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  • Posted: Jun 9, 2020
    Deadline: Jun 30, 2020
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    The need to fight animal diseases at global level led to the creation of the Office International des Epizooties through the international Agreement signed on January 25th 1924. In May 2003 the Office became the World Organisation for Animal Health but kept its historical acronym OIE. The OIE is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving...
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    Regional Programme Officer (Veterinary workforce development / eradication of peste des petits ruminants (PPR))

    Positioning and reporting

    Under the authority of the Director General, the Programme Officer will work under the direct supervision of the OIE Sub-Regional Representative for Eastern Africa and in collaboration with the Capacity-Building Department, the Status Department and the Engagement and Investment Department (World Fund) at the OIE Headquarters in Paris. He/she will work in close cooperation with other Regional Representatives, and other officers involved in similar activities (in particular in West and Central Africa and in Eastern Europe).

    Context

    The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is an intergovernmental organisation recognised by the World Trade Organization as the reference Organisation for intergovernmental standards concerning the sanitary safety of international trade of animals and products of animal origin and zoonoses, and is in charge of improving animal health, veterinary public health and animal welfare worldwide, as well as transparency of the global animal disease situation. The OIE maintains permanent relations with nearly 75 international and regional Organisations and has 13 regional offices around the globe.
    Since the adoption in 2015, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, of the global strategy for the control and eradication of peste des petits ruminants (PPR), both OIE and FAO are supporting member countries in addressing the challenges of controlling this transboundary animal disease (TAD) in order to achieve worldwide eradication by 2030.
    In Africa, one of the key challenges in meeting this objective is the availability of a qualified veterinary workforce at all levels of implementation of the global strategy, i.e. continental, regional, national, but especially at field level, where disease surveillance needs to be conducted and animals (sheep and goats) need to be vaccinated to break the cycle of transmission of the virus from one animal to another and from one herd to another. The training, skills and equipment of veterinary paraprofessionals (VPP, as defined by the OIE), in addition of those of (graduate) veterinarians, will be critical in years to come if the disease is to be brought under control in all 49 affected countries in Africa.
    The OIE is implementing several initiatives aimed at supporting the development of a qualified and skilled veterinary workforce, with a particular attention to the category of veterinary paraprofessionals (VPPs). In Eastern Africa, these initiatives will have a particular focus on the eradication of peste des petits ruminants (PPR).
    The main project under the incumbent’s responsibility is “The Prevention and Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases for the benefit of smallholder farmers” (PCTAD), financed through the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
    The PCTAD programme pursues several objectives to be attained by the end of 2024, one of which is to “control and eradicate peste des petits ruminants” through the following outputs:
    Selected countries have analysed their PPR situation and their capacities to control PPR in the context of the PPR Global Control and Eradication Strategy (GCES) and PPR Global Eradication Programme (GEP) 2018 – 2023. This may concern several of the countries covered in the (wider) eastern Africa region: Burundi, Congo (DRC), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and/or Uganda.
    Veterinary paraprofessionals operate in an environment that enables PPR control; this entails supporting countries to establish an enabling environment for the Veterinary Workforce through the OIE PVS Veterinary Legislation Support Programme (VLSP), to improve its VSB regulatory framework and put into place an enabling environment whereby the trained VPPs can be recognised by and work within the national Veterinary Services (both the public and private components).
    Veterinary paraprofessionals are trained and equipped to support PPR control and eradication through a cascade approach to training of VPPs, starting with identified national training institutions, delivering training based on curricula that are compliant with the OIE Competency Guidelines for VPPs and the OIE Curricula Guidelines for VPPs.
    In selected countries, small ruminants are regularly vaccinated in hot-spot areas through programmatic support to the implementation of best-practice mass vaccination of small ruminants in high risk areas, with the aim of reaching a post vaccination immunity level of at least 70% to break the virus transmission cycle.
    The incumbent will be responsible for the implementation of this programme in the Eastern Africa region, also working in close cooperation with staff entrusted with the (PPR) Global Eradication Programme (GEP) and the OIE’s global VPP Programme. The incumbent will take a technical lead to support countries in PPR disease control and eradication efforts, and in VPP training and deployment.

