Samoa Pamela Fleming IMG 2852

Biosecurity Adviser

Closing Date: 09 Feb 2020

Interview: 20 - 21 March

Pre-departure Briefing: 27 - 31 May

Expected Start Date: 15 - 26 June

Assignment Number: 41368

Duration: 1-year

Location: Apia, Samoa

Two years ago the Samoan government signed off regulatory requirements for the Samoa meat industry. Covering import and production, through to purchase and export, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) has been working to introduce the new regulations.  Much of the focus has been on creating a better local product, humane and safe slaughtering processes and increasing hygiene.

In this assignment you will work alongside staff based in MAF’s Quarantine Division to increase their knowledge, understanding and applications of all necessary procedures to ensure compliance with international importing and exporting regulations.  You will assess current practice regarding Import Risk Analyses (IRA) and identify key areas for improvement.  You will also support the division to develop Import Health Standards (IHS) and support staff with the physical examination of imported live animals.

Two other VSA volunteers will also be working with you at MAF – a Production Animal Vet and an Abattoir Adviser.  This is a unique opportunity to share your specialised skills with a country striving to ensure its local product is of the highest quality as it aspires to export in the future. 

We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Experience working with the import and export of animals and/or animal products
  • Strong understanding of Import Risk Assessments (IRAs) and Import Health Standards (IHS)
  • Experience working in a quarantine/biosecurity context
  • An ability to train and mentor other members of staff

VSA volunteers receive a living allowance and accommodation, insurance, and medical costs are provided. Travel arrangements are organised and funded by VSA along with other costs.

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