Advanced International training programme in Sweden : Healthy livestock – Safe food

Advanced International training programme in Sweden Healthy livestock – Safe foodThe ITP program “Healthy Livestock – Safe Food” aims to take a integrated approach on the value chains from stable to table, and at the same time highlight specific areas of animal health, food safety and antimicrobial resistance.

Objectives

The main objective is to reduce poverty and vulnerability among smallholder farmers the programme will address how better health in food producing animals improve sustainable production of animal derived products, and how this interrelate to reduced usage of antimicrobials and safer food products. The programme should both suit the participants’ need and contribute to poverty reduction by promoting sustainable livestock production.

The programme aims to achieve increased knowledge for the participants about the importance of preventive measures for improved animal health, animalwelfare and reduced antimicrobial use; surveillance and control of endemic, epizootic and zoonotic diseases, including food-borne zoonoses; the comprehensive approach of the value chains from stable to table, and how their organisation in collaboration with other actors can use this approach. In addition, informal networks will be established between present and former participants on national and regional level and cooperation between national and regional actors will be enhanced.

Duration
Part 1: 6-24 May 2019
Part 2: 1 week in November 2019
Location
Part 1: Uppsala and JönköpingSweden
Part 2: Participant country
Number of participants : 25
Target Region : Africa
Closing date for applications : January 31, 2019
Invited countries
The programme has a regional approach to promote animal health and food safety in Eastern Africa. The following countries in the East African Community are invited to nominate candidates: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia, Tanzania, and Uganda
TARGET GROUP
Only candidates nominated by the appropriate organisations and in accordance with national rules will be considered. Invited to participate are governmental departments and agencies, including universities, research institutes and laboratories, cooperatives and other interest groups as well as non-governmental organizations engaged in the sectors of
animal health, food safety and antimicrobial resistance.
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
The training programme will be organised and conducted in English, without any translation. Candidates from countries where English is not an official language should do a language test with an official body in the home country, unless other documentation to support for her/his ability can be provided.
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
As the training programme consists of international travels and work away from home in a new environment, good health and full working capacity is required. It is therefore recommended that candidates undergo medical examination before filling in the Medical Statement in the Application form.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS
The participants should be able to participate in all phases of the program and all activities, including social activities. Basic computer skills and an email address are necessary for the training. Please note that family members are not allowed to accompany program participants.
COSTS
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) will cover costs related to all programme phases except personal expenses, visa fees or any local airport taxes and departure fees. International travel to Sweden and to the regional seminar, board and lodging, program fee and literature are covered by Sida.
Airline tickets will be booked by the Swedish National Veterinary Institute and issued by a Swedish travel agency. The participants or their organizations need to cover costs for executing the project, personal expenses, domestic travel, visa fees, local airport taxes and departure fees.
VISA
The participants are responsible for obtaining all the necessary visas and checking requirements for passport validity for their stay during the training program. Inquiries should be directed to the respective Embassy/ Consulate of Sweden or other Schengen representation entities as soon as possible after admission to the program.
ACCOMMODATION
Participants will be accommodated at hotels in rooms with bath/shower and WC. Information on accommodation for Phase IV, the regional follow-up seminar, will be provided during the interim period
INSURANCE
Participants are covered by a group insurance This insurance includes costs for medical care in the event of acute illness or accident during the training period in Sweden. Medical and dental check-ups are not included. Participants travelling outside Sweden on their free time are not covered by the insurance.

How to apply

The application process consists of three steps in order to be completed:
1. Fill in the application form. It can be downloaded from www.sva.se/en/itp or from www.sida.se/itp. The application form should be filled in electronically and signed before
being sent to the program organizer at www.sva.se/en/itp
2.
a) The applicant must be nominated by a relevant organisation/institution or authority.
b) The supervisor of the applicant must give her/his signature to confirm that the applicant can participate in the whole program, three weeks away from home.
c) Include a recent photograph.
d) Fill in required information and documents
The application should include a draft project concpt note relating to healthy livestock – safe food issues to be developed and implemented in the home organization of the applicant.
1. Describe your change project in accordance with the instructions in the form.
2. The project plan must be approved and signed by the applicants supervisor.
3. Submit the application form and Project Information Sheet electronically to the Program Secretariat at www.sva.se/en/itp
Both men and women are encouraged to apply, as the program aims at equal gender representation.

Selection process

Selected candidates will be contacted no later than 5th March 2019 by e-mail including information on the program and the practical arrangements. Selected candidates should confirm their participation no later than 16th March 2019.
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