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Senior Animal Health Officer (Eufmd Executive Secretary)

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
    • Administrative support
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-15

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The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments

• FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture

• Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this position
FAO does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
• 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.


Organizational Setting

The European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD) is an Article XIV body responsible to deliver an extensive work programme on Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) emergency preparedness, response and control, to its 39 Member Nations (MN), to a further 20 European neighborhood countries, and to other regions through its arrangement with FAO decentralized offices. The EuFMD has an Executive Committee elected by the MN to which the Executive Secretary reports, and 3 technical committees. It has a globally respected expertise in FMD management and an innovative and expanding training programme delivering a range of online interactive courses to thousands in over 80 countries, building capacity in emergency management and in progressive control of FMD and similar transboundary animal diseases ('FAST diseases'). From 2019, the work of the Commission has been extended by decision of the MN to encompass the wider range of threats from FAST diseases to the MN, with an increased funding support agreed with the EC (DG-SANTE) in line with the expanded range of risk reduction actions needed in the European neighbourhood. The work programme is arranged in three Pillars (member nations, neighbourhood and global) and the resource mobilization, technical input as well as operational delivery is entirely managed by the Commission Secretariat. The programme is supported by a team of over 50 technical, training and operational delivery experts, and is coordinated closely with the European Commission (EC), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and FAO at global, regional and country office levels.

Reporting Lines
The Senior Animal Health Officer reports to the Director (Animal Production and Health, NSA), and to the Chairperson of the EuFMD Commission relating to the delivery of the agreed work programme.

Technical Focus
Provides coordination, technical leadership and guidance for the implementation of the work programme of the EuFMD (Phase V).

Key Results
Leadership and technical policy expertise for the planning, development and implementation of divisional Programmes of work, projects, products, services in accordance with FAO’s Strategic Objectives.

Key Functions
• Plans, manages, or leads highly specialized or multidisciplinary teams, leads, coordinates, and/or participates in Organization-wide, cross-divisional committees, project teams, and working groups, and/or provides technical leadership/secretariat services on technical networks and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies;
• Analyses global and country specific requirements and relevant technical issues to provide critical input into the FAO Strategic Objectives, Programme of Work, work plans and the supporting budgets and/or resourcing strategies;
• Implements and monitors programmes of work involving the development of the approach, evidence-based strategies, and related tools, methodologies and the supporting system/database, monitoring and reporting frameworks;
• Conducts, designs and oversees research and analysis activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovation, technical reports, publications and/or ongoing programme development as well as the provision of technical and/or policy advisory services;
• Provides technical and policy advice to Member countries and technical support to decentralized offices in the development and implementation of their programmes;
• Leads and/or collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality/effectiveness of capacity development and knowledge sharing activities within member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning, online tools;
• Represents the Organization at international meetings and conferences, identifies and implements strategic partnerships, advocates best practices and increased policy dialogue and develops and negotiates effective working relationships/consensus and agreements with international and national stakeholders;
• Leads and/or participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy.

Specific Functions
• Provides strategic, conceptual and programmatic orientation to the Executive Committee of the EuFMD, to guide the approach of the Commission and its member countries upon the international risk management of foot-and-mouth (FMD) and similar transboundary diseases, and upon the further, long term development of the Commission as an effective partner and implementing body at the global level;
• Manages the development, implementation and monitoring of the programme of work of the Commission as agreed at the biennial General Session, leading the resource planning and resource mobilization, and ensuring the Commission chairperson, and the Director of Animal Production and Health Division (NSA), FAO, receive regular briefing, not limited to the 6 monthly Executive Committee Sessions;
• Provides technical guidance to the Commission, its member countries and partners on strategies for the progressive control of FAST diseases, including effective emergency management responses when required;
• Manages the Secretariat, and ensures the development of the technical, operational and communications team supporting the Secretariat, leading, engaging and empowering the human resources under supervision;
• Leads the engagement with the international regional and global partners (European Commission, OIE, FAO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ) and the development of partnerships and joint programmes with non-governmental organizations and the private sector, in accordance with the mandate of the Commission and the policies of FAO relating to the private sector;
• Represents the Commission at agency and inter-agency meetings, advisory boards, regional economic community meetings, or other consultations on sustainable livestock production to protect livestock assets and preserve/enhance related livelihoods, public health, and other venues on biological threats of animal origin following the interdisciplinary outlook of a 'One Health' approach;
• Manages the trust funds of the Commission in accordance with the responsibilities of budget holders and in accordance with FAO procedures, and ensures the finalization of documents to be presented to the Executive Committee, EuFMD and FAO Governance Bodies;
• Represents the EuFMD, as needed, in the GF-TADs Committees and working groups, relating to FMD and the FAST group of transboundary diseases and ensures a supportive role for the Commission in the international, coordinated actions undertaken with or through GF-TADs and through regional coordination mechanisms including REMESA;
• Collaborates with FAO CVO and other relevant FAO staff to develop policies, strategies, knowledge products, capacity building and advocacy tools and materials;
• Ensures continuous improvement in the delivery and impact of the EuFMD training management system and training quality system, and continually strives to increase the scale and impact of its delivery (e.g., virtual learning resources, mobile phone based courses, e-learning, webinars);
• Develops Concept Notes and reviews Projects for resource mobilization and advocacy.


Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in veterinary medicine or related field;
• Ten years of relevant experience in animal health and production, disease prevention and management, including regulatory aspects, standard setting, microbiology and/or epidemiology;
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) .

• Results Focus
• Leading, Engaging and Empowering
• Communication
• Partnering and Advocating
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Strategic Thinking

Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential
• Extent and relevance of knowledge and experience in foot-and-mouth or other FAST diseases, in infectious disease management and control, in multidisciplinary approaches (technical, economic and implementable as policies) to disease prevention and management, including socio-economic implications;
• Extent and relevance of experience in planning and implementation of programmes related to animal health undertaken in the official veterinary services of member countries of the Commission, or in countries with similar health status relating to foot-and-mouth disease;
• Extent and relevance of strategic management experience, and of workforce development and continuous improvement of working practices;
• Extent and relevance of project management experience, including financial responsibilities to delivery results on time and within budget allocations;
• Proven ability to develop project proposals and mobilize resources;
• Good knowledge of how international organizations and the European Commission operation;
• Extent and relevance of experience in organizing international meetings, seminars and training programmes;
• PhD or equivalent in animal production, epidemiology, public health, medical microbiology is considered an asset.
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