Programme Assistant, Livestock at Christian Aid (CA)

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Posted on: Fri 13-05-2022

Christian Aid (CA) is a UK-based international NGO, partnering with others to end poverty in Africa. At the heart of this vision is the transformation of the lives of people who live in poverty, empowering them to have a brighter future. Christian Aid works in more than 30 countries and has been operating in Nigeria since 2003. The Nigeria Country programme focuses on Community Health and HIV, Accountable Governance including humanitarian response and Gender.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Programme Assistant, Livestock

Location: Maiduguri, Borno

Type of Contract: Fixed Term

Contracted Hours: 35

Contract Length: 7 Months

Role Purpose

The Programme Assistant Livestock (PAL) will be responsible for implementing all project activities in the target communities in Maiduguri LGA, both directly and indirectly through training/mentoring of project community volunteers and Program Beneficiaries (PBs), linking up with BOSADP, other NGOs, and private sector actors at the community level.

Key Outcomes

Under the direct supervision of the POL and in collaboration with the community volunteers, CPAs, and other team members of the program and of the base, the PAL will:

  • Facilitate community entry activities.
  • Implement the community livestock project plans and make recommendations to the POL for approval of community project livestock activities
  • Facilitate the training of beneficiaries of livestock/poultry management
  • Facilitate surveys on related livestock interventions in communities.
  • Prepare action plans and provide direct support to beneficiaries through visits, in line with the action plans, etc.
  • Facilitate links and referrals relationships between the beneficiaries and community groups and local sources of support.
  • Ensure all documentation, reports, and records on livestock activities from the community are maintained per agreed procedure, and information is provided on community activities as required.
  • Co-facilitate step-down trainings on livestock activities for beneficiaries and community groups on various topics, as outlined in the implementation plan.
  • Support beneficiaries and community groups to conduct assessments/project on livestock activities to all especially women and youths in the communities.
  • Work on facilitating partnerships with relevant livestock value chain actors and their service providers (Private BDS providers)
  • Support activities on community disaster risk reduction, famer field schools, asset transfer and revolving fund management, community-based saving and lending groups opportunities
  • Ensure data collection of livestock activities under technical guidance of the M&E officer
  • Coordinate with community- based LGA BOSADP officers, other NGOs and private sector actors.

Support Project Stakeholders to implement livestock program activities in the target communities, as listed above, through:

  • Co-facilitation of community training on various livestock issues and topics as outlined in the project implementation plan and training modules.
  • Work with LGA-based project teams to model techniques and processes for community engagement under direct implementation.
  • In subsequent stages of community engagement, provide mentoring and oversight on livestock activities of the community volunteers.
  • Maintain documentation and M&E systems at the community level: under the technical guidance of M&E officer, work with community mobilizers, village agents, beneficiaries, and community groups to ensure that all documents for beneficiaries are kept up-to-date, accurate, and secured; and ensure that information is compiled as needed in an accurate and timely basis to assess progress against activities and outcomes for each community.
  • Support the CAID Program Coordinator and stakeholders as required in externally representing the program to government agencies, other implementing partners, and service providers. Help establish referral systems with other service providers at the LGA level, to be utilized by community volunteers, CPAs, and beneficiary and community groups to refer beneficiaries for services not provided by this program.
  • Facilitate the community volunteers, beneficiary and community groups to explore opportunities for soliciting additional indigenous support to program beneficiaries from local resources through community and in-kind contributions
  • Co-facilitate livestock training activities for external agencies and private sector actors as required, and in line with the programme implementation plan.
  • Work with the Finance, Admin, Logistics, Security, Procurement Officers, project partners, and community volunteers, and PAL to ensure that all financial activities conducted in each community are properly documented in line with CAID policies and donor procedures.
  • Other ad hoc tasks as requested by POL.

Essential Criteria

  • Degree in Animal Production, Animal Health Science, Veterinary Medicine or any relevant field with at least 2 years’ experience.
  • Must have substantial experience in implementing community-level development projects, using participatory engagement and grassroots mobilization techniques.
  • Experience working on livestock value chain actors and their service providers (Private BDS providers)
  • Sound experience working on disaster risk reduction, farmer field schools, asset transfer and revolving fund management, community-based saving and lending groups
  • Excellent training and facilitation skills with a wide variety of groups having diverse experiences, backgrounds, skills, and education levels.
  • Experience in handling grants to local groups, ensuring appropriate basic documentation and accountability at the community/field level.
  • Excellent verbal communication and listening skills.
  • Language Requirements: Spoken English-Excellent; Written English-Good (ability to type and prepare reports and other documents as needed.)
  • Must be able to speak at least one local language predominant in that state.


  • Involvement in relevant value chain projects, and/or those involving vulnerable people, especially those with asset/cash transfer components and/or interventions.
  • Experience in engaging directly with vulnerable people, facilitating women activities, and/or facilitating vulnerable people’s participation in meetings, discussions, etc.
  • Involvement in projects and/or initiatives that address issues of power, diversity, exclusion, participation, and gender.
  • Ability to multi-task, engage in long-term planning, meet deadlines, and handles last-minute demands; exercise patience, and adapt to changing circumstances.

Application Closing Date

22nd May, 2022.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:

Click here to apply online


  • This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based.
  • We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, religion, or belief.
  • Christian Aid is committed to providing a safe and trusted environment for every person connected to the work we do; and to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour including sexual harassment and exploitation, abuse, and financial misconduct. Any candidate offered a job with Christian Aid is expected to share and demonstrate our values and adhere to Christian Aid’s Safeguarding policy and sign Christian Aid’s Code of Conduct.
  • You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including a generous holiday allowance and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.