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USAID 2019/21 Development Assistance Specialist (Regional Animal Health Advisor)


Organization : USAID/RDMA
Type : Nonprofits / องค์กรไม่แสวงหาผลกำไร
Date : 9 Jul 2019
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Deadline : 5 / August / 2019

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2. ISSUANCE DATE:  July 9, 2019 

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS:  August 5, 2019/ 11:59PM Bangkok, Thailand local time

4. POSITION TITLE:  Development Assistance Specialist (Regional Animal Health Advisor) 

5. MARKET VALUE:  THB 1,816,693 – 3,179,209 per annum equivalent to FSN-12

In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAID/RDMA. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value. 

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:  Five (5) years initial contract.The services provided under this contract are expected to be of a continuing nature that will be executed by USAID through a series of sequential contracts, subject to continued need of the position and availability of funds.

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:  USAID/RDMA, Bangkok, Thailand with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Work. 

8. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED:  The successful candidate shall be required to obtain a Security Certification for Employment from Regional Security Office. 


9.1.   General Statement of Purpose of the Contract 

The Development Assistance Specialist (Regional Animal Health Advisor) is one of three advisors directly leading various facets of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and Emerging Threats Division (ETD) programming in the Asia Pacific region.  The position is located within the Office of Public Health (OPH), where the incumbent provides a full range of highly-technical consultative, advisory, management, monitoring, data collection, analysis, evaluative and networking/liaison functions for the United States Agency for International Development/Regional Development Mission Asia (USAID/RDMA) and other USAID/Missions across Asia. The position also plays a leadership role in coordinating and collaborating with other United States Government (USG) agencies in the region related to high-level strategy and program implementation related to GHSA. As one of a limited set of Agency experts in multi-disciplinary human-animal-environmental health interface work, the incumbent provides regional leadership as a veterinary technical advisor in the assessment and analysis of new and emerging animal health issues, and the implementation of national animal disease control programs with a particular focus on human-animal-environmental health interface issues, including zoonotic Influenza, antimicrobial resistance, trans-boundary animal diseases and other diseases of animal origin that threaten public health, food security, and social and economic stability.

 9.2.   Statement of Duties to be Performed


  • Provide high-level guidance and technical direction to Missions across the Asia Pacific on USAID-specific project designs and evaluations, USG interagency strategies and initiatives, and national strategic plans on matters related to GHSA and emerging disease threats;
  • Provide technical guidance to state health officials, relevant ministries and departments, donors, civil society organizations, and other partners from the public and private sectors on matters related to animal health, emerging infectious disease, and GHSA;
  • Contribute to international strategic plans and initiatives lead by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and United Nations organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) on behalf of USAID;
  • Lead analysis of the latest research on relevant health interventions, and participate in the design of new health interventions for immediate implementation;
  • Maintain technical currency in a dynamic, fast paced,  complex arena where emerging infectious disease issues of critical national security concern that affect multiple sectors (e.g. approaches to Zika, Ebola and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome [MERS] coronavirus) may require immediate guidance;
  • Support countries across Asia to strengthen animal health surveillance systems, build capacity in disease modeling and risk analysis, promote evidence based policies and enhance multi-sectoral communication and information sharing both domestically and with international authorities;
  • Support government capacities in the areas of disease investigations and emergency disease containment, including performing and conducting training on safe animal handling and specimen collection, performing necropsies and gross pathology reporting in service of disease control;  
  • Directly support the Government of Thailand’s leadership role as the global chair to various Initiatives under GHSA focused on laboratory strengthening and workforce development;
  • Keep USAID Missions and USG inter-agency partners across Asia informed of new health-related research and significant events in the region;
  • Provide authoritative guidance in high level technical and program reviews, technical advisory groups and discussions with the government and private sector players in the health arena;
  • Represent USAID and the USG as a technical expert at national and regional conferences and workshops related to GHSA, emerging disease threats, and other animal health crosscutting issues.


  • Serve as Activity Manager for ETD Next Gen programming in the Asia Region, co-managing a USG investment of approximately US $25 million annually across a highly complex portfolio which may include cooperative agreements and grants operating in ten countries;
  • Lead the design of innovative trans-national activities in the region to be tested and scaled to regional initiatives benefiting more than one country and develop overall Mission conceptual frameworks and strategic plans.  The incumbent also prepares concept papers and other relevant documents, and initiates, describes, and justifies project initiatives aligned to the Mission’s health sector strategy;
  • Develop technically informed, well grounded, Statements of Work (SOW) for project activities;
  • Manage annual program implementation cycle for Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT) Next Gen activities in multiple countries, including substantive review of technical and programmatic inputs; approval of proposed work-plans, providing recommendations for improvement as necessary; review quarterly and annual program and financial reporting; and advise on budgetary implications; 
  • Lead the monitoring and evaluation of program activities, contributing to portfolio reviews and providing briefings on activities to Mission management and Global Health Bureau senior leadership.


  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with U.S. Embassy and USG inter-agency officials at senior leadership levels; host-country senior officials across the region, up to the level of Permanent Secretary and Vice Minister; and maintain an extensive range of important contacts with senior level business and community leaders fostering open lines of communication and rich programmatic exchange;
  • Cultivate a network of other bilateral, multilateral (UN Food and Agriculture Organization, World Health Organization, World Organization for Animal Health [OIE]) and development partner (international and indigenous Non-Governmental Organizations) contacts and relationships in support of the portfolio and USG goals in the subject area;
  • Negotiate agreements and obtain approvals for USAID work in Thailand and throughout the region, advising USAID on working with the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other stakeholders in Thailand and across Asia in advancing public health activities; 
  • Represent OPH at scientific meetings and conferences, and during negotiations with government counterparts on matters related to GHSA;
  • Influence government, bilateral and multilateral agencies, and private sector actors to increase investments in key priority health areas toward sustainable impact; and produce evidence guiding policy change that will enhance health development outcomes.


