Sahel Capital Partners and Advisory Limited Job Vacancies in Lagos, November 2016

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Sahel Capital is recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Officer
Location:
Lagos
Project Description

  • The Nigerian Dairy Development Program (NDDP) is a 2-year
    program geared towards improving the livelihoods of smallholder dairy
    farmers in Nigeria by improving the productivity of their cattle and
    integrating them into the formal dairy value chain in Nigeria. The
    Project also includes a nutrition component and gender component which
    are geared towards improving nutrition outcomes and promoting women
    empowerment in smallholder farming communities
  • This project is implemented by Sahel Capital Partners &
    Advisory Ltd. and a consortium of other partners. The project seeks to
    boost the yields and incomes of smallholder farmers, increase nutrition
    outcomes and empower women involved in agriculture in Africa.

Role Summary

  • Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the M&E
    Officer will be responsible for designing and implementing the project
    M&E plan, identifying key information areas, data sources, metrics
    and indicators to be tracked for each implementing partner.
  • He/she will also establish and direct a process for preparing
    and submitting periodic M&E reports that will inform conversations
    at the quarterly project progress meetings.
  • The M&E officer will also oversee the selection,
    development and maintenance of a portal to monitor milk supplier
    involvement, insemination activities, feed supplied, vaccines delivered
    for the project and will be responsible for the collection and
    analysis of different data in relation to the project activities.
  • Finally, the M&E officer will oversee the end of project
    evaluation in order to determine to which extent the program has
    achieved its targets and answered key anchor questions it seeks to
    answer.
  • The M&E Officer will work in close collaboration with
    project team and operations clusters, Government officials, private
    sector, non-government and civil society organizations.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Planning, developing and implementing Dairy Development Services
  • Collaborate with the project team to plan, design and implement a baseline study at the beginning of the project.
  • Develop M&E plan, including key information areas, data
    sources, metrics and indicators to be tracked for each implementing
    partner as well as establishing framework and timelines for preparing
    and submitting reports. Consult with implementing partners and lead key
    stakeholder convening to discuss and align on the M&E plan.
  • Develop and implement monthly data reporting process for
    implementing partners. Coordinate with Implementing Partners (IPs) for
    collecting data against agreed indicators. Ensure quality of data
    collected by partners.
  • Setup and maintain a portal to monitor milk supplier
    involvement, daily milk collection, insemination activities, feed
    supplied, vaccines delivered etc.
  • Coordinate the training of the implementing partners’ extension workers who will be inputting data in the portal.
  • Develop quarterly M&E reports and provide feedback to
    partners and PMO on projects’ performance based on monitoring data
    findings.
  • Coordinate with the Program Manager to facilitate discussions
    at the quarterly progress meetings around progress against plan,
    potential issues, proposed resolutions and impact of these resolutions.
  • Ensure quality of data/ statistics in project plans
  • Documentation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting
  • Participate in field visits to project sites as per the requirement of the project
  • Supervise regular data collection through implementing partners
    and ensure quality of the data by random verifications and
    validations.
  • Record, manage and preserve monitoring and evaluation data in a safe and accessible way
  • Analyze and discuss findings based on regular monitoring data
  • Provide technical support on M&E and evidence-based recommendations to the Project Staff and other partners.
  • Ensure that implementation of field activities adheres to the monitoring and evaluation system
  • Participate actively in program planning process and budgeting of the program quality.
  • Support Program Management Office in developing the quarterly, annual and final organizational reports.
  • Support PMO in dealing with any other tasks as may be required

Minimum Qualification and Requirements
Candidates should have:

  • Master’s Degree preferably in Business Administration,
    Economics or related field with at least 5 years of experience in the
    design and implementation of M&E/MIS in development projects
    implemented by national/international NGOs/ Government;
  • Experience in designing tools and strategies for data collection, analysis and production of reports;
  • Proven ICT skills, especially in the development of MIS software using database software;
  • Expertise in analyzing data using statistical software;
  • Strong training & facilitation skills.
  • Excellent personal organizational skills and ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Strong communication, analytical and report writing skills
  • Willingness and enthusiasm for working with rural and vulnerable communities living in remote areas of the country.
  • Proficiency in the English language (required) and Yoruba and Hausa (preferred)

