Monday, April 11, 2016


Position Name: Dairy intern
Sector/Program: Agriculture
Position Location: Lusaka
Reports to: Project Manager, M-DIP
Responsible for: Livestock and animal husbandry animal husbandry training at field level
Key contacts:  MAL, Dairy Association of Zambia, Dairy cooperatives, milk processors, input suppliers
Expected Start Date: 18th April, 2016
Project background:
Substantial growth potential exists in expanding the dairy industry by bringing the traditional cattle sector into the formal system. Currently about 80% of all raw milk produced in the country comes from the traditional sector. However, the bulk of this milk does not reach the formal market. With targeted interventions aimed at improving animal husbandry practices and market access amongst emergent farmers, the sector has the potential to reduce the raw milk supply deficit in the country and significantly increase household income for the farmers.
To address these challenges, SNV is currently working with 8 dairy cooperatives in the southern province the project aims at easing access to dairy support services for small scale farmer Zambia and to contribute towards the implementation of this scale up project, we are seeking applications from suitably qualified Zambians to fill in the position of a Dairy Intern.
Job Purpose
The Dairy-Intern will be working hand in hand with the project livestock officer to support the training in dairy management for selected dairy cooperative members. In liaison with the Livestock officer he/she will help facilitate the establishment of the Practical Dairy Learning Centres (PDLCs) and co-operative managed Fodder enterprises.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
  • Together with project livestock officer conduct trainings in dairy animal husbandry on the selected training gaps per cooperative
  • Promote the development of farm level training through establishment of farmer level practical dairy learning farms Conduct training in fodder production and help facilitate the establishment and management of cooperative managed commercial fodder fields.
  • Support development and access to essential dairy services such as fodder, AI and vet services.
  • Lead on the development and promotion of farmer managed breeding, fodder and dairy skills training enterprises.
  • Support the livestock officer in monitoring all the enterprises at each of the cooperatives
  • Visit project sites on regular basis for monitoring and proper execution of activities
  • Prepare and submit progress reports on project activities
Competencies, Capabilities and Attributes: (Skills/behavioral (Special Training or Competence) :
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deliver quality products that meet deadlines and requirements
  • Team player
  • Relationship builder
  • Ability to work with a wide range of actors from different backgrounds (smallholder farmers, private sector companies, government, and NGOs)
Academic & professional qualifications, Knowledge and Experience: (detail Knowledge (Education & Related Experience)
  • Minimum of diploma in Agriculture/ Animal Science, or related fields.
  • At least two (2) years field experience in agriculture/ rural development projects
  • Strong experience interacting with dairy producers on a day to day basis
  • Knowledge of the Zambian dairy industry
  • Experience with private sector development
  • Excellent written English and ability with standard Office packages – Excel, Word, Powerpoint
Working environment: (The officer is expected to Spend 50% time in office and 50% field work) They will be based in the SNV head office in Lusaka, but will be required to travel extensively to project sites within Southern Province.
How to Apply
Applicants should submit an application letter addressed to the Country Operations Manager with full updated CV, pay rate history for the last three years, three professional references including their email addresses and day contact phone numbers.
Applications indicating the position applied for should be submitted to and copy not later than 15th April 2016. Please do not attach any academic and professional certificates.
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