Open position

Scientific Officer WOAH Observatory – Data Integration Department – WOAH HQ Paris, France

The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as OIE) is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health, veterinary public health and animal welfare worldwide, as well as for ensuring transparency of the global animal disease situation. More information can be found on WOAH’s website
WOAH sets international standards to support Members in their efforts to prevent and control animal diseases, strengthen Veterinary Services and Aquatic Animal Health Services, and facilitate safe international trade. WOAH has established an Observatory to progressively monitor the implementation of WOAH standards. Monitoring, identifying and analysing challenges faced by Members enables WOAH to improve the standard setting process, ensure that standards remain relevant and fit for purpose, and to develop a more strategic focus to its capacity building activities. Two categories of deliverables are expected from the Observatory: Monitoring reports and thematic studies.
The first monitoring report, providing a high-level understanding of WOAH Members’ uptake of WOAH standards, was published early 2023; the first thematic study is on-going, it covers in more details the standards specifically related to zoning.  
Positioning and reporting
Under the authority of the WOAH’s Deputy Director General (International Standards and Science), and the direct supervision of the Head of the Data Integration Department (DID).  
Job purpose
The Scientific Officer will join the WOAH Observatory team within the DID.
He/she will contribute to the assessment of the implementation of WOAH standards of WOAH Members. He/she will be instrumental in the further development, application and progressive improvement of monitoring frameworks which aim to gain better knowledge on the implementation of WOAH international standards.
He/she will identify weaknesses in the use of international standards and their impact in national policies related to animal health and welfare, veterinary public health and international trade. He/she will identify methods to collect quantitative and qualitative data to provide evidence of the adherence of Members to WOAH standards and prepare analytical reports. He/she will also contribute to the preparation of advocacy documents and presentations to promote the benefits of implementing WOAH standards. While still young, the Observatory has the potential to become a WOAH flagship programme.
This position is open to a team player willing to commit and contribute to its development and take part in this ambitious project.  
Missions and activities Lead the development and progressive improvement of the monitoring reports on the implementation of WOAH standards and contribute to the design of thematic studies and lead the development of some of them
-Apply the monitoring framework and revise and streamline it regularly, as appropriate.
– Coordinate and oversee data collection, visualisation and analysis, with the assistance of other WOAH Departments.
– Develop and maintain a data catalogue in collaboration with the Digital Transformation and Information Systems Department and other relevant teams.
– Develop and tailor the methodology of thematic studiesIdentify challenges to the implementation of WOAH standards and elucidate ways of tackling these findings.  
– Coordinate the preparation and draft analytical reports, carrying out the appropriate consultations.

Contribute to and support the development of the Observatory Data Portal
– Support colleagues responsible for the development of the Portal (Business Product Owner and Proxy Product Owner), in the development of technical specifications and users’ stories, and tests of the developed portal.

Lead the development of a management framework for data related to the implementation of standards
– Identify changes to be made in the collection, management, analysis and visualisation of WOAH data.
– Support the function of the Observatory to manage data associated with standards implementation (including defining and monitoring data mapping, confidentiality and access rights, management rules, etc.).
– Contribute to the WOAH internal data management workgroup.
– Lead initiatives to strengthen or upgrade the relevant data referentials used by WOAH, in collaboration with the Digital Transformation and Information Systems Department and relevant Departments.

Support advocacy and representation
– Contribute to the preparation of documents, presentations and briefing materials to promote the benefits of implementing WOAH standards.
– Prepare relevant documents and undertake analysis as required.
– Collaborate with colleagues in other Departments of WOAH on cross-cutting projects, as appropriate.
– Assist in the preparation of events or expert meetings.  
Qualifications and Experience
Required qualifications and experience
– Advanced graduate degree (Master’s level, DVM or equivalent) in veterinary sciences, international affairs, public health, agriculture, or other relevant fields.
– At least 5 years of proven experience in quantifying the level of implementation of national and/or international policies and regulations.
– Professional experience in data management and analysis, ideally in the field of animal health.  

Additional experience (asset)
– Experience in the implementation of WOAH international standards, including knowledge and experience in international trade.  

Technical skills:
– Analysis and problem solving.In-depth understanding of the implementation of policies, regulation and/or international standards.
– Data management and analysis skills.
– Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, in particular Excel and PowerBI, as well as data-management tools.
– Excellent knowledge of English, both spoken and written. Knowledge of French or Spanish (asset)  

Interpersonal skills:
– Excellent written and oral communication skills.
– Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multinational and multicultural environment.
– Ability to work in an agile way and deliver at pace.
– Strong analytical and research skills, and the capacity to propose innovative ideas.
– Self-motivated worker and keen on learning and development.
– Excellent organisation skills and ability to meet deadlines.
– Team player.
Working conditions
– Duration and type of contract: 2-year renewable international contract
– Location: WOAH Headquarters at 12 rue de Prony 75017 Paris, France
– Net monthly salary (exempt from French income tax): from 3000€ to 3500€ (commensurate with qualifications and experience) + benefits
– Optional additional health cover: 50% paid by WOAH
– 28 days’ annual leave + 10 public holidays + 1 extra week’s leave every 2 years for foreign nationals
– Work from home: up to 3 days a week
– International, multicultural, and enriching environment  
General information  
The WOAH attaches great importance to a multicultural and positive working environment.  
The WOAH is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of their ethnic origin, gender, opinions or beliefs.  
If you are interested in this internship, please complete your online application by 10 October 2023 by clicking on the link below. Please note that only applications including a resume and a cover letter will be considered.