JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT OUR KENYA COUNTRY OFFICE

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse (VSF-Suisse) is a politically and religiously neutral humanitarian organization focusing on preventing and alleviating suffering, disease and hunger, and contributing to socio-economic development and sustainable environment, in areas where livestock, agriculture and related issues play, or could play an important role in peoples’ livelihoods, food and nutrition security and resilience.  VSF-Suisse works both in humanitarian aid and in long-term development in seven countries of West and East Africa.

Four exciting positions have arisen in our Kenya Programme. Compensation will be aligned with the VSF-Suisse rates for the respective positions. These roles require applicants to have the right to work in Kenya. Priority will be accorded to qualified applicants who reside in the targeted project locations. VSF-Suisse does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process for the advertised positions.

We look forward to receiving your application(s) in English. Please add:

  • Motivation Letter (maximum one page) stating why you are the right person for this position
  • A recent CV of 2 pages maximum
  • Scanned copies of your work certificates and relevant academic certificates
  • Scanned copy of National ID/Passport
  • Names of three referees and their contact details.

Send your application by e-mail to  Office.Nairobi@vsf-suisse.org by Tuesday 7 July, 2022  at  5:00 PM East Africa Time. The application e-mail should indicate on the subject line the Job Title. Note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. Interviews are planned between 14 and 16 July 2022 in Nairobi.

 

PROJECT OFFICER-ANIMAL HEALTH (1 POST)

Duty Station: The position will be 100 % field based in Western Kenya

Reporting to: Project Manager

Expected Start Date: 01 August 2022

Duration: Six (6) months but will be subject to annual contracts based on acceptable performance and availability of donor funding

Overall Responsibilities:

The position holder will be responsible for the implementation of an oncoming animal welfare and food safety activities along the poultry value chain in Bungoma, Kakamega, Vihiga, Kisumu and Siaya Counties, currently under negotiation. The project aims to improve incomes and employment opportunities for youth along the value chain. 

Key Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the position holder will:

  • Oversee the implementation of the project activities based on the activity logframe and approved work plans.
  • Carry out training needs assessments with poultry value chain actors on animal welfare food safety/poultry meat hygiene and document the outcomes through written reports
  • Facilitate and coordinate all poultry welfare and public health services activities.
  • Facilitate community dialogue meetings for project awareness creation and general community sensitization and document the outcomes.
  • Develop training curriculum and facilitate training sessions for poultry value chain actors on poultry welfare and food safety/poultry meat hygiene and document the outcomes through written reports
  • Collect information on poultry health and welfare, including disease outbreaks and monitor local poultry disease situation.
  • Prepare and timely submit high-quality project progress reports according to donor requirements.
  • Represent VSF Suisse in the livestock sector/food security meetings/County stakeholder meetings.
  • Prepare and submit project imprest requests and periodic field work plans based on the project logframe and budgets to the supervisor for processing.
  • Organize periodic team planning meetings and share information on daily and weekly progress on project implementation.
  • Liaise with community leaders, local government officials, NGOs, UN-bodies and other partners wherever appropriate and required.
  • Maintain daily communications with the country office on all issues relating to weather, security, project activities, staff movement and welfare issues,

Qualifications, Experience & Skills required

  • Adaptability and flexibility: Ability to manage a large workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.
  • Degree in Veterinary Medicine/Animal Health Science. A Post-graduate training in the same or related field would be desirable
  • At least 5 years working experience in veterinary/livestock programmes as a field practitioner in, but not restricted to, smallholder setting in the rain-fed high agricultural potential areas.
  • Demonstrate practice and understanding of animal welfare issues
  • Experience in carrying out assessments, baseline surveys, monitoring and community participatory evaluation exercises.
  • Experience in gender sensitive participatory approaches in community development work
  • Excellent organizational, managerial and report writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, interpersonal relations, and conflict resolution abilities
  • Excellent computer skills and demonstrable track record of managing a successful team
  • Ability to work in multicultural team and strict adherence to rules, regulations and guidelines
  • Person of integrity –honesty and good moral standing

