Livestock Officer (Livestock and Animal Health)

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Organizational Setting The FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands (SAP) was established in 1996 in Samoa to coordinate the work of FAO in the Pacific region. The Members are the Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Tokelau is an Associate Member. SAP is a technical hub, which supports 13 Members and one Associate Member in the Pacific. It is responsible for developing, overseeing and implementing programmes and projects to address food security, nutrition, agriculture and rural development priorities. SAP works with national and regional assistance. The position is located in the Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands in Apia, Samoa.

Reporting Lines The Livestock Officer (Livestock and Animal Health) reports to the FAO Subregional Coordinator for the Pacific Islands and works in close collaboration with the SAP Multidisciplinary Team. S/he receives technical guidance from the Senior Animal Health and Production Officer in the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) and works in consultation with the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) RAP Regional Manager, the RAP Animal Health and Production Module and One Health Regional Programme Priority Area team as well as national project counterparts. The Livestock Officer (Livestock and Animal Health) maintains regular contacts with the Animal Production and Health Division (NSA) and the Joint FAO/WHO Centre (CODEX Food Standards and Zoonotic Diseases/CJW) at FAO headquarters in Rome for technical guidance.

Technical Focus The Livestock Officer (Livestock and Animal Health) supports the One Health Programme Priority Area covering sustainable climate-smart livestock production and biosecurity improvement. In particular: reduction of the spread/impact of transboundary animal and zoonotic diseases, and antimicrobial resistance as a means to contribute to the Regional Priority (RP) of Building Green and Blue Agrifood Systems in the Pacific, ultimately for sustainable nutrition security as well as economic development of the Pacific region.

Key Results Collection and analysis of information, data and statistics and project/meeting services to support programme projects, products and services.

Key Functions • Collects and analyses relevant technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional and technology related information, data and/or statistics to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services; • Undertakes analysis, provides technical input for plans and reports and edits/revises technical/scientific documents; • Participates in the development of improved work methods, tools and systems; • Updates databases and web pages; • Participates on multidisciplinary project/work teams; • Collaborates in the development of training tools and materials and the organization of workshops/seminars, etc.; • Participates in the organization, conduct and follow-up of meetings, consultations and conferences, the development/production of required materials and the provision of information and assistance to partners.

Specific Functions

• Supports the animal production and health portfolio in SAP, in collaboration with the SAP Multidisciplinary Team; • Contributes to the subregional and regional vision, strategic planning and programme development and implementation, based on country demands, ensuring and reporting on innovations and results; • Works with national public, private and academic institutions to support the design, implementation, and evaluation of national animal production and health policies, programmes, institutions and investments that contribute at a large scale to the SDGs' production, social, environmental and climate targets, through the FAO Strategic Framework, UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (UNSDCF) and the SAP Country Programming Frameworks; • Contributes to and publishes state-of-the-art analyses and knowledge products, supports knowledge to ensure that subregional policy and programme recommendations are forward looking, are aligned to the priorities of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) and the regional Livestock Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and other current global and regional animal production and health related commitments and agreements, and are regularly updated with lessons and good practice from the field; • Provides routine backstopping support to country/regional projects in the SAP region; • Contributes to maintaining FAO's strategic alliances, cooperation, partnerships (including with the private sector), communities of practice and resources to catalyse policy and institutional change, digital innovation, etc. in the Pacific; • Contributes to FAO's efforts to enhance the portfolio of the Green Climate Fund, the Global Environmental Facility, the Climate Adaptation Fund and other health, climate smart livestock and biosecurity improvements, environmental, ecosystems and fishery and aquaculture related programmes in the Pacific; • Contributes to and serves as SAP focal point to regional and subregional livestock and animal health related policy bodies and technical networks, such as the Livestock Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the Animal Production and Health Commission for Asia and Pacific, among others; • Supports the One Health and antimicrobials resistance (AMR) related work in Pacific; • Performs other related duties, as requested. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements • Advanced university degree in animal science, veterinary medicine or a related field. • Three years of relevant experience in animal production and health, climate smart livestock production and biosecurity improvements, one health, transboundary animal or zoonotic disease prevention - control, and/or antimicrobial resistance. • Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate - level B) of one of the other official FAO languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian).

Competencies • 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. • Extent and relevance of experience in' sustainable climate smart livestock production, animal health, one health and project management. • Working experience in the Pacific or Small Island Developing States (SIDS). • Extent and relevance of experience in the preparation, editing and revision of technical/scientific documents and in organizing meetings and workshops. • Extent and relevance of experience in liaison with partners and institutional contexts.

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