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National Institutional Support Officer Job in Garowe

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Vacancy Announcement No:
Issued on: 16 October 2012
Deadline for Application: 29 October 2012

Position Title: 
National Institutional Support Officer
Grade Level: SP-2

Contract Type: Service Contract 
Duty Station: Garowe
Organizational Unit: FAO Somalia Country Office
Duration: 11 Months
Eligible Candidates: Somali Nationals Only    

Anticipated Start Date: 1   December  2012

Applications from qualified women are encouraged
Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence
Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Officer in Charge (O.I.C.) FAO Somalia and the direct supervision of the head of the Livestock Coordinator. 

The National Institutional Support Officer (ILO-FAO-TS Galkaiyo project) will:
  • Liaise  with Somali stakeholders and authorities
  • Participate in the planning, organization and  implementation of  disease surveillance, prevention and control activities
  • Participate in creating awareness and community mobilization
  • Collate animal disease surveillance, treatment, vaccination and  laboratory  reports and compile the information for the animal health unit
  • Support the acquisition of land for livestock and meat markets and slaughterhouse(s)
  • Assist with data collection collation and analysis
  • Contribute to coordination of shipment and positioning of public health, slaughterhouse and animal health supplies and equipment in Somalia
  • Contribute to compilation of animal health activity progress reports
  • Assist with organization of trainings, workshops and  meetings  (communicate with partners, ensure follow-ups)
  • Participate in the  trainings on animal disease emergency preparedness, disease surveillance, prevention and control
  • Assist with the monitoring of  the implementation of animal production, health and marketing activities by implementing partners in Somalia
  • Support other activities of livestock sector
  • Assist in the establishment and maintenance of appropriate sectorial coordination mechanisms, including working groups at the field level, actively participate in it and provided the secretariat service if and when required.
  • Assist in facilitating and ensuring appropriate mechanism of coordination and information sharing within the stakeholder and cluster members.
  • Participate where and when necessary a coordinated joint cluster or interagency assessment and assist in data/information analysis to identify gaps and recommend sectorial intervention.
  • Assist in drafting regular and adequate reporting on the ILO-FAO-TS programme and the UNSAS in Puntland  against indicators of intervention progress and achievements and assist to contribute in drafting work plan and project reports by providing the technical and non technical information.
  • Collect data generated by the zonal offices and consolidate data into FAO project databases and formulate information reports on the data which will be transmitted to the project networks, be sent to FAOSO IT departments in Nairobi.
  • Monitor the data in FAO project system generates in Puntland for its accuracy appropriateness and completeness then contribute to the preparation of the quarter and annual reports of FAO projects and submitted to FAOSO.
  • Liaise with local authorities and NGO’s and other stakeholders regarding gathering and data management related activities.
  • Perform any other reasonable technical or administrative tasks as requested by the FAO Somalia officer in charge or the project managers.
Minimum Requirements

Candidates should meet the following:
  • A degree in Animal Production, Veterinary Medicine, Social sciences is relevant or an equivalent
  • Minimum of 5 year work experience in Somalia.
  • Work experience and Good knowledge of the UN work system and Or International Non Governmental Organization.
  • Good knowledge of pastoral production systems as well livestock trade and marketing.
  • Good public relations skills.
  • Good Knowledge of computers including word processing, spreadsheets, Microsoft Project and Internet use.
  • Ability to travel extensively within the operation area.
  • Working knowledge (level C) of English and knowledge of Somali language is a must.
Selection Criteria

Candidates will be assessed against the following:
  • Relevance and level of academic qualifications;
  • Technical experience in the Somali animal health sector and institutions
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems expeditiously and pragmatically;
  • Tact, initiative and sound judgment;
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with the UN system
  • Good communication and writing skills.
Please note that all candidates should possess computer/word processing skills and should be capable of working with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

To apply: 

Candidates are requested to submit a covering letter quoting the Position Title and Vacancy Announcement No. FAO/41/2012 along with their current/detailed Curriculum Vitae and FAO Personal History (PH) form available at 
E-mail is the preferred means of receipt and the application should be sent to  

The subject line of the e-mail message should read CONFIDENTIAL – FAO/41/2012. If making a hard copy submission, the envelope should be clearly marked CONFIDENTIAL – FAO/41/2012 and sent to the following address:

UN-Somalia Ngecha Road Complex
Corner Lower Kabete Road/Ngecha Road
P.O. Box 30470-00100
Nairobi, Kenya.
Applications may also be faxed, again clearly indicating CONFIDENTIAL - FAO/41/2012 in the subject line, to +254-20-4000333.
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