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Technical Specialist (Regional Animal Health Economics and Policy Coordinator)


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Bangkok
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Legal - Broad
    • Economics
    • Livestock, production and veterinary
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-09-28

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  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
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  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) established the Animal Health and Production Module (AHP) and One Heath Regional Initiative that includes regular programme and the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD). This approach aims to streamline work and adapt to the recent organizational restructuring inclusive of new program priority areas, and identified the importance of sustainable, resilient livestock sector development encompassing production, transboundary animal diseases (TADs), antimicrobial resistance (AMR), food safety and One Health in the SAP sub-region.

The tasks envisaged for this consultancy are to be carried out through the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD), which is currently implementing several projects in various countries in Asia. The ECTAD Regional and Country Teams are dedicated to working with the governments in preventing and controlling emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases by working closely with regional and national stakeholders in the animal production and health sector.

Reporting Lines

The incumbent shall operate under the direct supervision of the Senior Animal Health Officer (Regional Manager of the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD)), and the operational guidance of the budget holder of the ECTAD Programme based in the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO RAP), in coordination with other ECTAD team members at the global, regional and country levels.

Technical Focus

The consultant will be responsible for the following;

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Provide thematic leadership for regional animal health economics, value chain analysis, impact assessment, and policy work for ECTAD Asia;
  • Coordinate ongoing socio-economic inputs to the prevention and control of priority zoonosis including zoonotic influenza, transboundary animal and emerging zoonotic infectious diseases as well as antimicrobial resistance in the Asia region;
  • Lead the gap analysis in socio-economic inputs for the ECTAD Asia programme and develop strategies and plans of actions to address the gaps;
  • Supervise and lead the socio-economic studies of relevant projects of the ECTAD Asia programme, including ECTAD country projects:
  • Develop conceptual framework for new socio-economic studies and assist in the selection of consultants or service providers to implement new activities;
  • Coordinate the knowledge and information sharing on socio-economic activities in Asia with ECTAD colleagues in Africa, Middle East and headquarters;
  • Contribute to the assessment of animal health policies for the livestock sectors;
  • Provide regional coordination and inputs to the ECTAD Country teams regarding socio-economic-related activities and support the design of assessments at country level to measure the impact of their initiatives and explore collaborations with potential partners for conducting impact assessments;
  • Coordinate with relevant FAO team members in HQ the work on policy for the Global Health Security Programme, including the piloting of the Policy Implementation initiative in selected Asian countries;
  • Provide technical inputs into publications, technical reports and other technical documents, and participate in expert/networking groups relevant to the ECTAD Asia programme;
  • Oversee the capacity building initiatives on value chain analysis for animal disease risk management in Asia;
  • Submit a final technical report upon completion of the assignment;


Minimum Requirements

  • Advance University degree in Economics, Public Policy or in technical subject related to animal health economics and policy.
  • Five years of relevant experience in managing and coordinating socio-economic analysis for the prevention and control of transboundary animal and emerging zoonotic infectious diseases as well as antimicrobial resistance.
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

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 in the field of animal health;
  • Understanding of FAO policies and programmes is considered a strong asset;
  • Related experience with regional and international organizations;
  • Relevant background and experience in the economics of animal health and quantitative analysis
  • Experience in multidisciplinary research and collaborations with veterinarians and human health scientists.
  • Experience in contributing to project monitoring, evaluation and learning, including preparation of technical reports;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in liaison with partners and institutional contexts.

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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