Heifer International Zambia
Posted Job
about 2 years ago

Field Officer

Tracking Code - 582-752

Job Description

Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.


  • The Field Officer’s overall role is to work with communities to collectively bring about social change and improve livelihoods.
  • He/she will be responsible for implementing activities as per the project plan and budget including training, progress monitoring, providing technical advice, evaluating and reporting on activities in assigned project areas and in alignment with the program plans and goals.
  • The Officer reports to the Program Manager.

Essential Character Traits

  • Behave ethically, communicate effectively, creativity/Innovation, foster teamwork, compassionate, humble, open, assertive, conscientious, extroverted

Responsibilities and Deliverables

  • Farmer selection and capacity building (25%)
  • Identify, screen and retain project participants and CFs.
  • Build the capacity of cooperative members/ producer groups and small-scale farmers.
  • Mobilize and sensitize target project communities.
  • Train CFs and producer groups/cooperatives on:
  • HPI Cornerstones
  • PSRP
  • Personal Leadership and conflict management
  • Savings and Loan
  • Value addition and marketing techniques
  • Cross-cutting themes like gender, agro-ecology, HIV/AIDs, human nutrition, and IWASH techniques


  • Established and functional farmer database.
  • Community institutions and other key stakeholders identified and retained.
  • Producer groups, cooperatives, CFs and CAVEs trained on Values-Based Holistic Community Development (VBHCD), business development methodologies and other related livelihood topics.

Strengthen Cooperative Governance, Partnerships, and Market Linkages (35%)

  • Coordinate the capacity building of the cooperative governing board and management in effective and efficient decision making, resource mobilization and management, operation and strategic planning, conflict management, and governance.
  • Facilitate effective partnerships and linkages between producer groups, cooperatives with input and output markets.
  • Facilitate the development of business plans and investment analysis.
  • Facilitate the identification of viable business enterprises for investment.
  • Plan stakeholder meetings.
  • Train cooperatives/producer groups on governance and management, partnership creation and management, financial mobilization and management including Catalytic Leverage Fund (CaLF).


  • Established linkages and networks with the appropriate Government Cooperative Offices and other organizations.
  • Retained project partners (farmers) and marketing partners.
  • Farmers’ capacities strengthened on the formulation and management of service contracts with input/output market providers.
  • Established structure for producer groups/cooperatives and input/output providers.
  • Established relationships between producer groups/cooperatives and financial institutions.

Monitoring and Evaluation (35%)

  • Strengthen project planning, execution, monitoring. learning, and project evaluation according to the project plan and funder requirements.
  • Capture, analyze and document learnings for adaptation and improved project delivery.
  • Monitor producer groups/cooperatives’ business ventures for profitability, propose better options and conduct field visits.
  • Collect data and maintain a good recording system on the performance of groups with respect to KPIs for inclusion in reports and databases on a monthly basis.
  • Document and report best practices, success stories and project progress.


  • High-quality status and progress reports submitted on a monthly and semester basis respectively.
  • Lessons learned incorporated in annual project plans to improve project delivery.
  • Timely high-quality data available for decision-making.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor (5%)


  • This will be dependent on the specific duties assigned.
  • Required Experience
  • Minimum Requirements
  • A diploma in Agribusiness Management/Business Administration with 5 years’ experience
  • Experience in community development work

Preferred Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness Management, Business Administration or equivalent with 3 years of work experience

Most Critical Proficiencies

  • Good analytical skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • A good understanding of and sensitivity to issues associated with poverty, hunger and the environment, and knowledge of the context in which non-profit organizations operate
  • Skilled in computer programs like MS word processing, Excel, presentation tools, and electronic mail software
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated fluency in written and oral English and any local Zambian language

Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands

  • Ability to establish priorities and work with minimum supervision
  • Must possess a current driver’s license
  • Ability to travel away from home at short notice and for long periods
  • Flexible and able to work independently to meet deadlines
  • Commitment to organizational goals and vision of Heifer Zambia
  • Ability to resolve group conflicts
  • Sensitive to social issues such as gender and HIV/AIDS
  • Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality

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