Like every other organization and business in Canada, VWB/VSF has felt the impact of the societal changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we are fortunate that as an organization where our staff already work from home the majority of the time, we have experienced little or no disruption in work flow or productivity as we move into completely virtual work environment. Staff continue to perform their duties while maintaining the social isolation necessary to remain healthy and restrict the spread of the disease.
We are, however, very worried about our partners around the world. We work in places where health care is limited and hard to access, where it is difficult to access accurate information, and where prevention measures such as social isolation and disinfection will be very difficult to achieve. Veterinarians and other animal health workers, with their knowledge of disease prevention and infection control, will certainly be on the front lines working to slow the progress of the disease in Africa and Asia. We have helped to train hundreds of community animal health workers who may be the only people in rural villages with a knowledge of infection control, and access to surgical masks, disinfectants, and other disease prevention supplies.
We are gearing up to support them in this work and we are also following the efforts of health specific organizations, such as Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross. Please make a donation and we will ensure that it is directed to where it can do the most good.
Northern Program Coordinator
80 days during the course of 2020 – combination of office and remote work
1 year, renewable based on performance and funding
February 14, 2020 (applicants will be considered on a rolling basis)
As soon as possible / March 1, 2020
VWB/VSF is presently seeking a Northern Program Coordinator to join our team. The successful candidate will ensure effective implementation of the one year Strengthening Leadership for the Delivery of Northern Canadian Animal Health and Veterinary Services Program Using a One Health Model program. With funding from PetSmart Charities, the project plans to establish appropriate mechanisms and support to ensure communities in remote and underserved areas of Northern Canada have continued and appropriate access to animal health services. While respecting the ongoing work of the existing veterinary clinics, charity groups and veterinary colleges and acknowledging the relationships that have already been established, the program aims to: 1) deepen and expand the impact and reach of current veterinary interventions; and 2) create strong and effective relationships with communities without any veterinary service to build animal health and veterinary services. In the short-term, remote communities in Nunavut, North-West Territories (NWT), and Yukon will be the focus.
The selected candidate will require exceptional organizational skills, be self-sufficient, and able to think quickly on his/her feet. S/he must be able to consistently project an enthusiastic, positive approach that contributes to a collegial and closely-knit organizational culture. The ideal individual will have a deep knowledge of the Northern Canada cultural context and current challenges and have an understanding of the importance of veterinary services for the communities with dogs.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Establish working relationships with the regional advisory council and plan quarterly meetings participatory implementation;
- Develop yearly workplan;
- Engage Research Consultant for support on the specific components of the project;
- Support the veterinary and veterinary technician volunteer engagement process including outreach, recruitment, logistics, mission preparedness and post-placement activities;
- Plan and implement the Annual Summit in July 2020;
- Support the creation of a database of service providers – animal health professionals and other volunteers, and actively maintain it for use for volunteer recruitment and communication activities;
- Act as lead and support for the volunteer veterinarians undertaking the review of the regulatory and policy review;
- Support the exploration and piloting of innovative service delivery models such as telehealth
- Support the development of guidelines, resource materials and training programs for communities and animal control officers and annual reviews and dissemination;
- Co-create veterinary resource kits for northern government authorities, provincial/territorial veterinary associations, animal health professionals and animal owners;
- Undertake regular program monitoring and evaluation and share reports produced;
- Prepare and submit mid-term and final narrative reports to PetSmart Charities.
Finance and Administration
- Work with VWB/VSF Finance and Administration Manager to plan and monitor expenditures for project activities;
- Examine invoices, expense claims and reports for accuracy pertaining to the program;
- Maintain project accounts (including verification of project invoices, consultant invoices, and field reports).
- Produce required financial report to PetSmart Charities as defined in the Grant Agreement.
- Work closely with the Advisory Council, community members, PetSmart Charities, VWB/VSF Communications staff and volunteers to arrange public engagement events and meetings including preparation and distribution of presentation materials, arranging travel and accommodation, event registration, etc;
- Ensure that public engagement activities conducted by VWB/VSF staff and volunteers are tracked and presentations archived;
- Provide support for community members and volunteers to produce media materials (articles, videos, web and social media content, etc) to share their experiences;
- Work with VWB/VSF staff and volunteers to sustain effective relations with VWB/VSF Northern Program supporters.
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- Degree or diploma in project management and relevant experience or equivalent of education and work experience;
- Small animal health education would be an asset.
- Solid understanding of the cultural context and challenges in Canadian northern communities;
- Familiar with the One Health approach and values;
- Strong organizational skills; ability to multi-task, and/or provide timely feedback on an as needed and/or urgent basis;
- Keen attention to detail;
- High level of professionalism, including strict adherence to confidentiality;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;
- Superior interpersonal skills;
- Resourceful team player who can also be very effective independently;
- Strong computer skills in word processing and spreadsheet applications, including data manipulation; proficiency with MS Outlook, MS Word, and MS Excel preferred, as well as a willingness to learn new computer software programs as required.
We welcome applications from: women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification and share our values. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us as soon as possible of any particular adaptive measures you might require.
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