National Livestock Specialist

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: coxs bazaar
  • Grade: NPP - National Project Personnel - Local Contractors Agreement - All levels
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Closing Date: 2021-12-24
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  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
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Organizational Setting
FAO in collaboration with the government, UN-organizations and development partners began serving the host communities in building their livelihoods and skill development opportunities in Cox’s Bazar from October 2017. As continuation of the resilient livelihoods development intervention the Embassy of Kingdom of the Netherland (EKN) funded a Project titled ‘Strengthening of Market Linkages and Technical Capacity for Agricultural Groups to promote income generation in Cox’s Bazar’(OSRO/BGD/802/NET). The project will be promoting economic inclusion and strengthening local supply chains and markets, as well as development of private sector partnership across the sub-sectors of crop and livestock production.
The project contributes in improving households’ food security in introducing improved livestock production technologies and develop opportunities for host communities to economically benefit from the wider markets created due to Rohingya influx. In addition, the project continues FAO’s commitment to environmental rehabilitation and economic support for the local communities. The restoration of environmental balance to the targeted area is a core commitment in creating sustainable livelihoods.
Reporting Lines:
The National Livestock Specialist is a SC 08 position and he/she will work under the the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Advisor of the Livelihood Team and the overall guidance of the FAO Head of Sub-Office, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh and the direct supervision of the National Livelihood Coordination Officer. The National Livestock Specialist will be responsible for enhancing livestock and poultry farming, developing strategies and providing support to improve livestock and poultry production practices with the aim of increasing production as well as household income.
Technical Focus
The National Livestock Specialist will provide technical support on livestock and poultry production to the project beneficiaries and implementing partners and stakeholders for a sustainable production and market systems approach. The incumbent will facilitate activities to increase livestock and poultry production, strengthen value chains, and improve household nutrition and income. S/he will be responsible to support small-scale poultry and goat farmers in safe meat production maintaining hygienic conditions at work place.
Tasks and responsibilities:
  • Provide technical assessment to identify gaps/challenges facing the livestock farmers, quality of production and linkages with the markets (to conduct the technical assessment, the consultant will make reference to the FAO’s baseline report on resilience programme in Cox’s Bazar, resilience strategies, UN-led joint response plan (2019), UN-SDG, 8th five year plan of Government of Bangladesh, National livestock Policy, Master Plan for Southern Region of Bangladesh and FAO’s recent studies on livestock sector in Bangladesh and south Asian countries and other relevant strategic documents);
  • Develop a Livestock Sub-sector Strategy document for FAO Cox’s Bazar;
  • Elaborate an Implementation Plan for the Livestock Sub-sector Strategy of the FAO Cox’s Bazar livelihood programme in mobilizing funds;
  • In coordination with the Senior Programme Advisor, develop proposals for the further development of the livestock sub-sector component of the Emergency Response Programme;
  • Elaborate activities appropriate to livestock sub-sectoral support at both individual household and farmers’ groups levels;
  • For programme design, the National Consultant will undertake the following analysis: farmers’ adoption of the government introduced improved technologies (i.e. artificial insemination, deworming, vaccination and improved breed); farmers’ engagement in practicing fodder cultivation and its contribution in household income; the potentiality of farmers’ access to global market through livestock food processing and export of quality products; data on farm level planning process for dairy and poultry production in order to determine the best ways to manage farm with the climatic impacts; farmers’ potentiality for livestock entrepreneurship, especially for the women; and livestock farm production data and provide a synthesis of the result with a forecast on cows, goat and poultry production trend and farmers’ adoption of technologies for resilience in livestock farming;
  • Identify sustainable improvements in productivity of milk, meat and egg production including processing and value addition;
  • Identify opportunities to strengthen private sector participation and investments in livestock production, livestock services, market development, and export of livestock products and by-products;
  • Develop a capacity building plan for Department of Livestock Services at the District and sub-district levels; Oversee and guide livestock production and farmer mobilization activities in the project area and effectively manage relationships with the government and implementing partners;
  • Contribute in 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 and utilization of project resources;
  • Identify training needs for the government and implementing partners’ staff and support the capacity building of the project poultry and dairy farmers on improved livestock production;
  • Provide technical support to the livestock farmers in collaboration with the Department of Livestock Services (DLS) on deworming, vaccination, artificial insemination, improved breed and animal health management in the project area;
  • Contribute to the collection and dissemination of relevant data and information related to milk, egg and meat production, households’ income and food value chains including impacts, lessons and good practices;
  • Contribute to the organization of and/or participate in meetings, conferences, workshops, consultations and field visits as needed;
  • Assist the MEAL team in properly recording and archiving the progress tracking data on field implementation to support various audiences, while contributing to annual and semi-annual reports;
  • Any other duties as instructed by the Senior Programme Advisor of the Livelihood and the Head of Sub-Office.
  • Masters in Veterinary Sciences, Animal Husbandry and equivalent /related subjects.
  • National of Bangladesh;
  • Minimum of Seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional work experiences with the United Nations, international and national development organizations, or relevant government institutions on sustainable livestock and poultry production, animal health management, market linkage development and environmental conservation.
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills
  • Working knowledge of English is essential
  • Experiences in working for value-added livestock and poultry products, services, and recommendations to partners and stakeholders;
  • Knowledge in working for farm trials, demonstrations and research projects on climate adaptive livestock and poultry production technologies;
  • Proven track record of successful teamwork, good presentation/facilitation skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Bengali is required;
  • Ability to work independently and with minimum supervision;
  • Self-motivation, willingness to learn and strong work ethics in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
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  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
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