Local Capacity Builder - Dairy Intensification

  • Nakuru, Kenya
  • Contract
  • Contract type: Consultancy contract

Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization that applies practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local contexts. SNV has an annual turnover of €130 million, over 1,250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organization that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.

In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change during project preparation and implementation - by strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects. We will continue to position ourselves as a premium organization, with decentralized management.

For more information on our operations in Kenya and SNV generally visit our website: www.snv.org

Livestock Intensification and Integrated livestock projects-components of ISLA Project

The Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA) Kenya is a partnership set up by IDH in 2015 in response to deforestation and forest degradation in the South West Mau Forest block in western Kenya. ISLA aims to conserve 60,000 hectares of the forest by 2030. The partnership is built on the interest of tea and other companies to conserve the forest for its microclimate and of the Kenyan government to improve livelihoods of communities.

The South West Mau is the largest of 22 blocks of the Mau Forests Complex (MFC). The MFC covers over 400,000 hectares and is critical for Kenya and parts of East Africa. More than 10 million people depend on its rivers. The forest also influences the region’s microclimate such as rainfall patterns, creating ideal conditions to produce crops such as tea. Furthermore, the area is one of Kenya’s main water towers and much of its hydroelectric power is generated here.

In recent decades, more than 25% of the forest has either been cut down or degraded, putting tea production, other sectors and community livelihoods at risk. This is caused by growing populations, unsustainable livestock grazing, charcoal burning and timber extraction from the forest.

In response, IDH created a strong coalition of the Nakuru, Kericho and Bomet national government agencies; tea, energy, telecommunications and timber companies; and civil society made up of NGOs and community groups, implementing partners and knowledge institutions to work together across the landscape. Together, we developed an integrated action plan for holistic landscape management in the South West Mau Forest across four key themes: forest conservation, water conservation, sustainable energy with livelihoods as an important cross-cutting theme. The focus of ISLA Kenya is on the northeast boundary of the forest, where threats are highest. Based on baseline and feasibility studies done by IDH, it was clear that overstocking (of livestock) in the forest is a key threat.

For more information on the ISLA partnership, please visit: https://www.idhsustainabletrade.com/landscapes/south-west-mau-forest-kenya/

Job Description

The project seeks to fill the position of;

Local capacity Builder-Dairy Intensification (1 position)

Roles and responsibilities

  1. Facilitating and supporting activities to enhance efficiency of raw milk collection system/process.
  2. Facilitating training for farmers based on agreed curriculum
  3. Identifying, training and coaching Service provider Enterprises (SPEs) and farmer trainers.
  4. Supporting design and roll out of an (environmentally sustainable) T&E program.
  5. Supporting the Training coordinator in identification, selection and establishment of model farms.
  6. Facilitating linkages with private input suppliers and service providers.
  7. Facilitating farmer learning and knowledge development through field days and exchange visits.
  8. Facilitating farmer learning and knowledge development on fodder planning.
  9. Support to farmer groups with Feed & Fodder training programs and design and implementation of demonstrations for fodder establishment & preservation.
  10. Facilitating linkages with Feed & Fodder suppliers for quality seeds and quality feeds.
  11. Supporting the farmer groups with linkages for feed/fodder.
  12. Perform any other task (s) that may be assigned by the Project team Leader from time to time.


Expected Profile of Candidate(s);

  • Minimum BSC degree in animal science or related field
  • At least 2 years Technical experience in dairy management
  • Extensive work experience in a multicultural environment
  • Good communication, negotiation, public speaking, interpersonal and organization skills
  • Good computer skills

Additional Information

Contract duration: 1 year 

How to apply?

Kindly apply by clicking on the “I AM INTERESTED” tab on this page and submitting an application letter and CV that contains three referees in English before 22nd November, 2019.


Only shortlisted will be contacted.

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