Veterinary Officer – Washington State University – Global Animal Health

Position Description:
The Veterinary Officer will support the implementation of research programs, performing the following activities;

Duties and responsibilities:
Support surveillance officers in collecting and reporting surveillance data through the designated GAHT surveillance data system;
Support data analysis;,
Prepare progress reports in line with funding agency requirements, and the distribution to relevant stakeholders;.
Contribute to strengthening monitoring & evaluation capability;
Participate in relevant events and meetings organized by governmental, academic and other partners;
Work with the GAHT Operations Team to ensure project related equipment and/or electronics are purchased, stored and maintained appropriately;
Liaise with the Pis and other researchers on respective research programs to determine field activity requirements and to collect research data;
Carry out data collection activities as described by the PI and other senior researchers identified by the PI. These will include household surveys, biological sample collection, vaccination coverage surveys etc.;
Maintain safe storage and distribution (to the PI) of data collected;
Be responsible for GAHT vehicles, ensuring that they are operated solely for project activities and maintained in good order. This will include:
Maintaining vehicle log book where mileage is recorded before commencing and completing each field trip;
Close communication with Program Coordinator ensuring vehicle maintenance is done in a timely manner;
Report to the Program Coordinator of any serious mechanical problems that needs immediate resolution;
Send a copy of vehicle log book each month to the Program Coordinator;
Manage and account for project cash advances;
Represent GAHT at necessary meetings.
Miscellaneous other duties as requested

Qualifications:
A Diploma in Veterinary Medicine or equivalent qualification in the animal production and health sector
Three (3) years working experience in similar job position
Beneficial skills and experience:
Demonstrated experience in planning, programme management, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation and report writing
Computer literate – comfortable with email, and proficient in the use of MS Office (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
Excellent English language writing skills
Experience collecting and managing data sets and using mapping software a bonus
A keen interest in developing a career in field research
Ability to speak KiSwahili, KiMaasai, and other languages an advantage
An understanding of the social and political landscape at regional and national levels under which sustainable outcomes must be delivered
Good communication, facilitation and diplomacy skills
Ability to work in a multi-cultural, national environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Valid clean driving license and preferably experience of driving 4-wheeel drive vehicles
Other Technical and Interpersonal Skills for both positions:
An understanding of the social and political landscape at regional and national levels under which sustainable outcomes must be delivered
Excellent command of English and Kiswahili, spoken and written, including scientific report writing
Analytical skills, statistical analysis and mapping / surveillance expertise
Proficiency in the use of MS Office (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
Valid driving license is a must
Skills in interpersonal relations and the ability to work in multi-disciplinary environment.
Good communication, facilitation and diplomacy skills
Ability to work in a multi-cultural, national environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Method of Application
Please submit your detailed resume, a cover letter and relevant certificates to g.kassanga@wsu.edu cc smollel@wsu.edu on or before October 14th 2020. Please indicate specific job title on the subject line of your email. In your resume please indicate the contacts of your previous 3 referees. Late applications will not be considered.

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