Heifer International: Blouberg Project Agriculture/Livestock Assistant

Heifer International South Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 3 November, 2013
Opportunity type: 
Employment

Heifer International (Heifer) is a nonprofit organisation that works with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.

Heifer seeks to recruit a Blouberg Project Agriculture/Livestock Assistant, based in Blouberg, Capricorn District, Limpopo.

Heifer International South Africa’s (Heifer) mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty in South Africa and care for the Earth. As a means to reach our mission, the organisation is scaling up its programme work and impact in order to reach more families at a faster pace using appropriate enhanced systems. Heifer is hiring two Project Assistants for its new Blouberg Project. This position will provide hands-on, professional and technical support to the Project Field/Senior Coordinator to implement the Blouberg Project in Limpopo Province based on Heifer’s proven global model.

The Blouberg Project Agric. /Livestock Assistant will be fully involved and provide hands-on, professional and technical support in project activity planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting in Blouberg Project under the supervision of the Project Field Coordinator. Ninety per cent of the Agric./Livestock Assistant’s time will be spent on the field on implementation and supporting farmers and 10% for administrative and other activities.

This are three-year, fixed-term contract positions.  

These persons will report to the Blouberg Project Coordinator.
 
Responsibilities:

Programme planning, monitoring, evaluation and documentation

  • Support implementation and adherence to Heifer’s system of planning, monitoring and evaluation to assure that all projects are well implemented, achieve desired impact and scale, and well documented;
  • Support Project Field/Senior Coordinator to develop and implement Blouberg Project plans and budgets;
  • Support the Project Field/Senior Coordinator to monitor progress toward project objectives and goals; adjusting plans and activities as necessary in order to achieve project goals;
  • Conduct baseline surveys and support periodic, mid-term and final evaluations;
  • Compile and submit accurate reports (weekly updates, field visit reports and any other reports requested by the Project Field Coordinator) thereby supporting monthly project reports and project progress reports preparation;
  • Support maintenance of accurate records of project activities including trainings, financial expenditure, resource placement, and project participants as directed by the Project Senior Coordinator;
  • Support documentation of important project activities like placement of animals, POG Ceremonies through photographing and videotaping for fundraising and other purposes as directed by the Project Senior Coordinator;
  • Support establishment and maintenance of accurate records of productivity of livestock;
  • Support value chain development and actor empowerment so that project participants derive optimum benefits from the chain through appropriate enterprise development.

Training and capacity building

  • Support the Project Field/Senior Coordinator to provide Heifer prescribed trainings and other relevant trainings to Blouberg project participants and other project areas as need be;
  • Support the development of effective training reinforcement and follow-up strategies for encouraging on-going commitment to training.

Procurement and distribution of project inputs/resources

  • Assist groups in procurement of necessary equipment and supplies.
  • Prepare for receiving livestock shipment, quarantine and acclimatization measures should livestock shipment take place.

Value chain development

  • Support Project Field/Senior Coordinator to map and analyse value chains;
  • Support Project Field/Senior Coordinator to build engagements and relationships;
  • Support Project Field/Senior Coordinator to develop strategies for chain empowerment;
  • Support Project Field/Senior Coordinator for chain monitoring and evaluation.

Administrative and other duties

  • Responsible for assets and materials under his/her charge;
  • Support Project Field/Senior Coordinator to establish and maintain good relationships with livestock and other inputs suppliers and link farmers with such suppliers as need be;
  • Support Project Field/Senior Coordinator to create linkages with Government departments and other partners in the field in a way that promotes Heifer’s visibility and raises its profile;
  • Support Project Field/Senior Coordinator to ensure adherence to Heifer principles and that POGs are done according to plans.

Requirements:

  • Diploma in Agriculture, Animal Sciences, Rural Development, or other appropriate and related field, with good knowledge of Human Nutrition;
  • Two years hands-on working experience in rural/community development sector;
  • Ability to facilitate training sessions that effectively build capacity and provide the relevant skills to project participants to manage their animals, and other enterprises;
  • Ability to use computer to prepare reports and other relevant documents;
  • Ability to follow directives and to take basic initiative in the absence of the Project Coordinator;
  • Ability to communicate via telephone and e-mail as required;
  • Good public relations skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English and isiXhosa;
  • Ability to work cooperatively with other staff and to travel independently within the country;
  • Honesty and professionalism in dealing with colleagues, project participants, partner organizations and other project stakeholders;
  • Valid driver’s licence code 8.

To apply, submit a CV, contact details of two referees and motivation letter to Human Resources, Heifer International South Africa at heifersa@heifer.org.za.
 
Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
 
 Should you not hear from Heifer International South Africa within two weeks after the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful.
 
 Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
 
 For more about Heifer International South Africa, refer to www.heifer.org.za.
 
For more about Heifer International South Africa, refer to www.heifer.org.za.

For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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