Livestock – Epidemio - Surveillance Project Southern Sub – Project (Southern Sudan)

A study to assess the health regulations, management and ownership of livestock slaughter facilities in five states of the Republic of South Sudan

Terms of Reference


Veterinaires Sans Frontieres Belgium (VSF-Belgium) is an international non-governmental organization whose vision is to improve the welfare of vulnerable populations in developing countries, through improving animal health and production.

We have been a key player in the livestock sector in Southern Sudan since 1995 with a major role in the establishment of a community based animal health delivery system. Since 2007 VSF Belgium has been involved directly in supporting the Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries (MARF) in the establishment of an effective and efficient disease surveillance system in South Sudan.

This is under Livestock Epidemio-surveillance Southern sub-project (LESP) through a grant from the European Community (EC), a parallel project is being implemented in northern Sudan.

The overall objective of the project is long-term reduction of poverty of those involved in livestock farming.

The specific objectives are:
  • Completion of the rinderpest eradication pathway in Southern Sudan completed by 2008.
  • Establishment of an effective and sustainable epidemio-surveillance system (ESS) owned and supported by the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) in order to support timely and effectively livestock disease control.
  • Ensure that the GoSS Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries (MARF) has an informed and fully-costed strategy addressing main animal health issues affecting Southern Sudan.
The target groups for the project are the livestock owners of Southern Sudan, Community-based Animal Health Workers (CAHWs), Animal Health Auxiliaries, (AHAs), public and private veterinarians, Southern Sudan State Ministries of Agriculture and Animal Resources and Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries (MARF) Directorate of Veterinary Services.

Consultancy summary

In the past four years the project had its focus on addressing the completion of rinderpest eradication pathway as recommended by the World Animal Health Organization (OIE), as well as strengthening the disease surveillance capacity of the government of South Sudan specifically targeting priority and emerging livestock diseases in South Sudan.

In a quest to take the surveillance effort further the project aims to advocate for an improved disease tracking system, linking up with livestock routes and marketing infrastructures. These marketing infrastructures were destroyed during the two decade long civil war.

The study is designed to look at the existing slaughter facilities in the five states of Central Equatoria, Jonglei, Upper Nile, Eastern Equatoria and Unity and assess their conformity with normal operating standards.


This study will take place in the five State capital towns of Juba, Bor, Malakal, Torit and Bentiu.

Objectives of the survey

The objective of this study is to look at the status of the existing slaughter facilities and assess their compliance with normal standards applicable in meat inspection practices, i.e. ante and post mortem, processing as well as management and ownership of the structures.

1. The consultant will look at the structure of the facility in line but not limited to the points list listed below:
  • The site of the slaughter facility and the surrounding environ
  • Accessibility by the livestock traders and butchers
  • Availability of holding pens for ante mortem inspection and isolation
  • The size of the facility in relation to output
  • The design including various compartments i.e. slaughtering and skinning, carcass hanging facility, viscera processing and inspection space, slaughter by-products disposal and/or processing
  • Availability of necessary slaughtering equipments
  • Availability of potable water; power and adequate ventilation
  • Availability of adequate drainage as well as disposal facilities
  • Availability of offices and lavatories
2. Health regulations; the consultant will investigate the existing health regulations in the slaughter facility, this includes but not limited to:
  • Ante and post mortem inspection
  • Disposal of condemned parts
  • Health fitness certificates for the workers
  • Identification of inspected carcasses
  • Washing and disinfection facilities
  • Application of food safety principles on meat products starting within the facility all the way to the consumer e.g. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP).
3. Assess the processing/utilization/commercialization of slaughter by-products and comment on any unexploited potential for the processing/utilization/commercialization of the same.

4. Management and Ownership: the consultant is expected to document the existing management system in the slaughter facility and how the roles and responsibilities are divided between the veterinary authority, town council, butchers and livestock traders associations.

5. Gauge the knowledge of stakeholders ( cattle owners, traders, butchers, slaughter house staff and consumers) on public health issues especially meat hygiene, and understand their perception about the current systems.

