United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) – Technical Adviser

Animal Health Officer to Support FAO’s for two to three years.

What is the challenge?

During both animal and human disease outbreaks, field epidemiologists (‘disease detectives’) are needed to help identify the source, trace and predict the spread and plan the best response. But there are insufficient field epidemiologists in many developing countries including in the Indo-Pacific region. There is also a lack of trained experts to help these countries implement their animal health plans.

How will we address the challenge?

We will provide a technical expert for up to three years to FAO’s Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) in Bangkok, Thailand, to provide technical mentoring, support and advice to national governments in South East Asia. A key aspect of this role will be to coordinate regional epidemiology capacity building programs, meetings and workshops, as part of the implementation of the Association of South East Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) Strategic Framework for Veterinary Epidemiology Capacity Development and Networking.

Where:

ASEAN Countries including Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines.

Partner:

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

What will success look like?

ASEAN countries will have assessed their veterinary epidemiology capacity and needs and be running improved veterinary field epidemiology programs. They will also be benefitting from national and regional networks of trained veterinary field epidemiologists that are better able to assist implementation of animal health plans.