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12 Apr 2022

National Specialist in Development of the Zanzibar Standard Veterinary Treatment Guidelines at FAO

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Job Description

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  • FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

Organizational Settings

FAO in collaboration with GHSP program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is planning to hire a consultant for development of the standard veterinary treatment guidelines in Zanzibar. This will contribute to address the FAO’s fifth strategic objective “increase the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises”.  Furthermore, it will also contribute to strengthen animal health systems through addressing common livestock diseases affecting the large scale and smallholder farming systems in Zanzibar.  These guidelines will benefit both private and public sectors, whereby the private sector works alongside with the public sector to deliver veterinary services in Zanzibar. The service providers are required to observe and abide to the code of conduct and ethics. However, compliance to the professional conduct and ethics is not at a level as expected and therefore enforcement needs to be enhanced. Cognizant of the fact that the veterinary profession in Zanzibar needs to contribute towards protection of public health through appropriate veterinary drug use and limit adverse impacts such as antimicrobial resistance.

Reporting Lines

The National Consultant will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Tanzania, direct technical supervision of the ECTAD Country Team Lead and the operationalization of the National AMR Coordinator with collaborative support from national technical team of the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) in Tanzania.


Technical Focus

As part of the activities of the FAO Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (FAO-ECTAD), the consultant will work closely with FAO ECTAD Country Team Lead, FAO CMC-AH, and national AMR coordinator to support the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar to develop the standard veterinary treatment guidelines. The consultant will undertake the following tasks and responsibilities.


Tasks and responsibilities:

  •  Hold consultative discussions with the Chief Veterinary Officer of Zanzibar and other relevant stakeholders involved in animal health services delivery in Zanzibar
    •    Undertake document review to understand common illnesses of livestock in a context of Zanzibar.
    •    Review the AMR regulatory framework assessment report for Zanzibar.
    •    Develop the standard veterinary treatment guidelines for Zanzibar clearly indicating drugs, dosage information and preventive measures of livestock diseases in Zanzibar.
    •    Submit final consultation report including the completed standard veterinary treatment guidelines for Zanzibar.


Minimum Requirements

  •  Hold a degree in veterinary medicine or a doctor in medicine. A master’s degree in above related fields will be an added advantage.
    •    Have a minimum of five (5) years professional experience in the implementation of animal health and human health emergency programs; strengthening of health systems support, technical and or institutional and organizational support for public services in risk preparedness and management;
    •    Candidates should be Tanzanian or resident in the country with a regular work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

  •  Results Focus
    •    Teamwork
    •    Communication
    •    Building Effective Relationships
    •    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement


Technical/Functional Skills 

  •  Have experience in disaster management, emergency response, and good knowledge of government working system
    •    Have experience in co-operation with the Public Administration (Veterinary Services, Public Health Services, Environmental Services, and Prime Minister’s Office) and / or international organizations (OIE, FAO, WHO, AU-IBAR, IAEA, World Bank, etc.).
    •    Have technical, institutional and organizational capacity in building risk preparedness and management;
    •    Have experience on supporting process to develop or review governance manual, SoPs, legal frameworks or guideline;
    •    Be able to draft reports clearly, concisely, and good oral and written communication skills.
    •    Be able to work in English and Kiswahili
    •    Excellent computer skills.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.



  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help or have queries, please contact: [email protected]
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website:
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required. Vaccination status will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.
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Closing Date : 20th April, 2022.

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