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Christian Aid (CA) Recruitment for Graduate Livestock Support Officer


Christian Aid (CA) is a UK-based international NGO, partnering with others to end poverty in Africa. At the heart of this vision is the transformation of the lives of people who live in poverty, empowering them to have a brighter future. Christian Aid works in more than 30 countries and has been operating in Nigeria since 2003. The Nigeria Country programme focuses on Community Health and HIV, Accountable Governance including humanitarian response and Gender.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Livestock Support Officer

Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Reports to: FSL Officer
Type of contract: Fixed Term
Contracted hours: 35
Contract length: 4 months

Role Purpose

  • To provide support for the FADAMA III livelihood activities among host communities of Jere and MMC LGA in the area of livestock production

Role Context

  • The role works within the International Programme role family positioned in the Humanitarian Response team of CAID. The role is key in providing support to the FADAMA III WFP Livelihoods (livestock) project.

Key Outcomes

  • Coordinate, implement and monitor the small livestock related activities including vaccination and veterinary services provision.
  • Coordinate the selection and procurement of high/resistant variety birds
  • Coordinate the calculation the feed ratio, procurement and distribution of feed to poultry beneficiaries. Training for beneficiaries regarding poultry keeping, feeding, disease prevention (vaccination program), record keeping and poultry management.
  • Conduct baseline survey for finding out livestock owner needs and the environmental impact of livestock in our target areas.
  • Asist in the establishment of linkages between community and Veterinary Field Unit (VFU) and follow up vaccination stages in all seasons of year.
  • Maintain progress documents i.e. activity photographs and field reports
  • Prepare weekly, monthly narrative and Quarterly progress reports
  • Other duties
  • assigned by the supervisor and/or management.

Other task:

  • Assist in any other related matters necessary for the execution of the project.

Role Requirements 

  • External: The post holder will be required to work closely with project beneficiaries and their communities.
  • Internal: Works closely with the Program Coordinator/Officer, wider project team, Nigeria country team, humanitarian colleagues and field-based volunteers.

Decision making:

  • Make day to day decisions around support given to beneficiaries in the communities.

Analytical skills:

  • Developing self and others – Build capacity of beneficiaries at the community level for effective livestock management.

Person Specification 

Applied Skills/Knowledge and Expertise:


  • Degree in Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine or other relevant fields and previous work experience
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; well organized, and able to prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office and other relevant computer applications.
  • Able to adapt to changing program priorities and emergency priorities that may arise
  • Strong self-starter, able to take initiatives.
  • Good planning and organizational skills coupled with problem solving capabilities
  • Hands-on community mobilization skills.
  • Minimum 1 year experience setting up and implementing livestock livelihoods or income generating projects preferably with an NGO in a host community or IDP setting
  • Prior experience working with local governments and stakeholders in implementation of projects
  • Knowledge of the key issues and trends in Food Security and Livelihoods intervention
  • Experience working on cash for work project


  • Previous experience in Livelihoods implementation within a humanitarian response
  • Experience working in North East Nigeria.
  • Familiarity with the culture of conflict and/or disaster- affected populations, ability to develop respect from a wide range of people and strong ability to communicate effectively on sanitation and hygiene matters.
  • Experience working in harsh climatic conditions and ability to communicate fluently in (Hausa or Kanuri) language will be an added advantage.

IT competency required:

  • Intermediate.

Competency Profile
LEVEL 2: You are expected to be able to:

Build partnerships:

  • Take on different work when necessary to achieve a team or organizational goal.
  • Actively consult with others to ensure you understand their needs or goals.
  • Listen to and take on board fresh perspectives and views even if you initially disagree with them.
  • Maintain on-going relationships with individuals and contacts through networks, based on mutual rapport and respect.

Communicate effectively:

  • Make complex things simple for the benefit of others.
  • Actively listen and question to check your understanding and draw out others when they are not expressing themselves clearly or seem to be holding back.
  • Be sensitive to what others may be feeling, based on what they say, how they say it and their nonverbal behavior, adapting your style and approach to fit.
  • Address difficult issues when they arise, being honest and open.

Steward resources:

  • Implement ways to reduce the inefficient use of resources or pass the ideas on to someone who can make them happen.
  • Estimate the resources needed to achieve your own work plans or objectives and to deliver them in the most efficient and cost-effective way.
  • Set and communicate realistic timelines for achieving tasks, working out how best to adapt as priorities change or unforeseen circumstances arise.

Deliver results:

  • Prioritize, plan and monitor own work to meet own and team deliverables to agreed performance or quality standards.
  • Acknowledge others’ priorities whilst being prepared to say “no” if there are genuine reasons why their needs cannot be met.
  • Use logical processes and relevant tools and techniques to report on information or analyses options.
  • Make timely and considered recommendations or decisions based on analysis of available data, information and evidence.

Realize potential:

  • Evaluate your own work and actively address gaps in knowledge and skills, without prompting.
  • Recognize how you react to feedback and manage reactions positively, acting on specific feedback from others.
  • Share your knowledge where it will help others to be more effective.
  • Provide instruction, constructive feedback and guidance to others to help them learn.

Strive for improvement:

  • Constructively challenge existing practice.
  • Seek better ways of doing things, considering the possible implications.
  • Make positive suggestions on a way forward when faced with challenges even if these falls outside own scope of work.
  • Look inside and outside Christian Aid for new ideas and evaluate them for own work.

Salary (full time): N4,103,445

Deadline: 10th September, 2018.

Interview Date
19th September, 2018.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Click here for more Information (PDF)


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