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Veterinary staff from the Greater Horn of Africa acquire Management Development skills to promote increased use of the SMP approach in the management of Transboundary Animal Diseases

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. Veterinary Staff from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda undergoing a Course in Management Development Skills at Kenya School of Government under the SMP-AH project, January –May, 2014.© 2014 AU-IBAR. Veterinary Staff from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda undergoing a Course in Management Development Skills at Kenya School of Government under the SMP-AH project, January –May, 2014.Twenty five veterinary officers from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda are undertaking a training programme in Management Development skills at Kenya School of Government in Nairobi, Kenya under the guidance of staff with immense experience in delivery of innovative courses for senior professionals working in the public service.

Training commenced on February 14th January 2014 and is running in three phases, namely, phase I: 13th January 2014 to 28th February 2014; phase II: 3rd March 2014 to 30th March 2014 (5 Weeks) of workplace assignment and implementation of the Personal Action Plan (PAP) and phase III: 31st March 2014 – 9th May 2014.

The training brings together middle-level technical staff from the departments of veterinary services with the aim of equipping them with knowledge and skills that will enable them address administrative and management challenges associated with delivery of animal health services to a variety of stakeholders, especially regarding the control of transboundary animal diseases (TADS) across the region. Topics such as negotiation, influencing and persuasion skills; performance management; management and leadership; finance for non-finance and managing donor funds; project development and management; result based project monitoring and evaluation; and training of trainers for quality service delivery are the key components of the course modules.

In line with the principle of the SMP-AH project of harmonized and coordinated disease control in the region, it is also hoped that the training will offer an opportunity for institutional and individual collaborations and for a long-term coaching by the personnel from the Kenya School of Government (KSG).

The Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH) is a four-year project that commenced on 14th March 2012 and is to end on 30th September 2016. It is being implemented by AU-IBAR in partnership with Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and nine countries in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) namely, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The project is supported by United States Agency for International Development, East Africa Mission (USAID/EA) under the framework of the U.S President's Global Hunger and Food Security initiative, known as Feed the Future.