About Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC)

The Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) is a regional economic bloc composed of the County Governments of Lamu, Tana River, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, Marsabit, Isiolo, Turkana, Samburu, and West Pokot in the aftermath of devolution. Registered formally in March 2016, the Council promotes cooperation, coordination and information sharing between Counties to strengthen devolution, enhance socioeconomic development and promote peaceful coexistence among its members.

FCDC is mandated to facilitate the review and the integration of relevant policies, mainly those directly affecting frontier counties, to ensure better collaboration among concerned agencies and authorities beyond frontier counties’ boundaries and jurisdictions.

About Livestock Sector Strengthening Program (LSS II)

The Livestock Sector Strengthening Programme II (LSS II) supports FCDC counties to contribute to the resilience of the pastoralists in the FCDC region to droughts, livestock disease outbreaks, and natural resource conflicts. It aims to strengthen pastoralist community resilience to improve the livelihoods of people directly or indirectly involved in livestock production and sustainable use of the rangeland as well as bridging the natural pasture feed deficit through sustainable fodder production. Contingency planning and gender mainstreaming are inherent themes in the program’s basic structure. It also aims to create an enabling environment for animal production and trade by promoting peaceful co-existence among pastoral and agro-pastoral communities, implementing traditional rules and accords related to livestock shared grazing and range management, and improving livestock service delivery by county departments.

The Programme builds on the work accomplished in LSS I, which aimed to strengthen livestock sector institutions to deliver relevant services through better stakeholder coordination; and common disease control, rangelands management, peace and cohesion, and fodder production strategies. In addition, the Programme will continue to develop the capacity of FCDC to coordinate county governments better and advocate on their behalf at the national level. LSS II Programme will be implemented by structures at national, regional, and county levels, targeting Kenya’s northern rangeland counties of Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, Marsabit, Turkana, Isiolo, Tana River, Samburu, West Pokot, and Lamu, which are all members of FCDC.

Program Officer – Rangelands Management

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Qualification: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Experience: At least 5 years
  • Location: Nairobi, with frequent travel to the program locations.
  • Reporting to the Programme Manager

Job description:

  • Responsible for delivering natural resources and rangelands management outcomes, institutional capacity support, and policy dialogue within the program locations.
  • Organize key stakeholder coordination meetings at the county and national levels, including County Agriculture Sector Steering Committee (CASCOM) and Sector Forum for Agriculture and Livestock (SFAL).
  • In line with the FCDC counties, develop fodder strategy, leadership training, and capacity enhancement to promote fodder production and storage, engage women fodder producers, and pilot the establishment of fodder banks.
  • Closely work with the FCDC Sector Forum for Peace and Cohesion (SFPC) and other programme’s conflict resolution key stakeholders to support the reduction of resource-based conflicts in FCDC counties in line with the programme strategy.
  • Support the establishment of the County and Regional Pastoralist Association to spearhead collaborative arrangements for shared management and use of rangelands in consultation with the Pastoralist Parliamentary Group (PPG) Coordinator.
  • Ensure that FCDCs policies of Leaving No One Behind (LNOB) and Gender Equality are fully embedded during implementation and applied in the day-to-day implementation of the programme and ensure that these are effectively captured in the programme reports;
  • Participate in the preparation of annual work plans;
  • Prepare yearly Work Plans and reports – quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports and other periodic updates as requested by the line manager.
  • Represent FCDC and LSS programme in different fora when asked by the management. This includes making presentations on the programme’s progress.
  • Participate in programme routine field visits and contribute to the documentation of results (photos, info-graphs, and testimonials), lessons learnt, reflections and best practices through case studies, etc.
  • Any other duties assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications experience essential, skills, and knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Range Management, Animal Production, or any related field from a recognized university. An advanced degree in a relevant field will be an added advantage.
  • At least 5 years of experience implementing range management programs in the Horn of Africa region.
  • Excellent communication skills with proven experience in Project Cycle Management (PCM).
  • Experience in the quantification of rangeland ecosystem services and rangeland inventory;
  • Demonstrated understanding of holistic rangeland techniques and their application in rangeland management;
  • Good understanding of Project Management skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of rangeland science through evidence of publications in peer review articles and other media;
  • Good understanding of software applications (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, statistical packages);
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and facilitation skills.
  • Experience in working with major donors, including SDC, USAID, World Bank, e.t.c
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds demonstrates high respect for cultural differences.
  • Ability to work in challenging multi-cultural environments and deliver under tight schedules.
  • Honest and efficient in the use of resources, including own time.

How to Apply

Method of Application

Interested candidates should submit applications via email to info@fcdc.or.ke by 26th June 2023. The application should include a cover letter and detailed CV indicating their qualifications for the role with three referees, including one from the current/immediate supervisor.

The Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter should be sent as a single document with the email subject titled: “Programme Officer – Rangelands Management.” Applications will, however, be reviewed on a rolling basis, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.