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  • Consultant at African Union - InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources

  • Posted on: 8 August, 2019 Deadline: 20 August, 2019
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  • The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is a specialized technical office of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA) of the African Union Commission (AUC). AU-IBAR is mandated to support and coordinate the sustainable development and utilization of animal resources (livestock, fisheries and wildlife) to enhance nutrition and food security and contribute to the wellbeing and prosperity of the people in the Member State of the AU. AU-IBAR accomplishes its mandate through supporting and empowering the African Union Member States and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs). AU-IBAR’s vision is of an Africa in which animal resources contribute significantly to the reduction of poverty and hunger. Founded in 1951 to study the epidemiological situation and fight rinderpest in Africa, AU-IBAR’s mandate covers all aspects of animal resources, including livestock, fisheries and wildlife, across the entire African continent, but fills a unique and strategic niche by working at continental and regional levels, with the RECs being key partners.

    AU-IBAR led a cross-section of stakeholders in the livestock sector in Africa to formulate the Livestock Development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA), a 20 year framework for the collective and coordinated development of the livestock on the continent. The strategy was approved by the AU Heads of States and Governments of the AU in January 2015. AU-IBAR also developed a pan-African Strategy for the Control and Eradication of Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) and Other Priority Diseases of Small Ruminants that is aligned to the PPR Global Control and Eradication Strategy jointly developed and launched in April 2015 by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Since then, AU-IBAR, FAO and OIE have collectively provided technical and financial support to 39 Member States of the African Union and four RECs to develop and validate national strategies and Action Plans for the control and eradication of PPR.

    Consultant Animal Health Expert to Support AU-IBAR

     

    Background

    In order to initiate the implementation of LiDeSA, the European Union made available funds to assist AU-IBAR implement the Sustainable Development of Livestock for Livelihoods in Africa (Live2Africa) project. As part of its coordination strategy and considering the high demand of services from RECs and Member states AU-IBAR is applying part of the funds to employ consultants in various disciplines to support the implementation of Live2Africa. In this regard, AU-IBAR seeks the services of a Consultant animal health expert with a broad range of competencies to provide technical support to AU-IBAR, RECs and Member States to prepare animal health strategies, support Member States in preparations for the performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) evaluations and support to the Editorial Board of the Bulletin for Animal Health and Production in Africa to ensure timely publication of the Bulletin. The Consultant will also provide specific technical support to selected Member States to implement activities towards the eradication of peste des petits ruminants (PPR) in line with the respective national PPR Eradication Strategies and Action Plans

    Objective

    The objective of the consultancy is to assist the animal health component coordinator of live2Africa in providing technical support to enhance the implementation of key aspects of the animal health result areas of Live2Africa programme.

    Tasks

    • Support selected Member States to finalize the preparation and validation of national strategies and five year Action Plans for the control and eradication of peste des petits ruminants (PPR) and other priority diseases of sheep and goats using a harmonised template
    • Prepare an inventory of all available national and Regional PPR control and eradication strategies available and compile the strategies in a repository in consultation with the AU-IBAR Senior Animal Health Officer and the Senior Knowledge Management Officer
    • Provide technical support to selected Member States to guide the implementation of key activities to enhance progress along the PPR eradication pathway including the participation in regional meetings on PPR
    • Provide technical support and guidance to selected Member States to undertake self-evaluation PVS and implement the recommendations of PVS evaluations, Gap Analyses and PVS Follow-up missions
    • Provide technical guidance to selected Member States on the preparation of technical progress reports along the Foot and Mouth Disease Progressive Control Pathway (FMD-PCP)
    • Screen manuscripts submitted by authors for publication in the Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa and assign to appropriate referees for peer review
    • Prepare follow-up communications with manuscript authors and referees and liaise with the editors of the Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa on recommendations and decisions on the publication of reviewed manuscripts
    • Prepare the post rinderpest contingency plan
    • Coordinate the review and update of the study on veterinary demographics in Africa that was commissioned by AU-IBAR in 2012

    Expected Outputs and Deliverables

    The following are the expected outputs:

    • An inception report including the methodology and the work plan to undertake the tasks
    • Validated national strategies and 5 year action plans for the control and eradication of PPR for at least two Member States
    • Two Member States supported to undertake key technical activities towards PPR eradication
    • Self-evaluation PVS assessments conducted in three Member States and road-maps/indicators for the implementation of the recommendations of Gap Analyses agreed for 3 Member States
    • Technical progress reports along the FMD-PCP for a at least three Member States
    • Quarterly Publication of the Bulletin for Animal Health and Production in Africa maintained
    • Post rinderpest contingency plan
    • Publication on veterinary demographics in Africa
    • Detailed technical reports submitted upon completion of each of task
    • A final report on the assignment

    Qualifications

    The candidate must have a Masters in any field of Veterinary Science. A PhD will be an added advantage.

    General Professional Experience

    • At least 10 years of proven experience in public and/or private sector animal health services management at national and/or regional levels.
    • A good understanding of the priority transboundary dis in the different regions of Africa.
    • Experience in conducting and facilitating dialogue with livestock sector stakeholders.

    Specific Professional Experience

    • Proven experience in facilitating the design and implementation of animal health strategies at national, regional and continental levels
    • A deep understanding of livestock viral diseases particularly PPR and FMD with at least three years’ experience in supporting the formulation and validation of national, regional or continental strategies for their control and eradication
    • Experience in the application of the key tools and OIE standards for the control and eradication of PPR in line with the PPR-GCES, the pan-African Strategies for its control and eradication and the OIE Terrestrial Code and the OIE Terrestrial Manual
    • Have undergone training on the OIE PVS Pathway and its application by Member Countries to improve Veterinary Services
    • Knowledge and skills on the FMD-PCP and its application
    • Experience in organising and facilitating stakeholder consultations and preparation of reports/ proceedings
    • Proven record of scientific publications in refereed journals

    Skills and Competencies

    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Self-starter with the ability to strategically plan own work and to work independently, with minimum supervision, to high professional standards
    • Knowledge and experience of using participatory approaches

    Language Requirement

    • Proficiency in English, a working knowledge of Arabic, French or Portuguese will be an added advantage.

    Gender Mainstreaming

    The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Duty Stations

    The consultants will be stationed in Nairobi with travel on specific assignments agreed with the AU-IBAR Management

    Duration

    The duration of this assignment is 7 months. The selected candidate should be available to undertake this assignment with minimum delay.

    Remuneration

    The remuneration for this Consultancy is a fixed amount of USD7,028.87 per month. Expenses for missions will be covered separately in accordance with the applicable African Union Commission rules and regulations.

    Evaluation Criteria

    The applications will be evaluated on the basis of the relevant technical qualifications, experience and competence of the candidates.

    Method of Application

    Applications including a detailed curriculum vitae (CV) should be submitted through email to: procurement@au-ibar.org with a copy to applications@au-ibar.org, khalid.seid@au-ibar.org, susan.nzau@au-ibar.org

    The deadline for submission of proposals is 20th August 2019, 17.00 hours, Nairobi Local Time

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