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Kenya: National Consultant – Zoonoses Control Capacity Assessment (Human Resources, Financial, Logistics) - VA-021-2017

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Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 29 Jun 2017

Position Title: National Consultant – Zoonoses Control Capacity Assessment (Human Resources, Financial, Logistics)

Contract Type: Personal Services Agreement

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya with travel to selected counties

Organizational unit: FAO Representation Office in Kenya

Duration: 20 days when actually employed

Eligible candidates: Kenyan Nationals

Anticipated Start Date: July 2017


The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in collaboration with the Directorate of Veterinary Services are implementing a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded program entitled “Supporting the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) to Address Zoonotic Disease and Animal Health in Africa”. The specific objective of the programme is to “Build capacity to prevent, detect and respond rapidly to priority zoonotic diseases using a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral One Health Approach”. The program covers the following GHSA Action Packages (APs) or technical areas: Zoonotic Diseases, Biosafety and Biosecurity, National Laboratory Systems and Workforce Development

In order to effectively address zoonotic diseases a competent animal health workforce capacity should in placed within the public and private service sectors and at national and all sub-national levels. This includes a plan for animal health workforce continuing education. However, shortages of human, physical and financial resources have been identified as key challenges for the successful provision of animal health services. The actual numbers, qualifications, skill and competencies of animal health service providers both in public and private service are not known.

Staffing levels, qualifications, skills and competencies, resources for the sector, in both levels of governments as well as in the private sector should be determined and documented to have a comprehensive database of the workforce. It is therefore necessary to determine the capacities of human, financial and physical resources and the gaps, if any, required to improve the animal health sector in line with the GHSA indicator target on Workforce Development.

Reporting Line and Scope of the assignment

Within the framework of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Disease Operations (ECTAD), under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Kenya and direct supervision of the ECTAD Kenya Country Team Leader, the consultant will undertake the following task:

  • Conduct an assessment of the human resource capacity (skills and workforce) on animal health at national and county level, identify gaps in resources, training and capacity development needs

Specifically the consultant will undertake the following:

  • Determine the required human resource capacity for provision of animal health services according to national and international (OIE) standards to effectively address zoonotic diseases

  • Determine numbers of animal health providers

  • Assess skills, knowledge, competencies and technologies available at the national and county levels

  • Determine the financial and physical resources available at national and county levels for effective provision of animal health services

  • Identify and document institutions that provide human resource development on animal health and their capacities

  • Document the distribution of professionals by various cadres at the national and county level

  • Determine gaps in resources provided for human capacity development of the animal health sector

  • Make recommendations on how to improve human resource capacity (skills and workforce), training and capacity development needs

  • Write and deliver a completion report to FAO and DVS

The scope of work will involve the following:

  • Gathering documents on human resource capacity of public and private organizations/institutions that provide animal health services at national and county level.

  • Desk top review of documents on human resource capacity on animal health

  • Visiting and interviewing national and county officials (selected counties) and organizations that provide animal health services to verify information provided and collect additional information

  • Analyze all the information gathered

  • Writing and submission of a report

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced University Degree in Veterinary Science related field or relevant field

  • Minimum of 5 years experience of working in human resources capacity development

  • Certificate in human resources management/management and leadership or equivalent is added advantage

  • Good skills in design of cross-sectional surveys, data collection methodologies and analytical skills such as use of statistical software

  • Knowledgeable in delivery of veterinary services in Kenya

  • Working knowledge of English


  • Results Focus

  • Teamwork

  • Communication

  • Building effective relationships

  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

How to apply:

Candidates are requested to submit their application by email to quoting the position title and vacancy announcement number.

A duly completed Personal Profile Form (PPF) generated from FAO’s iRecruitment portal as a PDF-file is to be submitted by email together with a cover letter. Please note that attached resumes or CV’s in place of the PPF will not be accepted.

In order to prepare a Personal Profile Form, you must first register on the FAO iRecruitment site by clicking on the following link to register: In order for your application to be properly evaluated, please ensure that all sections of the on-line profile are completed.

Applications received after the closing date will not be given consideration. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

This vacancy is open to both male and female candidates. Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.