Development specialist of veterinary and animal health disease law for Liberia

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

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Development specialist of veterinary and animal health disease law for Liberia

Development specialist of veterinary and animal health disease law for Liberia

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Development Specialist of Veterinary and Animal Health Disease Law for Liberia

Job Posting: April 2, 2024

Closure Date: April 24, 2024, 12:59:00 AM

Organizational Unit: RAPE – RAP ECTAD Team (TF)

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Primary Location: Liberia-Monrovia

Duration: 40 working days

Organizational Setting: The Liberian government is reforming the agriculture sector, focusing on providing a legal and policy framework for managing zoonotic diseases and animal health. This includes the development of Veterinary and Animal Health Disease Law, led by the Ministry of Agriculture’s Department of Technical Services, aligned with the One Health approach.

Reporting Lines: Under the technical supervision of the FAO Development Law Service (LEGN), overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Liberia, and collaboration with various stakeholders including the Minister of Agriculture, the consultant(s) will lead the drafting and finalization of the Veterinary and Animal Health Disease Law.

Technical Focus: The specialist will ensure the delivery of a comprehensive legal framework covering all relevant areas of animal health, delineating responsibilities and authorities for effective enforcement. This includes addressing veterinary medicines, provision of veterinary services, food safety, slaughterhouse regulations, and wildlife protection.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct a national legal report analyzing the regulatory framework and implementation arrangements.
  • Develop comprehensive legislation covering veterinary medicines, services, food safety, slaughterhouses, wet markets, and wildlife protection.
  • Align draft law with international and regional legal frameworks and incorporate stakeholder feedback.
  • Prepare a final report with recommendations for approval and implementation.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Law Degree from an accredited law school.
  • At least five (5) years of experience in agriculture, health, or veterinary legislation.
  • At least five (5) years of experience in legal drafting, including in Liberia.
  • Working knowledge of English level C.
  • National of Liberia or resident with a valid work permit.

FAO Core Competencies:

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

Technical/Functional Skills:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Strong communication and community engagement skills.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of animal health regulations and systems in Liberia.
  • Ability to work with stakeholders and translate international guidelines into local context.
  • Experience in international donor projects preferred.
  • Proficiency in MS Office and relevant IT tools.

Selection Criteria:

  • Advance law degree or PhD in law (asset).
  • Experience with relevant development partners and national institutions.

Additional Information:

  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered.
  • FAO is a non-smoking environment.

How to Apply:

  • Visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile.
  • Attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.
  • Submit your application through the FAO recruitment portal.
  • Ensure your application is complete and accurate before the deadline.

This job description outlines the role of a Development Specialist of Veterinary and Animal Health Disease Law for Liberia, emphasizing the importance of legal frameworks in managing animal health and zoonotic diseases. The specialist will lead the drafting and finalization of legislation aligned with international standards and stakeholder needs, contributing to the One Health approach in Liberia’s agriculture sector.


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