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Junior Technical Officer – Livestock Production and Health


Junior Technical Officer – Animal Health and Veterinary Medicine

FAO is the leading UN agency in providing support for agriculture and rural development, forestry and fisheries, including livestock health and production. Under the overall supervision of the Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia REU and the technical supervision of the Animal Production and Health Officer, REU, the Junior Technical Officer (JTO) will work as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide technical support related to livestock health and production development in member countries in Europe and Central Asia. The team develops practical strategies and guidance to address endemic and emerging animal disease threats including zoonoses. The area of work includes transboundary animal diseases (such as African swine fever, foot and mouth disease, brucellosis, peste des petits ruminants, lumpy skin disease, avian influenza), endemic and zoonotic diseases (such as brucellosis, echinococcosis, rabies or anthrax), One Health issues such as antimicrobial resistance, assurance of safe trade, efficient production and food safety.
The Junior Technical Officer will work in a dynamic multicultural environment within a multidisciplinary team, where English is the official language of communication.  The position involves international travelling in the region and the engagement with other international agencies, national governments (i.e. veterinary services), professional associations, NGOs and academia.


Specific tasks include:

  • Assist in the formulation and implementation of animal health and production development programmes and projects;
  • Assist in the delivery of capacity building (training and workshops; both online and face-to-face) and awareness raising activities in the region;
  • Assist in the development of guidelines and policies, related to strengthening veterinary systems and public health;
  • Contribute to publications and presentations;
  • Contribute to public relations activities (through the website, newsletters);
  • Assist in conducting literature reviews and surveys to better understand livestock-related issues at national and regional level;
  • Participate in the preparation and organization of national and  international meetings, conferences, seminars and provide support in animal husbandry and animal health information networking;
  • Perform other related duties as required.


Candidates should fulfil the following requirements:

  • Good working knowledge of English, spoken and written with a capacity to write and edit working documents in English. A good working knowledge of Russian is an asset;
  • University degree in veterinary medicine or animal production;
  • At least one year of relevant professional working experience in the field of animal health;
  • Knowledge and experience of working with national and/or international animal health agencies and/or associations dealing with veterinary aspects is an asset;
  • Postgraduate experience with research projects, epidemiology, diagnosis or control of infectious disease is also considered and asset;
  • Candidates need to be Hungarian nationals (Hungarian citizenship);
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly in farmers’ setting, as well as with private and government veterinarians and government extension services;
  • Excellent information technology skills, including word processing, database applications, presentation software, and the Internet;
  • Ability to think strategically and to express ideas clearly;
  • To work independently and in teams combined with cultural and gender sensitivity
  • Strong commitment to development;
  • An interest in adapting to varied physical and professional environments;
  • A desire to work with people of different language, national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Respect the principles of the United Nations Charter and FAO’s Vision Statement.

What we offer:


  • Duration: Two years full time – non-renewable contract
  • Gross salary: 335.000 Ft/month + salary supplement net 113.000 Ft/month
  • Earliest start: as soon as possible


  • Environment, Agriculture
  • Vet
  • Agriculture, Food industry

Experience required:

  • 1-3 years professional experience

Required Qualification:

  • University degree

Required language level:

All of these are:

  • English (higher advanced/fit for negotiation)
  • Russian (intermediate / communication)

Employment type:

  • Full time

Other benefits:


Job location:

1054 Budapest, Kálmán Imre utca 20.

How to apply/ contact information:

You can apply with the „Jelentkezem” button underneath. You are requested to attach the following documents: CV with your job experience, school certificate, certificate of language skills. A moral certificate (erkölcsi bizonyítvány) will be required for employment. Deadline for application: 20 September 2021.