Livestock (dairy) production officer

  • Bujumbura, BL, Burundi
  • Full-time
  • Impact At Scale

Job title: Livestock (dairy) production officer 

Duration: ASAP until May 2022

Location; Bujumbura Burundi

Job type: National full time 

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a not-for-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across sub-Saharan Africa, we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity. IITA is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Visit the site for more information on IITA.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centers dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.

ILRI will support the Government of Burundi on improvements to the dairy value chain in Burundi as part of the Integrated Agricultural Development Project for the Great Lakes Region (PRDAIGL) project.  In this context, ILRI, via IITA, is soliciting applications from suitable candidates to fill the position of Livestock (dairy) production officer 

Summary of responsibilities

The overall responsibility of the Livestock (dairy) production officer shall be to coordinate field activities operating in all provinces that have been earmarked  by PRDGAIL project .

The Livestock (dairy) production officer will focus on the following main areas of work:

  • Development of training materials on dairy cattle management, in collaboration with ISABU and other partners as appropriate.
  • Facilitating training activities, including active participation in the training of trainers.
  • Support to national livestock departments in developing disease /pest control calendars for the dairy animals based on disease occurrence, frequency and economic importance this will include control of zoonotic diseases such as brucellosis and tuberculosis.
  • Facilitate field work, organizing focal group discussions , arrangement  of the meeting , access to relevant document including translations from Kirundi into English or French if necessary
  • Supporting farmers to whom improved cattle will be provided and facilitating the distribution of improved dairy cattle that are provided by the project to small holder farmers
  • Responsible for field collection of data, samples and their analyses
  • Dissemination of livestock research results and new technologies to other scientists, extension staff, farmers and NGO’s
  • Contribute to monthly, quarterly, and annual progress reports 

Qualifications and Requirements

  • MSc in livestock husbandry sciences, or related discipline
  • At least 5 years’ relevant work experience
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English and French, including ability to write project reports.
  • Digital literacy, with ability to work effectively remotely using digital tools. 


The Market Development officer reports to the ILRI PRDAIGL Dairy VC Coordinator.

The contract will be for an initial period commencing ASAP and ending May 2022, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI/IITA offers a competitive remuneration package.

Method of Application

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