Job Title: Project Coordinator
Locations:
Oyo and Kano with regular travel to Lagos (Project Management Office) and across Nigeria as will be required.
Job Description

  • The Nigerian Dairy Development Program (NDDP) is a 2-year
    program geared towards improving the livelihoods of smallholder dairy
    farmers in Nigeria by improving the productivity of their cattle and
    integrating them into the formal dairy value chain in Nigeria.
  • The Project also includes a nutrition component and gender
    component which are geared towards improving nutrition outcomes and
    promoting women empowerment in smallholder farming communities
  • This project is implemented by Sahel Capital Partners & Advisory Ltd. and a consortium of other partners.
  • The project seeks to boost the yields and incomes of smallholder
    farmers, increase nutrition outcomes and empower women involved in
    agriculture in Africa

Role Summary

  • Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the Project
    Coordinators will ensure high quality implementation of the Dairy
    Development Program in Oyo and Kano States.
  • The project coordinator will be responsible for the day-to-day
    running of all aspects of program. He/she will lead the planning,
    coordination of, management and reporting of project activities at the
    state level, engaging with beneficiaries and partnering processors on
    the one hand and reporting to Program Management Office (PMO) on the
    other hand with the objective of achieving project goals.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Program Implementation:

  • Coordinate project activities in Oyo and/or Kano state, ensuring
    adherence to technical standards, best practices and donor guidelines.
  • Lead the engagement with the implementing partners, service
    providers and other key stakeholders including federal, state and local
    governments and other entities involved in the program’s activities in
    Oyo and/or Kano state to deliver on the targets for the program
  • In coordination with the PMO, the Project Coordinators will
    facilitate the development of project strategies, plan technical
    capacity building interventions, activities and policies related to
    increasing the production and productivity of smallholder dairy farmers.
  • The Project Coordinators in collaboration with the D&LS will
    work with the processors to train local resource persons, leader
    farmers and community livestock workers to provide capacity building
    trainings on herd management, dairy nutrition, silage, fodder and feed
    management, health management etc. with a focus on improving milk
    production, yields and quality as well as ensuring adequate women
    representation in capacity building initiatives undertaken as part of
    the project.
  • Support the process of developing a dairy management curriculum
    among other teaching materials in English and other languages to support
    the process of delivering training and capacity building support to
    farmers, extension officers and other stakeholders involved in the
    project.
  • The Program Coordinators with the support of PMO will lead the
    implementation of other project activities, including the gender and
    nutrition components of the program in Oyo and/or Kano.
  • Maintain good relations with project beneficiaries, partner organizations, and other stakeholders.

Documentation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:

  • Abide by donor requirements/regulations as well as Sahel’s
    procedures and policies for compliance, including financial, procurement
    etc.
  • Support the program manager in the grant award and management
    process to implementing partners and contractors involved in the
    project. Ensure effective utilization of project funds by grantees.
  • Support the Program Manager in planning, reviewing and tracking
    progress on project, implementation as well as on the utilization of
    project resources, effective financial management and reporting.
  • Assist the Program Manager in preparing quarterly and annual progress reports
  • Report on follow up, trainings, support provided to groups,
    monitoring and evaluation activities, livestock and farm productivity at
    the community level.
  • Document success stories and case studies.
  • Maintain up to date documentation related to project approval, monitoring and implementation.
  • Building daily progress reports into quarterly, annual and final
    reports and respond to the queries related to project particularly
    technical aspects of the project.
  • Ensure that all project documentation is well organized and easy to access on the portal.

