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Project/Research Officer

International Rescue Committee

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In anticipation of the OFDA LEGS funding, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is recruiting for the position of Project / Research Officer. In partnership with Vetwork, IRC is set to implement an Operational Research (OR) project “Improving Animal Health Service Delivery” which focuses on provision of animal health services. The IRC will conduct Operations Research to identify and test alternative program models for application of Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) standards while complying with key donor regulations – specifically in the area of animal health. LEGS are a set of international standards and guidelines for improving the quality of livestock programs (assessment, design, implementation and evaluation) to assist people affected by humanitarian crises. The ultimate aim of LEGS is to improve the quality and livelihoods impact of livestock-related projects in humanitarian situations.

Project Overview
The goal of the project “Improving Animal Health Service Delivery” seeks to safeguard and improve livestock health and primary asset production through a sustainable voucher system based community animal health service delivery by the local veterinary private sector of Chiredzi District

This is an operational research project which will implore a survey approach to identify the extent of the challenges of implementing LEGS veterinary support; the root causes of these challenges and how to overcome them; The project comes in at this point in time to leverage innovations already developed by IRC through the existing project “Supporting Resilience Building of Smallholder Livestock Farmers in Chiredzi District (SURE). It involves the development and testing of models to address the research question in order to develop a proof of concept. Under the project “Improving Animal Health Service Delivery” IRC – Zimbabwe will work with Vet work (UK) and OFDA. Key features of the models include: testing alternative ways to meet OFDA procurement standards; supporting the local private sector; provision of quality services to commodities through Voucher System Testing while addressing gender equity in terms of access to services and commodities; and application of protection principle in promoting provision of veterinary health services through a voucher scheme with technical support from the LEGS project team.

Position overview
IRC is seeking an experienced and professional Project /Research officer who will work as a link person for project under IRC in Zimbabwe based in Chiredzi. The ideal candidate should have demonstrated capacity and success in working in Livelihoods and Resilience building livestock projects in disaster prone areas. The incumbent will be expected to work closely with the Partner national Consultant.

Project / Research Officer will report directly to the IRC Economic Recovery & Development Coordinator

Roles and responsibilities

1. Project deliverables
Support the administration of research tools to ensure that quality data is collected; Facilitate the provision of veterinary services through a voucher scheme with technical support from the LEGS project; Identify livestock farmers who will use vouchers to access a range of veterinary services and medicines from Community Animal Health Workers (CAHW) who will in turn redeem the vouchers at Private Veterinary Pharmacies (PVPs); Facilitate beneficiary farmer selection through establishment of animal health committees in collaboration with the relevant local authorities; Provide refresher training of CAHWs on primary animal health care, disease diagnosis and use veterinary medicine to support provision of communities with access to primary animal health care and establishing a quick referral to the government livestock extension services; Facilitate the initial procurement of veterinary inputs being and promote provision of veterinary health services to resource poor farmers through a voucher scheme with technical support from the LEGS project; Engage with PVPs and link them with agro-dealers and CAHWs who will ensure local availability of veterinary inputs is increased and private sector suppliers have access to new and remote markets; Establish a referral pathway with the existing ward-based government veterinary extension worker in order to provide optimum extension and primary animal health care to livestock in the targeted community; Conduct community awareness campaigns targeting enhanced knowledge attitude and practices for uptake of animal health services; Establish the redemption points for the vouchers. And facilitate Voucher redemption working under the guidance of IRC Country Finance Office.

2. Effective Monitoring and Evaluation
Contribute to the development of a joint work plan with the LEGS team’s National Consultant and international Team Leader and conduct periodic reviews of progress against the plan; Support project site visits by OFDA, LEGS and other stakeholders for observations and monitoring of project activities and inputs including the assessment of pharmaceuticals supply chain- vendors, PVPS and content of CAHW kits; Present research findings results to different stakeholders, including the beneficiaries, donors, and government local authorities; Work closely and hold monthly meetings with key stakeholders (the District Administrators’ Offices, Rural District Councils and Government Technical Departments (Department of Veterinary Services, Crops & Livestock Department ) who will be also engaged in the review progress of the project; Prepare and submit timely quality internal project reports on activities, detailing the progress and achievement (indicators tracking), the challenges faced and how they were tackled and recommendations for subsequent months; Regular reporting to the IRC ERD Coordinator through monthly written reports, supplemented by emails and Skype/phone calls as required

3. Networking and Coordination
Establish close coordination and cooperation with IRC Project team, the national Consultant, the district line agencies and authorities, communities, project beneficiaries and other stakeholders at project level for effective delivery of project activities; Attend to District and provincial stakeholder meetings and submit reports as and when they are required; Maintain good relations with project beneficiaries, partners and stakeholders; Represent IRC at field level with local government authorities and other agencies.

4. Effective Resource Management
Ensure that due diligence is followed in distribution of inputs to the project beneficiaries to ensure accountability and transparency

Required Qualifications
First degree in Agriculture, Animal Science, Environmental Science, Development studies or other related disciplines; Veterinarian/livestock specialist with at least 3 years’ experience with specific experience in Chiredzi District of in Zimbabwe; Experience of livestock emergency and development projects, including Community Based Animal Health Worker programs; Experience of working with USAID/OFDA supported projects (desirable)

Required Skills
Good reporting skills with excellent research skills and experience in use of quantitative and qualitative research tools; Fluency in English and Shona is essential and fluency in Shangani desirable; Sensitive and responsive to gender, ethnicity, disability and other social issues; Participatory and team approach to work and behaviour; Proactive in liaising and problem solving; Dependable and able to act professionally; Able to work under pressure and extreme weather conditions while still meeting targets related to agreed timelines

Other details
Position is open to internal and external candidates; Expected salary range: USD1,212.00 to USD1,576.00 basic salary per month


How to apply

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible by submitting CVs and cover letter stating the position in the email subject line to

The CV should include a minimum of three (3) traceable, recent and relevant references. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Deadline: 20 January 2019

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