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VSF Belgium Consultancy on Training of Trainers on East Coast Fever

Emergency Veterinary Support Programme II (South Sudan)

Terms of reference for a Consultancy on Training of Trainers on East Coast Fever


Veterinaires Sans Frontieres – Belgium (VSF B) is a recognized developmental NGO founded in 1995 working with disadvantaged communities to increase their standard of living, improve food security and livelihood sustainability through improved animal health and 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.

In August 2010, VSF Belgium under its Emergency Veterinary Support Programme II (EVSP) started an intervention to control East Coast Fever (ECF) covering Central Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria, Jonglei and Lakes states with funding from USAID (OFDA).

The goal of the project is to increase food security among vulnerable pastoralist communities in ECF endemic areas of the Equatorial and Jonglei states and the adjacent areas through reduction of the risk posed by the spread of ECF into disease free ecological zones.

The objective is to support the vulnerable communities and the government of South Sudan to develop and apply an appropriate ECF control strategy. The project targets livestock dependent
communities in both rural and urban areas.

Consultancy summary

ECF which has traditionally been confined to the Equatoria region of South Sudan seems to have spilled over to the neighboring states of Jonglei and Lakes and is already causing alarm with a considerable loss among the native naïve livestock population.

Due to this threat the disease has become a top priority for the affected communities and the government of South Sudan. As part of initial intervention efforts, there is need to train trainers who will be involved in training the livestock mid level animal health cadres and extension workers in the control and prevention of ECF.

VSF Belgium is seeking to engage reputable organization or individual expert (s) to carry out a training of trainers (TOT) on ECF for six (6) trainees (veterinarians and laboratory technicians) from the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) and state Ministries of Animal Resources and Fisheries of Central Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria, Jonglei and Lakes states.


The training together with the field training activities will take place at a suitable venue as agreed with the consultant (s).

Objectives of the consultancy
  • To train government staff on control and prevention of tick borne diseases (TBDs) with more emphasis on ECF.
  • To give the trainees skills to carry out county level training of the community animal health workers (CAHWs) on ECF recognition and control strategies.
  • Equipping the trainees on appropriate methods of TBD vector control. This will involve field activities.
  • To provide the trainees with knowledge and skills of ECF vaccination using infection treatment method.
  • To provide the trainees with practical and laboratory knowledge and skills of ECF diagnosis.

The consultant (s) should provide a detailed work plan and budget of the training.

The training is expected to be completed in December 2010 over a period of 14 days and is expected to cover at least the following:
  1. Introduction to veterinary epidemiology and common tick borne diseases of South Sudan.
  2. Common tick vectors of livestock diseases and ecological principles of tick control.
  3. Chemotherapy of tick borne diseases and immunization against ECF.
  4. Introduction to GIS and biostatistics.
  5. Preparation of blood, lymph node biopsies, collection of blood and preparation of sera.
  6. Microscopic identification of tick borne diseases.
  7. Serological diagnosis of tick borne diseases and collection of ticks from the field.
  8. Tick identification.
  9. Small holder tick control practices.
  10. Communal dipping.
  11. ECF immunization.
  12. Extension strategies for TBDs.

The consultant (s) will be expected to submit a hard copy and soft copy of a detailed plan within two (2) days of signing the consultancy contract.

A detailed final report will be presented to the VSF-Belgium Country Programme Manager and the VSF B Regional Procurement Manager detailing the proceedings of the consultancy and recommendations for future similar trainings in South Sudan.

The entire report will be presented in English and will remain the property of VSF-B. A hard copy and a soft copy must be submitted.

A draft report will be expected seven (7) days after the end of the mission and the final report is expected 5 days after VSF-B’s comments.

The contents of the report shall be as follows:
  • Executive summary
  • Background.
  • Description of the objectives of the mission and execution methodology.
  • Findings
  • Problems encountered
  • Recommendations
  • Annexes covering Terms of Reference, abbreviations, field locations visited, references, graphs, tables, etc.

The VSF Belgium Southern Sudan Country Programme Manager and EVSP project manager who are based in Juba will ensure overall coordination of the training.


The consultant(s) are expected to have the following qualifications:
  • Livestock expert with at least seven years experience in Tick Borne Diseases.
  • Experience in carrying out similar trainings using theoretical laboratory and practical approaches and a proven track record of excellent results delivery.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • A Working experience in Southern Sudan is desirable.
Contact information

Interested expert(s) and organizations (s) should prepare and submit to VSF Belgium a technical and financial proposal for the assignment by 30th November 2010. The proposal should indicate qualifications and experience with a detailed execution plan and budget. The proposals, CV and letter of motivation as well as three (3) referees should be send electronically to

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