Heifer International
Program Officer – Business Development
Program Manager, Program Officer, Program Associate, Program Assistant
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Job Type

Full Time

Closing Date

Aug 10 2021


About the Organization:

Heifer International is a global non-profit working to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth by using sustainable practices and engaging smallholder farmers in agricultural development.  Heifer was founded on the simple belief that ending hunger begins with giving people the means to feed themselves, generate income and achieve sustainable livelihoods.

Key Responsibilities:

Support project partners in effective implementation of the project and achieving the project objectives (25%)

  • Assist project partner to ensure quality passing on the gifts and other resources

  • Assist the partner in the implementation of the exponential POG with quality

  • Assist project partner to develop/produce market-oriented quality products

  • Assist partner in following PMD-pro tools and framework

  • Support the partner to implement the feedback/changes suggested by the Heifer team


  • Staff is selected and trained as per the Heifer’s process

  • Training is delivered following the training module, schedule and days

  • PMD_Pro tools - project planning, designing, project charter, RACI, Issue Log, PIP, Gantt Chart, project closing - is used across the project

Monitoring, review, and reporting of the program (25%)

  • Ensure that the partner meets the Heifer’s monitoring and evaluation requirements and the deadlines

  • Review the project progress (physical and financial) with partner staff on a monthly basis

  • Participate in ongoing partner activities on a regular basis for quality control and improvement

  • Assist in organizing field visit of the Heifer team and other stakeholders


  • Activity-based forecast and fund request are submitted to RPO and CPO as per the schedule

  • Baseline and GIM survey are completed each year

  • Auditors are supported and audit is completed successfully

  • All project activity is at par in quality with project standards

Develop business relationships with retailers, processors, and other market actors (forward market linkages) (25%)

  • Facilitate multi-stakeholder consultation meetings, workshops, and business-to-business (B2B) meetings to advance better market linkages

  • Organize B2B meetings with potential Value Chain (VC) actors for stronger market linkages

  • Explore public, private and producer organizations for joint initiatives to establish viable and sustainable business ventures in forwarding linkages of goat meat and dairy value chain


  • Identify potential Value Chain (VC) actors/stakeholders (forward market linkages) and facilitate new ventures

  • Functional relation established with market actors to overcome bottlenecks in the market system

  • Goat market investment plan developed and implemented on public, private, producer partnerships

Business Development and Branding (15%)

  • Market Research: Carry out market research on demand and supply, value chain analysis, business venture feasibility study, stakeholders mapping, and so on for identification of viable enterprise establishment or strengthen the existing enterprises

  • Branding & Positioning: Identify branding options Heifer farmers’ products for market promotion (legal requirement, protocols to be complied, current practices)


  • Prepare Market Development strategies and roll out plans and tract progress periodically

  • Develop digital interactive platform with Product-Price Market Information System (in goat meat VC) for the use and benefit of all VC Actors and stakeholders

  • Document strategies and procedures for the facilitation of branding heifer farmers’ products

Leadership & General Operations (10%)

  • Manage the enterprise, market and value chain related activities and functions

  • Develop market development and private/public sector engagement strategy for the project

  • Ensure systematic documentation of successes and lessons learned for internal programmatic use and external sharing


  • Develop project implementation plans for market development components with clear timeline and deliverables

  • Timely delivery of milestones relating to the Market Development component

  • Produce periodic reports and knowledge documents



  • A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in Business Administration, Rural Development, Enterprise Development or other related field and a minimum of seven (7) years of experience with an international organization in a similar context is required.


  • A Master’s Degree or equivalent from a recognized university in the fields of Agriculture Economics, Business Administration, Rural Development, Enterprise Development or other related field and minimum of five (5) years of field and technical experience with the commercial sector, agribusiness development in a mix of economic growth/trade, value chain competitiveness, investment promotion, or agriculture development.

How to apply

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