Chief Veterinary Officer/Leader Animal Health Programme, Rome, Italy 340 views


Chief Veterinary Officer/Leader Animal Health Programme

Job Posting: 06/Dec/2019

Closure Date: 03/Jan/2020, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : AGA

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Senior-level

Grade Level : D-1

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : 1 year with possibility of extension

Post Number : 0057711

Summary of Duties and Functions

Under the general supervision of the Director of the Animal Production and Health Division (AGA) the incumbent will:

  • Provide leadership, including strategy design, technical and policy advice and programme formulation for the Organization’s work on animal health and veterinary public health in the world’s growing livestock sector (infectious and non-infectious diseases, parasitic diseases, zoonotic diseases, resistance to anti-microbial, parasiticides, etc., integrated pest management, animal welfare as related to animal health) and on the information, institutions and systems required at global, regional and national levels for the support and maintenance of animal health and the provision of safe food of animal origin to consumers. This leadership also relates to the Organization’s animal health emergency agenda;
  • Position FAO’s Animal Health Programme in an international public good context in support of FAO’s objectives and the Millennium Development Goals, thereby supporting and strengthening international governance of animal and veterinary public health;
  • Plan and manage the use of resources in support of programmes and projects in animal health at large, ensuring the coherence and technical quality of the normative and operational work;
  • Oversee the secretariats of the European Commission for the control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EUFMD) and the Programme Against African Trypanosomosis (PAAT);
  • Ensure liaison and integration with the animal production and livestock policy programmes of the Division and with related activities across the Organization;
  • Maintain effective strategic and working relationship with relevant bodies and partners within and outside the Organization, in particular with the World Organisation for Animal Health (Office International des Epizooties – OIE) and with the World Health Organization (WHO);
  • Guide, supervise and evaluate the work of the programme staff;
  • Ensure provision of technical advice, information and support to FAO Members, UN and specialized agencies, and global, regional and national bodies, including inter-governmental for a, for the discussion and negotiation of agreements, codes, standards and good management and manufacturing practices in animal health and veterinary public health throughout the food chain;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

General Requirements

  • University degree in veterinary medicine with advanced post graduate qualifications in epidemiology, tropical diseases, veterinary public health and /or in veterinary biosciences (microbiology, immunology, bacteriology, parasitology, etc.);
  • Post-graduate qualification in international relations, economics, management, public administration or a related field would be an asset;
  • Extensive experience in animal health in the context of developing countries, in national and international development and research organizations;
  • Demonstrated professional competence, knowledge of international animal health and livestock sector development issues with potential implications for FAO’s field of activities;
  • Familiarity with FAO and UN Reforms and Systems;
  • Demonstrated abilities in advocacy and resource mobilization;
  • Excellent communication and negotiations skills;
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish);
  • Outstanding management and leadership capability;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively with a diverse team of people of different national and cultural backgrounds in an international setting.

Leadership Competencies

Results focus: Takes accountability for the delivery of agreed results in service of FAO’s strategic framework – Leading, engaging and empowering others: Coordinates, directs, facilitates and recognizes team efforts; creates an enabling environment and assists others to realize and develop their potential – Communication: Encourages and contributes to clear and open communication – Partnering and Advocating: Promotes ideas and develops partnerships to advance the Organization’s work – Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement: Continually seeks to improve the knowledge, skills and work processes of oneself and others – Strategic thinking: Makes informed and coherent decisions aligned with broader goals and strategies.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for all and Integrity and Transparency. Remuneration

FAO adheres to the UN common system of salaries, allowances and benefits. General information regarding salaries and allowances can be found at the International Civil Service Commission Web site: allowances/salary.htm

How to Apply

To apply, visit the FAO employment website at Jobs at FAO and complete the on-line application. Only applications received through the employment website will be considered.

We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]

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