Animal Health Officer (ECTAD Deputy Regional Manager)

Job Posting: 28/Aug/2021

Closure Date: 30/Sep/2021, 1:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, RAP

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition: Professional Project

Grade Level: P-4

Primary Location: Thailand-Bangkok

Duration: Fixed-term: one year with possibility of extension

Post Number: 2008592

CCOG Code: 1H01

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  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
    • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
    • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. 

    • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
    • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

    • The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization.

Organizational Setting
The Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) is responsible for leading FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the region and, in collaboration with the Regional Programme Leader (RPL), offices and divisions at headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO’s strategic response to regional priorities. RAP also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization’s Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. RAP develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.

The post is located in the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Disease (ECTAD) in the RAP office. ECTAD RAP is dedicated to working with the governments in the region 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 Officer (ECTAD Deputy Regional Manager) reports to the Senior Animal Health Officer (ECTAD Regional Manager for Asia and the Pacific), working in close collaboration with ECTAD RAP staff as well as with national programme counterparts.

Technical Focus
The Animal Health Officer (ECTAD Deputy Regional Manager) will be tasked to assist the ECTAD Regional Manager in the day-to-day management and oversee independently certain areas of work of the ECTAD programme at the regional level.

Key Results
Comprehensive technical and policy expertise to support the planning, development and implementation of programmes, projects, products and services in accordance with FAO’s Strategic Objectives.

Key Functions
•    Plans and leads components of multidisciplinary teams, leads and/or participates in Organization-wide, cross-divisional committees, project teams, and working groups and/or provides specialized expertise on technical networks and/or international technical policy and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies;
•    Develops technical, analytical, monitoring and reporting frameworks, and related methodologies, tools, systems and databases etc. to support the planning, implementation/delivery and monitoring of programmes of work, projects, products and/or services;
•    Designs and conducts research, data collection, validation, analysis and/or reporting activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovative approaches and strategies, new tools, technologies, technical reports/publications, and/or policy proposals as well as the provision of technical/policy/ specialist/advice and expertise;
•    Responds to country requests for technical and policy assistance, provides technical advice, assistance and solutions to Decentralized Offices and provides technical backstopping to field projects;
•    Collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality/effectiveness of capacity development and knowledge sharing activities within member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials, online tools;
•    Promotes international cooperation/advocates best practices, increased policy dialogue and provides technical expertise at international/inter-governmental meetings;
•    Participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy.

Specific Functions
•    Contributes to the development of a medium to long-term strategic vision for ECTAD’s work in Asia consistent with global strategies in animal diseases or emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) that impact animal or public health;
•    Provides supervisory and technical advice to the assigned FAO-ECTAD country programmes and projects related to the control of avian influenza and other high impact transboundary animal diseases (TADs) and zoonoses in Asia;
•    Coordinates the smooth implementation of FAO-ECTAD regional and national projects, in collaboration with international and national consultants;
•    Provides strategic guidance to the development of regional ECTAD programmes and supervises the preparation of regional and country proposals, ensuring compliance with FAO technical quality and standards for timely submission to donors;
•    Ensures efficient delivery of project work plans, including timely provision of appropriate inputs such as organization of workshops and training programmes in liaison with appropriate FAO and national contacts at country levels;
•    Coordinates and ensures the timely preparation of briefs and comprehensive reports as per FAO and donor requirements;
•    Liaises with international organizations, such as the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), World Health Organization (WHO) and FAO Reference Centres involved in policy and technical matters related to animal health, TADs and zoonoses control;
•    Engages with regional organizations including relevant sections/units/working groups of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to enhance their participation in regional approaches to disease control ensuring broad principles of the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) and other FAO platforms are applied;
•    Organizes strategic and technical meetings that facilitate the exchange of information among country projects, subregions and other national/international organizations;
•    Undertakes missions to the project countries to assist the ECTAD Country Team Leaders (CTLs) and Chief Technical Advisors (CTAs) and ensure good relationships with key government partners are developed and maintained;
•    Leads the recruitment and supervises assigned personnel of FAO-ECTAD regional projects;
•    Supports resource mobilization efforts for the regional ECTAD programme with financial resource partners, particularly in the formulation of concept notes and proposals;
•    Promotes visibility of ECTAD with key development partners and target countries.

Minimum Requirements
•    Advanced university degree in animal science, veterinary science/medicine, veterinary epidemiology or a related field;
•    Seven years of relevant experience in animal health, infectious disease management, including regulatory aspects, standard setting, national and regional approaches to animal disease control and prevention;
•    Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

•    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 priority transboundary animal diseases control and management activities (African swine fever (ASF), foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), AI, ecology, epidemiology, laboratory diagnostics, etc.);
•    Extent and relevance of experience in project identification and design, work planning and partnerships;
•    Extent and relevance of experience in animal health projects and programmes management;
•    Extent and relevance of experience in managing transboundary animal diseases including at least three years’ experience at international level in developing countries and experience in the Asian region is considered a strong asset;
•    Familiarity with UN or other international agencies field programmes is an asset.

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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  • Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salary.htm
Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:
• Dependency allowances
• Rental subsidy
• Education grant for children
• Home leave travel
• 30 working days of annual leave per year
• Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
• International health insurance; optional life insurance
• Disability protection


FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:
• elements of family-friendly policies
• flexible working arrangements
• standards of conduct



  • To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications and language skills;
    • Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile;
    • Once your profile is completed, please apply and submit your application;
    • Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;
    • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications;
    • Incomplete applications will not be considered;
    • Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered;
    • We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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