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6 Jun 2019


Job Description


Location: Beletweine and Mataban

Application Deadline:15th June-19

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Save the Children International (SCI) is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to fight for children’s rights and deliver immediate and lasting improvement to children’s lives worldwide. SCI has been operational in Greater Somalia for over 40 years. Current programs straddle relief and development in various sectors including Health, Nutrition, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Vocational and Skills Training, Education and Food Security & Livelihoods (FSL) working in Somaliland, Puntland and Central South Somalia to help communities cope with drought, conflict, displacement and flooding.

SCI is an active member of the Building Resilient Communities in Somalia (BRCiS) Consortium and implements multi-year resilience Programs in Somalia. Through the BRCiS consortium. SCI is currently implementing BRCiS -DEVCO projects funded by the European Commission in Hiran region. The overall objective of this action is to contribute to strengthening the resilience of drought affected communities and IDP households in Hiraan, Galgaduud and South Mudug regions of Somalia. The project aims to mitigate the effects of the current drought while enabling the targeted communities to better prepare for and cope with future drought related shocks and stresses. Arrange of activities ranging from recovery, rehabilitation and development of sustainable livelihood initiatives are implemented to respond to community needs and building their capacities to sustain these achievements


The livestock sector is the largest contributor to Somali livelihoods with over 52% of the population engaged in some way in the industry. Exports of livestock and their products account for 80 percent of exports in normal years but exports have been periodically interrupted by droughts. Despite all these, livestock exports continue to be the largest traded commodity in Somalia Livestock are shipped to various countries in the Arabian Peninsula Furthermore, livestock is a key local consumption commodity for household food security. Pastoralists exist throughout Somalia with high concentrations of strict pastoralists in the north and central areas.

As a result of lack of functioning government in Somalia, animal health services are among one of worst affected services by the conflict. This means that pastoral/agro-pastoral communities often lack access to quality veterinary care, both for treating existing diseases and preventing disease outbreak. As a result, livestock productivity is constrained. Livestock is the mainstay of livelihoods for pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in Somalia. However, despite the important role of livestock, and its economic contribution there are only a few official veterinary services available in these rural areas. Addressing animal health is crucial to increase pastoral production and support livelihoods. Throughout greater Somalia rainfall patterns force a complex series of movements in search of grazing-land bet. Save the Children is supporting 13 villages of which 11pastoralists and 2 agro-pastoral communities at Beletweyne and Mataban Districts of Hiran Region at Hirshabelle state of Somalia.  Save the Children have organized 52 trainees from the respective 13 villages that will be trained for 22 days, thus 10 days by theory and 12 days for practical in the field exercise. The training will be conducted in two groups due to large geographical area. The first one will be for the 32 Community-based Animal Health Workers (CAHWs) that will be trained in Beledweyne District while the second group will be for the 20 in Mataban town. Community-based Animal Health Workers (CAHWs) will be selected by their communities based on the project selection criteria and will train livestock healthcare services at community levels.  These CAHWs are to be linked to a sustainable, affordable drug supply system as well as a referral system through Hirshabelle state ministry of livestock.


Save the Children through community Animal health workers, implements projects supporting pastoralists focusing on animal health, animal production and marketing. Save the Children is implementing a livestock support project in Hiran for the following purposes:

  • Improving economic growth and employment in the livestock sector;
  • Decreasing the vulnerability of pastoralists’ livelihoods due to epidemic diseases outbreaks as well as support to disease surveillance and reporting.
  • Improving the productivity of the livestock sector;
  • Promoting the marketing of livestock and livestock products; promoting hygiene and enhancing the national human resources capacity through training.
  • Minimizing the risks of the incidence of zoonotic disease through improvement of meat and milk hygiene.


The overall objective of this assignment is to conduct CAHWs training using Minimum Standards and Guidelines. The training should also be tailored to the local context, using various training techniques. The minimum duration of the training shall be 22 days for both theory and practical exercise.