    Job description

    The Regional Programme Officer contributes to the OIE’s strategy on PPR disease control and eradication as well as on veterinary paraprofessionals (VPPs) by participating in the implementation of related OIE sub-regional activities in Eastern Africa. He/she is responsible for providing technical support to the countries of the sub-region and contributing to the management of activities related to the OIE PPR GCES and GEP, with a focus on the role of VPPs. In addition, he/she contributes to the promotion of these activities in the sub-region and ensures stakeholder outreach and engagement.

    Responsibilities and activities

    • Ensure the delivery of technical support activities
    • Act as the technical contact point on PPR / VPP for the region and provide topic-specific advice on matters relating to the programme,
    • Organise and support regional and international workshops, meetings, and conferences relevant to the programme, including providing local support to the PPR Secretariat for OIE/FAO GEP roadmap meetings for the Eastern Africa region,
    • Contribute to training and awareness materials for country/national workshops in collaboration with relevant OIE Department and Units, as well as experts from OIE Specialist Commissions (Code Commission and Scientific Commission) and their ad-hoc groups,
    • Use available data to develop country profiles relative to PPR/VPP activities in relevant / selected countries;
    • Liaise with relevant internal and external stakeholders on matters pertaining to the PPR Global Eradication Programme (GEP).
    • Contribute to the coordination of activities related to VPPs and PPR in the sub-region
    • Ensure the overall technical coordination and follow-up of the veterinary workforce development / PPR programme in Eastern Africa, in the framework of the PC-TADs funding (BMZ) and ensure integration and alignment with parallel initiatives, implemented in other regions,
    • Identify risks and analyse, manage and propose mitigation measures to ensure timely delivery of programme outputs and attain outcomes,
    • Coordinate specific technical activities and deliverables (including those implemented by consultants and external implementers),
    • In collaboration with the project team, contribute to the development of a detailed operational work plan and programme monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework, performance metrics and data capture system to track programme performance.
    • Contribute to communication and stakeholder engagement
    • Contribute to the development and implementation of a communication plan targeting the two topics : PPR and VPP, in collaboration with staff involved in the programme and the Communications Department,
    • Represent the OIE at external meetings as relevant, including regional control and eradication coordination committee meetings (CECC) convened under the auspices of the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) as part of the regional PPR Control and Eradication Strategy for Eastern Africa,
    • Ensure partner engagement including with national Veterinary Services, VPP training institutions and other relevant stakeholders in the region,
    • Contribute to the preparation of background documents and progress reports for the BMZ funding governance mechanisms in collaboration with the OIE’s Capacity-Building Department (VPP), the OIE’s Status Department (PPR) and the OIE Engagement and Investment Department (World Fund).
    • Provide general support to the work of the Subregional Representation
    • Contribute to drafting technical / scientific papers, posters, website articles and other relevant informative technical and communication material to promote the programme’s objectives,
    • Assist the Sub-Regional Representative in managing the day-to-day technical issues in the sub-region, including following up Member Countries on required information, conducting country visits, etc.,
    • Carry out other related activities as assigned by the Director General.

    Qualifications and experience

    Required qualifications

    • Graduate degree in Veterinary Science, veterinary public health, public administration, animal production or equivalent,
    • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience, with at least 5 years in the coordination of regional or international programmes related to animal health and production in developing countries,
    • Professional experience in English-speaking Africa;
    • Demonstrated professional background (through post-graduate qualifications or work experience) in veterinary epidemiology and/or management of transboundary animal diseases (TADs);
    • And/or
    • Demonstrated professional background (through post-graduate qualifications or work experience) in policy/strategy formulation and/or legislative/regulatory review and/or last mile veterinary service delivery;

    Desirable qualifications and experience (assets)

