TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR A CONSULTANCY IN TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO PUBLIC SERVICE IN ANIMAL PATHOLOGY, VETERINARY SURGERY AND A WRITE SHOP TO PRODUCE A GOOD PRACTICE PAPER IN THE DOMAIN OF INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS FOR A BETTER DELIVERY OF VETERINARY SERVICES

 1.Preamble

A globally recognized veterinary service, integrates systems that enable countries to conduct appropriate surveillance and early detection of emerging and re-emerging animal diseases. Resultantly rapid responses ensue by taking biosecurity and bio containment measures, paying compensations and, as needs arise, rolling out vaccination programs. However, the national veterinary services cannot optimally undertake all these functions without the requisite livestock policy, appropriate legislation and the necessary enforcement and rolling out mechanisms.

Given these parameters, the prevailing institutional environment in most African countries are very different from meeting globally accepted standards for veterinary services. This is largely occasioned by the poor livestock policy environment, the consequent inadequate investment in the sector and as a result, a weak delivery of veterinary services.

In response to the above-mentioned challenges, the African Union’s Inter African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is implementing the “Reinforcing Veterinary Governance Program”. The Program’s intention is to improve the national and regional institutional environments to enable provision of effective and efficient animal health services in Africa.” To achieve this, the Program has adopted a two-fold approach; (i) Establishment of adequate and affordable veterinary services on the national level; and (ii) Enhancement of the capacities of regional institutions to play their coordinating, harmonizing, and supporting integration roles between their member states.

  1. Rationale

The prevailing institutional environment in most African countries is not conducive to the provision of affordable, accessible and sustainable quality veterinary services. An analysis of these problems provides the basis for the approach in the VET-GOV program that aims to improve aspects of Governance and Institutional reforms required to improve the provision of veterinary services in Africa. The strategic goal of the program is to bring about institutional strengthening of veterinary services towards (i) the establishment of adequate veterinary services at the national level (ii) strengthen regional institutions to play their roles of coordination, harmonization, integration and support to countries to stimulate a more conducive environment for public and private investments in the livestock sector. The program focuses on three main areas:

  • Creating a conducive and participatory change environment through evidence-based advocacy and knowledge creation;
  • Build institutional and individual capacity in policy analysis, formulation and implementation to undertake institutional strengthening of veterinary services;
  • Encouraging change through supporting initiatives with high leverage effects.

Sao Tome & Principe as some other African countries has been chosen to implement a pilot project for the purpose of replication by the rest of the countries as a good practice. The activities of this project have been carried out except the ones related to the external technical assistance to public service (training in pathology and veterinary surgery) and producing the good practice paper.

Au – IBAR is planning is now willing to assign a consultant to facilitate a five-day workshop and write shop, for training in animal pathology, veterinary surgery, and elaborate a good practice paper in the domain of veterinary services delivery.

Thus, thee consultancy firms will be engaged to undertake activities outlined below.

Scope of Work

  1. Provide assistance to facilitate a workshop in the domain of veterinary surgery and animal pathology,
  2. Provide assistance to facilitate a write shop in the domain of institutional reforms to produce a good practice paper for a better delivery of veterinary services

 

The write shop will bring together an experienced team of experts and staff members of Sao Tome Veterinary services to produce a good practice paper to showcase or highlight measures to be implemented for a better delivery of veterinary services

To perform this task, the Consultant should:

  1. Liaise with the VET-GOV Regional Coordinator, the CVO of Sao Tome, the National VET – GOV focal Point and the other relevant national authorities,
  2. Critically review the process of implementation of the Sao Tome Pilot Project and the related reports

Deliverables

  1. A report of the workshop and write shop
  1. Developed a good practice paper as per the requirements of the VET – GOV Program,
  1. Final Report of the consultancy

Constancy Period

The consultancy period should not exceed 20 days over a period of one month effective from 15th of February to 15th of March 2017

Institutional Arrangements

The Consultant will report directly to the Chief Veterinary Officers of Sao Tome and copy the Animal Health Chief Officer of AU – IBAR and the Regional Coordinator of the VET – GOV Program in ECCAS. CVO of Sao Tome countries will provide relevant background documents necessary for the assignment including all the reports related to the execution of the Pilot Project. The CVO of Sao Tome shall be responsible for the organization of the workshop, write shop and other activities under the Consultancy.

Expertise

a) Academic Qualifications

−        At least a master’s degree in animal health.

−        Qualifications in the area of veterinary surgery and pathology,

 

b) Experience

−        At least five years professional experience in animal health delivery

−        Professional experience in the domain of good practice paper write shop

−        Experiences in institutional reforms are highly appreciated.

−        Demonstrated experience in working with government partners and other stakeholders in public sector development programs especially in the area of veterinary services

c) Skills and Competencies:

−        Ability to work with minimal supervision;

−        High-level written and oral communications skills in Portuguese, French and English ;

−        Must be result-oriented, a team player, exhibiting high levels of enthusiasm, tact, diplomacy and integrity;

−        Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and professional skills in interacting with government and development partners;

−        Skills in facilitation of stakeholder engagements/workshops;

−        Evidence of having undertaken similar assignments;

−        Experience in policy and animal health strategy development, management and programming-related work.

Application process

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their applicationswhich should include the following:

  1. Detailed Curriculum Vitae
  2. Proposal for implementing the assignment

Please quote “Finalization of the Sao Tome Pilot Project Activities” on the subject line.

Applications should be sent to the Secretary General of ECCAS P.O. BOX 2112, Libreville, Gabon with a mention: VET – GOV Program to reach us not later than 10th of February 2017 at 4.00 P.M Libreville Time.

The numeric versions of the Applications should be sent to the following E – mail addresses:

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