 

FIELD OFFICER -MEAT TECHNOLOGY/HYGIENE (1 POST)

Duty Station: The position will be 100 % field based in Western Kenya

Reporting to: Project Officer

Expected Start Date: 01 August 2022

Duration: Six (6) months but will be subject to annual contracts based on acceptable performance and availability of donor funding

Overall Responsibilities:

The position holder will support the activity implementation to realize the objectives of an oncoming animal welfare and food safety activities along the poultry value chain in Bungoma, Kakamega, Vihiga, Kisumu and Siaya Counties, currently under negotiation.  S/he will work under the direct instructions, guidance and supervision of the Project Officer, and in liaison and close collaboration with all other team leaders/ members in the programme in the discharge of the functions s/he is responsible for. The project aims to improve incomes and employment opportunities for youth along the value chain.

Key Responsibilities:

In consultation with the immediate Supervisor, the position holder is responsible for implementation of VSF Suisse Project(s) activities:

  • Identify, select and verify project sites and beneficiaries for project implementation.
  • Community mobilization and awareness creation for project implementation as per selected project site(s);
  • Facilitate community meetings, dialogues and formation of community focal point or community committees;
  • Assessment of pre-and post-harvest hygiene of poultry enterprises
  • Preparation of training curriculum and facilitate training of poultry value chain actors on poultry meat hygiene/food safety
  • Translate in local language during community meetings; dialogues and other community sessions;
  • Carry out surveys for baseline and end-line in close collaboration with immediate supervisor
  • Carry out monitoring functions of the project(s) on a periodic basis;
  • Provide a chronological activity reports of the project
  • Represent VSF Suisse in forum and meetings as instructed by the immediate supervisor;

Qualifications, Experience & Skills required

  • Diploma/Degree in Veterinary Public Health and Meat Technology, Food Science and Technology or related field
  • At least 3 years working experience in veterinary public health/meat technology in industry or as a field practitioner in, but not restricted to, smallholder setting in the rain-fed high agricultural potential areas
  • Excellent communication skills both orally and in writing, interpersonal relations, and conflict resolution abilities,
  • Excellent computer skills and demonstrable track record of managing a successful team
  • Ability to work in multicultural team and strict adherence to rules, regulations and guidelines
  • Experience in carrying out assessments, baseline surveys, monitoring and community participatory evaluation exercises
  • Experience in the implementation of Rural Development Projects.
  • Good facilitation skills and ability to conduct community level workshops/seminars;
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Person of integrity –honesty and good moral standing

 

Business Development Officer (1 POST)

Duty Station: The position will be 100 % field based in Western Kenya

Reporting to: Project Manager

Expected Start Date: 01 August 2022

Duration: Six (6) months but will be subject to annual contracts based on acceptable performance and availability of donor funding

Overall Responsibilities:

The position holder will support the activity implementation of an oncoming animal welfare and food safety activities along the poultry value chain in Bungoma, Kakamega, Vihiga, Kisumu and Siaya Counties, currently under negotiation. S/he will work under the direct instructions, guidance, and supervision of the Project Manager, and in liaison and close collaboration with all other project team members in the programme in the discharge of the functions s/he is responsible for. The project aims to improve incomes and employment opportunities for youth along the value chain. The project aims to improve incomes and employment opportunities for youth along the value chain.

