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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Various Locations
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Economics
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-18

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Veterinary Socio-economist

Various Locations (Various)

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

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

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

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 tasks envisaged for this consultancy are to be carried out through the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD), which is currently implementing a number of projects in various countries in Africa. Within the ECTAD framework, the Animal Production and Health Division (AGA) is closely working with the Emergency and Resilience Division (PSE) under the Strategic Program 5 to support various aspects of the animal health programme of FAO, including the USAID-funded Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT-2) and Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Programmes.
Reporting Lines
Depending on the duty station, the Veterinary Socio-economist reports to the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO)/Chief, Animal Health Service (AGAH), and works under the functional and administrative supervision of the Assistant Director General/Regional Representative or FAO Country Representative, and the direct supervision of the ECTAD Country Team Leader or Regional Manager or Global Coordinator, and in collaboration with the Head of the Emergency Prevention System for Animal Health (EMPRES-AH), the Head of the Global Early Warning System for Livestock Diseases (GLEWS) Unit of the Animal Health Service (AGAH), the TCE Emergency and Rehabilitation Officer and the animal production and health officers from the Regional and sub-Regional Offices and Country Offices.
Technical Focus
Coordinate and provide backstopping expertise to support socio-economic, value chain and policy components of the ECTAD projects.
Tasks and responsibilities
  • Coordinate and provide technical support for the development and implementation of evidence-based livestock and animal health policies/guidelines/tools to mitigate the high (current/potential) impact of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases (rEIDs) ensuring effective public-private partnerships (PPPs) for effective policies.
  • Provide technical backstopping support to ECTAD teams as and where necessary
  • Supervise, coordinate and technically support the implementation of activities on livestock production and farming systems analysis including value chain studies, interfaces with wildlife, people and environment and identification of critical risk and control points.
  • Provide technical support and actively contribute in design and preparation of ECTAD projects’ work plans (WPs) and detail implementation plans (DIPs) at all levels.
  • Coordinate and technically support the implementation of socio-anthropological studies to elucidate behavioural and practices aspects that contribute to risks of rEIDs.
  • Supervise, coordinate and technically support the implementation of activities on livestock value chain analysis and socio-network studies to identify risks, consequences and mitigation policies.
  • Identify animal production, value chains and socio-economic management needs to strengthen capacity of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and their Member States and advocate for and supervise harmonization of the information collection processes and sharing at national and regional levels.
  • Actively engage in resource mobilization efforts including preparation of concept notes and project proposals to expand animal health related projects that are identified as priorities by the government.
  • Maintain links with the established networks on socio-economics, policy, animal welfare and share technical information as deemed necessary.
  • Participate in the implementation of various ECTAD capacity development activities
  • Enhance one health (OH) capacity and platforms through enhancing collaboration and coordination with the public health, wildlife, environment, education, and other relevant sectors with respect to zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial resistance/use (AMR/U) using existing and new tools and guidelines.
  • Provide technical support for the publication of value chains and socio-economic inputs generated from ECTAD project activities;
  • Contribute to the preparation of project reports as required by the Governments, FAO and donors
  • Prepare and review briefs upon request from FAOR, sub-regional office and AGAH.
  • Submit a final technical report upon completion of the assignment.
  • Perform other related duties as required

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree (for Consultants)/ University degree (for PSA) in veterinary or biological sciences and relevant post-graduate training or experience in livestock or agricultural economics or related fields;
  • At least 5 years of proven experience in the management and implementation of infectious disease control programmes, preferably in developing countries;
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian (for Consultants)/ working knowledge of English, French or Spanish (for PSA).
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, particularly in field positions is desirable.
  • Extent and relevance of experience at international level.
  • Ability to write briefs and reports
  • Ability to work under pressure and meat deadlines
  • Familiarity with FAO policies and programmes and systems is desirable
Selection Criteria
  • Based on requirements, competencies and skills.
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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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