Minimum Qualification and Requirements
Candidates should have:

  • A University degree in Agriculture or related field with 3
    years’ relevant experience at field level of community development with a
    strong understanding of social development
  • Strong networks with key stakeholders in the agriculture
    landscape in both the public, private and development sector. Experience
    in collaborating and managing relationships with federal and state
    governments, donors, private sector and other key stakeholders
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, training and facilitation skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Excellent personal organizational skills and ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • High level of interpersonal skills with the ability to work
    across cultures and religions, with strong communication and listening
    abilities, good problem solving approach and conflict resolution at
    individual and community level
  • Strong program management skills and high level of analytical skills in planning and project implementation
  • Ability to be flexible, respond professionally, and establish
    priorities in often fluid, changing, and challenging situations with
    little clear guidance is necessary.
  • Ability to work calmly, tactfully, and effectively under
    pressure and to demonstrate extreme flexibility in managing more than
    one activity.
  • Sound knowledge of local environment
  • Willingness and enthusiasm for working with rural and vulnerable communities living in remote areas of the country.
  • Proficiency in the English language (required) and Yoruba and Hausa (preferred)

 

Job Title: Gender Specialist
Location:
Lagos (Project Management Office) with 50% travel to project sites across Nigeria as will be required
Project Description

  • The Nigerian Dairy Development Program (NDDP) is a 2-year
    program geared towards improving the livelihoods of smallholder dairy
    farmers in Nigeria by improving the productivity of their cattle and
    integrating them into the formal dairy value chain in Nigeria.
  • The Project also includes a nutrition and gender component which
    are geared towards improving nutrition outcomes and promoting women
    empowerment in smallholder dairy communities.
  • This project is implemented by Sahel Capital Partners &
    Advisory Ltd. and a consortium of other partners. The project seeks to
    boost the yields and incomes of smallholder farmers, increase nutrition
    outcomes and empower women involved in agriculture in Africa.

Role Summary

  • The role of the Gender Specialist (GS) is to be the project’s
    technical advisor on gender and women empowerment issues, as well as to
    manage and lead the execution of a holistic study that will assess the
    cultural and social contexts influencing women participation in
    smallholder dairy and farming communities in Northern and Southern
    Nigeria.
  • He/she will work alongside other critical stakeholders in the
    project and other project team members to plan and develop gender
    integration strategies for the project.
  • The GS will also manage and lead the execution of a holistic
    gender study that will assess barriers that women face in dairy
    producing communities in Northern and Southern Nigeria and propose
    specific interventions that will address these barriers.
  • The gender specialist will also work closely with a wide range
    of stakeholders at the federal and state ministries of agriculture and
    women affairs as well as development agencies active in gender related
    issues to design and implement gender sensitive approaches for enhancing
    the livelihood of smallholder dairy farmers while yet improving their
    nutrition.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Sub-Grantee Management – Gender Study:

  • In coordination with the NDDP’s Project Management Office (PMO),
    partner dairy processors, the Nutrition Specialist and the sub-grantee
    for the gender study, the Gender Specialist will plan, design and lead
    the execution of the gender study in smallholder farming communities in
    Northern and Southern Nigeria.
  • Together with the sub grantee for the Gender Study, he/she will
    define key hypotheses for the focus of the analysis, including issues
    around employment of women in the dairy sector, control of productive
    assets, women participation in household decision making, access to
    basic education and health services for women and girls.
  • Together with the Nutrition Specialist, oversee the development
    of harmonized, methodologies, approaches and instruments for conducting
    the Gender Study.
  • Together with the sub grantee for the Gender Study, propose
    interventions and structures to address barriers that women face in
    dairy producing communities and to ensure that they continue to maintain
    a significant control over the proceeds from the sale of their milk and
    other productive assets related to dairy production.
  • Investigate the applicability of proven dairy women empowerment
    programs such as the East African Dairy Development Project’s Social
    Capital Development and Dairy Interest Group approaches for the social,
    cultural and economic settings in Nigeria.
  • In coordination with the Project Manager and Nutrition
    Specialist, oversee the organization of two stakeholder meetings in
    Lagos and Abuja to share the results of the gender study and obtain
    buy-in for proposed interventions
  • Oversee the development of regular progress reports on the gender studies for the PMO and project funder use.
  • Oversee the development of interim and final project reports
    from the gender studies for onward submission to the project funder and
    other stakeholders in the public, private and development sectors.
  • Assist the Project Manager in the selection, contracting and
    remuneration of sub-grantees working on the gender study in accordance
    with donor guidelines.
  • Assist the PMO in supporting the implementation of other project activities, including the nutrition component of the program.
  • Planning, developing and implementing Dairy Development Services
  • Oversee the development and implementation of a gender integration plan in the focal cluster communities.
  • Work closely with the PMO and Dairy & Livestock Specialist
    in designing training modules targeting women farmers to drive
    production efficiencies as well as designing and trialing interventions
    as part of the overall gender study that can drive inclusion of women’s
    organizations in these communities.
  • Serve as liaison on women’s issues for high-profile delegations
    from Government and private sector actors within and outside the dairy
    industry.
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Documentation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:

