Animal Health Modelling Specialist – FAO


Job Description

OrganizationThe Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Organizational UnitFNSDN
Duration30 working days within 3-month duration
Grade LevelN/A
Duty StationKhartoum, Sudan
Deadline for Applications14/Jun/2022, 11:59:00 PM

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  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
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Organizational Skills 

The government of Sudan represented by the Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources (HCNER) has received fund from the GCF in support of National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Readiness.  The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is the implementing entity for the Readiness programme, which is called: “Strengthening adaptation planning processes and capacity for implementation of adaptation actions in agricultural and water sectors in the Sudan” (NAP Readiness). 
The NAP Readiness focuses on agriculture and water sectors and addresses the gaps identified in the 2016 NAP of Sudan.  The gaps include lack of climate change data and information/ impact assessments, lack of training opportunities on climate change impact modelling at the State- and federal level and lack of capacities of State-level Technical Committees for climate change adaptation planning and implementation. 
This project was prepared jointly by the FAO and the HCENR (GCF-National Designated Authority (NDA)/Focal Point (FP)).  The objective of the project is to support the generation of mid- to long-term CC projections and vulnerability assessments (and the national capacity to take on such task without external support in the future), and help to re-strengthen the State-level Technical Committees for CC adaptation (which provide the foundation for revising and updating the NAP 2016 in the future). 
The third national communication of Sudan, assessed the potential impact of climate change on livestock breeds’ (cattle & sheep) distribution in Sudan using two models and two Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP 2.6 and RCP 8.5).  The analysis included prediction of areas suitable for Sudanese livestock under future (2050 & 270) environmental conditions.  The NAP Readiness will support the development of a methodology to assess the impacts of climate change on livestock health.  The findings are expected to bridge gaps in research and information associated with livestock sector and augment the previous findings in the sector.  Generation of reliable long-term adaptation data and making all information easily and publicly available will be a crucial contribution of the NAP Readiness to climate change adaptation in agriculture sectors in the Sudan.  Data and information made available under this project will be absorbed and utilized through the 18 reactivated State-Level Technical Committees, which will operate in an inclusive participatory manner and inform the national-level adaptation planning and implementation in the Sudan. 
Recently, the NAP Readiness completed climate change projections and downscaling to station level (44 stations) for the 18 states.  The generated results will be used for climate change impact assessments for agriculture and water sectors.  In Sudan, livestock and cash crops as main sources of people’s livelihoods, mainly produced along the belt of arid and semi-arid climatic zones which are frequently exposed to erratic changes in rainfall. The climatic changes even put more stress on the scarce water resources available to support good livestock production.
Central Veterinary Research Laboratory (CVRL) leads the assessment of the impacts of climate change on livestock health in Sudan.  The diseases and health issues that will be assessed, will be identified through engagement of national experts including through the livestock health modelling workshop (activity 1.2.2).  In addition to the assessment of the impacts of climate change on livestock health in Sudan, the CVRL will also lead/facilitate strengthening of institutional/experts’ capacities, particularly those related to animal health modelling and projection in the medium and long-term to support identification of adaptation measures/ adaptations planning process. 

Reporting Lines

The International Animal Health Modelling Specialist reports to the Assistants FAO Representative. He/she works under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Sudan and coordinates closely with the Technical Advisor of the NAP, 

Technical Focus

Lead and coordinate the support functions of the NAP Readiness project in Sudan.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Animal Health Modelling Specialist is expect to conduct modelling of climate change impacts on livestock health in the medium and long-term.  The work will be conducted through engagement and capacity building/strengthening of the technical team of the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory.  The appointed consultant is expected to:
•    Work closely with the national Project Coordinator of the NAP Readiness, the National climatologist and the project Coordinator at the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory for achieving the contracted tasks. 
•    Give guidance on input data required for modelling of livestock health.
•    Convene a training workshop for national experts, to build/strengthen their technical capacity on livestock health modelling.
•    Conduct modelling of livestock health and model livestock production projections for the mid- (2050) and long-term (2080) using data collected and downscaled climate projections for 44 weather stations (distributed in 18 states in Sudan). 


Minimum Requirements

•    University degree in a relevant field (such as veterinary, mathematics) 
•    At least 5 years Proven Experience in Climate Change projection, downscaling and modelling (particularly animal health modelling).
•    Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of French or Arabic (for Consultants). For PSA.SBS working knowledge of English will be sufficient;

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

•    Extent and relevance of experience in project/programme formulation and implementation of projects, programmes and studies on plant protection including integrated pest management; 
•    Extent and relevance of experience in the Near East region is considered a strong asset. 
•    In depth understanding and analytical skills of modelling climate change impacts.
•    Training instruction and delivery.
•    Capacity Building (hands on training)
•    Previous Experience in conducting training in the field of climate change and modelling its impacts on livestock health/production. 
•    Good analytical skills and strategic thinking.
•    Ability to work remotely and under pressure and meet deadlines.

Selection Criteria 

•    Work experience with international organizations and in technical cooperation projects supporting countries.
•    Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable.
•    Extent and relevance of knowledge and experience in pest and pesticide management.
•    Ability to provide technical and advisory services.

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


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