National Expert on Disease Traceability

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


Organizational Setting

The FAO Indonesia in collaboration with the Agriculture Quarantine Agency, Ministry of Agriculture (IAQA) is implementing the project on supporting biosecurity improvement in Indonesia. The Indonesian Agricultural Quarantine Agency (IAQA), Ministry of Agriculture has vital role in making sure that animals, plants and livestock coming in, transit and going out of Indonesia’s borders are in good health conditions. The agency has 52 offices throughout the country that mainly works at the border. The IAQA mandate is regulated under Act No. 21/2019 on Animal, Fish and Plant Quarantine which is the primary legal instrument covering prevention and quarantine.

Despite some advances, it is widely recognized that the existing applicable regulations still need to be improved to sufficiently prevent the entry of pest and disease into the Indonesia territory, including the development of regulation to control the movement of pest and disease between islands. Due to limited institutional capacities to prevent, detect, control, and respond to zoonotic diseases and health threats, the Ministry of Agriculture requested FAO to provide technical support in improving biosecurity system, as well as strengthening current capacity of IAQA-MoA officers in discharging their tasks across the borders in Indonesia.

Reporting Lines

National Expert on Diseases Traceability will work under the overall managerial administrative leadership of the Assistant FAO Representative – Programme and direct supervision of the Lead Technical Officer from RAP.

Technical focus

1.    Epidemiology
2.    Laboratorium Testing
3.    Diseases and virology

Tasks and responsibilities

•    Conduct a comprehensive assessment of the existing biosecurity system, regulations, and procedures related to disease tracing/traceability in Indonesia. The expert will also expect to review policy and regulation of other relevant ministries regarding the diseases tracing/traceability.
•    Conduct consultation meeting to deliver findings of the policy analysis and recommendation;
•    Support in designing the policy analysis work under FAO Officer supervision, particularly regarding the diseases tracing/traceability in Indonesia through the analysis and writing processes;
•    Support in the development of guideline disease tracing/traceability under FAO Officer supervision;
•    Conduct training to “master-trainers” in the various offices (seaport and airport) which will cover disease tracing/traceability;
•    Support training to “master-trainers” in the various offices which will cover on disease tracing/traceability theory and implementation, best practices in Indonesia;
•    Support and actively participating in seminar on the importance of biosecurity implementation, particularly with regards of disease tracing/traceability
•    Support FGD under FAO Officer supervision with relevant stakeholders in relation to obtain agreement from stakeholders in regulating surveillance system at ports and borders;
•    Monitoring, evaluating, and maintain good coordination with other recruited consultant, and recommending changes as needed;
•    Prepare and submit a detailed report describing activities undertaken, findings, conclusions, recommendations at the end of the mission.
•    Perform any other related tasks as per requested.


Minimum Requirements

•    Bachelor’s degree in relevant field such as epidemiology, virology, or related discipline;
•    A minimum of 10 years of experience working in the field of animal health, disease prevention, and biosecurity, preferably in a consultancy or advisory role and diseases surveillance, epidemiology, disease tracing/traceability;
•    Working knowledge of written and spoken English;
•    National of Indonesia.

FAO Core Competencies

•    Results Focus
•    Teamwork
•    Communication
•    Building Effective Relationships
•    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

•    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders, including government officials, technical experts, and local communities;
•    Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities, with the capacity to identify gaps and propose innovative solutionsWork experience in more than one location or area of work, is desirable
•    Availability to travel for field assessments and training programs.
•    Extent and relevant of experience in implementation of technical assistance projects, preferably in the areas of disease tracing/traceability
•    Extent and relevant of experience in providing technical reports

Selection Criteria

•    In-depth knowledge and understanding of international best practices, standards, and regulations related to animal health, biosecurity, and quarantine measures as well as disease tracing/traceability;
•    Strong expertise in zoonotic diseases, pest and disease control, and invasive alien species management;
•    Familiarity with the specific challenges and issues related to biosecurity and animal health in large, diverse ecosystems and archipelago environments;
•    Proven experience in conducting assessments, formulating recommendations, and implementing capacity-building programs for government agencies or relevant stakeholders;

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