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Biosecurity and Biosafety (BS&S) Specialist -FAO Jobs

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  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Salary: XXXX

Website FAO

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Biosecurity and Biosafety (BS&S) Specialist in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Jobs in Ethiopia

Biosecurity and Biosafety (BS&S) Specialist

Job Posting: 19/Jun/2020

Closure Date: 03/Jul/2020, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: SFE

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location: Ethiopia-Addis Ababa

Duration: 11 months (6 months probation with possibility of extension based on performance)

Post Number: N/A


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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.
Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Organizational Setting


FAO’s Subregional Office for Eastern Africa is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing subregional food, agriculture and rural development priorities. It develops and maintains relations with subregion-wide institutions including Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). The FAO Subregional Office for Eastern Africa (SFE) is an advisory service centre to the following countries, each one of which also has a resident FAO Representative: Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda and Eritrea. It assists the FAO Representations (FAORs) in the subregion with addressing subregional food security, agriculture and rural development issues at country level. The Subregional Office is a subsidiary of FAO’s Regional Office for Eastern African.


The incumbent will principally be involve in the implementation of DTRA-funded project entitled ”Supporting Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to Advance its Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity (BS&S) Capacity Development Program”, which contributes to the development of functioning BS&S capacities in diagnostic laboratories across Africa using one-health multi-sectoral coordination approaches.


Reporting Lines


Within the framework of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Disease Operations (ECTAD), the functional and administrative supervision of the Coordinator of the Sub-regional for Eastern Africa (SFE), the direct supervision of the FAO Senior Animal Health Officer, and in coordination with the relevant FAO technical staff at global, regional and country level, the incumbent will undertake the following duties and responsibilities:


Tasks and responsibilities


  • Assist the FAO Senior Animal Health Officer in organizing Technical Working Group (TWG), Regional Coordination Centre (RCC), and other stakeholders technical meetings/workshops;
  • Take part in and contribute to relevant meetings, workshops and training events organized by FAO, DTRA, USAID and other partners;
  • Facilitate the preparation of inputs and organization of bi-monthly coordination call conferences with DTRA and USAID,
  • Contribute to the development of ToR for the recruitment and deployment of short-term subject matter consultants;
  • Participate in the review, design and conduct of activities for mapping dangerous pathogens and toxins, bio-risk assessments and related capacity development activities;
  • Facilitate and liaison with AU-PANVAC, AU-IBAR and other relevant partners;
  • Contribute to the development of regular technical reports, and maintenance of database on project deliverables;
  • Contribute to transition plans and sustainability efforts involving relevant stakeholders;
  • Perform other related tasks when and as required




Minimum Requirements

  • Candidates should be national of Ethiopia
  • A postgraduate qualification (preferably PhD) in veterinary/medical virology, bacteriology or related fields of studies
  • 10 years relevant experience. UN experience is an advantage.
  • Proven track record of publication of research outputs in reputable international scientific journals, or other
  • Working knowledge of English

FAO Core Competencies

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


Technical/Functional Skills


  • Extent and relevance of experience in laboratory biosecurity and biosafety, the preparation, editing and revision of technical/scientific documents and in organizing meetings and workshops
  • Ability to effectively communicate, computing skills and use of various email systems.
  • A cooperative spirit, flexibility and openness to work in an international environment needed. Tact, courtesy and a high level of trustworthiness are essential personal attributes; approach to work assignments; analytical ability, accuracy and consistency


Selection Criteria

  • Academic qualifications;
  • Extent and relevance of work experience
  • Proficiency in oral and written English
  • Interpersonal skills.


Selection Criteria

  • Extent and relevance of experience and  knowledge of laboratory biosecurity;
  • Extent and relevance of experience  in developing guidelines, training materials, policy instruments;
  • Familiarity to work with UN agencies, Government and other partners;
  • Relevance of experience with project development and managements is an asset;
  • Ability to work under pressure and willingness to travel frequently in and outside Ethiopia;
  • Demonstrated capacity to write technical reports in English;
  • Quality of both oral and written communication skills;



  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact:
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website:

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