Department: USAID Nawiri Project
Reports To: Production Officer (Livestock & Agriculture Officer)
Country/Location: Kenya- Illeret Ward (North Horr, Marsabit County)
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CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions is leading the USAID Nutrition in ASALs Within Integrated Resilient Institutions (NAWIRI) Project, a USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) funded 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya. The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce persistent levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties. The activity will be implemented in two phases:
- Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
- Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Multi-sectoral Activity implementation and adaptation and Local System and Institutional Strengthening
While being provided with a learning opportunity, the Animal Health Intern shall be responsible to and report directly to the Project officer – Livestock and Agriculture or designate in carrying out of his/her duties. The purpose of the position is to support provision of community-based animal health services and livestock-related projects in the Illeret ward. S/he will support capacity enhancement of Community Disease Reporters (CDR) and support strengthening of existing community-based diseases surveillance structures and link them to the County government of Marsabit Veterinary Department.
- Undertake disease control activities such as disease search/surveillance, vaccination, reporting and enforcement of livestock movement regulations.
- Participate in the training of stakeholders in vector control programmes;
- Advise pastoralists on good veterinary practices and treatment of sick animals
- Collect data and prepare reports on animal health, products, and markets.
- Strengthen existing community-based diseases surveillance structures and link them to Government of Kenya Veterinary Department.
- Maintain close collaboration with Subcounty Veterinary Officer, Livestock Officer and Local Administration
- Participate in staff meetings and workshops related to veterinary services, food security and livelihoods
- Coordinate with public and private animal health service providers to reach Nawiri participants in Illeret ward
- Prepare timely and accurate monthly, quarterly, reports based on livestock actual field activities in Illeret
- Actively advance Nawiri’s connections to livestock at ward level, seeking avenues for partnership, collaboration and coordination of activities
- Performing any other duty that may be assigned by the supervisor
- Strong relationship management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
- Strong interpersonal, communications, writing and presentation skills.
- Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented, and results-oriented.
- Team player who can work independently while also being highly collaborative and open. Capable of building relationships and influencing the opinions of others.
- Willingness to stay long days in remote field locations
- Graduates with demonstrated good character, creativity, honesty and integrity, positive attitude, ability to learn, and with a recent full medical check-up.
Required/Desired Foreign Language: English, Swahili and Dassanch language is an added advantage
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Chief of Party USAID Nawiri, DCOP Programming, Nawiri Program team,
External: Local implementing partners, government bodies at different levels
- At least diploma in animal health from a Kenyan recognized institution
- Be registered by Kenya Veterinary Board (K.V.B.) or be a member of a relevant professional association
- Willingness to work in the field with, veterinary officers, CDRs, SILC and Farmer Field Schools
- Willingness to learn new things in a rapidly changing context
Clear internship objectives will be developed at the beginning of the internship period, assessed, and monitored on a regular basis, and final appraisal conducted at the end of the internship period to ensure that the intern achieves their learning and development objectives.
The internship program participants will not be entitled to a salary as this is not considered employment. However, they will be provided with a monthly stipend and a medical and Group Personal Accident cover as per HR Compensation provisions.
CRS is under no obligation whatsoever to hire a graduate intern during or after their completion of the internship program.