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Short Term Project Coordinator – Livestock Identification and Traceability Project

OVERVIEW

The Kenya Veterinary Association (KVA) is a membership professional association for Veterinary Surgeons whose mandate is primarily to promote the economic development and welfare of its members as well as to safeguard the health and welfare of animals with an overall aim of enhancing farmers’ economic welfare. Towards this end, the Association in collaboration with key partners is involved in identification and traceability project in the Country. The Association is in the process of recruiting a Project coordinator on a short contract (4 Months) to spearhead the project on a full-time basis.

DESCRIPTION

The Project Coordinator will have the ultimate management responsibility for the project and will ensure that the project activities are completed on time in line with budgetary guidelines. The Project Coordinator will report directly to the KVA Executive Officer. The overall function of the Project Coordinator will be to implement the strategic goals and objectives of the project.

The position is based in KVA headquarters office with frequent travels to the project site.

 RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Program implementation, oversight and development
    • Leads the implementation of the Livestock Identification and Traceability (LITS) project.
    • Organizes trainings, roundtables, networking events and other activities to achieve the goals and objectives of the project.
    • Work together with the project steering team, KVA NEC and management team for the success of the project.
    • Develops work plans, budgets and progress reports as required by KVA, donors and other partners
    • Maintains relationships with the donor, project partners and stakeholders in order to create a network in which peer-learning and experience-sharing can occur.
    • Build a strong team and enhance teamwork during the implementation of the project
  2. Communication, Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Represents the project in dealing with partners, government agencies, donor agencies and beneficiaries, and at public appearances.
    • Ensures monitoring and evaluation activities and reports are completed on schedule
    • Establish a baseline and progressively take note a document key findings and lessons learnt.
    • Reviews and finalizes project reports
    • Ensure the project team adheres to all the policies of KVA at all times
  3. Financial management and grant oversight
    • Responsible for implementing activities in accordance with project or activity budgets.
    • As accounting officer ensure sound management of finances, personnel, project facilities and risks in collaboration with the finance team.
    • Consults with project accountant and Finance & Administration team regarding best practices for financial administration of project work.
    • Develops and monitors the grant agreements and sub-agreements for project partners
    • Ensure all the financial policies are adhered to by the entire project team.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • University Degree in Veterinary Medicine from a recognized institution.
  • Member of the Kenya Veterinary Association (KVA) of good professional standing. 
  • Duly registered & retained by the Kenya Veterinary Board (KVB).
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in Project Management with demonstrated success in project planning, financial management, program monitoring, report writing, identifying and procuring technical assistance.
  • Computer literacy.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Experience in Livestock Identification and Traceability System (LITS), beef value chain programs is an added advantage
  • Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple responsibilities; comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and committed to meeting deadlines, creating and improving processes.
  • Strong presentation, interpersonal and mentoring skills with the ability to build relationships and work effectively with myriad stakeholders.
  • A track record that demonstrates energy, creativity, ability to successfully prioritize and manage competing priorities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Experience in data processing

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should send their applications together with a detailed CV, stating qualifications, experience, current position and remuneration, phone contact, email address, name and addresses of two (2) referees, enclosing copies of relevant certificates/testimonials, by Monday 16th October 2017 to:

Hon Secretary, Kenya Veterinary Association, Head Office, Veterinary Research Labs, Kabete, P. O. Box 29089 – 00625 Kangemi Nairobi Kenya. Email: recruitment@kenyavetassociation.com 

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements and must be ready to begin work immediately. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted no later than Wednesday 18th October 2017.

Kajiado linda punda ushinde competition awarding ceremony briefing

This blog entry was authored by Jane Lasoi (Community Development Officer, KVA, DWP) 

The event was held on 7th September, 2017 at KCB Grounds in Kajiado County. It was graced by approximately 300 participants whom included representatives from 25 donkey welfare groups from across the County, various government ministries from the County (Agriculture, livestock & fisheries; Trade & Co-operatives; Gender & Social service), County commissioner, County administration officers, County director of veterinary services, Kenya veterinary Board, Kenya veterinary association and Brooke EA. One mainstream TV station, 2 local radio stations a print media covered the event.

The ceremony emphasized on donkey protection, laws on animal welfare, clean up exercise within the town in collaboration with NEMA with an aim to sensitize the donkey owners and the public on the link between donkey welfare and clean environment. Demonstrations on donkey handling practices, harnessing techniques and the donkeys present benefitted from deworming services administered by the local service providers.

 

Winner Prize 1: Orata Self Help Group:

This is a youth group comprising 31 members, owning 34 donkeys. Donkeys will be labelled with a common group symbol, explore and where possible install tracking devices similar to the ones fit on the security dogs. Start a small business (car wash) for the members to boost their savings for purchase of a plot of land for construction of a permanent perimeter wall plot saving them the hiring of ground charge working closely with local administration.