6. The consultant is expected to assess the environmental implications related to the site and operation of slaughter facilities as well as transportation of meat products to retail outlets.

7. Document the findings with clear recommendations.

  • The expert(s) will draft a detailed work plan for the study within the first one (1) week of signing the contract
  • A participatory approach will be expected with maximum stakeholder participation and appropriate involvement of MARF and project target groups at all stages.
  • The whole mission is expected to be completed within 30 days
  • Three (3) days desk work
  • Twenty five days (25) days field work involving travel between the five states and consultation with the stakeholders
  • Two (2) days validation workshop in Juba

The expert(s) will be expected to submit a hard and soft copy of a detailed work plan within one (1) week of signing the consultancy contract.

A detailed final report will be presented to the VSF-B Regional Director and LESP Sub-project Coordinator entailing the findings and recommendation of the survey. The entire report will be presented in English and will remain the property of VSF-B. A hard copy and a soft copy must be submitted.

A draft report will be expected seven (7) days after the end of the mission and the final report is expected 5 days after VSF-B’s comments.

The contents of the report shall be as follows:
  • Executive summary (covering major findings and recommendations).
  • Background.
  • Description of the objectives of the mission and execution methodology.
  • Findings
  • Problems encountered
  • Recommendations;
Annexes covering Terms of Reference, abbreviations, data collection formats and questionnaires used references, graphs, tables, etc.).


The LESP Technical Advisor based in Juba, Southern Sudan will ensure the overall coordination of the mission in conjunction with the Project Coordinator (PC) also based in Juba. The expert(s) will be expected to work closely with MARF and relevant stakeholders.

The LESP Sub-Project Coordinator will have overall responsibility and accountability for the mission and will provide guidance through all stages of the studies.

The expert(s) will be part of the Project Management Unit which reports to the PC.


The expert(s) are expected to have the following attributes:
  • Veterinary public health expert with at least seven years experience in assessment of livestock marketing structures
  • Experience in carrying out similar studies, using participatory methodologies and a proven track record of excellent results delivery.
  • Experience with livestock market analysis
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Working experience in Southern Sudan is desirable.
Contact Information

Interested consultants should prepare and submit to VSF-B both technical and financial proposal for the assignment by 13th of August 2011

They should indicate their qualifications and experience with a detailed execution plan.

The proposals, CV and letter of motivation as well as three (3) referees should be sent electronically to

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Across East Africa children face starvation because of drought. A deadly combination of failed rains and rising food prices has left over 10 million people facing a devastating food crisis. Families have lost their incomes and food supplies.

Millions of children are hungry, thirsty and desperate. They are in danger of becoming critically malnourished and, without help, many in the worst hit areas could die.

Save the Children is already on the ground saving lives. We’re rapidly providing food, water, medicine and crucial support to families who have lost their incomes.

We are actively recruiting for staff across various sectors and levels (see details below).

For the moment, we are focussing on short-term deployments of up to 3 months with a possibility of extending to longer-term contracts as needed by the Country Programmes.

If you are interested in helping us in responding to this crisis, please send us an updated CV, your earliest availability and for how long, as well as specify which sector/role you are interested in.

We will be able to provide detailed TORs for the specific roles prior to deployment. The urgent need at the moment is to help Save the Children scale-up its response to the food crisis and we’re looking for humanitarian professionals with solid experience in the field, especially within an Emergencies Context.

Locations: Kenya – Nairobi, Dadaab, Wajir, Mandera

Roles we are recruiting for:

Team Leaders: To develop and manage large and complex programmes or country support functions, at a national level. To negotiate and advocate at a national level. To provide strategic direction to the emergency response, in collaboration with the Country Director. To manage a budget of up to £25m. Your role will be a key one in the expansion of Save the Children programmes.

Field Managers: To develop and manage large and complex programmes, at a field level. To negotiate and advocate at a field level. To manage a budget of up to £10m.

