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VSF-Belgium is a recognized developmental International NGO founded in 1995 working with disadvantaged communities to increase their standards of living, improve food security and livelihood sustainability through improved animal health and animal production.
In East Africa, our programmes focus on community based animal health services, capacity building of local institutions and governments, conflict mitigation and sustainable natural resource management.
Position Title: LESP Policy Advisor
Duty Station: Juba, South Sudan
Duration: 1 Year renewable
Deadline for Application: 13th September 2010
Availability: September 2010
VSF B is looking to recruit a highly motivated individual that is capable of managing a multi disciplinary team and delivering timely project outputs. The LESP Project supports and builds the capacity of MARF to establish effective and sustainable disease surveillance systems and to develop policy on control of priority livestock diseases, animal health service delivery and other key livestock development issues.

The LESP Policy Advisor will assist the Government of Southern Sudan Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries (GoSS MARF) in the implementation of an effective and sustainable livestock Epidemio-surveillance System in Southern Sudan.
This will involve provision of strategic leadership and management; ensuring that MARF is supported in addressing policy and strategic challenges of the epidemio-surveillance sector in line with agreed time frames and lobbying for the necessary financial, human and other resources for the implementation of related plans. The LESP Policy Advisor reports to the LESP Technical Advisor and externally to the Director General of Veterinary Services within MARF.
Actively supporting MARF by integrating the technical Assistance within MARF to define adequate policies and strategies for an effective and sustainable Epidemio-surveillance system including appropriate budgeting and planning for animal health at GoSS and state levels with special focus on:
  • Effective veterinary service delivery, improving the links between the MARF headquarters and state veterinary units.
  • Performance management and monitoring implementation of policy decisions in line with set bench marks and time frame.
  • Integration of community animal health workers into the livestock disease surveillance system in order to secure a constant veterinary presence on the field.
  • Planning and establishment of the animal disease surveillance system, in line with the results of the current mission on the assessment and prioritization of important animal diseases.
  • Support MARF in lobbying for financial resources and proper budgeting for a sustainable Epidemio-surveillance System.
  • Ensuring sustainability of LESP and the planning and setting aside of resources by MARF to achieve this.
  • Support in policy formulation within MARF with special focus on integration of community animal health workers into the livestock disease surveillance system
Essential or Minimum Requirements
  • Qualification in Development studies / Business Administration / Public Administration or related field with post graduate degree or equivalent
Knowledge and experience
  • At least 10 years experience at management level preferably in the domain of public sector support, including policies, planning and budgets.
  • Excellent managerial and coordination skills
  • Working experience with international agencies with good programme management skills.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of policy development and guidance.
  • Experience and expertise with institutional and capacity assessment, policy analysis and planning including in decentralized set ups.
  • Working experience in Sudan desirable.
Skills & Competence
  • Financial and budgeting, formulation and tracking
  • Diplomacy, leaderships and facilitation
  • Vulnerability and stakeholder analysis
  • Training
  • Manage and motivate a (multicultural) team
  • Organizational, planning and coordination
  • Communication, reporting and presentation,
  • Ability to prepare and present technical material to audiences at all levels
  • Problem analysis and ability to identify and propose solutions to challenges
  • Computer & IT
  • Identify him/herself with the mission, vision and values of VSF – B
  • Display intercultural sensitivity
  • Respect in dealing with others
  • Willingness to travel and work in remote field locations
  • Team player
  • Self Motivated and positive outlook
  • Conflict sensitivity
Please send your application letter, CV and list of 3 references by e-mail (reference “LESP Policy Advisor”) on or before 13/09/2010 to
This vacancy is open to male and female candidates.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
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