Animal Health Technical Specialist / Team Leader

at Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
Location Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Date Posted August 13, 2020
Category Other
Job Type Temporary
Closing Date 27/08/2020
Reference Number 2001593


Animal Health Technical Specialist / Team Leader 


Job Posting: 11/Aug/2020

Closing Date: 27/Aug/2020, 7:59:00 AM

Organizational Unit: FALAO

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location: Lao People's Democratic Republic-Vientiane

Duration: 5 months with possible extension

Post Number: N/A


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Organizational Setting

The main aim of FAO Country Offices, headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner. FAO Lao PDR assists the Government to develop policies, programmes and projects to address the root causes of hunger and malnutrition, to develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to use environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner. FAO participates in the development and implementation of field projects in the sectors of food security, agriculture and rural development. This requires the integration within the broader framework of sustainable food and agriculture that aims at increasing production and productivity, addressing climate change, and managing natural resources; and enhance rural livelihoods.


The Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) unit in FAOLA is dedicated to working with the government in preventing and controlling emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases working closely with national stakeholders in the animal production and health sector.


Reporting Lines

The Animal Health Technical Specialist will report directly to the FAO Representative in Lao PDR, under technical supervision of the ECTAD Regional Manager, and in close coordination with the Assistant FAOR (Programme) and the Operations Specialist. The incumbent will closely collaborate with ECTAD - FAO staff as well as with government counterparts at national and provincial level and other implementing partners and stakeholders.


Technical Focus

Field project implementation and technical expertise on livestock production, epidemiology or veterinary sciences.


Tasks and responsibilities

In coordination with FAO-ECTAD-RAP Office and other members of FAO-ECTAD-Lao team, ensure smooth implementation and efficient delivery of FAO-ECTAD Programme in Lao PDR including the USAID funded project and the Lao PDR components of regional projects funded by USAID, DFAT, ROK, and Fleming Fund:

  • Prepare a detailed work plan for the implementation of the project in consultation with other country team members;
  • Prepare detailed Terms of Reference for the staff to be recruited under the project and select staff for appointment to the project;
  • Coordinate the work of project staff and their activities and monitoring their performance;
  • Prepare technical specifications for the procurement of project inputs are prepared;
  • Prepare terms of agreement and provide technical oversight of contract arrangement;
  • Organize meetings, workshops, trainings and other events foreseen in the project and coordinate other activities that have a common bearing on the main project objective;
  • Assist in setting up a monitoring system, including performance indicators in alignment with Regional M&E Programme for ECTAD;
  • Monitor project activities, ensure adherence to the work plan timeframe and make recommendations for any required procedures and changes to the project, and
  • Update and review the workplan to cover project activities.
  • Coordinate closely with ECTAD teams at regional and country levels as well as government counterparts to promote safer cross-border movement of livestock and livestock products; and on technical matters related to management of high impact emerging and transboundary animal diseases.
  • Establish contacts and working arrangements with appropriate staff of the Ministry of Agriculture and other ministries and organizations;
  • Liaise with national government, development partners, relevant national and international nongovernmental organizations and others as appropriate for coordinating project activities;
  • Prepare technical reports for the Government, FAO and development partners; in collaboration with other international and national consultants as required; and
  • Perform other related duties as required



Minimum Requirements

  • University degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), livestock production or related fields
  • 7 years of relevant experience in animal health sector
  • Working knowledge of English
  • National of Laos


FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement


Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in animal health sector, One Health, epidemiology
  • Proficient in word and excel
  • Report writing skill
  • Extent and relevance of experience in project implementation and working with the government counterpart would be an asset.


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