  • Regularly scan the landscape of emerging threats for new trends that will require Agency interventions, and in the mid- to long-term, contribute to the design and development of new strategies to address these trends;
  • Contribute to the global ETD Next Gen program framework, ensure alignment to GHSA action packages and deliverables, develop policy papers conveying proposed changes to technical direction across the ETD portfolio, and prepare technical manuscripts for publication in peer-review journals; 
  • Recommend new strategies and policies to increase overall activity effectiveness and analyze animal health data from the region to detect disease trends, identify new and emerging animal health issues, conduct risk assessments, and evaluate the effectiveness of current animal health programs;
  • Lead monitoring and evaluation efforts for OPH’s ETD portfolio, and contribute to data collection and analysis for RDMA’s Regional Development Cooperation Strategy and OPH’s Project Appraisal Document (PAD);
  • Lead laboratory, surveillance, response and other program (e.g. vaccination/animal production) site visits to monitor/inspect program quality and provide best practices guidance and recommendations for improvements.

The contractor is eligible for temporary duty (TDY) travel to the U.S., or to other Missions abroad, to participate in the "Foreign Service National" Fellowship Program, in accordance with USAID policy.

9.3.   Supervisory Relationship

This position will be supervised by Senior Regional Emerging Infectious Diseases Advisor or his/her designee.

9.4.   Supervisory Controls

The supervision of other USAID staff is not contemplated.

10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION:  This position is open to Cooperating Country National (CCN). Thai citizen or other country citizen lawfully admitted for permanent Thai residence is eligible to apply. Please note that USAID is not able to sponsor candidates for a Thai residency permit. 

11. PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.

12. POINT OF CONTACT:  Benjamaporn/RDMA HR Assistant.


  1. Education: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree is required.
  1. Experience: A minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional-level veterinary experience in the field of public health development is required. Experience must include implementation of animal health-focused infectious disease interventions and at least six (6) or more years of this experience should be with a Government Agency or other international/local organization. Experience with high-level policy and technical work, program direction and visioning, strategic planning and program management is required.


  1. Experience (34 points): Professional-level veterinary experience in the field of public health development is required. Experience must include implementation of animal health-focused infectious disease interventions with a Government Agency or other international/local organization. Experience with high-level policy and technical work, program direction and visioning, strategic planning and program management is required.
  1. Knowledge (33 points):
    • A comprehensive knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques and practices related to GHSA with the focus on animal health related issues and the strategies most effective for implementing veterinary interventions is required. 
    • An advanced level of knowledge and understanding of animal health systems, applicable laws, and agency regulations and instructions, and the appropriate government and non-government entities across the Asia Pacific region is critical to the successful performance of the duties assigned to this position and therefore, required. 
    • Significant knowledge related to emerging infectious diseases (both zoonotic and non-zoonotic), anti-microbial resistance, animal health services, animal health sector reform, and the international/national/local animal health structures and disease control protocols is required.
  1. Skills and Abilities (33 points):

    The incumbent must be able to:

    • Maintain an active license to practice veterinary medicine in Thailand.
    • Analyze disease intelligence, conducting epidemiological trend and related data analytics, with experience in EpiInfo, SAS, and other standard tools, and apply these analytics to programming in the Asia-Pacific region.
    • Have excellent verbal communication skills, tact, and diplomacy in order to establish and develop sustainable working relations and a high level of trust with highest-level government officials, and with public, private, and multilateral organizations. 
    • Have the ability to undertake analysis and understand complex and multi-sectoral programs; the ability to work under pressure and quickly produce results; and, the ability to navigate politically sensitive issues.
    • Have excellent writing skills, which are required in order to prepare regular and ad-hoc reports, documentation of program impacts, technical papers and briefing papers. 
    • Have excellent analytical ability, which is required to interpret public policies, and to assist in the development of revised policies, as required; and, in the development of periodic work plans.
    • Work effectively in a collaborative team environment, and to achieve consensus on policy, program/project, and administrative matters.
    • Demonstrate potential to absorb, synthesize, and represent current USG policy relating to EPT Next Gen and GHSA; USAID programming policies, regulations, procedures, and documentation.
    • Possess computer literacy, knowledge and skills, and use of office software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, e-mail, and Google applications. Able to learn and use Agency specific software related to work area with efficiency. 
    • Work additional hours beyond the established 40 hour workweek and must be willing and able to travel extensively throughout the region as necessary.
    • Be a self-starter with the demonstrated ability to independently set and carry out appropriate work projects, and to lead teams and mentor other staff.

Language: Level IV – Fluent in Thai and English with a valid TOEIC score of 855 is required.


To be considered for candidacy, applicants must address each criterion in their application as to how they meet the minimum qualifications required for the position mentioned in Section II, Item 1-2. If the application submitted fails to demonstrate eligibility, the application will be marked unqualified. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide all pertinent information.

Applications will be initially screened and scored for eligibility in accordance with the evaluation factors and points mentioned in Section III, item 1-3. Top-ranked candidates who meet the minimum qualification will be given a recruitment test. Applicants with passing marks from the recruitment test and with a valid TOEIC score mentioned in Section III, item 4 will be invited for an interview. Only shortlisted candidates for final interview will be notified of the selection result. The recruitment test and the interview will be structured around the evaluation factors mentioned above and will be conducted in USAID/RDMA Bangkok, Thailand. Reference checks will be conducted once the applicant pool is narrowed down to the top candidate(s). References may be obtained independently from other sources in addition to the ones provided by an applicant.

USAID/RDMA reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phases of the selection process.


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