    • Professional background in the prevention, control and/or eradication of peste des petits ruminants (PPR) or other TADs of small ruminants;
    • Professional background in the formulation and/or delivery of training for veterinary paraprofessionals curriculum development, continuous education / continuous professional development (CPD) and/or approaches to adult learning;
    • Professional background in the review, development and improvement of primary and secondary legislation;
    • Affinity with the OIE Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) Pathway and methodologies;
    • Affinity with e-Learning approaches and technologies.
    • Prior exposure to programme / project planning and management, as well as experience with donor-requirements (logical framework approaches, auditing, performance dashboards and GANTT tables, monitoring and evaluation);

    Requirements

    Technical skills

    • Advanced command of the English language, both written and oral, with related skills required in scientific writing and editing of reports, briefs and papers;
    • Intermediate command of the French language, both written and oral;
    • Significant experience with the use of the Microsoft Office suite;

    Additional skills

    Knowledge of Portuguese, Arabic or Kiswahili is considered an asset ;

    Interpersonal skills

    • Demonstrated skills in interpersonal relations and the ability to develop synergies and partnerships with key stakeholders;
    • Capacity to work in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
    • Demonstrated capacity to communicate to larger audiences, using supports such as power-point presentations and social media channels;
    • To be highly organised, independent, and a diplomatic professional.

    Working conditions

    The incumbent will be based at the OIE Sub-regional representation in Nairobi, Kenya. This post requires flexibility to travel internationally and long hours in a seated position at a computer.

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    Regional One Health Officer - OIE Sub-Regional Representation - Nairobi, Kenya

    Positioning and reporting

    Under the Authority of the OIE Director General and the direct supervision of the OIE Sub-Regional Representative for Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa and in close collaboration with OIE Headquarters and its international project partners at regional level.

    Context

    The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is an intergovernmental organisation recognised by the World Trade Organization as the reference Organisation for intergovernmental standards concerning the sanitary safety of international trade of animals and products of animal origin and zoonoses, and is in charge of improving animal health, veterinary public health and animal welfare worldwide, as well as transparency of the global animal disease situation. The OIE maintains permanent relations with nearly 75 international and regional Organisations and has 13 regional offices around the globe.

    With support from various resource partners, the OIE has jointly engaged with WHO and FAO in facilitating countries’ multisectoral (‘One Health’) collaborative reviews of their national capacity to meet international health standards as evaluated by tools respectively in human health (WHO IHR Monitoring and Evaluation Framework) and in animal health (OIE Performance of Veterinary Services ‘PVS’ Pathway). This joint assessment of these results, the “IHR-PVS National Bridging Workshop” (NBW) has enabled countries to identify existing gaps in their management of zoonotic diseases and to develop a joint national roadmap to improve intersectoral collaboration and national capacity.

    Further to this, the OIE, WHO and FAO have identified a series of activities to build upon NBW momentum and to support countries in the implementation of their NBW roadmaps. The OIE Regional One Health Officer, Africa will undertake specific responsibilities to ensure the timely and successful coordination and operational execution of activities to facilitate this national roadmap implementation.

    Job description

    The Regional One Health Officer contributes to the OIE’s work to improve intersectoral collaboration and national capacity by participating in the implementation of related OIE sub-regional activities in Eastern Africa. He/she is responsible for providing technical support to the countries of the sub-region and contributing to the management of activities related to the implementation of joint national roadmaps. The Regional One Health Officer also supports other OIE initiatives pertaining to regional Tripartite and One Health coordination and research, including on, but not limited to, rabies, Rift Valley Fever and Emerging (zoonotic) diseases. In addition, he/she contributes to the promotion of these activities in the sub-region and ensures stakeholder outreach and engagement.

