Invitation for Applications
Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development
Strengthening Animal Production and Health Services
Somaliland Development Fund Phase 2
Senior Animal Production Expert
The Somaliland Development Fund – Phase 2 (SDF2) covers the period 2018-2023. SDF2 is conceived as an inclusive economic development programme. It supports the GoSL in delivering infrastructure that is relevant for inclusive economic development. It focuses on sustainable investments that spur job creation and fast growth, while at the same time laying the foundation for long-term resilience and development, leading to a more stable and peaceful Somaliland. SDF2’s support is fully aligned with government priorities as defined in the National Development Plan 2 (NDP2) 2017-2021 and reflect the priorities set out in Somaliland Vision 2030.
The key challenges to livestock production success include scarcity of fodder, underinvestment to animal health and water, which are all emanating from climate related shocks and barriers to access markets. In addition, widespread rangeland degradation makes it difficult for pastoralist livestock producers and for local traders to consistently supply export grade animals. A large number of animals from Somaliland are sold lean at lower price, with Somaliland producers and traders losing about 30% of potential profits. Insufficient availability of feed is a major income limiting factor. Purely pasture based livestock production is increasingly insufficient for Somaliland livestock producers to compete efficiently in Middle Eastern or other potential markets. If such services are not invested livestock export will be exposed to recurrent livestock ban, causing the country to lose millions of dollars and increased unemployment.
The Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development (MoLFD) has developed a Project Concept Note for a livestock project. The proposed project intends to address said problems through institutional capacity enhancement by training ministry staff on animal production, and on research and data management. The project will also establish one livestock holding ground by fencing an area of 10×10 km in Ilaan, Sanaag for fodder production and expanding the fodder production in the previously established Aroori livestock holding ground. In addition to that the project will improve the capacity of the livestock disease surveillance and control by strengthening the disease reporting focal points in all the regions of Somaliland.
The SDF Secretariat is therefore seeking the services of a Senior Animal Production Expert to support the MoLFD in conducting the necessary preliminary consultations, assessments and development of a full project proposal. The Expert will be supported by a National Civil Engineer.
Required Qualifications, Skills and Experience
Qualifications and skills
Master’s Degree in Livestock Development/Production, Veterinary Sciences and Range
Demonstrated excellent command of spoken and written English; and Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills
General professional experience
Extensive previous experience (minimum 12 years) in implementing animal production/improvement projects in arid and semi-arid lands;
Proven understanding of Project Cycle Management (PCM), Logical Framework Approach (LFA);
Experience in conducting feasibility appraisal for animal production/health arid and semi-arid areas in Africa; and
Demonstrated understanding of the contribution of the livestock sector to economic development.
Specific professional experience
At least 8 years’ experience in designing and supervising/managing projects related to animal production and or health in fragile and conflict affected countries;
Designed and wrote at least one project proposal for focusing on animal production in the last three years;
Conducted at least one feasibility or prefeasibility study for dryland agriculture or soil and water conservation in the last 3 years; and
Experience with establishment of large-scale fodder production units.
How to apply
Interested candidates should send their application (cover letter and CV) to the Somaliland Development Fund Secretariat through e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates should indicate in their cover letter how they fit the criteria outlined in the advert. All applications must be received by 27 April 2019 at 1600hrs East African Standard Time. Applicants should clearly indicate the position they are applying for in the email subject line. Full Terms of Reference can be accessed on the SDF website through the link https://www.somalilanddevelopmentfund.org/opportunities-open
Any attempt by a candidate to influence the outcome of the recruitment process in any way which can be interpreted as canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification from being considered for this position.
This Consultancy is open to Somaliland and International Candidates.
Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
SOURCE: Senior Animal Production Expert -MoLFD