  • Assist the Project Manager and Project Coordinators to develop
    project strategies, project plans technical capacity building
    interventions, activities and policies related to implementing the
    gender components of the NDDP.
  • Participate in regular field visits to project sites (up to 50%
    of the time) to ensure high quality project performance and monitor and
    track progress against project timelines.
  • Support the PMO M&E team and other sub-grantees on the
    collection and reporting of program results especially with regards to
    the baseline studies and any gender-related interventions.
  • Support the Project Manager in monitoring progress and evaluation of project activities including financial performances.
  • Assist the Project Manager in preparation of progress reports
    (quarterly, annual, final) and respond to the queries related to the
    gender components of the project.
  • Coordinate with federal, state and local governments,
    communities, project beneficiaries, private sector service providers and
    suppliers, consultants, and other stakeholders at project level for
    effective delivery of project activities
  • Assist the Project Manager to maintain good relations with project beneficiaries, partner organizations, and other stakeholders
  • Oversee the preparation of the results of the gender study in compelling formats for eventual publication on selected platforms.
  • Participate in public forum within and outside Nigeria to share
    and communicate the results of the study to public, private and
    development sector stakeholders focusing specifically on the dynamics
    influencing the success of dairy development, gender and nutrition
    interventions targeted at West Africa.
  • Work with the Project Director and Project Manager to develop
    proposals for a potential 2nd Phase of the NDDP incorporating proposed
    gender interventions and developing a framework for the implementation
    of those interventions.

Relationship Management:

  • Develop and maintain relations with a wide variety of private,
    public and international stakeholders working on gender related issues
    to ensure coordination of activities, support best practices, and build
    partnerships.
  • Build relationships and partnerships with a wide range of
    Government officials including ministerial directors at the national
    level, state and local levels, and representatives from multiple
    ministries at the management, technical and administrative levels.
  • Build relationships and partnerships with potential implementing
    partners as necessary, including meetings at a senior level with key
    NGO implementing personnel to discuss issues related to the effective
    implementation and support for potential interventions

Minimum Qualification and Requirements
Candidates should have:

  • Master’s degree in Gender Studies, Development Studies,
    International Development, Sociology, or any other related social
    science discipline with at least three years of work experience in a
    similar capacity in Nigeria or West Africa or a Bachelor’s degree in in
    Gender Studies, Development Studies, Sociology, or any other related
    social science discipline with at least five-seven years of work
    experience in programming for women’s development in Nigeria or West
    Africa.
  • Deep understanding of women’s and gender equality issues in Nigeria both at national, state and community levels.
  • Familiarity with key policies and stakeholders related to
    women’s and gender equality issues in Nigeria (local and international
    governmental and non-governmental actors).
  • A substantial understanding of gender equality with knowledge of
    relevant international and national gender and human rights
    instruments, conventions and legislation is highly desirable.
  • Strong program management skills and high level of analytical skills in planning and project implementation.
  • Ability to be flexible, respond professionally, and establish
    priorities in often fluid, changing, and challenging situations with
    little clear guidance is necessary.
  • Ability to work calmly, tactfully, and effectively under
    pressure and to demonstrate extreme flexibility in managing more than
    one activity.
  • An understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of gender
    mainstreaming strategies and methodologies and of gender dynamics and
    complexities and cultural issues/constraints in facilitating women’s
    participation with a particular focus on the agriculture sector in
    Nigeria.
  • Ability to formulate and present expert analyses from personal
    observations, surveys, journal articles, and other documents, and a
    demonstrated ability to express views clearly and logically before
    groups and individuals verbally or in writing.
  • Understanding of the social and cultural contexts that underpin Fulani and smallholder farming communities in Nigeria.
  • Willingness and enthusiasm for working with rural and vulnerable communities living in remote areas of the country.
  • Proficiency in the English language (required) and Yoruba and Hausa (preferred)

