Legal Consultant

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Under the technical supervision of the Chief Development Law Service (LEGN), the operational supervision of the FAO Representation in Zambia and in close coordination with the Lead Technical Officer in HQ, the Global project coordinator and other members of the project team, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:

  •  Identify the relevant legislation for antimicrobial resistance (AMR), following the guidance document provided by LEGN. This includes, among others, veterinary legislation, veterinary medicines legislation, food safety, feed, animal production, crop production and pesticides, water quality, waste management and environmental protection. Prepare a folder with electronic copies of the legislation identified as relevant for AMR and antimicrobial use (AMU) and include it in an electronic folder to be submitted as a product of the consultancy;
  • Using the guidance document provided by LEGN, prepare a report (15-20 pages) with an analysis of national legislation relevant for AMR and AMU in Zambia;
  • Revise the national assessments on AMR and AMU. Collect and revise other materials which might support the purpose of this study;
  • Meet with the national project team and/or the national contact points at the different Ministries to complete the collection of legislation and ensure consistency between the national assessments and the legal report;
  • Propose a harmonized draft legislation specifically on AMR and AMU in Zambia
  • At request, support the workshop for presenting the results of the legal assessment, and to update and promote the regional guidelines for harmonized regulation on veterinary drugs;
  • If necessary, support the revision of the AMR-related legislation identified in the report;
  • Support the project team in all matters related to AMR regulatory frameworks, including preparation of national reports that contain references to legislation;
  • Collaborate with FAO LEGN for the development of a legislative study and comparative analysis targeting SFS countries.

Expected Outputs:

  • List of legislation relevant for AMR
  • First version – report of national legislation relevant for AMR and AMU with identified gaps in the existing legislation
  • Proposed draft/amendments of legislation on AMR and AMU
  • Final version of the national report

Academic Qualifications

  • University degree in law.

Technical Competencies and Experience Requirements:

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience;
  • Knowledge and experience in legal drafting, veterinary law, agricultural law, environmental law, or related matters would be an asset;
  • Working knowledge of English.
  • Demonstrated ability in carrying out legal research and analysis involving considerable complexity;
  • Demonstrated ability in writing clear and concise reports and in preparing legal texts (legislative and regulatory instruments);
  • Work experience with international or regional organizations or other entities in a relevant field
  • Similar undertaking will be an added advantage.

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