    Responsibilities and activities

    • Ensure the delivery of technical support activities
    • Monitor and support, as required, the development and operationalisation of joint national roadmaps to address priority gaps in capacity identified during NBWs in collaboration with Tripartite partners at regional and national levels, as applicable,
    • Assist in the identification of additional training gaps related to One Health and NBWs roadmaps in order to better address specific health threats at regional and national levels,
    • Support the development and implementation of capacity-building training and education modules/programmes to address identified priority gaps,
    • Participate in the establishment of the selection criteria and the selection of candidates for capacity training,
    • Assist in the selection of candidates to potentially participate in future sub-national “train the trainer” NBWs,
    • Participate in the advocacy for, and coordination of new NBWs in the region,
    • Assist in workshops to foster the development of joint national roadmaps to strengthen legislative and policy frameworks at the human-animal interface,
    • Participate in the development of training programmes to advocate for government support of capacity needs,
    • Contribute to the annual programme review of measurable outcomes, recommendations, and follow-on activities to address ongoing and future capacity needs,
    • Support capacity development of selected OIE Members in the region with focus on rabies and Rift-valley fever, including the support to the development and implementation, including monitoring and evaluation, of national control programmes.
    • Contribute to the coordination of One-Health related activities
    • Maintain regular communication with the OIE-WHO-FAO project team, including the Regional Representation in Africa and OIE Headquarters project colleagues regarding the implementation and progress of the activities,
    • Assess the implementation of activities and make recommendations to inform decision-making and best practices,
    • Organise, coordinate and/or participate in conferences, technical meetings and workshops related to the projects he/she is involved in,
    • Coordinate specific activities and deliverables in a timely fashion to ensure that the projects deliver outputs on time and within scope.
    • Contribute to communication and stakeholder engagement
    • Share, collaborate and ensure the involvement of key animal health sector stakeholders in NBWs, national roadmap planning and implementation, and training programmes/modules,
    • Represent the OIE at external meetings as relevant, including regional Africa CDC and AU-IBAR meetings, sub-regional meetings of IGAD and EAC, pertaining to Tripartite topics (animal influenzas, rabies) and zoonotic diseases of high relevance to the region (Rift Valley Fever, anthrax, rabies),
    • Act as an OIE technical contact point for the Tripartite in Eastern Africa and ensure liaison with the WHO and FAO counterparts, relevant OIE regional and headquarters colleagues, and OIE Collaborating Centres for training and education,
    • Participate in the preparation of background documents and periodic progress reports.
    • Provide general support to the work of the Sub-regional Representation
    • Contribute to the drafting of relevant documents, articles, website content and other technical and communication information materials to promote engagement in, and implementation of NBWs and other relevant activities,
    • Assist the Sub-Regional Representative in managing the day-to-day technical issues in the sub-region, including following up member countries on required information, conducting country visits, among others,
    • Carry out other related activities as assigned by the Director General or the OIE Sub-Regional Representative.

    Qualifications and experience

    1. Graduate degree in Veterinary Science, veterinary public health, public administration or equivalent
    2. At least 10 years of professional experience, ideally including on One Health, in project coordination at a national or regional level
    3. Work experience in an international context
    4. Experience in English-speaking Africa

    Requirements

    Technical skills

    • Expertise in project coordination and successful implementation
    • Knowledge of OIE international standards and guidelines as well as WHO International Health Regulations
    • Knowledge of key technical and scientific issues relating to animal and human health, as well as the concept of One Health
    • Proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office suite
    • Perfect command of English, written and spoken
    • Excellent command of French, written and spoken would be an asset
    • Excellent writing and presentation skills

    Interpersonal skills

    • Proven ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team and environment, as well as to work effectively and flexibly with counterparts in external organisations
    • Good organisational understanding, including the ability to set priorities and work on tight deadlines
    • Ability to identify key information, conduct critical analyses, and synthesise logical proposals or advice
    • Situational intelligence and excellent communication skills, including advocacy, on sensitive topics
    • Proactive attitude and information sharing to prevent situations and seize opportunities that may be useful to the OIE
    • Ability to make presentations, lead groups, and contribute to the facilitation of trainings
    • Strong work ethic, and ability to motivate enthusiasm and participation from key stakeholders

    Working conditions

    • Based in Nairobi, this post involves long hours in a seated position working at a computer. Regular regional travel in Africa, as well as some international travel, are to be expected.
    • Salary: commensurate according to experience and qualifications
    • Duration: One (1) year

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