Vacancy Announcement EPIDEMIOLOGIST by uie761km


                                   The African Union’s Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU/IBAR) is a specialized
                                   technical office reporting to the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the AU
                                   Commission. The institution is mandated to support and coordinate the improvement of
                                   livestock as a resource for human wellbeing in the Member States of the African Union and
        African Union
Interafrican Bureau for Animal     contribute to economic development, particularly in rural areas. AU / IBAR approaches
           Resources               livestock development from three strategic angles: animal health, animal production and trade
                                   and marketing of animals and animal products.

Vacancy Announcement

AU/IBAR is seeking the services of an Epidemiologist to strengthening the IBAR Regional Animal Health
Centre’s (RAHC’s) capacity in training, monitoring and evaluation of several projects being implemented at
the national level.

POST LEVEL: P3 Step 5 (USD 5,979.02—6,941.80 pm)
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Regional Coordinator, AU-IBAR Bamako
TYPE: Short term contract
DATE OF ISSUANCE: 23 October 2009

The initial appointment will be for 12 months including a 3 months probation period. Contract extension
will be subject to performance and availability of funding.

Major duties and responsibilities
The epidemiologist will conduct the following duties and responsibilities:
    •     Assess the epidemiological situation in West and Central Africa (Chad, Cameroon and Central
          African Republic) from available documentation and field missions and make a comprehensive
          analysis in a country basis
    •     Monitor the ARIS database in West Africa in collaboration with communication unit at AU/IBAR in
          Nairobi and gather and report regularly to IBAR the zoo-sanitary situation of AU Member States in
          the sub-region.
    •     Establish and regularly update a database of various global and specific indicators on the animal
          health situation, particularly contagious animal diseases
    •     Assist the Regional Coordinator AU-IBAR in the management and monitoring of various projects in
          animal health systems that have been implementing in countries by AU-IBAR
    •     Participate in the facilitation of interdisciplinary policy dialogue in the field of animal health by
          involving key players in various countries to share information, receive feedback and identify ways
          for cooperation.
    •     Assisting the Regional Coordinator AU-IBAR (in an advisory function) in the collection, processing
          and reporting in the field of animal health and monitoring of projects.
    •     Monitoring and evaluation of programs at the country level, collection of regional data and
          preparation of reports to AU-IBAR
    •   Develop programs and provide training to countries in the field of epidemiology
    •   Assist countries to improve their disease surveillance system in collaboration with the partners at
        the RAHC, the commission of UEMOA and the department of agriculture, environment and water
        resources of ECOWAS
    •   Facilitate the organization of regional meetings of national surveillance networks
    •   Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisors.

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in animal health. A first level university degree
with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the
advanced university degree. A PhD is an added advantage.

    •   Seven (7) years proven working experience in veterinary epidemiology. This experience should
        include a minimum of 3 years relevant experience in development projects at the international level.
        A working experience in West Africa and Central Africa is an added advantage.

    •   Professionalism - Proven expertise in animal production science, policy formulation and advocacy
        related to animal production and sustainable development; demonstrated in-depth technical
        knowledge and proven analytical skills on issues related to animal production and sustainable
    •   Planning and organising - Proven ability to plan and organise work within a project; ability to make
        timely decisions;
    •   Communication - Effective written, oral and presentation skills, particularly ability to present
        information in a concise and accurate manner; ability to develop consensus among people with
        varying points of view.
    •   Teamwork: Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to operate effectively across organisational
        boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different
        national and cultural backgrounds with respect for diversity.
    •   Judgement/Decision-making - Good judgement and initiative, imagination and resourcefulness,
        energy and tact, ability to ensure an effective work structure to maximise productivity and achieve
        institution’s goals.

Language Requirement
Proficiency in one of the African Union’s working languages. Knowledge of other working languages would
be an added advantage.

Other Skills
    •   Well-developed computer skills including word processing, spreadsheet applications and use of the
        Internet are required.
    •   Record of relevant publications is highly desirable.

How to apply
Submit your CV including three references and a motivation letter to the Director at applications@au- clearly indicating in the subject line the position you are applying for. Certified copies of relevant
qualifications will be requested at later stage and only short-listed candidates will be notified.
For more information on AU/IBAR and the position visit
AU/IBAR is an equal opportunity employer.

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