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Veterinarian / livestock specialist

19-03-2013 Job Opportunity Ref. fd-vet-liv-spec

Location: Field

Within its global Economic Security approach in conflict affected countries, the ICRC implements Relief-, Livelihood- and Rehabilitation Programs in order to improve, restore or maintain food- and economic security on the household level. Food production programs of the ICRC are multifaceted, bear different modes of intervention and aim at assisting victims in a timely and flexible way to meet their essential needs and expenditures in a sustainable and dignified way. Among the interventions are cash/voucher programming, microeconomic initiatives, agricultural and veterinary / livestock related relief / rehabilitation programs.

The veterinary programs actually conducted by the ICRC include vaccination campaigns, veterinary treatment programs, de- (re-) stocking, fodder production / -banks, capacity building, herders’ awareness training, support to existing structures and institutions and, as well, they aim at sustainable outcomes.


  • Depending on the country and the context, she/he is the focal point for livestock related food production programs
  • Direct operational responsibility for the implementation of livestock programs
  • Design and propose appropriate livestock interventions, integrated into the Economic Security programs
  • Communicate and network with partners and other actors involved in livestock programs
  • Contribute to the set-up of a monitoring system and evaluations including:
    • identification of SMART indicators
    • preparation of data collection tools and modalities
    • drafting a data analysis plan including linkages with decision making or adjustments as necessary
  • Conduct post-intervention monitoring and impact evaluation of the livestock program / projects implemented by the ICRC delegation
  • Guide and coach EcoSec team members on livestock issues


  • Ready to accept non family posting during the first two (2) years of collaboration (2 x 12 months assignment)
  • Degree in Veterinary Sciences or Agronomy with emphasis on Animal Production / Husbandry
  • 2 – 3 years of experience in international humanitarian work related to livestock programs and food security
  • Sensitivity, knowledge and understanding of livestock owners and livestock based livelihoods (including pastoralist/agro pastoralist livelihoods, migration routes, specificities of land tenure and locally based agreements and negotiations, challenges/tensions between livestock owners and agriculturalists)
  • Good veterinary diagnostic skills
  • Sound understanding of the project cycle, establishing appropriate (SMART) objectives and indicators is required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good organisational, managerial, planning, reporting skills
  • Is fluent in French and English; any other language knowledge (e.g. Arabic) is an asset
  • Possess a valid driver license (automatic driving license insufficient)

It would be an asset to have

  • A postgraduate degree in Tropical Veterinary Medicine / Agriculture or any degree linked to food security or the humanitarian sector
  • A strong interest in, and understanding of, complex food security and basic food production processes
  • Experience in emergency and / or Economic Security interventions outside the livestock programming

Your profile

  • a strong motivation to work in difficult contexts and spend large amounts of time in the field, or - on the contrary – has to manage programs without being able to go to the field
  • strong capacities to analyse complex situations
  • ability to work under stress, particularly associated with a conflict affected environment
  • capacity and skills to manage, coach and motivate a small team of specialists
  • able to live and work in a complex mix of cultures and professions
  • Capacity and interest to work in a multidisciplinary team involving other sectors linked to the economic security of a population as well as ICRC “Protection” related activities.

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