VPP Training Specialist

  • Job Posting: 22/Apr/2024
  • Closure Date: 06/May/2024, 9:59:00 PM
  • Organizational Unit : FRNIR – FAO Representation in Nigeria
  • Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
  • Type of Requisition : PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
  • Grade Level : N/A
  • Primary Location: Nigeria-Abuja
  • Duration : 11 months

AO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

  •  FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  •  Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  •  Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  •  FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  •  All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  •  All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  •  FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

Organizational Setting

Background: As part of FAO’s effort to strengthen One Health workforce at community level, NSA-CJW is implementing the project “Empowering veterinary paraprofessional entrepreneurs”, in Uganda, Nigeria and South Africa. This project builds on a first phase of implementation between 2021-2023 and aims to deliver and evaluate a model for sustainable last mile animal health service delivery through capacity development of private sector veterinary paraprofessionals (VPPs), and by addressing bottlenecks within the business environment. Gender-sensitive programming is an essential part of the project. Women make up 60% of poor smallholder livestock farmers and are therefore a key target group for last mile animal health services. The project is centered around four complementary outcomes: – Outcome 1: Strengthened veterinary paraprofessional businesses providing gender responsive preventive healthcare services. – Outcome 2: Increased pool of continuous professional development compliant and registered veterinary paraprofessionals – Outcome 3: Improved business climate for veterinary paraprofessionals – Outcome 4: Increased awareness of private sector preventive healthcare veterinary paraprofessional business model for improved access to animal health services

Reporting Lines

The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the VPP country coordinator and with technical support of the VPP Global Training Specialist

Technical Focus Support at country level, the implementation of the project “ empowering veterinary paraprofessional entrepreneurs” to address gaps and deficiencies in national animal health service delivery by coordinating the development, implementation and monitoring of the training component of the project to equip VPPs with the necessary skills, competencies, resources and recognitions to enhance preventive livestock health care

Tasks and responsibilities:

Under the overall supervision of the Assistant FAOR program, direct supervision of the VPP country coordinator and with the technical support of the VPP Global Training Specialist, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  •  Support appraisal process for new project state and competitive selection of additional partner training institutes;
  •  Draft Letters of Agreements for workshop delivery through national training institutes;
  •  Facilitate review of workshop material with training institutes, develop final workshop outlines and consolidate workshop material;
  •  Conduct trainers and CPD managers training needs assessment and develop a tailored capacity development program for both trainers and CPD managers;
  •  Implement training institute capacity development program through training of trainers, monitoring of the quality of training delivery, provide prompt individual feedback post workshops, and coaching;
  •  Prepare live calls with training institutes, attend live calls monitoring attendance and provide feedback to training institutes post call for improvement;
  •  Liaise with training institutes to ensure preparations for workshops and timely communication with VPPs;
  •  Coordinate selection process for veterinary paraprofessionals ensuring highly motivated private sector VPPs are selected and gender balance (at least 40% women);
  •  Support selection of mentors, matching with VPPs and mentor training;
  •  Maintain VPP and Mentor contact databases, training archives and workshop photograph archives up to date;
  •  Draft tweets, articles and lessons learned post-activity and share with communications teams;
  •  Facilitate at country level the VPP community of Practice and the Training Institute Community of Practice;
  •  Coordinate with VPPs from cohort 1 regarding additional capacity development measures;
  •  Support preparation of National Advisory Committee meetings and present training outputs;
  •  Support M&E of the training including post-training impact assessments at VPP and farm level;
  •  Prepare in a timely manner training and technical reports and contribute to country project reports in line with partner funding requirements and FAO rules and procedures;
  •  Document and exchange lessons learned and insights with VPP project team, ECTAD team and broader partners;
  •  Facilitate gender equitable project implementation at country level including the implementation of specific activities in order to target outreach of VPP services to female smallholder farmers.
  •  Undertake other relevant tasks mutually agreed and deemed necessary by the project.

Liaison with the OCC will be maintained, either directly or through an agreed focal point/coordinator, to ensure compliance with OCC standards, appropriate review and clearance processes. All communication materials will follow FAO clearance processes and comply with FAO standards, including: FAOSTYLE (English: https://www.fao.org/3/cb8081en/cb8081en.pdf; French: https://www.fao.org/3/AC339FR/ac339fr.pdf ; Spanish: https://www.fao.org/3/ac339s/ac339s.pdf ; Arabic: https://www.fao.org/3/ac339a/ac339a.pdf ; Chinese: https://www.fao.org/3/ac339c/ac339c.pdf) ; FAO terminology http://www.fao.org/faoterm; FAO Names Of Countries https://www.fao.org/nocs/en ; Story guidelines http://intranet.fao.org/fileadmin/user upload/occ/Quick Guides/UPDATED-Digital-Storytelling-Guide-EN-FINAL.pdf ; Story template http://intranet.fao.org/fileadmin/user upload/occ/Quick Guides/FAO-Stories-Template-UPDATED.pdf ; UN map standards (available to staff); FAO Brand and policy book (available to staff).

Further guidance regarding FAO communications, policies and procedures can be found through the FAO intranet, OCC section.


Minimum Requirements

  •  University degree in veterinary science, animal production, animal health, agricultural economics or other related fields for the position
  •  At least two years of relevant experience in the field of livestock production and animal health management and in the delivery of training programs
  •  Working knowledge of English (Level C)
  •  National of Nigeria or resident in the country with a valid work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  •  Good knowledge of veterinary paraprofessional training, national competency framework, and working context
  •  Experience in workshop and training organization and delivery for veterinary paraprofessionals.
  •  Experience in gender sensitive and transformational approaches.
  •  Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


  •  FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
  •  Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help or have queries, please contact: Careers@fao.org
  •  Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  •  Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  •  For other issues, visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
  •  Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


  •  To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
  •  Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
  •  Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
  •  Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
  •  Incomplete applications will not be considered
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  •  Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
  •  Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
  •  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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