EXTENDED - Call for Experts for the CPM Focus Group on Strengthening Pest Outbreak Alert and Response Systems

Posted on Thu, 24 Sep 2020, 08:44

Deadline on Sun, 22 Nov 2020, 22:55

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat is soliciting nominations for appropriately qualified experts to take part in:

  • A CPM Focus Group on Strengthening Pest Outbreak Alert and Response Systems

Nominations are due 22 November 2020.

Experts should be available to attend Focus Group meetings, planned to be held virtually twice a month and tentatively scheduled from December 2020 until June 2021. The timing of virtual meetings will rotate and sometimes meetings will be held at unusual times, so participants are expected to be flexible. Participants should also have a good internet connection and access to virtual meetings devices. The meeting will be held in English.

1. Instructions for making nominations

Nominations will be accepted from contracting parties, national or regional plant protection organizations (NPPOs or RPPOs) and international entities.

A nomination should only be made if the nominee has agreed to his/her nomination and can allocate appropriate time to the task as outlined in the Statement of Commitment.

Each nomination must be accompanied by the following documentation, available on this webpage:

  1. Completed Nominee details and summary of expertise form - All sections should be completed, including contact details, education and professional training. A clear description of the nominee’s expertise is required. MS Word version of the document is preferred. The file should be named as follows: COUNTRY_SURNAME_Firstname_Summary.

  2. Completed and signed Statement of Commitment - this should be read carefully by each nominee and discussed between the nominee and their employer. The form should then be signed by the nominee and a senior person in authority from the organization that employs the nominee and submitted with the nomination (as a file such as PDF). The file should be named as follows: COUNTRY_SURNAME_Firstname_commitment.

  3. The nominee’s Curriculum Vitae (CV) – electronic copy of the nominee’s CV (only as a word processing file such as MS Word) with the file named as follows: COUNTRY_SURNAME_Firstname_CV. MS Word version of the document is preferred.

Submissions should be sent to the IPPC Secretariat by e-mail ([email protected] with copy to Ms Sarah BRUNEL [email protected]) no later than 15 November 2020. The name of the nominating country or RPPO and the words “Call for Experts for CPM FG on Pest Outbreak” should be placed in the subject line of the email message.

2. Specific expertise required

The nominations will be reviewed considering the composition and criteria specified in the Terms of Reference for the Focus Group. The CPM Bureau will make the selection of experts based on the information provided in the nomination. Selected experts will be contacted by the IPPC Secretariat.

Composition and criteria for the selection of experts for the CPM Focus Group “Strengthening Pest Outbreak Alert and Response Systems” (see Terms of Reference of the Focus Group):

In terms of composition, the focus group is skills and knowledge based and should be composed of:

  • at least one expert from each FAO region,
  • at least one expert from an RPPO,
  • at least two experts representing entities involved in monitoring and responding to outbreaks such as the CBD, FAO, OIE, World Bank Group, World Health Organization, etc.
  • one representative from each of the Bureau, IC and SC,
  • noting experts may represent more than one role.

Criteria for experts, they should have combined expertise and knowledge in:

  • working with outbreaks,
  • designing and managing outbreak alert systems,
  • designing and managing outbreak response systems,
  • phytosanitary systems related to pests outbreaks,
  • existing global and/or regional outbreak frameworks, and
  • addressing issues related to invasive species.

Further information:

Please contact Ms Sarah BRUNEL ([email protected]) for more information.

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