World Organisation for Animal Health
Sub-regional Representation for Eastern Africa
Position : Programme Officer to the WOAH Sub-regional Representative for Eastern Africa, covering the 13 Member Countries and Territories of WOAH in Eastern Africa : Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South-Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
The WOAH Sub-Regional Representation for Eastern Africa was established in 2009 and started operating in January 2010. The Representation is entrusted with the technical cooperation with two regional economic communities in the Region, i.e. the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), with headquarters based in Djibouti City, Djibouti and the East African Community (EAC) with headquarters based in Arusha, Tanzania. In addition, the Representation, in close cooperation with the Regional Representation of WOAH for Africa, liaises with the various African Union instititions in the Region, i.e. the African Union Commission (AUC), the Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), the Pan-African Veterinary Vaccine Centre (AU-PANVAC) and the Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomosis Eradication Campaign (AU-PATTEC). Normative activities of the OIE Sub-Regional Representation fall within the 7th Strategic Plan and include (but are not limited to) :
Assist Member Countries and Territories in the Region to comply with international standards in the field of animal health and animal welfare, including the WTO SPS Agreement.
Offer policy advice in the field of animal health and animal welfare to Member Countries and Territories in the Region, as well as the Secretariats of the Regional Economic Communities (EAC and IGAD) so as to strengthen veterinary services involvement in animal health, veterinary public health and animal welfare policy design and governance.
World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH)
Paris, France (from June 2022)
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
Paris, France (2018 - May 2022)
Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
Paris, France (2013 - 2017)
European Union funding
Strengthening Veterinary Governance in Africa (VETGOV)
Strengthening Veterinary Services in Developing Countries (SVSDC)
The need to fight animal diseases at global level led to the creation of the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) through the international Agreement signed on January 25th 1924. In May 2003 the Office became the World Organisation for Animal Health. The Organisation is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide. It is recognised as a reference organisation by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in 2018 has a total of 182 Member Countries. WOAH maintains permanent relations with nearly 75 other international and regional organisations and has Regional and sub-regional Offices on every continent.