East and Southern Africa Regional Senior Technical Specialist - Animal Health Job at FHI360 - Tanzania | July 2018

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East and Southern Africa Regional Senior Technical Specialist - Animal Health  Job Opportunity at FHI360 | July 2018
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
FHI 360 seeks candidates for East and Southern Africa Regional Senior Technical Specialist - Animal Health for an anticipated Fleming Fund Regional Grant program – Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance – for the East and Southern Africa region. The Regional Grant program will address critical gaps in surveillance of antibiotic resistant bacteria and antimicrobial use in the region. This grant will support implementation of regional strategies to improve antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance and detection, and will focus on a selected number of countries in the region. We will work closely with local and regional entities that are already involved in AMR surveillance, AMR/AMU (antimicrobial use) oversight and improvement activities, national and regional Technical Working Groups, and national and regional reference laboratories for human and animal health, participating AMR/AMU surveillance sites, and other government and national and international non-government stakeholders, and UN agencies, as well as Mott MacDonald, The Fleming Fund Management Agent. 

Job Summary / Responsibilities:
This position will be responsible for activities related to strengthening the capacity and systems for AMR/AMU surveillance in animals. Currently, we anticipate that the East and Southern Regional program will be based in Tanzania, with frequent regional field visits (50 percent time or more).
Specific responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
  • Provide technical assistance to collect, assemble, and review data related to AMR and AMU patterns in animals (e.g., AMR trends for the zoonotic bacteria/antibiotic combinations in broiler and layer populations)
  • Provide technical assistance/participate in animal health investigations (e.g., source, antibiotic use, and spread of infection)
  • Provide technical assistance to enhance regional diagnostic networks for animal health, including standardized testing protocols and tools
  • Provide technical assistance to ensure the development and implementation of standards, processes, and strategies to ensure a consistent approach and high level of quality for regional animal health diagnostics
  • Provide technical assistance/participate in mapping/investigating/assessing antibiotic distribution and use in food livestock
  • Provide technical assistance for assessments and improvements of the veterinary reference laboratory and microbiology laboratories for animal health
  • Provide technical assistance and lead mentoring efforts to build diagnostic capacity of regional animal health laboratories, including the capacity of national laboratories to serve as local mentors
  • Provide technical assistance/participate in epidemiological investigations (e.g., source, antibiotic use, and spread of infection)
  • Provide technical assistance to develop systems for isolate and sample sharing, as well as regional repository systems
  • Support the Regional Senior Technical Advisor to provide technical assistance to establish and make functional the regional animal AMR/AMU Technical Working Groups (TWG)
  • Assist in the interpretation of both AMR and AMU surveillance data
  • Provide technical assistance to prepare and submit AMR/AMU-related data and reports as per the national, regional, and global standards and requirements

  • Master’s degree in animal science or other relevant subject and at least eight (8) years of experience in animal health, animal science, animal production, veterinary technology, or a related area, with a preference for relevant regional experience. Registered Veterinary Technician/Technologist is preferred. This combination of education and work experience would provide the following relevant specialized knowledge and skills in subject areas associated with animal health:
    • Livestock management (e.g., nutrition, care, treatment, and health) with an emphasis on poultry
    • Biosafety and biosecurity and how to apply principles
    • Ability to communicate and coordinate with livestock producers and animal industry stakeholders
  • AMR/AMU and disease surveillance and other relevant health programs (strongly preferred)
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively in an IT environment
  • Strong coordination, communication, and interpersonal aptitudes
  • Fluency in English
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the ethical issues surrounding research and surveillance
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How to Apply:
Interested candidates can apply through FHI 360 career at https://www.fhi360.org/careers or send the resume (max. of 3 pages) to [email protected].
This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

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