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.
Assistant FAOR Programme and Lead Technical Officer.
The National Biosecurity and Policy Analysis Specialist will be responsible for conducting a comprehensive assessment of Indonesia's biosecurity system, animal health regulations, and disease prevention procedures. They will engage in policy analysis, deliver findings through consultation meetings, , lead focus group discussions, design pest sterilization guidelines, conduct training sessions, and support the development of a surveillance system. Additionally, they will actively participate in seminars, ensure coordination with other consultants, and provide a detailed mission report at the project's conclusion.
Tasks and responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Country Office, Lead Technical Officer in RAP, and the technical supervision of the HQ Senior Officer, in consultation with the ECTAD country team leader, and also in collaboration with the Project Team Leader and the National Project Coordinator the incumbentwill carry out the following duties:
• Conduct a comprehensive assessment of the existing biosecurity system, regulations, and procedures related to animal health, disease prevention, and quarantine measures in Indonesia. The expert will also expect to review policy and regulation of other relevant ministries;
• Conduct consultation meeting to deliver findings of the policy analysis and recommendation;
• Working closely with MoA Quarantine Animal Center in designing the policy analysis work (current prevention measure of Pest and Disease of Quarantine Animals, its effectiveness and how to improve it) and through the analysis and writing processes;
• Involve in the development of pest sterilization guideline in close consultation with MoA Quarantine Animal Center. The expert will also in close consultation with FAO technical officer in developing the guideline;
• Conduct training to “master-trainers” in the various offices (seaport and airport) which will cover pest sterilization on vehicle, cage, package, people and quarantine waste handling at seaports and airports (with visit to a certain place to see example of biosecurity system implementation);
• Assisting FGD in relation to testing types, technology and equipment for testing, animal pest and disease that has potential to spread quickly that has high risk entering Indonesia, and type of sample that can be use in testing;
• Support training to “master-trainers” in the various offices which will cover on sample volume, sample criteria, technique, and method of sample selection;
• Support and actively participating in seminar on the importance of biosecurity implementation
• Assisting FGD 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.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
• A minimum of 7 years of experience working in the field of animal health, disease prevention, and biosecurity, preferably in a consultancy or advisory role;
• University degree in the field of animal health, disease prevention, and biosecurity;
• Strong expertise in zoonotic diseases, pest and disease control, and invasive alien species management;
• Working knowledge of English (C)National or resident of the country with valid work permit.
FAO Core Competencies
• Results Focus
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities, with the capacity to identify gaps and propose innovative solutions;
• 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;
• In-depth knowledge and understanding of international best practices, standards, and regulations related to animal health, biosecurity, and quarantine measures;
• Educational background
• Experience in project management
• Experience in collaboration with national and sub-national governments.
• Experience in biosecurity and policy analysis aspect
• Availability to travel for field assessments and training programs
• Reporting skills