on-the-job training in their respective roles.
  • Preparing and undertaking, in close collaboration with the other PCU team members, a baseline survey to establish pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities’ knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) regarding:
    • small ruminant management;
    • animal nutrition;
    • drought feeding and fattening for added value, including the use of fodder and farm by-products; and
    • livestock marketing.
  • Elaborating a range of practical interventions, that pastoralists and agro-pastoralists can adopt to add value and improve their livestock productivity. These interventions will address, among other things:
    • The major causes of lamb and kid mortality, including monitoring by “Somaliland” MoL and Djibouti MoA veterinary officers, to assist in implementing appropriate prevention and control measures.
    • Improved preventative health measure including vaccinations, control of internal and external parasites, and treatments for infectious disease, and trace element deficiencies such as copper deficiency.
    • Improved feeding and feed management, including the use of fodder and least- cost ration formulation for fattening and milk production.
  • Working closely with the PCU Field Officer, Gender Expert and Micro-Enterprise Officers, discuss with community groups including women’s savings, and credit the opportunities for added-value livestock improvement initiatives, that can be based on the results of the project’s soil and water conservation activities.
  • Establishing pilot micro-enterprises, involving livestock for replication and scaling up, using project community-based savings and credit lines.
  • Preparing curricula and supervising the training of community animal health workers leading livestock-based TDPs.
  • Contributing information on the progress made in livestock interventions for project progress reports, and occasional reports as required by the PC and IFAD. 

Qualifications, Attributes and Conditions of Employment


  • The AHO will have an advanced University Degree or equivalent experience in improved animal husbandry, with emphasis on added-value methods, with at least 15 years' practical experience with demonstrable outcomes. This will include experience working with senior management in Government authorities at national and local extension levels, and with livestock owners and their community-based organizations.
  • The AHO will be fluent in the Somali language, with a good working knowledge of English.
  • Preference will be given to a male or female “Somaliland” national.

Interested candidates should submit an application letter and CV, indicating their e-mail and/or telephone contacts, their current remuneration as well names and contacts of 3 referees to the Human Resources Manager, using the e-mail address provided above.

Only shortlisted candidates will be conducted for interview. Closing date for receiving applications is Friday, 28 July 2017 at 16:00 hrs East African Standard Time.  Note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.



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