National Field Specialist, Karachi, Pakistan

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Pakistan

Field location: Karachi, Pakistan

Office: FAO in Karachi

Closing date: Tuesday, 2 March 2021


National Field Specialist

Job Posting: 16/Feb/2021

Closure Date: 02/Mar/2021, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FAPAK

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Pakistan-Karachi

Duration : 9 months

Post Number : N/A

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Organizational Setting

This position is located in the project "The project for enhancement of FMD control in Pakistan" being executed by the FAO Representation to Pakistan, Islamabad. This position is in FMD-FAO Project and the incumbent will be based at Diagnostic Laboratory in Landhi Cattle Colony Karachi. The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and 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.

Reporting Lines

Under overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Pakistan (FAOR) and Head FAO Sindh Provincial Office and under direct supervision of the FMD Management Specialist and Assistant FAOR (Program); the National Field Specialist (Sindh) will be responsible for the below mentioned tasks and responsibilities.

Technical Focus:

The Field Specialist will be a part of the FMD-FAO Project Team.

Liaison with Project staff and relevant stakeholders for smooth implementation of activities

NFO will ensure that FMD outbreaks particularly in Sindh are properly reported, samples collected and submitted to diagnostic labs and controlled with zoo-sanitary measures and emergency vaccination.

According to the needs, prepare detailed implementation plan (project work plan, procurement plan).

Prepare Reports of various activities of the Project for the Project Coordinator and other Project staff

Tasks and responsibilities

Coordinate all project activities (diagnosis, surveillance and vaccination) in Sindh province in general especially in Karachi and Hyderabad

Develop awareness material for farmers in local language.

Organize and conduct awareness seminars for farmers to disseminate knowledge about FMD prevention and control in local language.

Interact with the local veterinary staff particularly working at dairy colonies for reporting and handling maximum outbreaks occurring in the area.

Maintain a vaccine bank and ensure cold chain during vaccination.

Ensure that the staff is following project SOPs while handling FMD outbreaks

Liaise between project and ELISA Labs at Landhi Cattle Colony and central Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Tandojam including transfer of samples.

Maintain all data related to FMD outbreaks and emergency vaccination in Sindh and share it with the Project Management.

Perform any other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

Post-graduate degree in veterinary / animal sciences with basic degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from a HEC recognized university.

A minimum of 10 years of work experience in the field of animal disease diagnosis and control

Experience related with transboundary animal diseases (FMD, PPR) would be desirable

Tags animal diseases cold chain continuous improvement fisheries food security infectious diseases knowledge sharing livestock natural resources procurement project management project personnel veterinary medicine

A working knowledge of the English language and ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams is essential.

National of Pakistan

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Experience for the diagnosis of animal infectious diseases particularly transboundary animal diseases in large ruminants;
Willingness to undertake regular field visits in remote and difficult environments and interact with different stakeholders, especially primary stakeholders for the collection of samples and undertake technical meetings;
Experience in similar settings would be considered a distinct asset

Liaison with Administrative and Technical staff of the Livestock Department of Sind

Understanding of the purpose and functions of technical programmes, operational guidelines and programme/project management procedures, preferably those adopted by the United Nations or FAO would be considered an added asset

Good knowledge of common administrative and financial rules and regulations

Good knowledge of communication and documentation standards

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be assessed against the requirements listed above.


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