Organization: World Organisation for Animal Health
Closing date: 28 Sep 2018
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide. The standards it develops for the trade of live animals and products of animal origin are recognised by the World Trade Organization as reference international sanitary rules (http://www.oie.int/en/).
The OIE, previously known as the « Office international des épizooties », was created on 25 January 1924. Its headquarters are based in Paris. It comprises 182 Member Countries and is present on all continents through 12 Representations or Bureaus in total.
One of the pillars of the OIE’s mandate is the elaboration of intergovernmental science-based standards for disease prevention and control and the sanitary safety of the international trade of terrestrial and aquatic animals and their products. It is founded on the work of four elected Specialist Commissions, namely the Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission, the Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission, the Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases and the Biological Standards Commission. The role of the OIE’s Specialist Commissions includes the use of current scientific information to study problems of epidemiology and the prevention and control of animal diseases, to develop and revise OIE’s international standards and to address scientific and technical issues raised by Members in the implementation of these standards. The international standards are published in the Terrestrial Animal Health Code, the Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals, the Aquatic Animal Health Code and the Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals.
The Standards Department provides support to the OIE standard-setting process by ensuring the implementation of the relevant procedures, as well as supporting the development of related projects aimed at monitoring and/or facilitating the implementation of standards.
Positioning and reporting
Under the authority of the Deputy Director General in charge of International Standards and Science and the direct supervision of the Head of the Standards Department and/or Deputy.
As part of a small team the Chargé de Mission will contribute to the scientific excellence and integrity of the OIE standard-setting process through the provision of Secretariat support to the OIE Specialist Commissions and relevant ad/hoc groups to ensure the delivery of high-quality, scientifically-based and up-to-date international standards. He/she contributes to the increased understanding and implementation of the OIE standards by Member Countries through support to the transparency and inclusiveness of the standard-setting process.
Missions and activities
Contribute to the provision of technical secretariat support to the Aquatic Animals Commission
• Prepare background and working documents based on the collation and analysis of Member Country comments, and other relevant sources of information;
• Provide Secretariat support to the meeting and provide support to the President ensuring respect of relevant OIE procedures;
• Provide historical analysis of past decisions;
• Draft meeting reports;
• Ensure communication and alignment with other relevant Specialist Commissions;
• Act as the interface between the Aquatic Animals Commission and internal departments and relevant stakeholders;
• Coordinate the follow-up actions arising from meetings.
Provide Secretariat support to ad hoc Groups in the area of aquatic animal health insuring compliance with OIE procedures
• Prepare TORs and working documents, including retrospective analysis;
• Prepare the report in collaboration with the members;
• Follow-up on any required actions;
• Liaise with relevant actors to ensure good coordination of cross-cutting issues.
Provide technical advice and support on the work of the Standards Department primarily in the area of aquatic animal health
• Contribute to the preparation of responses to enquiries from and provide support to Member Countries on the standard setting process;
• Contribute to the update and management of a network of contacts and experts on relevant topics;
• Prepare concept-notes, factsheets, working documents, background papers and other analytical documents;
• Provide data to respond to enquiries from diverse sources, including colleagues, Member Countries, other organisations and external parties;
• Supporting the development of an online commenting system;
• Contribute to the preparation and planning of training related to the implementation of standards.
In addition, the Head of the Standards Department may, when necessary, assign to the incumbent any other duties, responsibilities and activities within his or her area of competence.
Qualifications and Experience
• A degree in veterinary science, biological sciences, or equivalent with a specific focus on aquatic animal health management;
• At least 8 years of professional experience, particularly in a national regulatory environment, or other international organisation with a specific focus on aquatic animal health policy and management;
• Experience in provision of high level secretariat functions at the national or international level.
• Professional experience in a National Veterinary or Aquatic Animal Health Authority or equivalent would be an advantage.
• Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, in particular Word;
• Excellent writing skills and ability to summarise complex technical discussions into clear and concise reports;
• Ability to work in English at a high level including excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Knowledge and understanding of the international standards setting environment and the WTO Agreements in relation to international trade (desirable);
• Good knowledge of French or Spanish (desirable).
• Excellent communication skills;
• Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multinational and multicultural environment;
• Ability to work as a member of a small team;
• Capacity to learn and a self-motivated worker;
• Excellent organisation skills and ability to meet specific deadlines;
• Demonstrated initiative, including ability to think strategically and achieve results.
This position may require flexible hours at times to complete specific projects, including around Specialist Commission meetings and the General Session of the World Assembly of Delegates.
Salary: Base salary at 3 100 € net/month, commensurate according to qualification and experience
- Benefits (salary exempt of French income tax, annual quality bonus)
Duration: Two (2) years – renewable for an unlimited number of times according to performance
The OIE places high value on a multicultural and positive work environment.
The OIE is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications of all qualified candidates, irrespective of their ethnic origin, gender, opinions or beliefs.
This is a full-time position as an international civil servant based at the OIE Headquarters in Paris (France). Expected starting date as soon as possible.
If you are interested in the position, please complete your application online by 28 September 2018 at noon (Paris local time) at the latest by clicking on the following link : http://urlz.fr/7J9T