April 2007 - December 2012 : Programme officer

World Organisation for Animal Health
OIE Sub-regional Representation for Southern Africa
Gaborone, Botswana

Position : Programme Officer to the Sub-regional Representative of the OIE for Southern Africa, covering the 15 S.A.D.C. Member States : Angola, Botswana, D.R.C., Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


The OIE Sub-Regional Representation for Southern Africa was established in 2006 and started operating in January 2007. The Representation is entrusted with the technical cooperation with two regional economic communities in the Region, i.e. the Southern African Development Community (SADC) with headquarters based in Gaborone, Botswanai and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) with headquarters based in Lusaka, Zambia. Activities of the Programme officer fall within the 5th Strategic Plan of the OIE and include (but are not limited to) :

  • Assist OIE Member Advisor to the OIE Sub-Regional Representative and the Deputy-Representative.

    Implementation of the regional training programmes of the OIE Sub-regional Representation for the SADC area in cooperation with OIE's Collaborating Training Centers for Veterinary Services.

    Support to the laboratory twinning programme and the recognition by OIE of new reference laboratories in Africa.

    Support to the adoption of the OIE international notification system WAHIS.

    Implementation of the capacity-building programmes for Veterinary Services of the SADC Member States (EDF-funded Grant Contribution Agreement for OIE) 2005 - 2009.

    Implementation of the capacity-building programmes for Veterinary Services of the African OIE Member States (DG-SANCO funded Better Training for Safer Food programme) 2009 - 2012.

    Support to the OIE/SADC projects for the surveillance and early detection of zoonoses, emerging and re-emerging animal diseases, including support to reference laboratories.

    Coordination with other OIE programmes conducted within the SADC area in partnership with other organizations such as FAO and the African Union (ALive, GF-TADs, Regional Animal Health Center), WTO (STDF), WHO, the World Bank and the European Union (the PRINT and S-FMD-programmes).

    Establishment of a regional database on African animal health and welfare experts.

    Management of the OIE Africa website rr-africa.oie.int

Supporting agencies Donor agencies

World Animal Health Organisation (OIE)

Paris, France (2007 - 2012)

Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) Directorate

Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat

Gaborone, Botswana

France Coopération

Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes (MAAE)

Paris, France (2007 - 2010)

Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Paris, France (2010 - 2012)

European Union funding

PRINT-Project sub-grant to establish the Sub-Regional Representation (SADC)

Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF)

Strengthening Veterinary Governance in Africa (VETGOV)

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World Organisation for Animal Health

The need to fight animal diseases at global level led to the creation of the Office International des Epizooties through the international Agreement signed on January 25th 1924. In May 2003 the Office became the World Organisation for Animal Health but kept its historical acronym OIE. The OIE is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide. It is recognised as a reference organisation by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in 2018 has a total of 182 Member Countries. The OIE maintains permanent relations with nearly 75 other international and regional organisations and has Regional and sub-regional Offices on every continent.


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