Nutrition Managers: To manage the CMAM (Community Management of Acute Malnutrition) and IYCF (Infant and Young Child Feeding) programming and to ensure that all
components of the programme are functioning properly, providing quality care to all beneficiaries.

Health Managers: To lead the emergency health response in the field. This may include responsibilities for conducting rapid health assessments, contributing to the health sector component of the emergency response strategy and initiate/lead the first response. Finally, it will include writing strategies / proposals / concept notes.

Food Security & Livelihoods Managers: To lead on the identification, design and implementation of livelihoods work at field and community levels, and to ensure that relevant technical inputs are provided. Additional responsibilities may include supporting the FSL team in design, implementation and monitoring of Cash for Work, cash grants and other diversified
livelihoods activities.

WASH Managers: To provide quality water, sanitation and hygiene programming. Address water, sanitation and hygiene needs in emergencies through assessment, programme design, management, capacity building and evaluation. The role exists to strengthen and provide WASH
support for all core programme sectors.

Shelter Managers: To manage the shelter programme within the country programme response. The programme will include emergency distribution of shelter and NFI materials, providing technical support and management to transitional shelter programming, and support to construction works in Education, Child Protection or Health, as indentified by the Country programme.

Logistics Managers & Coordinators: To coordinate effective logistics support to Save the Children’s East Africa Country Programmes in responding to the crisis.

Education Managers: To work with country specific Education Managers and to assist them in developing plans for emergency education response including setting up programmes; developing concept notes for potential donors; developing response plans; producing good working documents and creating linkages with other Education Cluster partners.

Child Protection: To work with the country programme in implementing Save the Children’s protection activities in the field; to effectively manage a programme and budget; and ensure that best practices are applied in our programme work, while ensuring strategic links and coordination with other programmatic areas, notably education and potentially nutrition and health.

Monitoring & Evaluation: To provide Monitoring & Evaluation support to the Country Programmes team in the relevant geographical area and in the management and implementation of all programme work.

Finance Managers: To be responsible for implementing and maintaining efficient and effective financial operations within these Country Programme offices and field locations; and work in close coordination with the other members of the Finance team in the local office.

Information/Communications Manager & Officers: To be responsible for meeting the information and communication needs of the Country Programme Response, including collection, analysis, approval and dissemination of critical information and communication products to Save the Children members, donors and other stakeholders; as well as to assist with the development of proposals, reports, and other documentation.

Criteria for Applicants

Essential Criteria
  • Prior management experience of working in an emergency response contexts
  • Experience of working in remote field bases with Iimited infrastructure
  • Sector specific field experience.
  • Excellent planning and coordination skills, with the ability to organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities
  • Strong communication, and interpersonal skills in English, with experience in managing multicultural teams
  • Willingness to work and travel in often difficult and insecure environments
  • Commitment to Save the Children UK’s global policies and values
  • Previous Security Training for relevant geographical areas
Desirable Criteria
  • Experience of working within the East Africa region with an international NGO.
  • Budget development and financial monitoring skills.
  • Proposal writing for international institutional donors.
  • Ability to persuade and influence.
All applicants will also be subject to Save the Children’s usual Child Safeguarding Policy and reference checking process.

How to apply

Applications must include:
  • Maximum 2-page role-specific CV
  • Clearly state: your availability for deployment & which role you are applying for
All candidates need to apply via the Save the Children UK website at:

What are the application and recruitment deadlines?
  • The closing date for applications is 21st August 2011 at midnight London time
  • Short listed candidates will be invited to a telephonic interview & face to face interview in London/Nairobi or via video conferencing.
  • Accepted candidates will be notified via email.
  • All interviews will be held in English
  • We’re looking for people who can start as soon as possible or within the next few weeks.
  • Travel costs during recruitment will not be reimbursed

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Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization with over four decades of experience strengthening health systems, local capacity and institutions.

MSH takes a comprehensive approach to improving health to achieve scalability, lasting impact, and sustainability.

Our mission is to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.