Job Title: Project Manager
Location:
Lagos (Project Management Office) with occasional travels across Nigeria, including Northern Sates as will be required
Project Description

  • The Nigerian Dairy Development Program (NDDP) is a 2-year
    program geared towards improving the livelihoods of smallholder dairy
    farmers in Nigeria by improving the productivity of their cattle and
    integrating them into the formal dairy value chain in Nigeria.
  • The Project also includes a nutrition component and gender
    component which are geared towards improving nutrition outcomes and
    promoting women empowerment in smallholder farming communities
  • This project is implemented by Sahel Capital Partners &
    Advisory Ltd. and a consortium of other partners. The project seeks to
    boost the yields and incomes of smallholder farmers, increase nutrition
    outcomes and empower women involved in agriculture in Africa.

Role Summary

  • Under the direction of the Project Director, the principal role
    of the Project Manager will be to ensure timely and high quality project
    implementation.
  • He/she will be responsible for all aspects of program
    implementation including, planning, coordination of, management and
    reporting of project activities, he/she will oversee the project team
    and the work of a range of sub-grantees and sub-contractors.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Program Implementation:

  • Lead the Program Management Office (PMO) of the NDDP under the
    direction of the Program Director to ensure high quality implementation
    of the NDDP’s activities.
  • Lead the planning of project activities and set high quality
    performance targets ensuring adherence to technical standards, best
    practices and donor guidelines.
  • Use appropriate project management tools to plan, review and
    track progress on project, implementation as well as on the utilization
    of project resources, effective financial management and reporting; use
    participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.
  • Oversee the activities of all members of the project team
  • Manage project coordination within the PMO, with the
    implementing partners, and other key stakeholders including federal,
    state and local governments and other entities involved in the program
    for effective delivery of project activities.
  • Set up and coordinate activities of the project’s external technical advisory committee.
  • Manage process to award grants to implementing partners and contractors involved in the project.
  • Ensure effective utilization of project funds by grantees.
  • Coordinate and oversees using a participatory style annual planning activities, tracking and reporting against plan.

Documentation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:

  • Assist the Project Director in managing effective communication
    and relationship with the donor organization, the implementing partners
    and other key stakeholders in the public sector
  • Lead the preparation of progress reports (quarterly, annual,
    final) around updates against plan, key timelines and milestones.
    Respond to the queries related to project particularly related to
    technical aspects of the project.
  • Lead annual strategic planning exercises in order to develop
    annual strategic plans, integrated workplans and review. Set up
    quarterly reporting system involving all key partners, including private
    companies and contractors.
  • Ensure project abides by donor requirements/regulations as well
    as Sahel’s procedures and policies for compliance, including financial
    reporting, grant management etc.
  • Oversee monitoring progress and evaluation of project activities including financial performances
  • Maintain up to date documentation related to project approval, monitoring and implementation.
  • Participate in monthly field visits to project sites as per the requirement of the project

Minimum Qualification and Requirements
Candidates should have:

  • A Master’s degree in relevant field
  • At least 7 years of working experience in program management in
    agriculture, development or food security programs, including developing
    and managing project plans, financial budgeting and management,
    reporting
  • Experience in managing programs using international standards,
    including grant provisions and guidelines, proposal formats and
    reporting requirements
  • Strong networks with key stakeholders in the agriculture
    landscape in both the public, private and development sector. Experience
    in collaborating and managing relationships with federal and state
    governments, development organizations, NGOs, private sector and other
    key stakeholders
  • Experience in leading and managing teams
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal and facilitation skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Strong program management skills and high level of analytical skills in planning and project implementation
  • Ability to be flexible, respond professionally, and establish
    priorities in often fluid, changing, and challenging situations with
    little clear guidance is necessary.
  • Ability to work calmly, tactfully, and effectively under
    pressure and to demonstrate extreme flexibility in managing more than
    one activity.
  • Proficiency in the English language (required), Yoruba, Fulani and Hausa (preferred).
  • PMP certification (preferred).

