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Biosecurity Risk Communications Advisor

Job Title

Biosecurity Risk Communications Advisor

Project

Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)

Country

Vietnam

Partner Organization

Center for Public Health & Ecosystem Research (CENPHER)

Placement Location

Hanoi

Duration

1-3 months

Start Date

October 2019

Pre-Departure Training Dates

A 2-day manadatory pre-departure training available once a month (all costs covered by VWB).

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements

Essential:
English

Desirable:
Vietnamese

Academic Qualifications

Essential:

Degree in relevant field – Epidemiology, Public Health, or, Communications/English

Desirable:

Masters or PhD (Epidemiology, Public Health, or Communications/English)

Professional Background/Skills

Essential:
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Great organizational skills
    • Experience in risk communication relating to AMR, zoonosis, food safety and/or related topics
    • Experience and/or educational background in health, public health, and/or communications
    • Effective cross-cultural communication skills
    • Experience with strategic planning / communications plan
    • Commitment to the principles of volunteer cooperation and familiarity with participatory approaches to development, including the promotion of gender equality, good governance and environmental sustainability

Desirable:

    • Experience working in a research environment
    • Experience preparing communication plans and deliverables
    • Previous international work / volunteer experience

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)


Overall Goal:
The goal of this placement is to work with CENPHER staff to prepare risk communication resources which will be distributed to the general public in aims of reducing the transmission of illness and disease (both zoonotic and food borne illnesses).

Objectives:

    • To assist CENPHER staff in developing risk communication materials on food safety (biological and chemical hazards, AMR, zoonosis, etc.)
    • To train CENPHER staff to build their risk communications approaches and capacity

All volunteers are expected to promote gender equality, environmental sustainability and good governance within their placement responsibilities.

Volunteer Terms and Conditions

VWB covers the majority of the costs of being an overseas volunteer, including:

  • Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course in Ottawa
  • Return airfare to placement country and visa/permit costs
  • The cost of required vaccinations, anti-malarial medication and overseas emergency travel health insurance
  • A monthly living allowance (MLA) will be paid into the volunteer’s bank account in Canada. The MLA is designed to cover simple housing, basic food requirements and other typical monthly living expenses.

Fundraising

VWB expects each volunteer to raise $1,500 prior to departure with a goal of $2,000 towards the overall project costs. In addition, VWB/VSF offers an award for the top volunteer fundraiser of the year.

How to Apply

If interested, please send your resume and a covering letter which clearly indicate the position you are applying for, and how your qualifications meet the requirements of this posting. Resume and cover letters can be sent to: Allyson Fradella at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you need more information, please contact Volunteer Program Manager Kristen Rodrigues at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Veterinarians Without Borders

In the global south, more than 90 per cent of food animals are raised by subsistence farmers yet these small-scale livestock producers, the majority of whom are women, have very limited access to quality and affordable animal health services. Aside from the risks associated with the loss of valuable livestock who provide important protein and/or income for poor households, zoonotic diseases that can be passed from animals to humans offer a very real threat to human health on a wider scale.

Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontières (VWB/VSF-Canada) works for, and with, communities in need to foster the health of animals, people and the environments that sustain us. VWB/VSF-Canada works nationally and internationally to train animal health workers, increase food security, and improve animal & public health. VWB/VSF-Canada provides overseas volunteer placements for veterinarians and other animal & public health professionals.

About the Project: Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)

For ten years, Veterinarians Without Borders has been sending Canadian Veterinarians and Vet students to poor communities around the world to help increase the knowledge and skills of small-scale farmers to keep their cows, chickens, goats, pigs, guinea fowl and other livestock healthy, well-fed and housed securely.   Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2), a project funded through the Volunteer-Cooperation Program of Global Affairs Canada, will allow VWB/VSF to substantially increase the number of Canadian volunteers it is able to send overseas.  Over the next five years (2015 to 2020), 102 Canadian volunteers will work with local organizations and community partners in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Lao PDR, and Vietnam to help create integrated animal health systems that will help to strengthen the livelihoods and household nutrition of small scale farmers who raise livestock.  We will be looking to recruit professors of veterinary medicine, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal and human nutritionists, laboratory experts, rural development specialists, food safety specialists, horticulturalists, community health workers, gender specialists and other professionals that respond to the specific needs identified by our local partners.

 

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