 

Winner Prize 1: Orata Self Help Group:

This is a youth group comprising 31 members, owning 34 donkeys. Donkeys will be labelled with a common group symbol, explore and where possible install tracking devices similar to the ones fit on the security dogs. Start a small business (car wash) for the members to boost their savings for purchase of a plot of land for construction of a permanent perimeter wall plot saving them the hiring of ground charge working closely with local administration.

 

Winner Prize 3: Oloolerah Osotua Ng’ejuk Women Group

The group comprises of 18 women owning 36 donkeys. Their idea is on construction of  donkey shades, hire herders to making sure donkey are kept together with other livestock at night, fitting some donkeys with  neck bells to alert owners in case of night disturbances by thieves.

A meeting was proposed on 15th September 2017 with 3 officials from each of the winning group to receive the cheques as we discuss project implementation, monitoring, accounting and reporting. The Chair of the panel and the Ministry of Gender and Social Services will be represented in the meeting.

Vacancy: Project Manager – KVA Donkey Welfare project

The Kenya Veterinary Association (KVA) is a membership professional association for Veterinary Surgeons whose mandate is primarily to promote the economic development and welfare of its members as well as to safeguard the health and welfare of animals with an overall aim of enhancing animal welfare. Towards this end the Association is involved in advocacy on issues affecting the animal resource industry in collaboration with other stakeholders. The Association is currently undertaking an equine welfare improvement project in partnership with Brooke EA under its livelihood support program in Kajiado County. The Association is in the process of recruiting a Project Manager to join the highly motivated project team.

DESCRIPTION

The Project Manager will have the ultimate management responsibility for the project and will ensure that the project activities are completed in time in line with budgetary guidelines. The Project Manager will report directly to the Head of the Secretariat. The overall function of the Project Manager will be to implement the strategic goals and objectives of the project. The position is based in Kajiado, KVA Isinya office with frequent travels within the County.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Program implementation, oversight and development
  • Leads the implementation of the Brooke Donkey Welfare project.
  • Organizes trainings, roundtables, networking events and other activities to achieve the goals and objectives of the project.
  • Works together with the KVA NEC and management team for future program development.
  • Develops work plans, budgets and progress reports as required by KVA, donors and other partners
  • Maintains relationships the donor, project partners and stakeholders in order to create a network in which peer-learning and experience-sharing can occur.
  • Build a strong team and enhance teamwork during the implementation of the project
2. Communication & Monitor and Evaluation
  • Represents the project in dealing with partners, government agencies, donor agencies and beneficiaries, and at public appearances.
  • Ensures monitoring and evaluation activities and reporting meet KVA and Brooke’s standards and are completed on schedule
  • Implement the staff appraisal system among the project team
  • Reviews and finalizes project reports
  • Ensure the project team adheres to all the policies of KVA at all times
3. Financial management and grant oversight
  • Responsible for implementing activities in accordance with project or activity budgets.
  • As accounting officer ensure sound management of finances, personnel, project facilities and risks in partnership with finance team.
  • Consults with project accountant and Finance & Administration team regarding best practices for financial administration of project work
  • Develops and monitors the grant agreements and sub-agreements for project partners
  • Ensure all the financial policies are adhered to by the entire project team.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • University degree in Veterinary Medicine from a KVB recognized university.
  • Member of the Kenya Veterinary Association (KVA) of good professional standing.
  • Duly registered & retained by the Kenya Veterinary Board (KVB)
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in Project Management with demonstrated success in project planning, financial management, program monitoring, report writing, identifying and procuring technical assistance.
  • Computer certificate from a recognized institution.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Experience in Animal Welfare advocacy programs is an added advantage
  • Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple responsibilities; comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and committed to meeting deadlines and creating and improving processes.
  • Strong presentation, interpersonal and mentoring skills with ability to build relationships and work effectively with myriad stakeholders.
  • A track record that demonstrates energy and creativity, and the ability to successfully prioritize and manage competing priorities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Experience in data processing (Microsoft Word), spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel), PowerPoint presentation softwares (Microsoft PowerPoint) E-mail, and Internet browser software.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send their applications together with a detailed CV, stating qualifications, experience, current position and remuneration, phone contact, email address, name and addresses of two (2) referees, enclosing copies of relevant certificates/testimonials, by Thursday 31st July 2017 to:

Hon Secretary, Kenya Veterinary Association, Head Office, Veterinary Research Labs, Kabete, P. O. Box 29089 – 00625 Kangemi Nairobi Kenya. Email: recruitment@kenyavetassociation.com

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements and must be ready to begin work immediately. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted no later than Friday 4th August 2017.