 
Job Title: Nutrition Specialist
Location:
Lagos (Project Management Office) with frequent travel to project sites across Nigeria, including North as will be required
Project Description

  • The Nigerian Dairy Development Program (NDDP) is a 2-year
    program geared towards improving the livelihoods of smallholder dairy
    farmers in Nigeria by improving the productivity of their cattle and
    integrating them into the formal dairy value chain in Nigeria.
  • The Project also includes a nutrition component and gender
    component which are geared towards improving nutrition outcomes and
    promoting women empowerment in smallholder farming communities.
  • This project is implemented by Sahel Capital Partners &
    Advisory Ltd. and a consortium of other partners. The project seeks to
    boost the yields and incomes of smallholder farmers, increase nutrition
    outcomes and empower women involved in agriculture in Africa.

Role Summary

  • The role of the Nutrition Specialist is to serve as the
    project’s technical advisor on nutrition activities, as well as to
    manage and lead the execution of a holistic nutrition study that will
    assess the nutrition situation in smallholder farming communities in
    Northern and Southern Nigeria.
  • He/she will be required to manage sub-grantees recruited to
    support the nutrition study which will comprise of a baseline assessment
    incorporating anthropometric and related health indications to assess
    malnutrition levels; an in-depth assessment of food basket and
    consumption patterns among smallholder farming communities to uncover
    dependencies or causalities influencing the malnutrition situation;
    testing and investigation of approaches to address malnutrition and
    influence improved nutrition outcomes and the organization of a
    stakeholders meeting to obtain buy-in from stakeholders in the
    government, private and development sectors on the proposed approaches.
  • These program activities will be undertaken with dairy products as a central theme.
  • The Nutrition Specialist will work closely with a wide range of
    stakeholders including private sector companies involved in the project,
    sub-grantees, rural community leaders, development organizations active
    in nutrition issues, civil service organizations (CSOs) and
    stakeholders at the federal and state ministries of agriculture and
    health in Nigeria.
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Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Sub-Grantee Management; Nutrition Study:

  • In coordination with the NDDP’s Project Management Office (PMO),
    partner dairy processors, the Gender Specialist and the sub-grantee for
    the nutrition study, the Nutrition Specialist will plan, design and
    lead the execution of the nutrition study in smallholder farming
    communities in Northern and Southern Nigeria.
  • Together with the Gender Specialist, oversee the development of
    harmonized, methodologies, approaches and instruments for conducting the
    Nutrition Study.
  • In coordination with the Project Manager and Gender Specialist,
    oversee the organization of two stakeholder meetings in Lagos and Abuja
    to share the results of the nutrition study and obtain buy-in for
    proposed nutrition interventions
  • Oversee the development of regular progress reports on the nutrition studies for the PMO and project funder use.
  • Oversee the development of interim and final project reports
    from the nutrition studies for onward submission to the project funder
    and other stakeholders in the public, private and development sectors.
  • Assist the Project Manager in the selection, contracting and
    remuneration of sub-grantees working on the nutrition study in
    accordance with donor guidelines.
  • Assist the PMO in supporting the implementation of other project
    activities, including the women empowerment component of the program.

Documentation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:

