STTA: International Specialist in FAO/OIE Progressive Control Pathway for Foot and Mouth Disease (PCP-FMD)
US-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) activity in Pakistan is a USAID funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture, particularly through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demand and requirements in targeted product lines in Citrus, Mango, High value/off season vegetable and livestock. AMD envisions transforming the four targeted product lines into efficient, private sector led value chains that deliver competitive products to domestic and export markets. AMD’s targeted training, matching grants, and technical assistance will leverage private sector investment and encourage innovation. Together these approaches will support upgrading, streamline supply chains, optimize profit margins, increase participation of women entrepreneurs, and ultimately make Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and more competitive.
“The Progressive Control Pathway for Foot and Mouth Disease (PCP-FMD) has been developed by FAO to assist and facilitate countries where FMD is still endemic to progressively reduce the impact of FMD and the load of FMD virus. The PCP-FMD has been adopted by FAO as a working tool in the design of FMD country (and some regional) control programs,…it has become a joint FAO/OIE tool.” Pakistan is currently at Stage-II incursion of the FMD virus as defined by the OIE PCP-FMD. It is mandatory for Pakistan to establish FMD free zones/compartments in line with the OIE guidelines to progress to the next Stage of FMD PCP i.e. Stage-III that will allow export of meat from these areas. Pakistan’s chilled meat exports are currently limited to GCC. Frozen meat is limited to Malaysia and Vietnam.. In order to expand into other markets like China, Indonesia and Russia, Pakistan must comply with the OIE regulations regarding FMD free zones/compartments. Once these zones/compartments are notified and accepted by OIE, Pakistan would be allowed to export meat to a number of countries including those mentioned above. The Government of Punjab has notified a few FMD control zones/compartments in Punjab province, however, The Government of Sindh has yet to take any steps in the FAO/OIE FMD-PCP process. The identified control zones/compartments become internationally acceptable only after ratification by OIE.
Objective of the Technical Assistance:
The Senior Specialist in FAO/OIE Progressive Control Pathway for Foot and Mouth Disease, in collaboration with AMD team, will provide a recommended strategy and implementation plan of the OIE guidelines to support the provincial and federal regulatory authorities in Pakistan. In Punjab, the consultant will review identified areas and farms for suitability as PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with OIE guidelines. In Sindh, the consultant will work with AMD staff and private sector stakeholders to identify suitable areas for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with OIE guidelines
Based on the strategy and implementation plan, the ISTTA will conduct a training workshop to present the strategy and implementation mechanism to selected relevant technical specialists, stakeholders and service providers.
The Senior Specialist on PCP-FMD Control Zones/Compartments for enhancing meat exports will have a background in veterinary sciences with sound practical experience in the developing veterinary services across the globe; particularly in Pakistan. Knowledge of animal health, disease control, designing and supporting capacity building initiatives, sound knowledge of FMD issues and relevant OIE regulations as well as government regulations, and an understanding of the Pakistani livestock and veterinary services will be an added advantage.
Estimated level of Effort (LoE) for the assignment:
38 work days, including intermittent travel as per the detail in the full description linked below.
Timing of the Assignment:
The ISTTA shall commence on or about August 15, 2017 and is expected to be completed by October 30, 2017.
 FAO Document PCP 2011: http://www.fao.org/ag/againfo/commissions/docs/PCP/PCP-26012011.pdf
- Review current FMD status of Pakistan viz-a-viz FAO/OIE PCP-FMD Progressive Control Pathway Strategy;
- Discussions with relevant provincial and federal regulatory authorities;
- Discussions with public and private sector to review and identify areas and farms for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with the FAO/OIE PCP-FMD guidelines;
- Development of a comprehensive strategy and implementation plan for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with OIE guidelines;
- Present PCP-FMD strategy and implementation plan to relevant stakeholders;
- Develop training modules for the proposedPCP-FMD strategy and implementation plan for selected technical stakeholders and impart awareness and training through a seminar / workshop;
- Willingness to travel to project areas within Pakistan;
- Any other relevant tasks assigned by the Chief of Party or the Chief Technical Advisor.
- Final comprehensive report containing:
- Review of current FMD status of Pakistan viz-a-viz FAO/OIE PCP-FMD Progressive Control Pathway Strategy;
- List of stakeholders met with and summary of discussions held;
- Areas and farms identified for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with the FAO/OIE PCP-FMD guidelines;
- Comprehensive strategy and implementation plan for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with OIE guidelines;
- Review of training workshop
- Training modules developed for workshop and seminar;
- Conduct technical presentation in Islamabad of the strategy and proposed implementation mechanism for FMD control zones/compartments in Pakistan based on FAO/OIE global strategy guidelines to selected relevant technical specialists, stakeholders and service providers;
- Develop Training modules for implementation of the proposed implementation mechanism.
- Conduct Technical Workshop in Islamabad on the training modules including a Power point presentation to selected relevant technical specialists, stakeholders and service providers;
- Above 20 years of international experience in veterinary services and veterinary policy legislations at both South Asian and global levels;
- At least 2 years’ experience working in the livestock veterinary sector in Pakistan;
- Experience working with USAID and other donor funded projects;
- Degree in veterinary services (MRCVS/DVM);
- Sound knowledge of FAO/OIE guidelines and regulations;
- Experience in the design and implementation of capacity building activities in the livestock sector;
- Experience working on regulatory and policy development in livestock sector;
- Willingness to travel to Pakistan;
- Excellent English communication and writing skills are required.