Job Description

The main aim of FAO Country Offices, headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner. FAO Lao PDR assists the Government to develop policies, programmes and projects to address the root causes of hunger and malnutrition, to develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to use environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner. FAO participates in the development and implementation of field projects in the sectors of food security, Agriculture and rural development. This requires the integration within the broader framework of sustainable food and agriculture that aims at increasing production and productivity, addressing Climate Change, and managing natural resources; and enhancing rural livelihoods, as well as supporting the food and nutrition security and early warning activities responding to increase the resilience of livelihoods to food and agriculture threats and crises.

Reporting Lines

The AMR/AMU Specialist reports to the FAO Representative in Lao PDR

Technical Focus

Under the direct supervision of the FAO Representative in Lao PDR, the operational guidance of the Operations Officer in FAO Representation in Lao PDR, the technical guidance of the Lead Technical Officer based in FAO Regional Office for Asia and The Pacific in Bangkok, and in close collaboration with the AFAOR (Programme), the AMR/ AMU Specialist will work closely with the national project Coordinator as well as government counterparts to carry out the following activities to lead, coordinate, provide technical inputs as well as reporting for OSRO/LAO/902/OPS project entitled Strengthening AMR/AMU Surveillance in the animal Health Sector in Lao PDR.

Tasks and responsibilities
  • Provide technical advisory and inputs related to the AMR/ AMU surveillance to Department of Livestock and Fishery (DLF) and relevant partners, which is not limited to Capacity Building, laboratory and data Analysis.

  • Work closely with the national project coordinator and project team to ensure the smooth implementation of the project activities as well as reporting requirement.

  • Coordinate with UNOPS, WHO, and implementing partners for smooth implementation of the project activities

  • Provide inputs on stakeholders' awareness on appropriate use of antimicrobials and associated risks;

  • Advocate with relevant stakeholders on uptake of regulations/ policies related to antimicrobial resistance;

  • Monitor progress against the FAO workplan activities and targets; and report periodically as per donor’s requirement;

  • Work closely with the FAO Country Team to keep abreast of overall livestock production and health status in Lao PDR

  • Provide inputs for FAO and donor reports;

  • Participate in and provide inputs to annual FAO project planning activities;

  • Work closely with RAP relevant technical officers on the matters

  • Perform other related duties when required. 

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWINGMinimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree in Animal Health, public health, laboratory, epidemiology or in subject related to the work of the organization

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in AMR/ AMU surveillance activities, AMR/ AMU testing, project management and reporting.

  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian).

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

  • Extent and relevance of experience in project work-planning, budgeting, procurement and reporting

  • Thai or Lao language knowledge would be an asset

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