The Senior Policy Officer serves as a senior advisor on matters related to tsetse and trypanosomiasis eradication and provides technical support to tsetse and trypanosomiasis (T&T) affected countries in the design and implementation of phased, conditional area-wide integrated pest management projects/programmes in their efforts to create tsetse and trypanosomiasis free areas so that the reclaimed areas are sustainably, equitably and economically exploited. The Senior Policy Officer provides guidance to T&T affected countries to ensure that the identification of tsetse and trypanosomiasis project areas is done in accordance with the selection criteria recognized by the PATTEC Coordination Office.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide technical support to T&T affected countries in determining appropriate control options using socio-economic, institutional, technical and environmental (SITE) criteria;
- Provide technical support to the T&T affected countries in the implementation of area-wide tsetse and trypanosomiasis suppression/eradication strategies;
- Contribute to the design of new strategies, collaborations and implementation plans to ensure long-term sustainability and impact;
- Support assessment of the status of entomological and parasitological surveillance capacities in T&T affected countries and develop these capacities;
- Update and harmonize regional/national strategies and plans, and provide technical support for their implementation, where required;
- Prepare regular entomological and parasitological updates and timely situation reports on T&T affected countries and sub-regions in Africa;
- Provide support to the AU-PATTEC Coordinator in the monitoring of progress in the implementation of the objectives of the PATTEC initiative, through contact with PATTEC Focal Points in affected countries and inspection of on-going projects;
- Actively engage in resource mobilization efforts including preparation of concept notes and project proposals to expand areas under area-wide integrated pest management operations;
- Prepare reports on the progress for each project being undertaken within the PATTEC initiative;
- Advise the PATTEC Coordinator on areas of intervention and makes recommendations on perceived improvements in the implementation of projects within the PATTEC initiative;
- Identify animal production, value chains and socio-economic management needs in tsetse control areas;
- Provide advice to promote advocacy and public awareness on the importance of vector control in the elimination of African Trypanosomiasis;
- Contribute to the One Health multi-sectoral coordination and partnerships;
- Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor.
Educational qualifications and experience required:
Candidates must have at least:
- a Master’s University Degree in science, medicine, veterinary or agriculture field and at least 7 years of work experience in the planning, monitoring, coordination and supervision of project activities in disease, vector and pest control/eradication, out of which at least 3 years should be at supervisory level;
- a University Bachelor degree in science, medicine, veterinary or agriculture field and at least 10 years of work experience in the planning, monitoring, coordination and supervision of project activities in disease, vector and pest control/eradication, out of which at least 5 years should be at supervisory level;
- Post-graduate training or research in disease or pest control would be an added advantage. Familiarity with tsetse and trypanosomiasis eradication project planning and execution would also be an added advantage.
Skills and competencies required
- Computer literacy;
- Working knowledge of policy analysis and development;
- Programme/project management and monitoring;
- Good supervision skills;
- Excellent drafting and reporting skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills;
- Teamwork and ability to organize and motivate others;
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
- Good communication and negotiation skills;
- Working knowledge of area-wide principles of environmentally sustainable insect management.
- Proficiency in at least one of the African Union working languages (English, French, Arabic, Portuguese); knowledge of other working languages would be an added advantage.
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