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Coordinator and brucellosis specialist


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Kazakhstan
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2024-07-24


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Organizational Setting

The Animal Production and Health department provides technical assistance on animal health in Europe and Central Asia. The department is responsible for programmes and activities related to strengthening veterinary systems, often with a One Health approach, and develops practical strategies and guidance to address endemic and emerging health threats, the assurance of safe trade, efficient production and food safety.
Consultants and subscribers to personal service agreements (PSA) represent a very important source of expertise for FAO. For FAO to be able to attract and employ the best possible experts in the wide range of technical areas of its mandate, a competitive selection process has been introduced. This process is intended to create a pool of candidates which can be timely called upon when their expertise is required, ensuring a transparent and rigorous selection process.

Reporting Lines

The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the FAO REU Assistant Director General, and the direct technical guidance of the FAO REU Animal Production and Health Officer.

Technical Focus

As an incumbent, you will work as part of a closely collaborating team. Brucellosis, a zoonotic disease affecting both animals and humans, is a significant constraint to livestock production and public health. This 3-year project aims to improve brucellosis control efforts in the Caucasus and Central Asia through a comprehensive approach addressing surveillance, diagnosis, prevention, and capacity building, while strengthening veterinary systems.

Tasks and responsibilities

We seek a highly motivated specialist to contribute technical expertise across a range of activities, collaborating closely with national and international partners. The position will cover the following tasks\:
• Liaise with national authorities.
• Assist the international specialists with in-country planning, data gathering and communications with the national authorities.
• Assist with the organizations of national activities, e.g. field surveys, trainings, workshops.
• Offer technical expertise to update national brucellosis control plans and strategies.
• Assist in revising national legislation and regulatory frameworks for brucellosis control.
• Assist with the development of templates for joint protocols on brucellosis detection and control with public health and wildlife authorities.
• Contribute to the development and delivery of virtual (online) and field training courses for veterinarians on brucellosis diagnosis, management, and outbreak investigation.
• Assist in the development of training materials for farmers and other stakeholders on brucellosis prevention and biosecurity.
• Participate in the design and implementation of Farmer Field Schools (FFS) on brucellosis management.
• Contribute to the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework for the project.
• Prepare technical reports on various project activities.


Minimum Requirements

• University degree in Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Microbiology, or a related field with a focus on brucellosis.
• Minimum 3 years of experience in brucellosis control programs, including field epidemiology and laboratory diagnostics.
• Working knowledge (level C) of English and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other\: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish / For PSAs\: only working knowledge of English is required.

FAO Core Competencies

• Results Focus
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, desirably in field locations.
• Extent and relevance of experience in brucellosis control programs.
• Extent and relevance of experience in providing technical support at local, national, or regional levels.
• Familiarity with and understanding the work of international organisations, regional entities, and national governments.
• Fluency in English; knowledge of Russian and/or local languages in the target countries is a strong asset.
• Proven experience in conducting training courses and capacity building for veterinary professionals and farmers.
• Excellent communication, writing, and reporting skills.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


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  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


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