Aug 032018

Organization: Catholic Relief Services
Country: Mali
Closing date: 10 Aug 2018

Title of Post : Project Director Farmer 2 Farmer – Zoonosis

Supervisor: Head of Health Department

Country/Location : Mali/Bamako


CRS is seeking an experienced Project Director for an anticipated Animal Health and Laboratory Surveillance Support Activity, funded through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Program in support of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA)’s zoonotic disease action package. This anticipated 3 year, US$ 3.5 million project will supplement and expand upon ongoing One Health and GHSA activities in Mali, ultimately increasing the capacity of the Malian government to detect zoonotic diseases quickly and accurately through strengthening of the animal health surveillance and disease identification network. The project will build the human and material capacity of multiple One Health Actors, including veterinary laboratories, government veterinarians, and livestock sector actors, in the areas of zoonotic disease diagnosis, specimen collection and transport, and passive surveillance of livestock disease. It will also develop innovative and effective means to strengthen the linkages between the animal and human health sector, further advancing the One Health approach in Mali.

Through the Farmer-to-Farmer Program’s unique voluntary technical assistance component, the project will strategically draw upon the expertise of a pool of experienced global technical experts in multiple project-related areas. These expert Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteers will be selected to serve in well-targeted, short-term, high-impact volunteer field assignments which will support capacity building and peer-to-peer technical exchange in one or more of the project’s core areas of focus.

Summary of the Post:

The Project Director will be responsible for all work planning and reporting to USAID and is expected to play a lead role interacting with counterparts and other development partners. S/he will serve as the Chair of the One Health sub-group of the Livestock Donors Group (PTF-Elevage, Sous groupe Une Seule Santé), or to designate a member of her/his staff to serve this function. This will include close coordination and collaboration with other donors, activities and local institutions in both the livestock and human health sectors. S/he will be responsible for overall program leadership, strategic planning, management and quality assurance. The Project Director will ensure that results are achieved and is also responsible for facilitating communication and close coordination with all stakeholders of this activity.

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree or higher in public health, veterinary or livestock science, or similar field. Doctorate in veterinary medicine highly preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas: zoonotic diseases; disease surveillance systems and / or laboratories, preferably in animal health; programs focused on the “One Health Care” approach
  • Excellent knowledge of the structure of the human and animal health systems in Mali.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in managing complex projects funded by donors, preferably with an international NGO. Experience on USAID projects would be an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing effective working relationships with various partner organizations, stakeholders, and government entities, preferably with a key function of coordinating various stakeholders
  • Skills and experience in all aspects of project management
  • Experience and capacity in personnel management conducive to a learning environment.
  • Experience in using MS Windows and MS Office software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), online conferencing applications, information management systems.

    Foreign Language required/desired: Fluent French (spoken/written) with a very high-level of English proficiency required

    Field Travel : 20%

    Supervision : Project Team- TBD : Technical Advisor(s), Program Manager, MEAL Manager, Admin Assistant

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

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