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The European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD)


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We are an intergovernmental body based within the Food-and-Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN-FAO), at its Headquarters in Rome. Our activities help to reduce the risk of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and similar transboundary animal diseases (”FAST diseases”) in over 80 countries in Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Asia. The EuFMD works through the veterinary services (VS) of those countries in close co-ordination with FAO, OIE and European Commission (EC) as part of a coordinated regional and global programme. FAST diseases are an extreme test of resilience in such countries and a range of support is provided, from technical assistance with surveillance and control strategies through to innovative e-learning delivered to mobile phones for field workers. EuFMD’s training programme is under a high demand and has expanded rapidly. This generates the need for additional persons to help the maintain quality and increase the outreach and impact.

All recruitment is managed through UN-FAO and for the positions below, the specific Vacancy Announcement is found here.

Positions will be filled on a full time (Rome or Home based) or daily-rate basis (e.g. 30-150 days per year) basis. The remuneration is dependent on experience [to a maximum of 90,000€ per annum and according to FAO rules and regulations].

We are looking for:

Animal Health Officers (AHOs): Veterinary epidemiologist(s) and Disease Control Programme experts
Animal Health Officers (AHOs) will provide technical expertise to assist the EuFMD work with countries (European neighbourhood and elsewhere) on the following:
·     Design, management and evaluation of the performance of surveillance programmes for epizootic animal diseases;
·     Improving the efficiency of national surveillance programmes;
·     Monitoring the progress of national control programmes, including vaccination programmes;
·     Regional, multi-pathogen early warning systems for epizootic virus incursions;
·     Development of national control programmes aligned to the progressive control pathway principles (PCP-   FMD);
·     Improved stakeholder engagement in control programmes (Public/private partnerships at national level).
AHOs should have technical expertise in surveillance or disease risk management, and an advanced level degree or certified specialization in epidemiology (for the epidemiology position) or have a discipline highly relevant to disease control programme management. Sufficient years of relevant experience in disease control programmes may be accepted in place of higher degrees for the AHO - disease control programmes positions. Prior international experience outside of Europe but not a pre-requisite as the revenant skills may have been obtained within countries with advanced surveillance systems.

Chief Learning Officer (CLO)
The position of CLO is a new one and the responsibilities foreseen include:
·    Leading the development of the educational quality management processes, and the promotion of knowledge management and impact assessment;
·   Leading the development and institution of effective training strategies, as a service to countries and for use to ensure the team continues to improve through on the job training;
·    Leading the institution of the use of latest technology in management of learning programmes;
·    Leads/Contributes to partnership development in international learning programmes.
Day to Day Job Tasks:
·    Manages the quality system including review processes for all training modules;
·    Ensures that learning sessions adhere to expected quality, are engaging & memorable;
·     Communicates daily with managers and team members on progress;
·     Assists with learning & development for in-house team development.
CLOs will have experience in developing or delivery of training to large numbers of adult learners within a public or private institutional or higher education setting. Familiarity with education quality assurance processes is important, and with principles of Instructional Design, Mobile, Micro, Blended and Social learning. The CLO is expected to be impact-oriented and familiar with quality management processes in education design and delivery, and have an interest or experience in learning innovation in the human/animal health or agricultural sectors and delivery of learning to adults in regions with limited internet access. Experience in learning Management Systems within an organizational setting, for thousands of learners, is an advantage. 

(Veterinary) Education Specialist/Learning Officers

Responsibilities include:
·     Development or adaptation of training courses, and management of inputs from technical content providers and learning technologists;
·     Management of delivery of e-learning/online and face to face courses, according to personal technical expertise;
·     Providing advanced skills in learning technologies, or management of such inputs;

*A veterinary education is not essential except for those applying for positions on the veterinary education specialist roster.

Do apply online via the FAO employment website. Email us if you have any queries EuFMD@fao.org