Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System Coordinator

Posting Details

Company: National Farm Animal Health and Welfare Council
Location: Virtual, anywhere in Canada

Posting Date: August 26, 2019
Closing Date: September 13, 2019

Job Description

The National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare (NFAHW) Council is seeking a Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System (CAHSS) Co-ordinator to begin in September 2019.    The role will be located in a home office and will require some travel. The role will begin as soon as possible for the selected candidate.

The National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council is the only national organization that brings together industry, federal, provincial and territorial partners to provide collaborative guidance on a cohesive, functional and responsive farmed animal health and welfare system in Canada.  The Council engages expertise to address important topics such as animal welfare, emerging diseases, animal health surveillance, antimicrobial use and resistance, and the emerging theme of “one welfare”.

The Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System (CAHSS) is an initiative of the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council (NFAHWC), with broad based collaborative support of industry and governments. It has been designed to fill the need for strengthened animal health surveillance in Canada

Reports To: The CAHSS Co-Ordinator will report directly to the Executive Director (ED) of the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council. Direction of the coordinator’s role and priorities will align with the CAHSS project and will come from the ED and the CAHSS Executive Committee.

The CAHSS Co-Ordinator will work directly with the NFAHW Council Executive Director and the CAHSS Executive Committee to co-ordinate the project activities of the Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System, its Executive Committee and networks. The candidate is highly self-motivated, professional, and capable of managing their workload and prioritizing tasks in a fast-paced collaborative environment.

Responsibilities and Duties include but are not limited to:

General Activities:

  • Manage day-to-day operations of CAHSS project:
  • Responsible for the general and active management of the business of CAHSS, and to facilitate the implementation of the decisions, strategic plans and policies as established by the CAHSS Executive and CAHSS network leads.
  • Support CAHSS Executive Committee in strategic planning to advance effective, responsive and integrated animal health surveillance.
  • Responsible for effective project management, budget management, network collaboration and co-ordination
  • Maintain oversight of CAHSS governance
  • Work with and report to CAHSS Executive and the Council Executive Director to hire and oversee contract service providers, and update on CAHSS project performance and progress
  • Co-ordinate the development of funding applications and CAHSS network plans, in cooperation with CAHSS Executive Committee, Council Executive Director and Network Leads/Co-leads.
  • Hire and supervise of CAHSS project contract service providers


  • Manage CAHSS network and Executive Committee co-ordination and collaboration included consultations, meetings and calls as required.
  • Provide training and development on CAHSS and CAHSS governance for new co-leads and Executive Committee members.

Communications and Outreach

  • Approve and oversee the development of communication material content and social media content.
  • Oversee and approve website development and content.
  • Organize network workshops, consultations, and meetings.
  • Recruit new network members.
  • Enhance collaboration with networks that are not part of CAHSS, building relationships with regional and species-specific networks to enhance information sharing. 
  • Establish new networks when gaps are identified and link with other CAHSS, regional and sectoral networks, and assist CAHSS networks in meeting targets and resolving critical issues as needed.
  • Liaise with organizations holding external data sources, including laboratories. 

Project Specific Activities:

  • Oversight and leadership of contract service providers hired to assist with surveillance and data integration activities.
  • Ensuring the completion of project documentation and reporting requirements as required.
  • Initiate a process for collection and sharing of existing surveillance reports at the national level through collaboration with regional and sectoral stakeholders and CAHSS networks in order to collect and share existing reported and analyzed surveillance information.
  • Compiling a national surveillance report based on existing surveillance reports collected across networks. 
  • Initiate a process to begin the collection, analysis, integration of raw data - collaborate with CAHSS networks and surveillance partners to source, identify, collect, and integrate raw data sources for surveillance reporting purposes.
  • Lead the development of reports based on analyzed raw data and network priorities - Utilize the sourced raw data and analyze and standardize for animal health surveillance reporting based on surveillance network priorities.
  • Support the implementation of a new CAHSS governance model - establish a cohesive and collaborative governance process for CAHSS within the NFAHW Council and among partner surveillance networks.
  • Support the development of a sustainability plan - build a value proposition based on the services and activities of CAHSS, and work with government and industry stakeholders to identify a sustainability plan after the conclusion of CAP funding.



Educational Requirements:

  • Epidemiology masters or PhD or comparable education (veterinary degree preferred with eligibility for immediate licensure in the province of residence)

  • Project Management Professional designation an asset

Skills and Experience:

  • Experience leading teams and supervising contracts and or staff
  • Experience with financial and operational management
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills English Essential, French preferred
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Knowledge and experience in the field of animal agriculture
  • Discretion and confidentiality

To apply please submit your Cover Letter and Resume by email to


Dr. Megan Bergman