Mercy Corps Consultant - Formulation of Animal Health Master Plan Jobs in Uganda

Mercy Corps Consultant - Formulation of Animal Health Master Plan Jobs in Uganda


Structure of Engagement

MOBIP is being implemented by Human Dynamics, a team from which is embedded within MAAIF for the implementation of the interventions within MOBIP.

Mercy Corps is a subcontractor to Human Dynamics under which it is identifying consultancy candidates for this TOR.

Consultants will need to be approved by Human Dynamics as Non-Key Experts.

Consultants will then be contracted by Mercy Corps and work under the direction of the Human Dynamics team as well as MAAIF team members.

Description of the assignment

Services required

MOBIP seeks the services of a Consultant(s) to support the development of a comprehensive Animal health master plan (AHMP).

The AHMP must be developed through an interactive process with stakeholders particularly Donors, MAAIF staff, Government Ministries and Agencies, Training and Research Institutions, Professional Associations, Veterinarians, farmers, livestock traders among others.

The document will respond to the objective of the assessment outlined below.

Overall Objective

  • To develop through a participatory consultative process, an AHMP for the prevention, control and eradication of the diseases, their vectors and pests for Uganda.

    Areas of focus for the Animal Health Master Plan a) To evaluate the organization, delivery and regulation of the National Veterinary Services in line with international best practices, the OIE guidelines and innovation with particular emphasis on:-

  • The performance of veterinary services and organizational structure with respect to the Human, Physical, Financial systems, and Financing and financial resources, Technical Authority and Capability, Interaction with other institutional entities
  • The Animal Health Information Systems: Adequacy of database, documentation and communication systems.
  • Animal identification and traceability system
  • Animal diseases and vector control and reporting inclusive of the Animal movement control system
  • International Veterinary certification system
  • Border controls and import regulations
    Veterinary Public Health and Meat inspection plus drug/acaricide residue testing system
    Zoonosis identification, reporting and intervention plans.
  • Functional capabilities and legislative support
  • Formal quality control systems and procedures
  • Material resources
  • International collaboration and linkages on delivery of Veterinary Services
  • To evaluate the adequacy of the current animal health policies; legislations and programs in line with the government efforts to trade in animals, animal products and by-products and their compliance with international standards as set by the OIE.
  • To assess the existing procedures and standards in the National Veterinary Services; identify constraints and existing gaps to effective delivery of Veterinary Services with particular emphasis on: -
  • Programming and management of activities.
    International veterinary certification.
  • Prevention, control and notification of disease outbreaks.
  • Risk analysis, epidemiological surveillance and zoning.
  • Inspection and sampling techniques.
  • Diagnostic tests for animal diseases.
  • Preparation, production, registration and control of biological products for use in the diagnosis or prevention of animal diseases.
  • Veterinary diagnostic systems.
  • Veterinary vaccinology.
  • Mitigation of Anti-Microbial Resistance.
  • Delivery of veterinary services in the hard-to-reach areas.
  • To evaluate the existing institutional linkages on animal health issues related to research, training, extension and provision of public and private veterinary services;
  • To make recommendations to the government of Uganda and relevant stakeholders on mechanisms to implement the above recommendations in a harmonized and sustainable manner.
  • To identify proposed areas for internal and external support to the national animal health programs and make appropriate proposals, strategies and investment programs for future funding in animal health for the short (5 years), medium (10 years) and long term (15 years) in line with internationally accepted protocols and standards.

    Expected results
  • Clearly document the
    understanding of the status of the national veterinary services with emphasis on animal disease control.
  • Document proposals for appropriate animal health policies and programs.
  • Provide recommendations on constraints and existing gaps affecting effective delivery of veterinary services.
  • To document areas of investment, funding and advise government on possible sources of funding.
  • Recommendations to strengthen linkages between animal health service provision and research.

    Expected output and deliverable
  • Inception Report
  • Stakeholders consultative meetings (formal and informal) reports
  • Debriefing session on findings
  • A final Animal Health Master Plan Report (50 pages)
  • The outcome of this consultancy will benefit;
  • MAAIF, Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development, projects, donors and other relevant stakeholders in the design, planning and funding of future animal diseases control programs.

    Expert Profile The consultant will be required to have the following qualification:
  • Senior livestock sector expert recognized in managing animal health control programs particularly in sub-Saharan Africa with a Master's degree in veterinary medicine and at least 10 years' experience as a professional.
  • Knowledge and practice of Agricultural/Livestock Economics and/or socio-economic issues involving livestock farming communities will be an added advantage.
  • The consultant will be responsible for the delivery of the entire work, ensuring the overall accomplishment of the task and for production of the appropriate deliverable.
  • His endeavor will be supported by National Animal Health expert(s) from the Project Management Unit who will facilitate contacts, interviews and discussion with the main stakeholders.
  • The language of the consultancy shall be English.

    Duration and Location
  • The consultancy will be for a duration of 45 working days including field missions, presentation of the draft report, compilation and incorporation of comments from stakeholders and development of the final report.
  • The duty station will be based within the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Entebbe but the team will make field visits to interact with various stakeholders.
  • MAAIF/NARO will provide office space.
  • The consultancy should begin within Q1 2019.

    Administrative information
  • Briefings will be arranged with key stakeholders.
  • The TAT and the PMU will assist in scheduling and planning meetings with the above stakeholders and also organizing a series of field missions for the team.

    How to Apply
  • Within Mercy Corps, the Consultant will report to:Miji Park, Director of Programmes, mpark@mercycorps.org
  • Within MOBIP, the Consultant will report to:MAAIF representatives and Human Dynamics
  • PI106262011
  • Interested candidates should apply online by 14 January 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps Consultant - Formulation of Animal Health Master Plan Jobs in Uganda

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