TECHNICAL ASSISTANT FOR A RURAL COMMUNITY PROGRAM (Training and support to poultry vaccination control community groups)

ORGANIZATION: Inter Aide
Closing date: 28 Feb 2018

Position based in MALAWI

(Nathenje town, Lilongwe district with regular trips to the zones of intervention in Central and Southern regions)

CONTEXT

Founded in 1980, Inter Aide is a humanitarian organization that specializes in the implementation of development programs that aim to promote access for the most vulnerable to development. The programs respond to specific, vital needs of local communities. Our principal objective is to reinforce the capacities of vulnerable populations to allow them to improve the living conditions in their communities.

Inter Aide currently implements programs in 5 countries in Africa (Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar and Sierra Leone) and the Caribbean (Haiti). Our interventions cover several fields of rural development: water and sanitation (including services for the maintenance of water points), agriculture and support to farmer’s organizations, community health (including the reduction of child mortality, sexual and reproductive health) and primary education.

Inter Aide operates in Malawi since 1991 As of today, the NGO and its partners are running 9 different programs in the fields of animal health, agriculture, child health, water supply, sanitation and maintenance in the Central and Southern regions of the country.

Currently Inter Aide implements 3 programs in Malawi that support family farming and livestock with the objective to enhance small family farms productivity and to improve their resilience to an increasingly changing environment. Different adapted activities are implemented (creation of seed banks for seeds’ diversification and conservation, reforestation and agroforestry, technical advisory on crops, small livestock development, vaccination against Newcastle disease (ND), amongst others). One of these 3 programs implemented is fully dedicated to chicken vaccination. It takes place in 3 districts of the central and southern regions: Lilongwe, Zomba and Phalombe.

Inter Aide projects started using I-2 vaccines produced at the Central Veterinary Laboratory (CVL) in Lilongwe in 2007[1]. The arrival of I-2 in the market was seen by Inter Aide as a good opportunity to involve the communities in the vaccination service. The idea of training and supporting community vaccinators then started and with the impulse of the community vaccinators, associations of vaccinators were created, with the view of optimizing and rationalizing the vaccination campaigns, activity monitoring and vaccine supply mechanisms. Today, the project has been transferred to the local NGO BASEDA (Basic Services Development Agency) since October 2017. Around 500 trained CVs are active in parts of 3 different districts from which around 300 CVs are already organized into vaccinators associations. They organize 3 campaigns per year in their catchment areas. Vaccination service is offered to farmers at an affordable price with no subsidy.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Technical assistant will be based in Nathenje town, in the district of Lilongwe, Central Malawi. His/her main responsibilities as Technical Assistant to BASEDA on the vaccination project are the following:

  1. Coordinate the implementation of the vaccination services against Newcastle disease (main mortality cause of the rural chickens) by supporting local organizations and providing technical assistance to BASEDA. He/she will have to co-supervise 3 annual campaigns of vaccination benefiting to nearly 45,000 farmers families.
  2. Work towards the sustainability of these services through :

a. the progressive empowerment of the community vaccinators associations on operational, technical and financial aspects, b. the support to the vaccines supply chain both at local and national levels

  1. Coordinate and support the geographical extension of the vaccination services in new areas, which includes collaboration with communities and local authorities, identification and training of additional vaccinating farmers and organization of the vaccines supply chain.

Moreover, the Technical Assistant will be co-responsible for

  • The management, evaluation and reinforcement of the local team. The operational team includes: a Deputy Program Manager, a Coordinator, 2 Supervisors and field facilitators working in 3 districts. The projects runs with 2 offices (Centre and South) and include support staff: admin, guards, maintenance officer
  • The coordination and quality assurance of the project implementation with the project operator BASEDA and Inter Aide.
  • Integration and coordination of studies and internship programs that the project might receive
  • Capacity building aiming at providing more independence to the project team and the organization BASEDA
  • Monitoring the activities (with regular trips to the field, in Central and Southern Malawi),
  • Establishing and maintaining the link and the communication between the different stakeholders of the project (local associations, local and national authorities, Ministry of agriculture, suppliers, other NGOs, etc.,
  • The operational follow-up of the program (development of tools, mapping, data compilation and analysis) and the monitoring and evaluation in order to assess the impact,
  • The planning, reporting and financial management (budgets, funds request, , accountancy, …),
  • The regular financial and operational reporting to the finance officer based in Versailles.

REQUESTED PROFILE

  • A university degree: B.S.or M.S. in Veterinary Science
  • Professional experience required, preferably in a developing country
  • Capacity to support local partners (ability to listen, to be diplomatic and to transfer responsibilities to others)
  • Rigorous approach, good sense of organization excellent relationship building and negotiation skills
  • Mobility, interest and aptitude for field work, flexibility, dynamism
  • Fluent in English in order to be confident in dealing with local authorities and institutions working in the agriculture sector

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Volunteer status (VSI) during 12 months and then open ended contract as an employee (CDI)
  • Moral commitment of 2 years expected
  • Allowance of 1,160 € per month (12 months a year) + living allowance
  • Social security + repatriation insurance + annual return airfare

[1] The CVL is a branch of the Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development (DAHLD).

HOW TO APPLY:

Application deadline: 28/02/2017

TO APPLY for this position, please send a resume and a cover letter

under reference VACCIN/MWI

At interaide@interaide.org

Note, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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