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  • Posted: Jun 28, 2022
    Deadline: Jul 22, 2022
  • Our goal is to help families achieve living incomes, which will allow them to feed their families daily; educate all their children; and have proper housing, water, hygiene and other essential resources.
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    Deputy Chief of Party - Nigeria Livestock Development


    Heifer Project International is seeking qualified applicants for the following positions for an anticipated USAID-funded 5-year Feed the Future Nigeria Livestock Development Activity in Nigeria. The Activity will potentially explore practical, cost effective, and multi-stakeholder adaptation solutions to improve livelihoods of poor and vulnerable communities in target states through; i) Improved agricultural productivity, livelihood and agroecosystem resilience through climate-smart practices; ii) Improved ecological and environmental services and functions, including enhanced climate-resilient water and other resource management and supply systems in vulnerable agropastoral communities; iii) Strengthened institutional capacity to reduce risks associated with climate-induced socio-economic losses and livelihood failures in the target states; and iv) Improved and productive livestock systems to improve food security and nutrition by (potentially) improving consumption of animal source/protein foods, providing income generation opportunities, and fostering mutual relationships among targeted households and communities. **These positions are contingent upon funding and donor approval.


    The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will closely collaborate with COP to ensure successful management and representation of the activity. H/She will be responsible for the technical delivery, operational and administrative oversight of the project and will ensure contractual and legal compliance during implementation of activities.


    • Support the COP in providing technical leadership and direction and defining and implementing activities to achieve the greatest impact toward project goals and objectives.
    • Provide support to programmatic teams, including identifying and promoting clear communications on budget management and programmatic activities, compliance, monitoring, evaluation and learning, and communication.
    • In coordination with the COP, oversee budgets to ensure all expenditures follow Heifer and donor policies and regulations as well as within the scope of the program budget.
    • Contribute to the development of strategic plans, annual and quarterly work plans, reports, and other deliverables in line with USAID guidelines to achieve objectives.
    • Support efforts to collaborate, learn and adapt with internal and external collaborators, adapting program as needed to optimize results per learning and contextual changes.
    • Ensure that the activities and results are implemented in a timely manner within the approved budget.
    • Ensure quality activity implementation and employ use of project M&E tools and ensure compliance with donor requirements.
    • Support project staff by creating and maintaining a work environment that promotes teamwork, trust, mutual respect, learning, and adaptation and empowers staff to take responsibility.
    • Assist COP in maintaining active, cooperative, and collaborative relationships with all key stakeholders, including government officials, project partners, other implementing agencies, and related institutions.
    • Serve as Acting COP in absence of COP and represent Heifer with partners and key stakeholders.
    • Performs other duties and responsibilities as required.

    Minimum Requirements

    • Master’s degree or higher in agriculture, economics, or business administration.
    • Demonstrated expertise and a minimum of five (5) years in international development work managing all integrated aspects of complex programs of similar scale, with a particular emphasis on livestock-related programming
    • Past DCOP experience in managing large to medium (preferably $10 million and above) in livelihood, agricultural development activities with knowledge of resilience and market system programming in the Nigerian context preferred.
    • At least three (3) years of field-based work in a conflict-prone and/or active insurgency environment.
    • Strong technical experience in market system approach to development.
    • Demonstrated ability to be collaborative across activities utilizing strong communication and interpersonal skills, with evidence of the ability to productively interact with a wide range and levels of organizations (government, private sector, donor counterparts, implementing partners, other activities, NGOs).
    • Prior experience working in Nigeria is required.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Heifer International on to apply

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