MSH would like to invite suitably qualified and experienced candidates to join its team based in Kenya on a 5 year Institutional Strengthening Project called FANIKISHA funded by USAID.

The project will seek to strengthen the technical and institutional capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to enable them to be responsive to the health needs and well being of Kenyans.

This project will also strengthen the national level Kenyan NGOs, CSOs and / or CSO networks to provide national level advocacy for inclusion of CSOs in policy making and strategy development for increased health service delivery to the communities.

M&E/HMIS Technical Advisor

He / She will provide technical assistance in Monitoring and Evaluation and HMIS to CSOs, under the Institutional Strengthening program.

The M&E / HMIS Technical Advisor will lead and oversee the training, support and systems development required to improve the use of health data generated by the current Information Systems at sector level.

Required: MSc. in Demography, Epidemiology or related field with at least 6 years experience on USG funded programs.

Financial Management Technical Advisor

This position is responsible for providing Technical Assistance in financial management to CSOs. The incumbent will work with a team of professionals to transfer essential skills, including appropriate costing of services, budgeting and management of funds to strengthen the operational and financial capacity of clients and partners.

Required: MBA, CPA with a minimum 5 years experience with demonstrated capability in health financing & provision of direct Technical Advice to CSOs, NGOs, GoK.

Human Resource and Change Management Advisor

The Advisor is responsible for developing and assisting with the implementation of innovative and promising responses to pressing Human Resources Management and Change Management challenges faced by CSOs.

The Advisor will support the development and implementation of Change programs and HRM systems and practices in order to ensure sustainable and effective operations of CSOs.

Required: Advanced degree in Social Sciences, Public Administration and at least 6 years
experience in Governance and HR policy in the health setting in Kenya.

Grants Manager

The incumbent is responsible for managing the contractor’s grants portfolio in accordance with USAID procedures.

He / She will participate in monitoring of sub grantees performance, evaluating grant proposals and budgets and assist applicants in refining them. He / She is responsible for the grant management cycle.

Required: Minimum MBA with at least 6 years contracts and grants management experience on USAID funded programs.

CSO Advocacy Technical Advisor

He / She will develop and implement policy and advocacy initiatives to raise the priority of, and commitment to CSOs programs among national, provincial, and district level policymakers and decision makers, within the context of promoting improved service delivery in health.

Required: demonstrated success as a technical leader & strategist in implementing change, ability to negotiate and influence at policy level for CSOs, GOK etc. A minimum of 5 years experience with a Bachelors degree in Public Administration or a related field.

Institutional Strengthening Advisor

The Institutional Strengthening Advisor provides organizational capacity development and coordinates technical assistance in management and leadership development for CSOs and their teams.

He / She collaborates on establishing an effective technical exchange and support network among service provision partners and institutions, including international & local NGOs
and FBOs.

Required: 5 years experience in Institutional Capacity Development for CSOs in a developing country context with an MPH or related qualification.

Marketplace and Communications Advisor

He / She is the Project’s lead expert in managing the communication on the web based marketplace and leading communication initiatives to implement effective communication within the CSOs and their networks.

He / She will check / review the portal and encourage interest and use of the portal as a forum for knowledge exchange, sharing tools, new approaches and updates on CSO activities.

Required: Graduate degree in Public Health or Communication with exceptional communication skills using varied forums include web based communication strategies with at least 5 years experience on health related programs.

Grants Officer

The Grants Officer works with the Finance and Grants leads to monitor and ensure sub-agreement and project compliance with the terms and conditions of the Agreements. S/he will help manage the grants management cycle.

Required: MBA or equivalent with at 3-5 years proven Grants Management experience for USG programs. Ideal candidate will demonstrate expertise in financial and operational systems.

Budget Analysts

He / She prepares contract budgets, acts as subcontract administrator for selected subcontracts, and assists in the preparation of cost proposals budgets when needed due to high proposal volume.

