National Specialist on Veterinary Laboratory
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The 2016-2020 Strategy for development of agriculture and agricultural products processing sector in Azerbaijan foresees strengthening food security in a sustainable manner. Reaching this objective also requires the capacity to monitor the health of animals. Animal health improvement requires increasing the authority’s capacity to early detect and rapidly respond to disease outbreaks, particularly the ones with transboundary nature. This can be done in both passive and active way in order to be efficient. An efficient animal diseases surveillance, which is needed for an effective disease prevention and control, is therefore the combination of the State capacity to conduct it on the field and in the laboratory. Currently, both systems are inadequate to allow appropriate disease control, which has a direct impact on the livestock sector development.
To improve this capacity, specific related activities need to be conducted aiming at understanding the baseline of this capacity and suggesting improvement while using a roadmap approach for both the field and the laboratory systems. FAO’s tools on laboratory and surveillance capacity assessment (LMT and SET, respectively) will allow the authorities to have a clear pathway toward improving these capacities and hence directly impact on the livestock health status. Further, training on sampling collection, shipment and processing for diagnostics is needed as well to ensure the sustainability of the built capacity.
This project aims to utilize and build on the physical infrastructure to improve the country capacity to early detect, diagnose and response to important endemic and exotic transboundary animal diseases. It also aims to improve the diagnostic capacity of the newly established National Reference Centre and the six Regional Testing Laboratories, which are being reorganized to focus on diagnostic of animal diseases. Overall, the project will contribute to improving animal and public health, food safety and agricultural competitiveness.
Melek Cakmak, Head of Office
TCP/AZE/3706, Improvement of national capacity to conduct disease surveillance including veterinary diagnostics
Tasks and responsibilities\:
Under the overall guidance of the FAO representative in Azerbaijan, technical supervision of LTO, the consultant will\:
If pertinent assist in installing and training new disease recording and reporting system
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
FAO Core Competencies
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.