ECOWAS, cognizant of the need to equip itself with an adequate tool for the management of animal health actions, established through the Additional Act A/SA.20/02/12, the Regional Animal Health Centre (RAHC) in Bamako in February 2012. The RAHC serves as a specialized technical entity of the Community on animal health issues. In alignment with the "One Health" approach, the mission assigned to the RAHC complements that of the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), the ECOWAS specialized institution in human health created in 1987 and operational since 2000.
It is in this context that ECOWAS requested and received funding from the World Bank to implement the Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement Project in West Africa (REDISSE). The main objective of the project, which covers the fifteen ECOWAS States and Mauritania, is to strengthen national and regional inter-sectoral capacity to ensure better collaboration on disease surveillance and epidemic preparedness in West Africa by addressing weaknesses in human and animal health systems that hinder surveillance and effective disease response.
It is within this framework that WAHO is seeking applications from qualified and experienced individuals for the recruitment of an Animal Health Programme Officer on behalf of the Regional Animal Health Centre (RAHC) in Bamako, Mali.