Veterinarian of the Year Award (VOYA) 2017

Overview

The veterinary profession abounds with people who deserve recognition for their contributions to both animal and human health and welfare. These esteemed members of our community have dedicated themselves and their careers to a diverse range of disciplines – everything from agriculture, public health, public service, education, animal welfare, clinical practice and research, to government activities and professional education. These individuals have advanced the science and art of veterinary medicine while showing exemplary concern for, and commitment to, the welfare and humane treatment of animals. Since 2010 the Kenya Veterinary Association has proudly recognized such individuals annually by offering the following awards:

Veterinary of the Year Awards recipients 2016

1. Veterinarian of the Year Award

This award is given annually to a KVA member to recognize his/her consistent, outstanding, and excellent all round contribution to the profession and/or community over the past year (July 2016 to July 2017). Nominations may be based on a sustained effort or an extraordinary single achievement in any or all of the following areas:

    • Leadership,
    • Public Service (e.g., community programs, public policy development),
    • Research and/or product development,
    • Clinical service and/or animal welfare,
    • Education, and/or
    • Advocacy.
2. Young Veterinarian of the Year Award

This award is given annually to young KVA members to recognize positive influence in promoting Veterinary Science, Animal health and welfare within the profession and community or a single outstanding identifiable contribution to the Veterinary profession within the preceding three years. To qualify for this award the nominee must have graduated from Vet School within the last 3 years

3. Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is given annually to a senior KVA member to recognize:

  1. Distinguished active lifetime service to the profession and association
  2. Positive influence in promoting Veterinary Science, Animal health and welfare within the profession and community
  3. An accumulation of accomplishments to veterinary science over a period of years.
  4. A single outstanding identifiable contribution to the Veterinary profession within the preceding three years

 

4. Life Membership Award

This award is presented to a KVA member who meets the KVA Constitutional requirements for long and outstanding service on the KVA Council, Executive, Boards and Committees or for outstanding contributions to the veterinary profession. The Life Member shall be invited to attend meetings of the association, and shall not be liable to pay dues, but shall enjoy all the rights and privileges of membership.

 

5. Honorary Membership Award

Honorary membership is presented to non veterinarian who has rendered distinguished service to the profession. The Honorary Member does not pay any fee and cannot vote at any meeting, or hold any elected office in KVA.

 

6. Distinguished Service Awards

6.1. KVA Advocacy Award
The award is given to an individual to recognize his/her contribution to advance the KVA’s Legislative Agenda and advocate on behalf of the veterinary profession.

6.2. KVA Veterinary Research Award
This award recognizes a veterinary researcher on the basis of lifetime achievement in basic, applied or clinical research. Nominees will be considered on the total impact their career has had on the veterinary or biomedical research and is open to persons working in an academic, government, private or public institution or in clinical practice.

6.3. KVA Veterinary Academia Award
This award recognizes a veterinarian in Academia on the basis of their lifetime achievement in lecturing, supervising and mentoring students. Nominees will be considered on the total impact their career has had on students in tertiary academic institutions and is open to persons working in any tertiary academic institution.

6.4. KVA Industry Award
This award publicly acknowledges and celebrates the role of veterinarians within the industry (pharmaceutical, animal production, corporate etc) and it formally recognizes a KVA member for their contributions of to the advancement of these industries.

6.5. KVA Public Service Award
This recognizes a KVA member for long terms of outstanding public service while employed by a the international, regional, national or county government, institution or organization in the field of regulatory activities associated with animal disease prevention or control, food hygiene & public health, food Security & livelihoods OR unusual and/or exemplary contributions to the above areas.

6.6. KVA Veterinary Clinician Award
This award recognizes a veterinarian who has excelled in offering quality clinical veterinary service which is sensitive to the needs of the animals under his/her care and provides good customer service to the owner of the animals. The nominees will be considered on the total impact their work within the locality they operate in and their ability to mentor the younger veterinarians.

6.7. KVA Meritorious Service Award
This award recognizes an individual veterinarian who has brought public honor and distinction to the veterinary profession through personal, professional, or community service activities that are conducted outside the scope of organized veterinary medicine or research.

6.8. KVA Animal Welfare Award
This award is given annually to a KVA member to recognize his/her achievements in advancing the welfare of animals via leadership, public service, education, research/product development, and/or advocacy. By doing so, the KVA hopes to raise public awareness of the important role veterinarians play in:
• Improving understanding of animal welfare-related science and ethics,
• Ensuring that animal use for human purposes is conducted responsibly, and
• Attending to and promoting animal welfare within the context of responsible animal use.