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the position holder will:

  • Oversee the implementation of the business-related project activities based on the activity logframe and approved work plans.
  • Coordinate the business-related activities of the project.
  • Facilitate community dialogue meetings for community sensitization and awareness creation on the project and document the outcomes.
  • Carry out business-related training needs assessments for poultry value chain actors, produce reports develop a training curriculum
  • Facilitate all business training sessions and document the outcomes through written reports
  • Collect, evaluate and report on business information on poultry in relation to animal welfare and food safety .
  • Develop a business case for poultry value chain that considers poultry welfare issues
  • Assist entrepreneurs to set up appropriate self-monitoring and evaluation systems for their businesses.
  • Prepare and timely submit high-quality project progress reports according to donor requirements.
  • Represent VSF Suisse in the livestock sector/food security meetings/County stakeholder meetings.
  • Prepare and submit project imprest requests and periodic field work plans based on the project logframe and budgets to the supervisor for processing.
  • Participate in periodic team planning meetings and share information on daily and weekly progress on project implementation.
  • Liaise with community leaders, local government officials, NGOs, UN-bodies and other partners wherever appropriate and required.
  • Maintain daily communications with the country office on all issues relating to weather, security, project activities, staff movement and welfare issues,

Qualifications, Experience & Skills required

  • Adaptability and flexibility: Ability to manage a large workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.
  • Degree in Agricultural or Livestock economics, Agribusiness, or Marketing. A Post-graduate training in the same or related field would be desirable
  • At least 5 years working experience in agricultural/livestock value chains in, but not restricted to, smallholder setting in the rain-fed high agricultural potential areas
  • Experience in carrying out assessments, baseline surveys, monitoring and community participatory evaluation exercises.
  • Experience in gender sensitive participatory approaches in community development work
  • Excellent organizational, managerial and report writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, interpersonal relations, and conflict resolution abilities
  • Excellent computer skills and demonstrable track record of managing a successful team
  • Ability to work in multicultural team and strict adherence to rules, regulations and guidelines
  • Person of integrity –honesty and good moral standing

 

PROJECT OFFICER-ANIMAL HEALTH (1 POST)

Duty Station: The position will be 100 % field based in Isiolo County Kenya

Reporting to: Consortium Manager

Expected Start Date: 01 August 2022

Duration: Sixteen (16) months but will be subject to annual contracts based on acceptable performance and availability of donor funding

The position holder will be responsible for the implementation of animal health/one health related activities in the ongoing European Commission co-funded project “Building Drought Resilience in Isiolo County through Sustainable Livelihoods. 

Key Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Consortium Manager, the position holder will:

  • Oversee the implementation of the project activities based on the activity logframe and approved work plans.
  • Carry out training needs assessments and undertake trainings for livestock value chain actors on animal health/one health
  • Facilitate and coordinate all animal and one health services activities.
  • Facilitate community dialogue meetings for project awareness creation and general community sensitization and document the outcomes.
  • Facilitate all training sessions and document the outcomes through written reports
  • Collect information on diseases including outbreaks and monitor local disease situation.
  • Prepare and timely submit high-quality project progress reports according to donor requirements.
  • Represent VSF Suisse in the livestock sector/food security meetings/County Steering Committees and technical meetings .
  • Prepare and submit project imprest requests and periodic field work plans based on the project logframe and budgets to the supervisor for processing.
  • Participate in periodic team planning meetings and share information on as required on project implementation progress
  • Liaise with community leaders, local government officials, NGOs, UN-bodies and other partners wherever appropriate and required.
  • Maintain communications with the Isiolo field office as required on all issues relating to weather, security, project activities, staff movement and welfare issues,

Qualifications, Experience & Skills required

  • Adaptability and flexibility: Ability to manage a large workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.
  • Degree in Veterinary Medicine. A Post-graduate training in the same or related field would be desirable.
  • Postgraduate training in and experience in M&E is an added advantage
  • At least 5 years working experience in veterinary programmes as a field practitioner in, but not restricted to, a pastoral/agro-pastoral setting
  • Experience in carrying out assessments, baseline surveys, monitoring and community participatory evaluation exercises.
  • Experience in gender sensitive participatory approaches in community development work
  • Excellent organizational, managerial and report writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, interpersonal relations, and conflict resolution abilities
  • Excellent computer skills and demonstrable track record of managing a successful team
  • Ability to work in multicultural team and strict adherence to rules, regulations and guidelines
  • Knowledge and experience of working with agro-pastoral communities will be an added advantage
  • Person of integrity –honesty and good moral standing