Senior Poultry Advisor at TechnoServe Zambia Limited
TechnoServe Zambia Limited
Lusaka, Zambia
6d ago
source : Jobs in Zambia

Title : Senior Poultry Business Advisor

Reports to : Country Director

Location : Lusaka Zambia

Travel : Up to 50%

I. TechnoServe Background :

TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries.

We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets.

Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities.

With nearly five decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

II. Program Description :

The National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC) implements Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) interventions as part of the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) 1,000 Most Critical Days Program.

The USAID funded SUN TA program will work in 13 districts in the provinces of Central, Northern, Copperbelt and Luapula and provide support and direct technical assistance to sub-national local government officials in target districts to plan, implement, coordinate, and monitor integrated nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific activities to significantly reduce the rate of stunting among Zambian children under two.

TechnoServe is part of the SUN TA consortium led by DAI. TechnoServe will work within agriculture and livelihoods parts of the program.

The SUN TA program will work with a multi-sectoral approach with the overall objective of reducing malnutrition and stunting with a particular focus of mothers with young children.

Overall the program aims to reduce stunting in target areas by 2% annually. The work of TechnoServe within the agriculture and livelihoods component is to be designed to support these overall ambitions.

III. Position Description :

The Senior Poultry Business Advisor will lead in promoting innovative ways to increase chicken production among small holder farmers.

  • S / he will provide technical and managerial advice for the establishment and operation of agribusinesses linked to the poultry value chain;
  • specifically breeder farms, hatcheries, feed mills and smallholder poultry producers. The role will entail establishment of clear sources of chick suppliers to enhance uptake by smallholder farmers in the 13 program districts.

    The key feature will be creation of incubation and brooding services as a business approach in the distribution of improved local chickens e.

    g. Kuroiller, Black Austrolops; strengthening vertical and horizontal linkages among the value chain players; and increasing access to veterinary services to reduce preventable chicken production constraints.

    The Senior Poultry Business Advisor will work with field based technicians across the SUN districts and the national SUN TA Livelihood team.

    IV. Key Management Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide program direction in the establishment and operation of agribusinesses linked to the poultry value chain
  • Lead in strengthening and establishment of incubation and brooding services in the selected districts
  • Promote vertical and horizontal linkages among the poultry value chain players
  • Facilitate establishment and strengthening of a market based distribution system that improves the small holder farmers access to veterinary drugs, products and services
  • Promote feed supplementation for indigenous poultry using available raw materials, market based production, consistency in supply, improved productivity, and compliance to industry policies and regulations.
  • V. Required Skills and Experience

  • Zambian citizen or person with permanent Zambian residence / work permit
  • At least a Bachelors degree in agriculture sciences, animal science, agribusiness and management, enterprise development, business administration with a livestock background or similar qualifications
  • Significant private sector experience, ideally including experience using market systems approaches, and value chain development approaches in the agriculture sector
  • 5-7 years of relevant working experience. Applications from persons currently working in / or previously employed in the private sector are highly encouraged
  • Initiative, drive and the ability to drive a process
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to adapt communication styles to a range of audiences
  • Previous supervisory experience strongly preferred; and
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
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