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One Health Officer – WOAH Sub-Regional Representation for North Africa in Tunis, Tunisia

The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as OIE) is an intergovernmental organisation recognised by the World Trade Organization as the reference Organisation for intergovernmental standards concerning the sanitary safety of international trade of animals and products of animal origin and zoonoses, and is in charge of improving animal health, veterinary public health and animal welfare worldwide, as well as transparency of the global animal disease situation. WOAH maintains permanent relations with nearly 75 international and regional Organisations and has 13 regional offices around the globe. WOAH promotes One Health as a fundamental competency for Veterinary Services and positions them as main actors in One Health. One important element is the need to promote the role of Veterinary Services and animal health sector as an essential component of One Health. In response to the recognised need for the Quadripartite (FAO, UNEP, WHO, and WOAH) to support their Members in implementing a One Health approach, the Quadripartite jointly developed the One Health Joint Plan of Action (OH JPA), as a blueprint for action to mainstream One Health and to guide the work of the four organizations to operationalize One Health approach at global, regional and country level. Recognizing the complex and multidisciplinary nature of the One Health approach, WOAH established a One Health Network (OH-TF) in 2022 to ensure internal and external coordination of OH activities and initiatives to increase synergies and opportunities for multi-disciplinarity and ensure coordinated approach to address gaps.
Positioning and reporting
Under the Authority of WOAH Director General and the direct supervision of WOAH Sub-Regional Representative for North Africa in Tunis and in close collaboration with the other WOAH Regional/Sub-regional Representations for Africa and the Middle East and with WOAH Headquarters and the OH Global Coordinator.
Job purpose
WOAH North Africa sub-region counts 6 Members. The permanent relationship with those Members and WOAH activities in the sub-region are managed by the Sub-Regional Representation in Tunis, Tunisia. The One Health Officer will support the implementation of the WOAH Strategies on One Health at Sub-Regional level.
A particular emphasis will be on promoting WOAH One Health strategy in North Africa, ensuring stakeholder outreach and engagement. She/He will also support WOAH initiatives pertaining to regional Quadripartite in Africa and the Middle East regions and the OH JPA implementation in the region. She/He will be part of the international network of WOAH staff working on this subject. She/He will also contribute to the overall implementation of the WOAH mandate in relation to animal health, veterinary public health in North Africa, in line with the WOAH Strategic Plan.
Missions and activities

Contribute to the coordination of One Health related activities
– Act, in collaboration with the other technical staff, as WOAH technical contact point for the Quadripartite in the sub-region and ensure liaison with WHO, FAO and UNEP counterparts and other regional and sub regional Organization, at regional and subregional levels;
– Collaborate and coordinate with other regional offices and headquarters in all One Health topics under the OH Joint Plan of Action, including but not limited to zoonotic diseases (emerging and neglected), AMR, and wildlife;  
– Coordinate specific activities and deliverables in a timely fashion to ensure that the projects deliver outputs on time and within scope,
– Organise, coordinate and/or participate in conferences, technical meetings and workshops related to the projects involved in,
– Support the subregional representative in carrying out One Health related activities.  

Ensure the delivery of the OH technical support activities
– Support the development and implementation of capacity-building training and education modules/programmes on the six action tracks of the OH Joint Plan of Actions including the National Bridging Workshops (NBWs) and the operational tools of the Tripartite Zoonoses Guide (TZG), in collaboration with Quadripartite partners at regional and national levels, as required;
– Support the development and operationalisation of joint national roadmaps to address priority gaps in capacity identified during the workshops
– Assess the implementation of activities and make recommendations to inform decision-making;
– Assist in activities to foster the development of relevant OH legislative and policy frameworks at the human-animal-environment interface,  

Contribute to stakeholder engagement and communication around One Health
– Identify, collaborate and ensure the involvement of key stakeholders on each topic of work;
– Represent WOAH at external meetings when relevant;
– Participate in the preparation of background documents and periodic progress reports;
– Facilitate the delivery and evaluation of WOAH communications and advocacy interventions related to One Health in the sub-region.  

Provide general support to the work of the Sub-Regional Representation
– Assist the Sub-Regional Representative in managing the day-to-day technical issues in the region, including following up member countries on required information, conducting country visits, among others,
– Carry out other related activities as assigned by the Director General, or the Sub-Regional Representative.  
Qualifications and Experience Qualifications:
– A degree in Veterinary Medicine, Vet public health, Public Health or equivalent qualification (e.g. Microbiology, Animal Scientist, Food Scientist) in animal production and health sector relevant to the duties of this role;
– At least 5 years of experience in project coordination;
– At least 3 years of professional experience in an international context. Experience on One Health related topics.  

Technical skills:
– Proficiency in spoken and written French including scientific report writing;
– Proficiency in spoken and written English and Arabic is an asset;
– Proficient in the use of MS Office (i.e. Word, Power Point, Excel);
– Knowledge of key issues related to the OH approach;Knowledge of WOAH standards and guidelines will be an asset;
– Knowledge of the JEP of the Quadripartite  

Interpersonal skills:
– Ability to work in a multinational and multicultural environment;
– Good communication skills, facilitation and diplomacy capability;
– Good organization skills and ability to meet specific deadlines;
– Flexibility to changing environments;
– Demonstrate initiative, including ability to think operationally and achieve results;
– Analytical and problem solving skills.  
Working conditions
The position to be filled is offered on a full-time basis only (39 hours of work per week).
Salary monthly gross: 3200-3500 USD per month (commensurate with qualifications and experience)
Relocation allowance (eligibility for allowances depend on the staff member’s specific circumstances).
Contract and duration: WOAH Staff – 2 years (renewable)
Location: WOAH Sub-Regional Representation for North Africa in Tunis, Tunisia
This post requires flexibility to travel internationally on a regular basis and long hours in a seated position at a computer.  
General information
WOAH places high value on a multicultural and positive work environment.
WOAH is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications of all qualified candidates, irrespective of their ethnic origin, gender, opinions, or beliefs.  
This is a full-time position as an international civil servant under the authority of the Director General, based at WOAH Sub-Regional Representation for North Africa, in Tunis, that is available immediately.  
If you are interested in the position, please complete your application online by 6 March 2024 at the latest by clicking on the link below.