  • Assist the Project Manager and Project Coordinators to develop
    project strategies, project plans technical capacity building
    interventions, activities and policies related to implementing the
    nutrition components of the NDDP.
  • Participate in regular field visits to project sites (up to 50%
    of the time) to ensure high quality project performance and monitor and
    track progress against project timelines.
  • Support the PMO M&E team and other sub-grantees on the
    collection and reporting of program results especially with regards to
    the baseline studies and any nutrition-related interventions.
  • Support the Project Manager in monitoring progress and evaluation of project activities including financial performances
  • Assist the Project Manager in preparation of progress reports
    (quarterly, annual, final) and respond to the queries related to the
    nutrition components of the project.
  • Coordinate with federal, state and local governments,
    communities, project beneficiaries, private sector service providers and
    suppliers, consultants, and other stakeholders at project level for
    effective delivery of project activities
  • Assist the Project Manager to maintain good relations with project beneficiaries, partner organizations, and other stakeholders
  • Oversee the preparation of the results of the nutrition study in
    compelling formats for eventual publication on selected platforms.
  • Participate in public forum within and outside Nigeria to share
    and communicate the results of the study to public, private and
    development sector stakeholders.
  • Work with the Project Director and Project Manager to develop
    proposals for a potential 2nd Phase of the NDDP incorporating proposed
    nutrition interventions and developing a framework for the
    implementation of those interventions.
  • Relationship Management:
  • Develop and maintain relations with a wide variety of private,
    public and international stakeholders working on malnutrition,
    agriculture-nutrition and food security related issues to ensure
    coordination of activities, support best practices, and build
    partnerships.
  • Represent the Project on technical working groups focused on
    nutrition issues including initiatives such as the Scaling-Up Nutrition
    (SUN) working group
  • Build relationships and partnerships with a wide range of
    Government officials including ministerial directors at the national
    level, state and local levels, and representatives from multiple
    ministries at the management, technical and administrative levels.
  • Build relationships and partnerships with potential implementing
    partners as necessary, including meetings at a senior level with key
    NGO implementing personnel to discuss issues related to the effective
    implementation and support for potential interventions

Minimum Qualification and Requirements
Candidates should have:

  • Masters Degree in Nutrition, Food Security, Health Science,
    International Development or other related field with at least five
    years of work experience in a similar capacity working on food security
    and nutrition issues in Nigeria or West Africa (Preferred) or Bachelors
    Degree in Nutrition, Food Security, Health Science, International
    Development or other related field with at least ten years of work
    experience in related fields, five of which should have been in a
    similar capacity working on food security and nutrition issues in
    Nigeria or West Africa.
  • Strong program management skills and high level of analytical skills in planning and project implementation
  • Ability to be flexible, respond professionally, and establish
    priorities in often fluid, changing, and challenging situations with
    little clear guidance is necessary.
  • Ability to work calmly, tactfully, and effectively under
    pressure and to demonstrate extreme flexibility in managing more than
    one activity.
  • Knowledge of the cultural norms influencing food choices and consumption patterns in Northern and Southern Nigeria.
  • Knowledge of international and local stakeholders in Nigeria in the agriculture, health, food aid and nutrition sectors
  • Ability to interact directly and independently with senior management of technical partners and senior government officials.
  • Ability to formulate and present expert analyses from personal
    observations, surveys, journal articles, and other documents, and
    demonstrated ability to express views clearly and logically before
    groups and individuals verbally or in writing
  • Understanding of the social and cultural contexts that underpin Fulani and smallholder farming communities in Nigeria.
  • Willingness and enthusiasm for working with rural and vulnerable communities living in remote areas of the country.
  • Proficiency in the English language (required) and Yoruba and Hausa (preferred)

Job Title: Dairy and Livestock Specialist
Location:
Lagos
Project Description

  • The Nigerian Dairy Development Program (NDDP) is a 2-year
    program geared towards improving the livelihoods of smallholder dairy
    farmers in Nigeria by improving the productivity of their cattle and
    integrating them into the formal dairy value chain in Nigeria.
  • The Project also includes a nutrition component and gender
    component which are geared towards improving nutrition outcomes and
    promoting women empowerment in smallholder farming communities
  • This project is implemented by Sahel Capital Partners &
    Advisory Ltd. and a consortium of other partners. The project seeks to
    boost the yields and incomes of smallholder farmers, increase nutrition
    outcomes and empower women involved in agriculture in Africa

Role Summary

  • The role of the Dairy and Livestock Specialist (D&LS) is to
    plan and implement the technical aspects of the dairy development
    component of the NDDP.
  • He/she will be required to work alongside dairy processors
    involved in the project and other project team members to develop tools
    and approaches to assist smallholder dairy farmers improve their
    production and productivity.
  • He/she will be required to manage sub-grantees recruited to
    support interventions around, but not limited to genetics and breed
    improvement, livestock health management, feed and fodder management,
    milk production, milk quality and milk safety.
  • The Dairy and Livestock Specialist will also work closely with a
    wide range of service providers to ensure critical services are
    provided to smallholder dairy farmers while working with stakeholders at
    the federal and state ministries of agriculture as well as the dairy
    processors involved in the program to design and implement innovative
    approaches for delivering extension services targeted at smallholder
    farmers.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Planning, developing and implementing Dairy Development Services:

