Prime International Consulting Ltd is seeking a Part time Milk Quality Advisor to work under the Zambia Dairy Transformation Programme (ZDTP).
ZDTP’s long term goal is to ‘sustainably strengthen the Zambian dairy value chain by increasing the quantity and quality of milk produced by smallholder farmers for commercial sale’.
The Programme team are working to do this under four output areas:
Output 1: On-farm production, inputs, systems and processes improved
Output 2: Capacity of farmers, extension officers and other dairy industry personnel increased
Output 3: Market-led milk handling, quality and processing capacity increased
Output 4: Policy and regulatory framework improved
Since the programme’s inception in January 2017, ZDTP has been providing business and extension support to six smallholder dairy cooperatives and their farmer members in the Central and Copperbelt Provinces. This has focused on supporting the safe, temperature controlled and hygienic movement of milk from the cow to the storage facility at the Milk Collection Centre (MCC), in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders (extension staff from milk processors, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Dairy Association of Zambia and NGO’s/donor funded programmes).
To date, capacity building in Milk Quality for ZDTP’s business and extension team has been provided by a short time New Zealand based Milk Quality Expert. As part of ZDTP’s approach to sustainability beyond the term of the programme (December 2021) and ensuring MCC and ZDTP staff have readily available access to quality advice, we are recruiting for the part time role of Milk Quality Advisor.
The Milk Quality Advisor will work closely with the Business and Extension teams to develop the capacity of extension staff, farmers and MCC staff to ensure safe, temperature controlled and hygienic movement of milk from the cow to the storage facility at the MCC and onward transfer to the processor. He / she will initially be supported by the short-term Milk Quality Expert who will continue to make occasional visits to the programme to ensure continuation of the progress made to date. It is expected that the Milk Quality Advisor will be available to work for ZDTP for approximately 4 – 5 days per month, with much of this work centred around visits to the MCCs and field teams in the Central and Copperbelt Provinces.
As necessary, the Milk Quality Advisor will provide expert advice to support ZDTP to work with milk processors, relevant Ministries and Standard Setting Bodies, and the wider industry to ensure there are uniform standards for milk quality and a transparent mechanism for pricing and testing milk.
Areas of work focus:
Skills and experience
Application Process Required Documents
How to Apply
The Milk Quality Advisor position is a part time position paid on days worked. The expected input is 48 days from April to December 2019, with the possibility of extension into 2020 and 2021 dependent on performance and funding approval by the donor. The incumbent needs to be available to work in Lusaka, Chibombo – Kabwe area and Luanshya, Kitwe and Mufulira. As such candidates could be based in Lusaka, Central or Copperbelt region. Qualified candidates should submit their Cover Letter and CV to the email below:
using Milk Quality Adviser in the subject line.
Note: Only short-listed candidates will be notified;
This vacancy is only open to Zambian Nationals;
No in-person appointments or telephone calls will be entertained; and
Applications from both genders are actively encouraged to apply.