One Health Specialist - Kenya & Uganda

VSF Germany is a member of the ILRI led Consortium that has received funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to establish One Health Research, Education and Outreach Centre for Africa (OHRECA). The goal of the project is to improve the health of humans, animals and ecosystems through capacity building, strengthening of local, regional and global networks and provision of evidence-based policy advice on One Health in sub-Saharan Africa. The center’s four thematic areas are: control of neglected tropical zoonotic diseases, emerging infectious diseases, food safety and informal markets, and prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance. VSF Germany as partner to ILRI will support the OHRECA project by implementing the project titled “One Health Regional Project to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs) and Address Food Safety in Uganda and Kenya for a period of 4 years. .

Purpose of the Position

VSF Germany has in the last five years promoted One Health Approach in its programming through a strategy of integrated collaborative, multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary One Health projects in the countries of operation through multi-stakeholder partnerships and engagements. The OHRECA project offers VSF Germany an opportunity to reinforce and further expand the scope of the organization’s work on zoonotic neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), antimicrobial resistance (AMR), emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) and food safety to a regional scale.  It is against this background that VSF Germany seeks to recruit a qualified One Health Specialist to steer the implementation of the OHRECA project covering Kenya and Uganda and to support the realization of One Health Approach as a key thematic area of intervention in the organization.

 

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

 

The One Health Specialist shall be required to perform a wide range of generic tasks specific to the OHRECA Project management. Detailed specific OHRECA Component tasks shall be elaborated in the Job Description. Generic tasks and responsibilities shall include:  

  • Provide overall OHRECA project team leadership and prudent project management functions to ensure effective delivery on the project goals and objectives.
  • Develop and execute, in collaboration with respective country teams and contracted service providers comprehensive project work plans in line with approved project budgets,
  • Coordinate and supervise the implementation of planned project activities in collaboration with the country project teams, contracted consultants and other project stakeholders,  
  • In collaboration with the country teams and contracted service providers, prepare quality and timely project technical reports for submission to the donor, including preparation of briefing notes, success stories, posters and articles and blogs on One Health, 
  • Provide expert guidance on One Health related approaches and implementation modalities in line with VSF Germany One Health strategies and OHRECA project objectives,
  • Promote multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral and inter-disciplinary collaboration and coordination in the delivery of the OHRECA project through Multi-stakeholder platforms and other coordination mechanisms existing in the countries
  • Support baseline surveys, studies, assessments on various OHRECA project components and establish data bases for the project beneficiaries,  
  • Perform epidemiological analysis, risk assessment and forecast of health threats requiring One Health interventions;
  • Prepare, organize, participate in and provide technical support, as facilitator, trainer and/or evaluator, at the national and multi-country events such as technical meetings, workshops and simulation exercises in liaison with the key stakeholders at the involved countries,
  • Contribute to strengthening national and regional capacities to efficiently operationalizing One Health through training needs assessments, curriculum development training purposes,
  • Perform other related duties as required

How to apply

 

Interested and only qualified candidates should send their application to the e-mail address:   recruitment(at)vsfg.org and copied toadmin_hr(at)vsfg.org  on or before 30th July 2021. The application documents should include ONLY the following, (all in one document).

1.       Signed cover letter for application (max 1 page)

2.       Updated CV of not more than 3 pages and with at least 3 professional referees.

 

Do not submit copies of transcripts, academic degrees, or recommendation letter at this stage as you will provide them up on request only. NB: Canvassing for the position through unfair means shall lead to automatic disqualification. Female Candidates are encouraged to apply.