Livestock Specialist (Brazil)

Precisionag (Brasília DF, Brasil) Publicado 22 dias atrás

This position is not tied to a specific location in Brazil, please see at the bottom of this page for location requirements, apologies for any resulting confusion. Please submit all application materials in English.

PAD is a fast-growing global non-profit start-up that uses tech, data science, and behavioral economics to provide targeted information to farmers in developing countries. Providing the right information to the right people, in the right way and at the right time, increases incomes, protects the environment, and improves well-being. We are evidence-based: we test our interventions with randomized control trials to prove our impact and cost-effectiveness, to simultaneously learn from and improve our service, and also to demonstrate our value to funders and partners. There are few programs in international development that are as demonstrably cost-effective as ours. We currently work in eight countries in Africa and Asia, and we are expanding as more governments and organizations look for innovative ways to use new technologies to get information to people across the developing world.

We are looking for a driven, creative, and independent person to join a high-performing, flexible team as Livestock Specialist, to support the content creation and implementation of PAD’s new operations in Brazil - our first program in Latin America.  You will work in a non-hierarchical team and work closely with PAD’s dairy experts and agronomists, the Country Launch Manager, Country Director, and Global Directors, and substantially contribute to a new PAD program that tests new ideas, measures their impacts, and scales them up.

We strongly encourage applications from women and Brazilian nationals. 


The Livestock Specialist will be responsible for content development and will contribute to the overall project design. The Livestock Specialist will report to the Country Director and will work closely with other relevant Program Leads and Global Directors, and various research affiliates. The position will be located in either Brasilia, Brazil, or a state capital in the Northeast Region such as Salvador (Bahia State), Recife, (Pernambuco State), or Fortaleza (Ceara State), and will temporarily be a work-from-home position due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. When it is safe to do so, this position will be based from PAD’s office in Brazil and will require frequent travel to field locations nationally. PAD is a start-up organization and will require flexibility from all staff with regard to roles and responsibilities.

The Livestock Specialist will be responsible for the following main tasks:

  • Provide overall livestock and dairy expertise and information to the Brazil team. 
  • Gather and compile scientific evidence on key livestock and dairy issues (with a focus on goats and sheep) to better inform the design of digital agricultural advisory services in Brazil with a focus on the Northeast Region.
  • Participate and coordinate field activities to inform the program design and implementation strategy, including the use of quantitative data, as well as qualitative and human-centered design approaches. 
  • Develop content that expresses livestock recommendations in ways that are understandable and useful for smallholder farmers, and field-test this content with farmers.
  • Support projects that PAD undertakes in collaboration with government and other partners in Brazil in content development, simplification, and customization.
  • Plan and execute program activities, including identifying priorities, creating timelines, meeting with stakeholders, and monitoring project implementation.
  • Manage the message delivery system for livestock advisory content operated by PAD.
  • Participate in regular Content Review Committee meetings with members from the Brazilian Government and other technical experts to ensure that the messages are in line with the government’s recommendations and appropriate for the local context. 


Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc & A.H) with 5 years of experience in dairy or Master in Veterinary Sciences (M.V.Sc) with 2 years of experience. 
  • At least two years of experience working directly with smallholder production systems in Brazil. 
  • Practical experience drafting agricultural curricula and implementing training for extension agents and/or farmers. 
  • Experience in goat and sheep clinical practice and a good understanding of goat and sheep food requirements, disease management, and veterinary treatments with knowledge of the latest developments in veterinary science. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in livestock and dairy production, healthcare, and management.
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills in English and Portuguese, with attention to detail.

Position details

  • Full time
  • Start date: As soon as possible
  • Location: Brasilia, Salvador (Bahia State), Recife (Pernambuco State), or Fortaleza (Ceara State), Brazil (temporarily work-from-home due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, until it is safe to work from PAD’s office) 
  • Compensation: Commensurate with experience
  • Work authorization: This position is contingent upon the candidate being able to get work authorization in Brazil.

To apply, please visit the PAD website and use the online application form. The job position will be reviewed on a rolling basis and open until the position is filled.

Livestock Specialist (Brazil)

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