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Senior Animal Health Officer (Global Programme Coordinator, ECTAD)

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
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-13

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• 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 Animal Production and Health Division (NSA) promotes and facilitates the sustainable development of the livestock sector, integrating scientific and technical expertise and policy advice. It hosts technical networks in area of animal health, genetics, feed and animal husbandry and provides analysis, policy dialogue (incl. intergovernmental bodies) and technical assistance. It also supports emergency responses, mostly in animal health. FAO's global effort on One Health is involves multiple divisions and the decentralised and national offices, with overall co-ordination through the Joint Centre for Zoonoses and AMR (CJWZ), with the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) being both the Director of the Joint Centre and Leader of the Animal Health Programme (NSAH).

The post is located in the Animal Health Service (NSAH). The FAO Animal Health Service (NSAH) is primarily concerned with aspects related to the prevention, detection and timely response to health threats of animal origin (zoonotic diseases, transboundary animal diseases, production diseases, diseases of wildlife, arthropod-borne diseases, food safety, antimicrobial resistance) that affect public health or efficiencies, sustainable livestock production and conservation efforts. NSAH capacity development work ensures the strengthening of veterinary systems at national and regional level and bridges agriculture development, public health and ecosystem health.

The tasks envisaged are to be carried out through the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) a joint platform between NSAH and the Office of Emergencies and Resilience (OER). OER is the leader of FAO's humanitarian efforts in supporting countries to more effectively prepare for and respond to food and agricultural threats and crises, and to strengthen the resilience of agricultural livelihoods,

Reporting Lines

The Senior Animal Health Officer (Global Programme Coordinator, ECTAD) reports to the Chief Veterinary Officer, Animal Health Service (NSAH) and works in close collaboration with OER Director, the OER Global Programme Support Team Leader, the OER Emergency and Rehabilitation Officer, the Senior Officers of the Centre for Zoonoses and AMR (CJWZ), the Head of Emergency Prevention System for Animal Health (EMPRES-AH), the Food Chain Crisis Management Framework (FCC), as well as offices in the FAO decentralised offices.

Technical Focus
Epidemiology, diagnostic laboratory, biosafety/biosecurity, microbiology, public health, socio-economic determinants, value chains, livestock production systems and marketing.

Key Results
Leadership and technical policy expertise for the planning, development and implementation of Division/Office Programmes of work, projects, products, services in accordance with (divisional &) FAO's Strategic Objectives.

Key Functions
• Plans, manages, or leads highly specialised or multidisciplinary teams, leads, coordinates, and/or participates on 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’s 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 Members and technical support to decentralised 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 Members 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
• Leads the technical and managerial coordination of the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD), ensuring implementation, scheduling, interregional harmonization of the associated FAO projects and programmes related to diseases of high impact in collaboration with Senior Officers of the Animal Health Service (i.e., Emergency Prevention System, Veterinary Public Health, AMR Coordinator, EuFMD Executive Secretary, Programme Against African Trypanosomosis), and the Senior Officers in the Centre for Zoonoses and AMR (CJWZ);
• Co-leads weekly ECTAD Management Meetings (NSAH-OER);
• Leads the coordination of technical inputs from all ECTAD units in Africa, Middle East and Asia in line with the concepts and principles of EMPRES and disease risk-management, such as the Progressive Control Pathways developed for high-impact priority diseases of animals, ensuring where applicable, a One Health approach and outreach to other agencies and intergovernmental bodies (World Health Organization [WHO], World Organisation for Animal Health [OIE], United Nations Children's Fund [UNICEF], United Nations Environment Programme [UNEP], African Union, European Union/Commission, and regional economic communities);
• Leads the design of internal regional strategic meetings with ECTAD Regional Managers (i.e., AREM and AfREM);
• Identifies opportunities for resource mobilization to advance animal health in meeting FAO Strategic Framework, FAO/OIE Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases [GF-TADs], the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals, thorough the development of Concept Notes and Project proposals following the FAO Project Cycle guidelines, in collaboration with operations staff;
• Serves as Lead Technical Officer on appropriate projects, and part of project Task Force(s) where and when required;
• Provides ECTAD inputs including projected/accomplished indicators to FAO staff responsible for reporting to FAO systems (i.e., PIRES);
• Participates as a member of the FAO Antimicrobial Resistance Working Group, and searches for synergies in projects, in-country platforms, and common indicators;
• Organizes regional consultations with FAORs, government of target countries in FAO Regional Offices, as needed to elaborate proposals and work plans;
• Reviews and clear prepared briefs, and communication material for the ECTAD Programme and select reports;
• Represents and provides advice to the Chief, NSAH, upon request.


Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in veterinary medicine or related fields;
• Ten years of relevant experience in animal health, infectious disease management, including regulatory aspects, standard setting, and animal health strategy development;
• 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 or experience in infectious disease management at national and international level, in multidisciplinary approaches (theoretical and practical) to disease prevention and management, and animal health policy development;
• Extent and relevance of experience in strategic leadership including development, resource mobilization and implementation of programmes related to animal health in development organizations;
• Extent and relevance experience in management of teams and in workforce development;
• Excellent communication skills, relevant extent and depth of experience in organizing international meetings, seminars and training programmes
• A postgraduate degree, preferably PhD, in related fields of study such as microbiology, virology, epidemiology, public health is considered a strong asset.

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