National Expert on drafting of procedures manual(s)

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FAO Representative in Madagascar, to Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles.


One of the major constraints in the Mauritian livestock sector is the lack of traceability of animals and animal products. At present, tagging is being used to identify animals but this system is not backed by an efficient record-keeping system that would enable authorities to follow-up. Moreover, tags are regularly lost or tampered with, leading to considerable confusion in the administration of animal identification. The Republic of Mauritius is therefore seeking to set up a National Livestock Information System (NLIS) to address the problem of animal identification and traceability. In 2019, short-term technical support was obtained from the FAO which enabled the country to define the traceability system for cattle, goat and sheep. A traceability system was set up utilizing microchips as the main method of identification. The microchipping of the cattle herd is more or less complete.

As a follow-up action to the 2019 FAO technical support, this technical cooperation programme (TCP/MAR/3802), the traceability system for pigs, poultry, deer and bees will be developed. A software shall also be designed for the system.

A consultant is recruited for drafting a comprehensive procedures manual focusing on data collection requirements, entry in to the database and generation of reports from the system. The procedure manual targets users of the National Livestock Information System. The procedures manual should:

  • Be based on past reports, policy framework, and legislation already developed for the project.
  • Incorporate the utilization of the software developed for administering the National Livestock Information System. Where required assistance from the software developer may be sought.
  • Be in simple English. Technical language and jargon that will be unfamiliar to most should be avoided or adequate definitions provided.
  • Provide clear, concise and stepwise instructions for undertaking all the processes listed in the National Livestock Information System. Where required flow diagrams may be used.
  • Identify with precision the user(s) responsible for undertaking each process.
  • Develop reporting format and completing guidelines for data collection from farms and field.

Reporting Lines:

The National Expert on drafting of procedures manual(s) works under the direct managerial and administrative leadership of the FAO Representative in Madagascar as the Budget Holder, the technical supervision of the Lead Technical Officer (LTO) and in close collaboration with the national team and the International Consultant on animal identification and traceability as well as the Database Developer.

Technical Focus:

Livestock Information System

Animal Identification and Traceability

Tasks and responsibilities

The consultant is expected to:

  • Work closely with the International Consultant on animal identification and traceability, database developer and NPC to develop the procedures manual.
  • Communicate with the software developer to incorporate procedures on the information system into the manual.
  • Submit a work-plan within the first week of the assignment detailing the list of chapters and the date each chapter shall be submitted for the approval of the NPC and clearance of the LTO of the project
  • Develop reporting format and completing guidelines for data collection from farms and field
  • Undertake such explanatory sessions with NPC, NPSC and users of the NLIS as well as other stakeholders to describe the procedures of the NLIS.
  • Train users on the use of the procedure manual and reporting form


Minimum Requirements

  • A degree in Veterinary Science
  • Practising veterinarian registered with the Veterinary Council of Mauritius with at least five years’ contiguous experience in a regulatory setting.
  • Experience in the inspection of live animals and products of animal origin for import and export including knowledge of the process for movement of animals between Mauritius and Rodrigues.
  • Experience in enforcement of legislations and knowledge of requirements thereof.
  • Understanding of the principles of electronic databases
  • Working knowledge of English.
  • Nationality of Mauritius or resident in the country with a regular work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Strong administrative and organisational skills,
  • Computer literacy
  • Good English technical report writing skills.
  • Ability to provide team leadership and motivation
  • Ability to work independently, with minimum supervision
  • Demonstrable knowledge of livestock production systems and animal husbandry practices in both Mauritius and Rodrigues.
  • Knowledge of the process for animal identification including insertion of microchips in ruminants.
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