A health specialist – Kenya

**A health specialist – (**Those who had applied do not need to apply again)

One Health Research, Education and Outreach Center for Africa (OHRECA) program.

  1. Brief overview of VSF Germany

VSF Germany is an international non-governmental organization that provides humanitarian and development assistance to agro-pastoralists and pastoralists and vulnerable communities in areas where livestock production is important. In the Horn of Africa region, VSF Germany has been implementing programs in South Sudan, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia since 1998. Since January 2019, VSF Germany has extended the scope of its program to Uganda. VSF Germany’s programs focus on food livelihoods and nutrition security, natural resource management, peacebuilding, water and sanitation, disaster and emergency protection and response; and One Health. Each country program is managed by country offices and country teams. Country programs are coordinated and facilitated by the Nairobi Regional Office (RON). The organization is a German registered charity headquartered in Berlin.

2. Brief overview of the project

VSF Germany is a member of the ILRI-led consortium that received funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to establish a One Health Research, Education and Outreach Center for Africa (OHRECA) . The goal of the project is to improve the health of humans, animals and ecosystems through capacity building, strengthening local, regional and global networks and providing evidence-based policy advice on One Health by Sub-Saharan Africa. The four thematic areas of the center are: control of neglected tropical zoonotic diseases, emerging infectious diseases, food security and informal markets, and prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance. VSF Germany, as a partner of ILRI, will support the OHRECA project by implementing the project titled “One Health Regional Project to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs) and Address Food Safety in Uganda and Kenya for a period of 4 years.

3. Job Purpose

Over the past five years, VSF Germany has been promoting the One Health approach in its programming through a strategy of collaborative, multi-sector and multi-disciplinary integrated One Health projects in the countries of operation through partnerships and multi-party commitments. The OHRECA project offers VSF Germany the opportunity to further strengthen and expand the scope of the organization’s work on Zoonotic Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs) and regional food security. It is against this background that VSF Germany is seeking to recruit a qualified One Health specialist to lead the implementation of the OHRECA project covering Kenya and Uganda and to support the realization of the One Health approach as a thematic area of key intervention in the organization.

4. Reporting relationships and collaboration

The One Health Specialist will be the OHRECA Project Manager of VSF Germany, working under the direct technical supervision of the Regional Head of Programs, and in close collaboration and cooperation with the Country Director for Kenya, the Technical Project Manager for Uganda and other project team members. in countries and at the regional office; other implementing partners/stakeholders, contracted consultants and associates, including respective country line ministries at national and sub-regional levels, professional associations, value chain actors and PhD fellows and associated with the implementation of the OHRECA project in the countries.

5. Key Duties and Responsibilities

The One Health Specialist will be expected to perform a wide range of generic tasks specific to the management of the OHRECA project. Detailed specific tasks of the OHRECA component should be elaborated in the job description. Generic duties and responsibilities include:

  • Provide overall leadership to the OHRECA project team and prudent project management functions to ensure effective achievement of project goals and objectives.
  • Develop and execute, in collaboration with respective country teams and contracted service providers, comprehensive project work plans in accordance with approved project budgets,
  • Coordinate and oversee the implementation of planned project activities in collaboration with country project teams, contracted consultants and other project stakeholders,
  • In collaboration with country teams and contracted service providers, prepare quality and timely technical project reports for submission to the donor, including the preparation of briefing notes, success stories, posters and articles and blogs on One Health,
  • Provide expert advice on One Health-related approaches and implementation modalities in line with VSF Germany’s One Health strategies and OHRECA project goals,
  • Promote multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration and coordination in the realization of the OHRECA project through multi-stakeholder platforms and other existing coordination mechanisms in the countries
  • Support baseline surveys, studies, evaluations on the various components of the OHRECA project and establish databases for project beneficiaries,
  • Perform epidemiological analysis, risk assessment and prediction of health threats requiring One Health interventions;
  • Prepare, organize, participate and provide technical support, as a facilitator, trainer and/or evaluator, to national and multi-country events such as technical meetings, workshops and simulation exercises in liaison with the main stakeholders of the countries concerned,
  • Contribute to national and regional capacity building to effectively operationalize One Health through training needs assessments, for training purposes in curriculum development,
  • Perform other related tasks as needed,

6. The necessary required

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine with postgraduate degree in Epidemiology, Public Health (with a focus on Veterinary Public Health, AMR) and or any other discipline relevant to the management of One Health programs,
  • One Health experience in national and private veterinary services or in international organizations implementing One Health programs is preferred.
  • At least 7 years of experience working on issues related to occupational health with multidisciplinary teams from the animal, human and environmental sectors.
  • Strong ability to liaise with multiple stakeholders in integrated One Health projects
  • Excellent knowledge of statistics, biostatistics and/or other quantitative methods relevant to disease risk assessment and reporting.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Team player, self-motivated, ability to work under minimal supervision
  • Ability to set priorities, solve problems and meet agreed deadlines
  • Understanding of the principles of capacity development and adult learning,
  • Experience in mobile learning and creating online learning and sharing platforms,
  • Ability to multi-task under tight deadlines
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft application packages relevant to project needs.

7. Other requirements

  • Demonstrated ability to use quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis techniques.
  • Creative and autonomous person, able to work independently as an integral part of a team,
  • Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge through informal and formal training.
  • Demonstrated ability in the use of quantitative and qualitative methods, including questionnaire design, survey techniques and participatory approaches.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.

8. Selection criteria

Selection will be based on the requirements, skills and abilities described above. The pre-selection of candidates will be done gradually. VSF Germany is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to register

Only interested and qualified candidates should submit their application on this link https://forms.gle/yLeZGszPCTN1Ryjx9 at the latest July 10, 2022 and 11:59 p.m. The application documents to be uploaded when applying are as follows. Those who had applied do not need to apply again.

  1. Signed motivation letter for application (max 1 page)
  2. Updated CV of no more than 3 pages and with at least 3 professional references.

Do not submit copies of transcripts, academic degrees, or letters of recommendation at this stage, as you will only provide them upon request. NB: Soliciting for the position by unfair means will automatically result in disqualification. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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