The objective of this transition project is to transfer organizational and individual functional capacity from externally funded programmes to the MAIL formal organizational structure. To accomplish this requires close coordination with a wide range of stakeholders, internal to MAIL’s technical and administrative structures (e.g., Human Resources, Finance) and other international donors supporting MAIL’s transition efforts. The project will focus on supporting the transition process of integrating the five EU-funded programmes into MAIL’s institutional organization, specifically:
Assisting MAIL’s Deputy Minister for Technical Affairs Directorate assume policy and programme, technical, and administrative responsibilities of the EU-funded programmes
Coordinating transition activities specific to the EU-funded agriculture programmes with MAIL and other donors,
Assuring the regularity of all the transition programme in MAIL, and
Advising the EU Delegation on specific technical matters related to structuring their budget support post-transition.
The structure and functioning of project management unit which will be in a position to assume the above-mentioned responsibilities should be proposed as an introduction to the expertise mobilized. This structure illustrated by an organigramme will take into consideration i) the external staff related to the five EU-funded agricultural programmes expected to be absorbed by the Project and than progressively transitioned to the MAIL Taskheel and ii) the expected need for National and International Technical Assistance. While the overall requirement for national and international expertise is left to the appreciation of the contractor, the following expertises is considered by the contracting authority and the Beneficiary (MAIL) as essential.
The Livestock and Veterinary Services expert will be responsible for facilitating the operational transition as per MAIL reform of the EU-funded AHDP project. The expert will provide support to MAIL for the strengthening of the MAIL General Directorate for Animal Health and for the development of a proper Public/Private Partnership to improve the quality and quantity of veterinarian services delivered to the Afghan livestock owners.
Qualifications and skills
The expert will be a Livestock and Veterinary expert with a university degree in Veterinary Medicine from a recognised university / institute, or equivalent.
The expert should be fluent in English (written and spoken).
General professional experience
At least 10 years working experience with a minimum of 5 years in the design, implementation and management of Livestock Development Projects, or Rural Development Projects with a strong Animal Health component, in at least 3 different developing countries, with at least one experience in Fragile States. This should include at least 3 years general experience in delivering public and private veterinary services.
Specific professional experience
The expert should have:
- Proven experience in sector reform, restructuration, change of management, policy and strategy planning processes and the set-up of state veterinary services and institutions in developing countries (within the frame of one project at least);
- Very good experience in the privatisation of veterinary services and the development and management of sanitary mandate contracts, private institutions' strengthening and rural advisory (within the frame of one project at least);
- Familiar with veterinary public-private contracting schemes (public functions taken over by the private sector), governmental roles and responsibilities, functioning of a national epidemio-surveillance network, Veterinary Associations' development etc. – the expert should have been involved in at least one project when several of the above components were addressed;
- Experienced in designing, organising and helping to conduct training exercises for governmental veterinary officers and managers in developing countries, veterinary trainers and personnel, and in reviewing veterinary training curricula (has been involved in at least one development project having involved either a substantial veterinary training component or the re-organization of veterinary curricula at Veterinary Faculty);
- Experience of leading a team at least during two years on a project;
- He/she should demonstrate excellent communication and facilitation skills, with highly desirable (above working experience with extensive training / components), as well as training, capacity building and interpersonal skills including diplomacy, tact, and the ability to negotiate and build consensus;
- Experience in Afghanistan or Central-Asia countries would be an advantage;
- Knowledge of Dari and/or Pashtu would be an advantage.
The intended start date is 1 November 2013 and the period of implementation of the contract will be 36 months from this date.