UN Careers – National Epidemiologist – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Organisation: Food
and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: FAO
Representative
About US:
The Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has a global mandate to
improve nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise the standard of
living in rural populations and contribute to global economic’ growth.
Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure
people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy
lives.
Job Summary:  The National Epidemiologist will design and
coordinate implementation of surveillance activities relevant to PZDs as well
as emerging and re-emerging priority zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases at the
livestock-wildlife-human interface to mitigate the high (current/potential)
impact of diseases in Uganda.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
·       
Participate
in weekly regional ECTAD epi-lab coordinating calls
·       
Coordinate
appropriate stakeholder workshops to improve surveillance in the country
targeting innovative approaches addressing national and regional priority
diseases
·       
Assist
in the implementation of the recommendations of the SET mission and JRA
workshop 
·       
Organize
the implementation of surveillance protocols (epidemiological sampling) from
livestock in targeted livestock farming systems, value chains and at domestic
animals-wildlife interfaces
·       
Plan,
organize and implement capacity development of in-service professionals through
the use of field epidemiology training and participatory epidemiology
approaches targeting veterinarians, animal health technicians, community animal
health workers, farmers, and where appropriate, public health or other
stakeholders/partners
·       
Conduct
risk assessments at the human/livestock/wildlife interface and supervise
in-country expert missions on epidemio-surveillance to ensure that high quality
samples are collected.
·       
Facilitate
implementation of epidemiological activities in the GHSA project and other
related ECTAD, animal health and livestock projects in the country
·       
Support
implementation AMR/AMU activities including surveillance
·       
Organize
stakeholders meetings and lead the process for the development of animal health
and related policy instruments in Uganda
·       
In close
consultation with relevant sectors and stakeholders, support the operationalization
of the national OH platform for a functional inter-sectoral One Health
collaboration
·       
In close
consultation with relevant sectors and stakeholders, initiate the adoption and
roll-out of In-service Applied Veterinary Epidemiology Training (ISAVET) programme
as an entry point to strengthen the animal health workforce at the sub-national
levels
·       
Facilitate
closer  linkages of the ECTAD  programme with Ministries responsible for
Animal, public and environmental health and other relevant Ministries and technical
partners
·       
Provide
regular updates of zoonotics and TADs epidemiology situation in the country,
bi-weekly project activity updates, and prepare draft web articles on technical
accomplishments as needed
·       
Provide
support to the national epidemiology and laboratory network including timely
and effective implementation of the recommendations of the EA RAHN meetings at
country level
·       
Organize
or participate in animal health emergency preparedness and contingency planning
exercises, or table top scenarios
·       
Coordinate
organization of planned training workshops, simulation exercises and technical
meetings.
·       
Contribute
to epidemiological intelligence at National and Regional levels through
immediate notification to GLEWS and the Country Team Leader, of any significant
epidemiological events
·       
Prepare
regular reports on the progress of the implementation of projects implemented
by the ECTAD Uganda, for FAO, donors or other stakeholders
·       
Provide
inputs to project concept notes, project proposals in support to resources mobilization
·       
Submit a
final technical report upon completion of the assignment to the ECTAD Uganda
Team Leader and the FAOR
·       
Perform
other related duties as required.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·       
The
ideal candidate for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
(FAO) National Epidemiologist job opportunity should hold an Advanced
University Degree in Veterinary Medicine and post-graduate and fellowship
studies in field epidemiology or related fields
·       
National
of Uganda or resident in the country with a regular work permit.
·       
Seven
years of relevant experience in animal health activities 
·       
Working
knowledge of English and technical report writing skills
FAO Core Competencies
·       
Results
Focus
·       
Teamwork
·       
Communication
·       
Building
Effective Relationships
·       
Knowledge
Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills
·       
Systematic
document review and analysis
·       
Extensive
knowledge on field epidemiology (surveys, tools and investigations) of zoonoses
and transboundary animal diseases
·       
Extensive
knowledge of the main aspects of prevention and control of high impact emerging
and re-emerging zoonotic and non-zoonotic disease
·       
Extensive
experience in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of surveillance
networks of animal diseases
·       
Wide
experience in conducting risk assessment and or analysis
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified Ugandan nationals are encouraged to send their applications online at
the link below.
Note: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. FAO does not charge
applicants any fees at any stage in the recruitment process.
Deadline: 12th June 2010
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