  • In coordination with the Project Management Office (PMO) and
    dairy processors implementing partners, the D&LS will plan and
    implement activities related to the dairy component of the program.
  • Develop and implement innovative ways for delivering farmer
    extension and animal health services to smallholder farmers. Amongst
    other activities, this will also include piloting innovative mobile
    cattle health camps, vaccination camps etc. in close coordination with
    dairy processors, federal and state ministries of agriculture.
  • Oversee the process of planning and delivering a comprehensive
    genetics and breeding program targeted at increasing the cross-bred cow
    population among Fulani and smallholder non-Fulani farmers in Nigeria.
    This will entail working with technical consultants hired by the project
    to develop project plans as well as prepare post-delivery tracking
    reports to provide updates on results.
  • The D&LS will work closely with the processors to identify
    and negotiate terms with suppliers of feed concentrates and supplements
    in order to provide smallholder farmers with a credible source of
    improved feeds.
  • At the farmer’s and farmer group level, the D&LS will work
    with the processors to train local resource persons, leader farmers and
    community livestock workers to provide capacity building trainings on
    herd management, dairy nutrition, silage, fodder and feed management,
    health management etc. with a particular focus on improving milk
    production, yields and quality as well as ensuring adequate women
    representation in capacity building initiatives undertaken as part of
    the project.
  • Lead the process of developing a dairy management curriculum
    among other teaching materials in English and other languages to support
    the process of delivering training and capacity building support to
    farmers, extension officers and other stakeholders involved in the
    project.
  • The D&LS will assist the PMO in supporting the
    implementation of other project activities, including the women
    empowerment and nutrition components of the program.

Documentation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:

  • Assist the Project Manager and Project Coordinators to develop
    project strategies, project plans technical capacity building
    interventions, activities and policies related to increasing the
    production and productivity of smallholder dairy farmers.
  • Participate in monthly field visits to project sites as per the requirement of the project
  • Support the PMO in monitoring progress and evaluation of project activities including financial performances
  • Document and disseminate case studies, best practices on
    extension services, production, livestock health management, feed and
    fodder production and other related activities and lessons picked up
    during the project.
  • Assist the PMO in preparation of progress reports (quarterly,
    annual, final) and respond to the queries related to project
    particularly related to technical aspects of the project.
  • Coordinate with federal, state and local governments,
    communities, project beneficiaries, private sector service providers and
    suppliers, consultants, and other stakeholders at project level for
    effective delivery of project activities
  • Assist the PMO to maintain good relations with project beneficiaries, partner organizations, and other stakeholders

Minimum Qualification and Requirements
Candidates should have:

  • Masters Degree in Dairy Science, Animal Production and Health,
    Veterinary Services, Livestock Management, Dairy Food Technology or
    related field with at least two years of work experience in similar
    capacity or Bachelors Degree in Dairy Science, Animal Production and
    Health, Veterinary Services, Livestock Management, Dairy Food Technology
    with at least five years of work experience in related fields.
  • Proven experience, skills and knowledge and preferred experience
    on dairy management, animal health, feed/fodder management and
    livestock extension services especially in African settings.
  • Strong program management skills and high level of analytical skills in planning and project implementation
  • Ability to be flexible, respond professionally, and establish
    priorities in often fluid, changing, and challenging situations with
    little clear guidance is necessary.
  • Ability to work calmly, tactfully, and effectively under
    pressure and to demonstrate extreme flexibility in managing more than
    one activity.
  • Ability to interact directly and independently with senior
    management of potential clients, technical partners and senior
    government officials
  • Ability to influence and rally support from executives at
    managing director and executive director positions to support strategic
    initiatives.
  • Strong communication, analytical and report writing skills
  • Willingness and enthusiasm for working with rural and vulnerable communities living in remote areas of the country.
  • Proficiency in the English language (required) and Yoruba and Hausa (preferred)


How to Apply

Qualified and interested candidates should forward their CV’s to: norbert@sahelcp.com with the position they are applying for as the subject of the mail.

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Application Deadline  30th November, 2016.

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