Activities include subcontract management and negotiation, cost proposal and contract budget development, project staff training, and ensuring compliance with USAID donor regulations in budget development and contract and subcontract matters.

Required: Bachelors degree in Finance plus relevant Contract Management USG program experience.

Project Operations Associate

He / She is responsible for supporting the smooth operation of Chief of Party’s office and that of technical teams by providing administrative, operational, and logistical support for technical activities for the project.

Required: Bachelor’s degree in administration, At least five years experience in providing project and administrative support to donor-funded projects.

For further detail and to apply for any of these positions, please visit the Employment Opportunities section of our website at by August 22, 2011.

If you cannot apply online, or have difficulty doing so, please email an explanation of your problem to

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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The Africa Regional Finance Manager will report to the Global Chief Financial Officer, and work in partnership with the Chapter Finance Manager at HQ and the Deputy Director of Global Operations.

This position will serve as liaison between HQ (Headquarters) and Africa offices located in Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Sudan on a variety of finance functions.

Frequent travel to HQ and each of the Women for Women International (WfWI) African country offices is to be expected.

The position is responsible for the training and support of local finance managers in Africa, including training on QuickBooks accounting software, WfWI’s finance manual, all finance and procurement policies and procedures and the global monthly closing process.

The primary goal of this function is to build adequate financial capacity and internal controls in the Africa field offices.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Collaborate with HQ finance, Country Directors, Deputy Director of Global Operations and designated in-country finance representatives to ensure that financial systems, including policies and procedures, are developed, continuously monitored and updated and are compliant with local laws and in line with HQ standards.
  • Coordinate with Policy and Compliance staff to direct internal and external audit efforts towards areas of greatest risk.
  • Mentor, coach and develop country office finance staff. Identify training and development opportunities. Develop training materials and content for annual finance manager meetings.
  • Monitoring and support of finance managers during the monthly and annual close process, helping to achieve 100% on-time submissions and minimal coding and compliance errors.
  • Train and coach finance managers on the grants management process, including budget development, compliance, ongoing grants management, forecasting, etc.
  • Provide recruitment support to Country Directors as country office finance vacancies occur.
  • Provide training and on-boarding support for finance staff and temporarily assume direct financial management role for unexpected vacancies.
  • Recommend external trainings and manage/lead internal training on finance issues and processes for both finance staff and non-finance staff on the senior management team, including the Country Directors.
  • Recommend best practices to create opportunities for information flow between HQ and country offices, as well as look for opportunities for inter-country information sharing.
  • Become familiar with HQ Policies and Procedures and participate in the development of new policies, with particular focus on representing the field office perspective during the process (policies are practical, easily understood, etc.).
  • Work with Country Directors, local leadership team and local finance staff to develop an effective annual budget process and an effective monthly financial review process.
  • Provide Country Directors with feedback on local finance staff for annual performance evaluations.
  • Work collaboratively with HQ Finance and the Deputy Director of Global Operations to develop a trip schedule and scope of work to communicate and train staff on new policies, improve areas of non-compliance with existing policies, solicit feedback on proposed new processes, participate in cross-functional special projects, etc.
Required Skills
  • Desire and ability to frequently travel to HQ and country offices up to 90% of the time (position based in Africa, preferable in or near one of the existing 4 African program locations)
  • Ability to work well and communicate effectively with others; role requires serving multiple constituencies and moving initiatives forward
  • Superior interpersonal, organizational, planning and analytical skills are essential
  • Advanced knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures relevant to global financial management is required
  • Demonstrated ability to create and document financial policies and procedures is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop sound recommendations and effectively plan, direct and evaluate the work of others.
  • Ability to speak and write fluently in English required. Similar capabilities in French and Swahili highly desired.
Required Experience
  • At least seven years in a financial management capacity entailing supervision and development of staff, management of accounting, budgeting and financial reporting, including management of multiple funding sources and US Government grants.
  • Minimum of a Masters degree in Finance or Accounting
  • CPA or ACCA designation desired
Job Location: Africa, To Be Determined

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

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