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UN Jobs / NGO Job Vacancy : Thailand: ECTAD Deputy Regional Manager

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Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Thailand
Closing date: 08 Feb 2018

Organizational Setting

The Regional Office for RAP is responsible for leading FAO's response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO's priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to regional priorities. RAP also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization's Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. RAP develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region

Reporting Lines

ECTAD Deputy Regional Manager for Asia reports to the Regional Initiative Coordinator through the Regional Manager of ECTAD in FAORAP

Technical Focus

Animal disease preparedness, prevention and control with a focus on zoonotic diseases in the Asia Pacific Region

Animal disease policy

One Health approach

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development of a medium to long-term strategic vision for ECTAD’s work in Asia consistent with global strategies in animal diseases or emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) that impact animal or public health.
  • Provide supervisory and technical advice to the assigned FAO-ECTAD country programmes and projects related to the control of avian influenza and other high impact transboundary animal diseases (TADs) and zoonoses in Asia.
  • Coordinate the smooth implementation of FAO-ECTAD regional and national projects, in collaboration with international and national consultants.
  • Provide strategic guidance to the development of regional ECTAD programmes and supervise the preparation of regional and country proposals, ensuring compliance with FAO technical quality and standards for timely submission to donors.
  • Ensure efficient delivery of project work plans, including timely provision of appropriate inputs such as organization of workshops and training programmes in liaison with appropriate FAO and national contacts at country levels.
  • Coordinate and ensure the timely preparation of briefs and comprehensive reports as per FAO and donor requirements.
  • Liaise with international organizations, such as the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), World Health Organization (WHO) and FAO Reference Centres involved in policy and technical matters related to animal health, TADs and zoonoses control.
  • Engage with regional organizations including relevant sections/units/working groups of the ASEAN and SAARC to enhance their participation in regional approaches to disease control ensuring broad principles of GF-TADs and other FAO platforms are applied.
  • Organize strategic and technical meetings that facilitate the exchange of information among country projects, sub-regions and other national/international organizations.
  • Undertake regular visits to the project countries to assist the ECTAD country team leaders and Chief Technical Advisors (CTAs) and ensure good relationships with key government partners are developed and maintained.
  • Manage the recruitment and supervise key staff of FAO-ECTAD regional projects in collaboration with the Regional Manager and respective Operations Officers.
  • Ensure resource mobilization for the regional ECTAD programme and increase the visibility of ECTAD with key development partners and target countries.
  • Submit a final technical report upon completion of the assignment to ECTAD Regional Manager.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced University degree in veterinary science/medicine or equivalent with relevant post-graduate degree from a recognized university in emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, veterinary epidemiology, diagnostics or related fields
  • Minimum of 12 years of relevant experience in national and regional approaches to animal disease control and prevention, preferably with experience managing zoonotic disease
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in planning, coordination and organization of national or regional networks for control of diseases of strategic relevance to the ECTAD programme;
  • Experience in animal disease control in Asia with regional organizations like ASEAN, SAARC or other relevant bodies would be an asset;
  • Excellent technical report preparation skills;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in liaison with partners and institutions in both formal and informal contexts;
  • Familiarity with UN or other international agencies field programmes is an asset

Additional Selection Criteria

Based on requirements, competencies and skills plus

  • Demonstrated experience in managing staff and budgets within a complex organisational structure
  • Depth of knowledge and understanding of the One Health approach
  • Highly developed problem solving skills with an understanding of the complexities and linkages across agriculture, the environment, human health and animal health
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and advocate for disease control policy options to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Depth of knowledge and understanding of approaches to capacity building that support development of applied epidemiology skills, laboratory skills and their linkages
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee the production of high quality documents such as reports, briefs and/or scientific papers
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO,

Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing).
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognised in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
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How to apply:


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