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International IT Specialist for Implementation of Animal Identification, Registration and Traceability Systems

tbilisi

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE\: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on your personal device's date and time settings.

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations

depending on the evolving needs of the Organization 

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Organizational Setting
The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.
 
Reporting Lines
The PSA reports to the Project Management and the Lead Technical Officer and receives guidance from the FAO Assistant Representative for Georgia, the Field Programme Officer and the project Budget Holder.
 
Technical Focus
Provide technical expertise for the appropriate planning, development and implementation of the FAO NAITS project and timely delivery of the project outputs.
 
Tasks and responsibilities
  • Provide support and guidance to Project Management and the FAO National IT Consultant and oversee the\:
    • development and implementation of the NAITS software, hardware and web applications;
    • preparation, approval and maintenance of all IT documentation and manuals pertaining to the NAITS software;
    • development of standard operating procedures for routine IT checks and reporting, servicing and data backup procedures and ensure activities are actioned and recorded;
       
  • Oversee and provide guidance for the setup and maintenance of NAITS software, hardware and communications systems, in contact with the service providers for software development, and the IT Department of the MoEPA;
  • In close cooperation with the Senior Epidemiologist and Animal Identification, Registration and Traceability Strategist and the NAITS Working group\:
    • Support the selected service provider in review, refining and adaptation of the business processes, throughout the implementation of the NAITS.
    • Support and oversee the service providers in the development of a NAITS module for establishment of quarantine locations and zones and the definition of implications on the animal movement controls and requirements;
    • Support and oversee the service providers in the development of a NAITS module for establishment of epidemiological zones for various diseases and with various statuses and the definition of implications on the animal movement controls and requirements;
    • Support and coordinate the establishment of the interoperability between NAITS and EIDSS/LIMS systems and the exchange of relevant information;
       
  • Oversee all phases of implementation of the NAITS pilot and National rollout (preparatory; execution; maintenance From an IT (software and hardware) perspective) and ensure testing of its functionalities at regular intervals to ensure compliance with the standard operating procedures. Develop procedures to record errors found and ensure that they are rectified. In particular\: 1) establish test cases to test each software function; 2) specify a full test to simulate complete sets of follow-up actions; 3) establish load tests for both the software and hardware to ensure the system performs properly when working at full speed; 4) nominate testers from central and decentralized units and other user groups; 5) provide independent evaluation of the system at regular intervals, to ensure compliance with the SOPs and oversee and verify the modification of the application on the basis of the test results.
  • Support the conceptualization, definition and development of TORs for development of android/iOS based applications for mobile devices, allowing off-line decentralized collection and storing of NAITS related data, as well as online interfacing and uploading of the collected data.
  • Review the developed workflows and business processes and on basis of available and tested technologies develop concepts, technical specifications, costings for rollout and proposals for introduction of various approached, peripheral devices and technologies which enable ease of reference, automation of inserting, recovery and cross-referencing of data from and to the NAITS database, (such as introduction and scanning of barcodes and QR codes, scanning and recognition of number and characters) applicable to holding registers, animal passports, laboratory samples and pre-printed lists;
  • Support the development of protocols for establishment of rights to access to the NAITS database per type and level of stakeholder;
  • Support the capacity development of all stakeholders relevant for the pilot, rollout and sustainability of the NAITS implementation and in particular\:
    • Support the development of an NAITS training curricula and appropriate training tools for various stakeholders ensuring successful rollout of the system and sustainable maintenance of the qualifications for operation of the system, and supervise the capacity development actions ensuring effective transfer of knowledge and skills;
    • Support the preparation of an NAITS/EIDSS/LIMS module for introduction into the Vocational Educational Training, secondary and tertiary education institutions curricula and support the capacity development of the relevant educators from these institutions;
  • Support the introduction of the procured hardware (under the project) to all levels of implementation through appropriate capacity development;
  • Perform other related functions as required.
 
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
 
Minimum Requirements
  • University level degree in Information Technologies or similar discipline;
  • At least 5 years of working experience with the development, deployment and maintenance of software and hardware solutions for large web-based applications and 5 years of working experience in Ministries of Agriculture with design, implementation and maintenance of software solutions;
  • Working knowledge of English
 
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
     
    Technical/Functional Skills
  • At least 5 years of experience in the preparation of technical documentation, methodology, design, development, implementation and evaluation of animal identification and recording systems will be an asset.
  • Familiarity with Animal Identification, Registration and Traceability Systems
     
    Selection Criteria
  • Extent and diversity of experience;

Applicability of the skills and experience in the Georgian context.

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 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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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing).
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • Candidates with acceptable language certificate/s should upload them when submitting their application. For details, visit http\://www.fao.org/3/I8446EN/i8446en.pdf
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website\: http\://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
  • For further information on categories, contract duration and honoraria, please refer to the Conditions page.
 
HOW TO APPLY
 
To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
 
Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal at 23\:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
 
If you need help, or have queries, please contact\: iRecruitment@fao.org
 

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: tbilisi
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Refugee rights and well-being
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-07

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