Animal Breeding / Dairying / Genetics / ILRI / LiveGene / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Senegal

ILRI vacancy: Field Officer (closing January 5, 2013)

Improved food and nutritional security from better utilization of dairy cattle breed / cross-breed types in Senegal

Job Title: Field Officer (CLOSED!!)

Application deadline: January 5, 2012

Starting Date: January 15, 2013 (or As soon as possible)

Duration of contract: 18 months with possible extension to 21 months

Location: Departements of Thies ,Tivaouvane et Mbacke

A project on peri-urban dairy systems in Senegal, led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in partnership with Interstate school of Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Dakar (EISMV), the University of Helsinki (HU), and Agrifood Research Finland (MTT), and funded via the Finnish Government’s FoodAfrica Programme started in January 2012.

The objectives of this project are to:

  • Determine the most appropriate dairy breed / cross-breed types for peri-urban dairy production systems in Senegal, and disseminate this information;
  • Characterise the dairy germplasm production chain and related policies, and use this information to develop a strategy for strengthened dairy germplasm production and delivery systems;
  • Enhance local human, institutional and organizational capacity on accessing and promoting different breeds/cross-breeds of livestock.

 The Position

The project seeks to recruit 6 field officers to work in different project sites located in peri-urban areas of the departments of Thies, Tivaouvane and Mbacke in Senegal. The incumbents will be integral members of the project teamwill collect data during farm visit to the project householdsand enter this information into predesigned software.

Key responsibilities

  • Collect data from farmers on dairy production during daily visit to dairy farming households.
  • Ensure that accurate data is recorded in the field and entered into a predesigned software
  • Assist farmers to keep farm records.
  • Maintain good relations with project participants, local authorities and other stakeholders.
  • Assist in collecting biological samples from livestock (mainly cattle) according to project protocols.
  • Ensure day to day management of field activities, including timetabling and care of project equipment and materials.
  • Willingness to spend sometimes long days in the field and to adapt to difficult working conditions.
  • Willingness to stay in the project site on permanent bases till the end of the contract.
  • Assume responsibility for regular reporting of progress of field activities to the rest of the team members.
  • Undertake other tasks as assigned by the project team.

Minimum Requirements

  • At least a diploma (two years training after high school studies) in Animal production, Animal health, Animal Sciences or other related field.
  • A minimum of 2 years relevant work experience.
  • Experience in on-farm data collection and team work.
  • Practical experience in handling large animals.
  • Computer literate with good command of MS office applications and willing to learn new software.
  • Fluency in Wolof and French required. Knowledge of English is an asset
  • A category A driving licence valid for Senegal is an added advantage

Assessment method

Evaluation of qualified candidates will include competency-based interview.

How to Apply

Applications should be no longer than two pages. It should contain a cover letter and CV combined as one document explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of two referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience.

Application files should be sent with title “Enumerator” as an email attachment to:

Dr. Stanly Tebug (

Prof. Ayao Missohou (


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