5.0 Objective of training

  • To equip the participants with necessary skills and knowledge
  • To give the participants both theory and practical sessions
  • To acquire participants, the veterinary clinical services and basic animal husbandry
  • To enable trainees to conduct disease diagnoses, proper treatment of animal disease
  • To keep animal treatment record and assist in animal disease control and prevention
  • To enables trainees to understand concept of disease surveillance and reporting.

6.0 Activity specifications

  • Develop materials for CAHW skills training
  • Develop handouts to be used by trained CAHWS as reference material
  • Conduct training of 52 selected CAHWS
  • Adapt the training for more practical skills development on primary animal health care activities
  • Based on the activity specified in the TOR Consultants are expected to submit detailed and break down of activities for 22 days of the CAHWS training.
  • Training material and handouts development
  • Produce and submit a training report

7.0 Training content/topics

In addition, the trainer shall give special emphasis on the following topics which were identified during the training needs assessment:

7.1 Basic Animal Husbandry practices

  • Restraining of Animals
  • Housing, equipment’s, feeding

7.2 Basic concept of Animal health

  • Animal health/common signs of illness (Appearance, body, breathing, pulse, body temperature, rumination)

7.3 Livestock Disease transmission and symptoms

7.3.1 Disease types with symptoms: Bacterial disease, Viral diseases, fundal disease, parasitic disease (Endo-parasites and ectoparasites), Skin disease, respiratory disease, digestive and reproductive disease.

7.3.2 Disease Transmission

  • Diseases transmitted via direct contact with infected herds.
  • Airborne Diseases-disease transmitted through air
  • Vector-borne disease-disease transmitted through arthropod vectors, pests such ticks, mites, fleas, and flies
  • Diseases transmitted via contaminated soil, feed and water (Soil, food and water can be contaminated by excretion or secretion from Sick animal and thus transmitted to other animal while grazing / drinking or walking through contaminated soil, food or water)

7.4 Drug and Vaccine Administration

  • Routes of drug administration: drenching (Oral route, Intravenous-IV, Intermuscular-IM, subcutaneous Injections-S/C,).
  • Selection of needle size, syringe, drug dosage.
  • Vaccination types, techniques, preparation and storage

7.5 Minor surgeries and interventions

  • Castration of animals using Burdizzo apparatus
  • Ear tagging and ear notching
  • Wound dressing and treatment
  • Hoof trimming and horn repairing/dehorning
  • Abscess treatment.
  • Livestock dipping process
  • Cleaning and sterilization of equipment’s

8.0 Scope of work

SCI is seeking a qualified consultant/ firm to develop training materials and provide training to Community Animal Health workers under DEVCOO II Project in Hiran; Beletweine and Mataban. Interested firms can bid for the two locations or separately apply for one location if an individual consultant.


The training will be directed by an external consultant or consulting firm who has got the final decision regarding methodology and how the selected individuals will be trained. In this regard the consultant shall provide SCI with a proposal detailing an overview of their understanding of the assignment, an appropriate model of participatory training, time schedule, planned activities, and suggested methods. The practical work will practically be done on the ground making use of locally available materials. This will be important in imparting technical skills to participants whose literacy level is low. The participants will be taken to field as part practical exercise.


The Consultant should have at minimum a basic degree in veterinary public health or related fields, and at least 5years post qualification experience in undertaking related tasks. He should be registered or have certification of the relevant professional bodies. The Consultant should have a solid experience in both the humanitarian field and in the veterinary public health profession; sound knowledge of the pastoralist context as well as demonstrated ability to manage the available time and resources and to work to tight deadlines. He/she should be independent from the parties involved in the animal health and trade impediments under assessment.


Because Save the Children’s work is based on deeply held values and principles, it is essential that our commitment to children’s rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to

We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will, therefore, be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Protection Policy and organizational Code.


Interested consultants who meet the consultancy requirements should submit the following;

Technical proposal with detailed work plan and budget, proposed training topics/ module, previous contracts –signed and stamped copies and profile of the firm. Share your documents with email; with the subject line of the email body; COMMUNITY ANIMAL HEALTH WORKERS (CAHWS) TRAINER IN HIRAN UNDER DEVCOII PROJECT .

Applications will close by 15/06/2019 2019 at 3.30pm.

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