Animal Parasite Resistance Specialists , Various Locations

Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Country: Italy

City: Rome

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Thursday, 16 September 2021


Animal Parasite Resistance Specialists

Job Posting: 19/Aug/2021

Closure Date: 16/Sep/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : NSAH

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Various Locations-Various Locations

Duration : 3 Months, with possibility to extend

Post Number : N/A

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Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations, and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply

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All selected candidates, therefore, will undergo rigorous reference and background checks

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

Organizational Setting

The Animal Production and Health Division (NSA) promotes and facilitates the sustainable development of the livestock sector, integrating scientific and technical expertise and policy advice. It hosts technical networks in area of animal health, genetics, feed and animal husbandry and provides analysis, policy dialogue (incl. intergovernmental bodies) and technical assistance. It also supports emergency responses, mostly in animal health.

The posts are located in the Animal Health Service (NSAH) and the Joint Centre for Zoonotic Disease and AMR (CJWZ).

The FAO Animal Health Service (NSAH) is primarily concerned with aspects related to the prevention, detection and timely response to health threats of animal origin (zoonotic diseases, transboundary animal diseases, production diseases, diseases of wildlife, arthropod-borne diseases, food safety, antimicrobial resistance) that affect public health or efficiencies, sustainable livestock production and conservation efforts. NSAH capacity development work ensures the strengthening of veterinary systems at national and regional level and bridges agriculture development, public health and ecosystem health.

The Joint FAO/WHO Centre (CODEX Food Standards, Zoonotic Diseases and AMR) (CJW) was established with components of Zoonotic Diseases and AMR (CJWZ) to reinforce and further streamline the Organization’s work and partnership on zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The CJWZ serves as a global coordination platform dedicated to reduce impact of zoonotic diseases and AMR on food safety and global health. Its core functions include coordination, policy and strategy development, publication of knowledge products, scientific advice, communication and support to projects implementation.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the Chief, Animal Health Service (NSAH), the direct guidance of the NSAH Senior Animal Health Officer responsible for the Programme against African Trypanosomosis (PAAT), and in collaboration with the CJWZ Senior Animal Health Officer responsible for Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR), the recruited expert will support NSAH/CJWZ work on parasite resistance.

Technical Focus

Parasite resistance, some of zoonotic importance, management and control

Tasks and responsibilities

Reach out to scientists and experts on animal parasite resistance to build a network and pool of experts geared towards the sustainable management of ectoparasites and endoparasites in livestock

Identify, contact and engage leading experts on animal parasite resistance, including resistance to acaricide and anthelmintic and trypanocidal drugs;
Coordinate and conduct global/regional reviews and surveys of animal parasite resistance, covering different diseases, animal species, and drugs/products);
Prepare general and disease-specific reviews and survey reports, and generate FAO technical publications.

Coordinate and lead the development of guidelines on the control and management of animal parasite resistance (e.g. acaricide, anthelmintic and trypanocidal drug resistance);
Support the global and regional implementation of the AMR Action Plan (2021-2025), with focus on parasite resistance;
Support the development of the Multi-stakeholder Partnership Platform for AMR (PPAMR), with a focus on parasite resistance;
Lead consultations to identify specific action tracks or issues that stakeholders consider priorities for the PPAMR, at regional or global levels;
Develop concept notes/ project proposals on parasite resistance to reach out to donors;
Organize consultations, seminars, workshops on animal parasite resistance;
Contribute to resource mobilization for parasite resistance;
Contribute to the development of training courses, workshops and webinars

Any other duties as mutually agreed.


Minimum Requirements

University degree in Veterinary Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences ,or Economics related field

Three years of relevant experience in animal health, parasitic disease management, including regulatory aspects, standard setting, AMR project management.

Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian. (for PSA.SBS the knowledge of only one official language can be sufficient)

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Work experience in more than one location or area of work is desirable

Extent and relevance of experience in in prevention and control of parasitic animal diseases.

Extent and relevance of experience in international animal health (regulatory and developmental) programmes.

Extent and relevance of experience in networking and management of stakeholders platforms

Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

Effective team leadership and decision making skills with strong individual planning capacity.

Experience in other global coordination mechanisms and regulations (WHO, OIE, etc.) 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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