January 2013 - December 2022 : Programme officer

World Organisation for Animal Health
OIE Sub-regional Representation for Eastern Africa
Nairobi, Kenya

Position : Programme Officer to the Sub-regional Representative of the OIE for Eastern Africa, covering the 13 Member Countries and Territories of the OIE in East Africa and the Horn of Africa : Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South-Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

 

The OIE 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 the OIE 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 6th Strategic Plan of the OIE and include (but are not limited to) :


  • Assist OIE 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.

  • Assist OIE Member Countries and Territories in the Region to improve governance and performance of veterinary services (evaluations, gap analyses, donor round tables) along the PVS pathway.

  • Provide technical support to OIE Member Countries and Territories in the Region, as well as the Secretariats of the Regional Economic Communities (EAC and IGAD) to reach agreement on the regional application of international standards in the field of animal health and animal welfare.

  • Offer policy advice in the field of animal health and animal welfare to OIE 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.

  • Develop and implement capacity-building programmes for national veterinary services of OIE Member Countries and Territories in the Region through support to OIE Permanent Delegates and National Focal Points.

    Provide OIE Member Countries and Territories in the Region, as well as the Secretariats of the Regional Economic Communities (EAC and IGAD) with policy advice, support and training in the specific areas of veterinary education, veterinary statutory bodies, aquatic biosecurity, animal welfare and reference laboratory services (through OIE reference laboratories)

  • Support the establishment of twinning agreements between laboratories, centres of excellence, veterinary educational establishments (VEE) and veterinary statutory bodies (VSB).

  • Support the recognition of new OIE Reference Centres (reference laboratories and collaborating centres) in the Region and encourage networking between scientists in the Region especially in the area of diseases of bees, aquatic diseases, veterinary laboratories, …)

  • Promote transparency on sanitary information through maintaining and updating formal and informal animal health information.

  • Provide governments, research institutions, universities and private users with fast, economical access to technical information and knowledge.

  • Support OIE Member Countries and Territories in the Region to develop their official disease status dossiers.

  • Promote collaboration in animal health activities through the FAO - OIE Regional Animal Health Centre for Eastern Africa

  • Support initiatives promoting the veterinary profession and animal health and welfare such as the World Veterinary Day and World Rabies Day

  • Disseminate technical information and raise awareness through extension messages

  • Support OIE Member Countries and Territories in the Region to improve collaborations between the public health and animal health sectors and other competent ministries on “One Health” issues to reduce risks at the animal-human-ecosystems interface.

  • Foster institutional relations and collaboration with the Government of Kenya (host), the African Union Commission (AUC), the Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources of the African Union (AU-IBAR), the Pan-African Veterinary Vaccine Centre of the African Union (AU-PANVAC), the Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomosis Eradication Campaign of the African Union (AU-PATTEC), the Secretariat of the East African Community (EAC), the Secretariat of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), FAO, and other key stakeholders such as ILRI, ICIPE, GALVMed, etc...

  • Foster institutional relations and collaboration with the diplomatic community and the development partners including the European Union, USA, France, World Bank, etc...

  • Maintenance of the OIE Africa websiterr-africa.oie.int

Supporting agencies Donor agencies

World Animal Health Organisation (OIE)

Paris, France (2018 - 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)

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World Organisation for Animal Health

The need to fight animal diseases at global level led to the creation of the Office International des Epizooties through the international Agreement signed on January 25th 1924. In May 2003 the Office became the World Organisation for Animal Health but kept its historical acronym OIE. The OIE 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. The OIE maintains permanent relations with nearly 75 other international and regional organisations and has Regional and sub-regional Offices on every continent.

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