Open position

Head of the World Animal Health Information and Analysis Department – WOAH Paris, France

Positioning and reporting
Under the authority of the Director General and the supervision of the Deputy Director General (International Standards and Science), and in close coordination with the Heads of other Departments within the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH founded as OIE).
Job purpose
The Head of the World Animal Health Information and Analysis Department (WAHIAD) contributes to the leadership our organization brings to the transparency of the animal health situation worldwide. He/She ensures the performance of WAHIAD activities, leading the team in the collection, verification and dissemination of animal health information provided by Members and non-Members of our organization, through the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS), providing strategic guidance in the development of such perimeter.
Missions and activities Guide the work of the Department in delivering its tasks: Animal Health Data gathering and analysis
Active search of animal disease information
Information dissemination
Internal/external coordination and collaboration

To do so, the Head of Department is expected to:
– Define the Department’s roadmap in alignment with organisational goals
– Design and implement strategic initiatives, propose innovative solutions to old problems
– Report to the General Directorate and World Assembly on the implementation of activities
– Promote WOAH’s mandate and represent the Organisation
– Manage relationships with and coordinate/interact with a range of  resources partners, WOAH’s Members, other organisations and external parties
– Manage, lead and participate in the creation of various projects related to disease reporting, early warning response, data codification and data standard, data management, etc. 
– Supervise, monitor and coordinate the publication of scientific papers or articles and information requested by Member Countries. 
– Represent the Organization at international epidemiological conferences and technical meetings.  

Provide leadership and management of the World Animal Health Information and Analysis Department team
– Translate strategic goals into team objectives and monitor collective performance
– Foster a positive and productive work environment through the provision of constructive feedback
– Motivate and communicate for the team to convey information continually up, down, and around the Organisation
– Organise and oversee tasks to ensure delivery of the team’s missions
– Participate in the recruitment process of staff members as well as staff competency development and annual performance appraisal
– Manage, improve and, where necessary, identify and formalise the different procedures of the Department.  

Participate in ensuring the management and delivery of the team’s missions such as:  
– Monitoring of official notifications
– Early Warning SystemCoordinate the application of standard verification process on immediate notifications, follow-up reports and final reports in the three languages of the Organization
– Ensure the updating and publication of early warning notification procedures (external and internal)
– Lead the developing and/or improving working databases and relevant tools to facilitate the standard verification process and follow-up processes
– Developing and establishing performance indicators for the early warning team’s processes
– Ensure the publication of the weekly reports made by the team
– Intelligence activity Supervise the active search of non-official information, its evaluation, verification, and, when relevant, contact the Delegate of the Member Country concerned to confirm the information
– Coordinate the activities on early detection with other organisations (e.g.: GLEWS; GOARN, EMC)
– Represent the Organization in different fora and participate in different projects to improve the WOAH early detection (e.g.: EIOS, IBIS, One Health Hub, etc).
– Training delivery
– Preparing and designing material for basic and advanced training WAHIS users (focal points)
– Delivering regular global and regional training workshops
– Reviewing and improving training methods
– Contributing to the development of e-learning platforms
– Follow up to the development of WAHIS
– Provide leadership and team management for the active technical input to the development and improvement of the WAHIS project
– Ensuring the implementation and proper functioning of the regional core systems related to WAHIS and their interoperability.
Qualifications and Experience
Required qualifications
– Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (or equivalent)
– At least 10 years of professional experience working with national Veterinary Services or in the public/private sector; including in data analysis and or monitoring and evaluation in the field of animal health and project management
– At least 8 years of management experience
– Significant experience in an international environment.  

Technical skills
– Knowledge of disease surveillance, prevention and control;Excellent command of English (oral and written)
– Good IT literacy (comfort in engaging with variety of tools, systems and concepts) Strong analytical skills
– Analysis and problem solving
– Project management skills, including solving problems and decision-making skills
– Knowledge of process analysis and workflow development

Additional skills (assets)
– Proficiency in a second WOAH official language (Spanish and/or French).Epidemiology
– Risk assessment;Good computer skills, especially in geographical information systems, database management systems, data analysis and intelligence software and/or statistical software.  

Interpersonal skills
– Excellent leadership skills and the capacity to motivate and develop team members
– Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement
– Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal and presentations) 
– Demonstrated initiative (capacity to propose innovative ideas and implement them), including ability to think strategically and achieve results organisational awareness: strong ability to establish priorities and work within tight timelines
– Attention to detail and capacity for global overview
– Courtesy, tact and ability to establish and maintain good working relations in a multinational and multicultural environment
– Ability to manage sensitive information
Working conditions
– Monthly base salary starting from 4300 to 4800 EUR, plus bonus, exempt of French income tax
– Typically, a two (2) year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal
– The post is a full-time position based at WOAH’s Headquarters in Paris, France
– It requires long hours in a seated position at a computer
– The position entails regular missions abroad.  
General Information  
The WOAH places high value on a multicultural and positive work environment.  
The WOAH is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications of all qualified candidates, irrespective of their ethnic origin, gender, opinions, or beliefs.  
If you are interested in the position, please complete your application online by 9 July 2022 at the latest by clicking on the link below.