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The European Commission for the Control of Foot and Mouth Disease (EuFMD) plays a significant role in the Animal Health part of FAO’s programme to increase resilience of livelihoods to food and Agriculture threats and crises (SO5).

The EuFMD is an Article XIV body responsible to its Member Nations and donors to deliver an extensive work programme on FMD emergency preparedness, response and control, to its 39 Member Nations, to a further 20 European neighbourhood countries, and to other regions through its arrangement with FAO decentralized offices. Most recently, the HOLD-FAST strategy continues the focus upon Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) risk reduction but extends the scope of the preparedness and risk reduction activities to similar Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs) which pose an immediate threat to the Member Nations (hereafter FAST is used for Foot-and-mouth and similar transboundary animal diseases). Full details are available in the EuFMD work programme.

The EuFMD manages the largest Capacity-building Programme in animal health in FAO which blends face to face and virtual Training Courses and events. A global audience of over 15,000 is registered with the EuFMD virtual learning environment, which hosts a range of virtual courses.

To extend the availability of virtual training to regional audiences, EuFMD has partnered with FAO regional and sub-regional offices to establish Virtual Learning Centres. Initial funding support and expertise to the VLCs will be provided by EuFMD, with the objective that in time, the VLCs become self-sufficient and include training materials from a range of providers and topics, expanding to include disciplines outside of animal health and tailored to the needs of the region. VLCs have been established in partnership with the FAO regional office for Asia and The Pacific, and with the FAO sub-regional office for Southern Africa.

The purpose of this call is to attract talents to populate rosters for EuFMD Virtual Training Specialists for the following profiles:
  • Instructional Design specialist
  • Learning technology specialist
  • Veterinary education specialist
It is expected that these specialists will work in support of the core EuFMD programme and/or with the FAO regional partners within the VLC initiatives.

Reporting Lines

The Specialists, in close collaboration with the Chief Learning Specialist and the Veterinary Education Specialist, report directly to the EuFMD Communication Officer and the EuFMD Deputy Executive Secretary for functional and policy guidance. In the case of positions in support of Virtual Learning Centres, the specialists will also report to the Animal Health Officer(s) in FAO sub-regional or regional offices.

Technical Focus

Development of innovative online training courses and resources in support of the emergency preparedness and control of FAST and/or the objectives of the EuFMD/FAO Virtual Learning Centres.

Tasks and responsibilities

The consultant/PSA will provide support to the implementation of the EuFMD work programme at global, regional, sub-regional and country level. This includes, but it is not limited to, the surge of support required for managing the changing priorities following disease emergencies and changes in programme decided by the Executive Committee and the major donors.

Following are the generic functions for which candidates are sought. Specific tasks and responsibilities will be defined in Terms of Reference prepared for different assignments, according to: i) the profile orientation required and ii) the selected candidates’ experience, qualifications and expertise.

Instructional design specialist and learning technology specialist:

  • work alongside subject matter experts to analyse training needs, provide guidance on the training solutions and develop course outlines and storyboards for virtual learning events, according to best practices in adult distance education;
  • support the improvement of existing online training tools, particularly developing innovative solutions to support virtual training delivery in low resource settings, including mobile technologies;
  • develop interactive and engaging virtual learning content using authoring tools including the Articulate 360 suite;
  • manage Moodle (Workplace) based virtual learning environment, including supporting content creation, data Analysis and advanced operational functionalities;
  • provide training and mentorship on the development of virtual training to subject matter experts and operational specialists;
  • project manage the development of online courses and resources;
  • support the implementation of quality assurance processes for virtual training;
  • perform other duties, if required.
Veterinary education specialist:

  • work alongside subject matter experts to analyse training needs, provide guidance on the training solutions and develop course outlines and storyboards for virtual learning events, according to best practices in adult distance education;
  • ensure that virtual learning materials developed are optimised for veterinary audiences and in-line with the strategic objectives of EuFMD and/or the VLC;
  • in collaboration with subject matter experts, author content to be included in online courses and resources;
  • review and suggest improvements to course materials developed by instructional design specialists;
  • project manage the development of online courses and resources;
  • support the implementation of quality assurance and impact assessment processes for virtual training;
  • perform other duties, if required.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

Depending on the Profile and orientation:
  • For Consultants:

    • Advanced university degree in a discipline relevant to the duties listed or otherwise related to FAO’s Programme of Work, including veterinary and technical field disciplines;
    • At least two years of relevant work experience in education, instructional design, learning technology, management of learning management system(s) or project management for technical Training Programs;
    • Working knowledge (Level C) of English and limited knowledge (Level B) of one of FAO’s Official languages: French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian.
  • For PSAs:

    • Technical specialization or equivalent in a discipline relevant to the duties listed or otherwise related to FAO’s Programme of Work, including veterinary and technical field disciplines;
    • At least two years of relevant work experience in education, instructional design, learning technology, management of learning management system(s) or project management for technical training programs;
    • Working knowledge (Level C) of English is required.
FAO Core Competencies

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

  • Evidence of the ability to create engaging and interactive virtual learning courses;
  • Demonstrated proficiency with virtual learning authoring tools software, including Articulate 360 suite;
  • Demonstrated proficiency of management of virtual learning environments, including Moodle (according to the specific profile);
  • Prior experience of development of virtual learning for international, adult and/or audiences in the animal heath field;
  • Communication skills in English;
  • Ability to work accurately under pressure paying attention to details;
  • Independent and capacity to prioritize requested actions in order to meet all the deadlines.
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