One Health Officer - HEAL Project

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse
Closing date: 23 Oct 2020


Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse (VSF-Suisse) is a politically and religiously neutral humanitarian organization with its head office in Berne. VSF-Suisse fights hunger, poverty, destitution and illness for the benefit of those populations who depend on livestock for their livelihood. VSF-Suisse works both in humanitarian aid and in long-term development in seven countries of West and East Africa.

Together with its partners, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Comitato Collaborazione Medica (CCM), VSF-Suisse will implement a regional One Health development project known as One Health Units for Humans, Environment, Animals and Livelihoods (HEAL) in Oromia and Somali Regions of Ethiopia, Gedo Region of Somalia and Marsabit County of Kenya. The goal of the project is to improve the wellbeing of pastoralist communities in arid and semi-arid areas of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya by ensuring healthy people derive their livelihoods from healthy livestock in a sustainably managed environment. The HEAL project Phase 1 will be implemented for 4 years (November 2020 to October 2024) and will be followed by a subsequent 8-year implementation phase. The project is co-funded by Swiss Development Cooperation.

Job responsibilities and key tasks

VSF-Suisse seeks to hire a One Health (OH) Officers who will be based in the field project locations where VSF Suisse is implementing the HEAL project. This is in Yabello for the Oromiya Region and Moyale for the Somali Region. The officer will have the overall responsibility of conducting and facilitating the project activities with the support from the OH Technical Advisor and the VSF Suisse field staff. The OH Officer will also be responsible for ensuring the relevant regional government sectors and partners are continuously solicited, engaged and involved in the project activities to support the operationalization of the One Health approach.

Project Implementation

· Pro-actively organize and conduct assessments, surveys and focus group discussions among other field related project activities

· Support the established multi-sector platforms and facilitate their participation in the project activities

· Collaborate closely with the Regional One Health Technical Working Group

· Ensure the project achieves its objective and all the expected results

· Facilitate the establishment of the One Health units and ensure they are offering human and veterinary disease prevention and health education to the pastoral communities.

· Facilitate and organize training of health workers and veterinarians on One Health, hygiene and zoonosis, in the identification, reporting and containment of outbreaks.

· Support the community alert and risk containment system for outbreaks and environmental changes is in place in collaboration with the established One Health Units

· Conduct regular monitoring visits to One Health’s mobile units

· Organization of community sessions and awareness campaigns on hygiene and zoonosis

· In collaboration with the project partners, facilitate the Participatory mapping of the environment, animal and health resources and identification of critical gaps and problems conducted with the project partners

· Support the community committees on disaster risk reduction, climate change and alert systems


· Provide monthly reports to the OH Technical Advisor on the implementation of the activities including, at least, monthly report and statistics

· Compile and update monitoring reports for the local stakeholders

· Active participation in technical meetings and committees on the regional project level.

· Develop and maintain partnerships with the regional government ministries stakeholders and collaborators within the project area.

· Meet with community representatives or government authorities to determine overall growth and development needs and goals and to develop and support activities, programs, and plans.

Financial Management

· Develop project activity budget, work plan and expenditure forecasts, for submission to the Field Office Coordinator, HEAL Finance Officer, Admin and Finance manager and HEAL Regional Project Manager.

· Develop monthly activity related financial budget and project expenditure forecasts

· Submit punctual monthly expenditure reports according to the VSF Suisse guidelines.

· Responsible for field expenses and field financial management ensuring strictly standards, rules and procedures provided


Essential Criteria

· Degree in one or more of the following areas: veterinary medicine, medicine, epidemiology, public health, and/or preventive medicine or related disciplines. Relevant One Health related training will be an added advantage

· A minimum of 1-2 years of progressive work experience implementing projects with International NGOs in the region using the One Health approach in multiple sectors (human health, animal health, environmental protection, early warning, etc)

· Excellent relationship management skills with the ability to liaise, consult, and interact professionally with technical and managerial staff, mid- and senior-level government officials, direct supervisors, external agencies, service providers, donors, technical and operations staff.

Skills and Abilities

· Proficient knowledge of English and ideally knowledge of any of the languages spoken in the intervention regions;

· Ability to employ critical thinking skills and work independently to solve problems and contribute to the achievement of deliverables.

· Ability to work with tact and diplomacy with various stakeholders;

· Willing and able to travel extensively in the region;

· Ability to work independently and make rational strategic and routine decisions

· Excellent ability in analysis, negotiation skills and teamwork

· Excellent IT skills

How to apply:

Application procedure

What we offer

  • A qualified, dynamic and highly motivated team of colleagues;

  • A unique and relevant project for pastoral communities in the Greater Horn of Africa;

  • The opportunity to actively contribute to the future design of the project implementation;

  • A job with responsibilities in a demanding and challenging environment;

  • A competitive salary as well as a medical and social insurance scheme.

Entry date and contract length

1 November 2020 start date, with a fixed-term contract of four-years.

Application procedure and deadline

We look forward to receiving your application in English. Please add:

1. A motivation letter (maximum 1 page*) stating why you are the right person for this position; (For more information on the job description please visit*

2. *A recent CV of 2 pages maximum;*

3. Scanned copies of your work certificates and relevant university diplomas;

4. *Contact details of three referees. Send your application by e-mail with the position being applied for as the email subject to* *by 23rd October 2020 (midnight).*

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