Livestock Lead, Nigeria

Confidential

Job Summary

The Livestock Lead will be assigned to work with the Office of the Vice President to drive the identification and fixing/exploitation of key bottlenecks/opportunities to drive the implementation of the NLTP and the transformation of the livestock sector. He/she will work closely with the Head of the Unit and the Lead Delivery Advisor, and other experts including the Good Agronomic Practices Lead, the Value Chain Development Lead, the Agriculture Financing and Investment Lead and MEL Leads. The Livestock Lead will report to the Lead Delivery Advisor. The role will require travel across Nigeria.

  • Minimum Qualification: MBA / MSc
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 8 years

Job Description

Focus of the Role

  • Following the recent Presidential election, the Federal Government of Nigeria has set agriculture transformation as a top priority. It is establishing an agriculture coordination secretariat in the Office of the Vice-President, with responsibility for the coordination of the implementation of two flagship programmes: the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) and the Green Imperative (GI) - a partnership with Brazil to improve access to mechanization and technology in Nigerian agriculture. 

Responsibilities:

  • Be responsible for the implementation of the NLTP by leading the mobilisation and coordination of resources  into the 4 sub-sectors (Beef, Poultry, Dairy and Animal feeds)
  • Develop and drive programmes for upstream and downstream market system development such as: breeding systems (such as artificial insemination, embryo transfer, cow-calf operations), feed composition, animal husbandry best practices, artificial inseminations, processing and abattoirs, and a comparable benchmark to good practices in similar environments
  • Work with the frontline states of the NLTP, together with the team of delivery advisors, to ensure they are implementing their respective state livestock transformation plans
  • Ensure important elements include integrating and connecting the benefits of wildlife, soil and water conservation management are included in the development of ranches 
  • Identify major livestock production constraints and propose ideas to address said constraints
  • Establish tools for monitoring all pilot sites activities and make recommendations for modification, improvement or introduction of new activities
  • Respond and solve issues where possible and report on-going problems such as infrastructure requirements, outbreak of diseases, access to finance, drought risk, etc.
  • Support implementation of strategies to promote and engage vulnerable groups, particularly women and youth in farmer productivity, market participation and increased wealth creation activities
  • Work with technical team and relevant partners to develop capacity development/training programmes for pastorals on improved practices and animal husbandry
  • Support the Agriculture Financing and Investment Lead on developing robust business cases for identified sites and business opportunities 
  • Prepare 5 year plans and detailed annual work plans and progress reports on livestock component
  • In collaboration with the MEL Lead undertake regular visits to the project area to develop mechanisms for participatory monitoring activities and conduct appropriate/required field research and analysis

What We Are Looking For

Experience and Qualifications:

  • At least 8 years’ experience in agricultural value chain development, with proven track record in developing the livestock industry in Nigeria or similar contexts
  • A degree animal science or in confined animal production, feed lot management, livestock management, or a related field
  • An excellent understanding of business, economics and different development approaches to improving livestock productivity 
  • Have an in-depth understanding of integrated livestock approach
  • Ability to deploy landscape approach 
  • In-depth knowledge of feed and feeding system, breeding, animal health and husbandry
  • Demonstrated experience working in or with the Private Sector
  • Significant Africa experience with a strong preference for Nigerian contextual experience
  • Strong administrative and organization skills, commitment, attention to detail and strong forward planning skills
  • Hands on approach to work, with the ability to deliver on deadlines in a fast-paced and fast-changing environment, with minimal or no supervision

Essential Skills:

  • Exceptional oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Effective inter-personal and leadership skills with an ability to develop and foster relationships across a wide range of diverse and senior stakeholders
  • Ability to operate and succeed in a highly political environment;
  • Strong analytical and management skills, including sound knowledge of strategic planning and project management tools;
  • Ability to use own initiative and actively look for opportunities to have an impact rather than simply be reactive 
  • A decent understanding of how governments, businesses and international development organisations operate and how to succeed in them
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office products Word, Excel and PPT and other relevant  software and tools 

Personal Specifications:

  • Drive, motivation and ability to consistently achieve results in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience of living and working in developing countries is desirable but not essential.

Values we look for:

  • Courage… because to tackle global challenges, we must innovate and take smart risks
  • Collaboration… because when we work together and with external partners, we can overcome even the largest problems
  • Compassion… because our work is ultimately about improving people’s lives

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