 

Nomination and Selection Procedures

To be considered, candidates must be nominated by a KVA member. No self-nominations will be considered. The nominee must be a KVA member in good standing, registered and retained by the KVB. Good documentation is essential and should include a nomination form (attached),

The awards nomination deadline is 25th August 2017. Please send your nominations to the Kenya Veterinary Association by either:

Previous recipients of the VOYA award can be viewed by clicking here

World Rabies Day Celebrations and VOYA awards Report 2016

World Rabies Day 2016

Ms. Lorna Odero, Director of Administration, State Department of Livestock

The Kenya Veterinary Association in partnership with several stakeholders joined the rest of the world in the efforts to prevent and where possible to eliminate rabies from the Kenya population by celebrating in a series of events in Mombasa County. This year World Rabies Day celebrations took place on the coastal city of Mombasa, on 27th and 28th September 2016 under the theme, “Educate, Vaccinate, Eliminate.

The events started with a Rabies scientific conference held at Sai Rock Hotel in Mombasa on 27th September 2016. Approximately 190 delegates attended the conference. The participants learned about the progress of National Rabies Control strategy implementation, responsible dog ownership, disconnect in the human and animal rabies control, trends in rabies research and surveillance, and policy environment in animal rabies control (program attached). The workshop was officially opened by Ms. Lorna Odero, Director of Administration, State Department of Livestock who read the speech of Principal Secretary, State Department of Livestock.  The workshop participants also had an opportunity to discuss the proposed amendments to the Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Paraprofessionals act, Cap 366 by Kenya Veterinary Board.

World Rabies Day 2016

Procession in Shanzu grounds along Mombasa- Malindi Highway

Rabies Field Day
The day started in the morning with a procession in Shanzu grounds along Mombasa- Malindi Highway which brought the highway to a standstill. The participants marched through the main Mombasa- Malindi highway with a procession band, banners and songs sensitizing the area residents of the need to eliminate rabies in the country. While this was happening, another core team of organizers were busy constituting teams and drugs and other necessary items for use in the field.

Afterwards, the participants congregated at Shanzu Mwembeni grounds where the team leaders were issued with necessary items for the vaccinations, deworming spay and neuter. Thereafter they departed to various sites. The main field activities of the day were mass vaccination of dogs and cats against rabies in 16 sites. This saw 2478 dogs and 193 cats vaccinated against rabies. Other activities were spay and neuter program which saw five dogs spayed and nine dogs castrated. All dogs and cats which were presented were dewormed and sick ones treated.

World Rabies Day 2016

Dr. Kisa, DVS, vaccinating a dog against rabies

The guests made a tour in the main site where they witnessed all the activities which were in the main site. In the afternoon there was a public baraza in the main site (Shanzu grounds) graced by Ms. Lorna Odero, representative for Principal secretary, State Department of Livestock accompanied by Director of Veterinary Services .The speeches were done by KVB, KVA, DVS, Chief Officer of the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Mombasa County and the Chief Guest. 

Vaccination certificates were issued for all dogs and cats vaccinated and the same records kept in Rabies manifests. The ground team was left with some vaccines and other items to do mop up of the areas covered and also continue with the exercise in the larger county of Mombasa. 

Post Vaccination Survey
A post vaccination survey was done in the afternoon starting from 2pm by a selected team guided by the Washington State University (WSU) and the Zoonotic Disease Unit (ZDU). This was done in two centres which were Kashani Primary and Utange primary.

Vet of the Year Awards (VOYA)
voya-awardees-2016VOYA awards ceremony took place on 28th September 2016 evening at Travelers beach resort. This event was graced by the CEC in charge of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Hon Anthony Njaramba. Other guests included Director of Veterinary Services, Representative of PS, SDL, Ms. Lorna Odero, and KVB chairman. Also visit the VOYA awardees page by clicking here  

Partnership and support
The events would not be a success without the support and partnership of various stakeholders including but not limited to;

  • State Department of Livestock
  • Directorate of Veterinary Services
  • World Animal Protection
  • Coopers Kenya
  • Merial
  • Ultravetis
  • Kenya Veterinary Vaccines Production Institute (KEVEVAPI)
  • OIE and European Union
  • Brooke East Africa.
  • Bayer East Africa
  • County government of Mombasa
  • Zoonotic Disease Unit

These events earned veterinarians and veterinary paraprofessionals a total of 10 CPD points . 

Challenges
Some few challenges were encountered including: 

  • The ground planning for field day was generally satisfactory. However, a few shortcomings were noted including low turnout of dogs and cats than expected. 
  • The working teams for vaccinations at 9:30 am against the planned departure time of 8.00 am majorly due to heavy morning rainfall. 

Conclusion
KVA participation and collaboration with other partners in such events goes a long way to achieve its objectives as an organization of the people on animal health matters and allied. KVA would like to thank all partners and stakeholders for the support and partnership in ensuring that this event was a success.

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Photo gallery of the event

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