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Nomination for election to the OIE’s Specialist Commissions



If you are a scientist with experience in animal (including aquatic animals) health and welfare-related issues and you wish to participate in the development of international standards that will help to protect the health and welfare of animals and help to control the spread of disease, you have the opportunity to contribute to the work of the OIE by seeking election to an OIE Specialist Commission.


What do Specialist Commission members do?

The role of the members varies according to which Specialist Commission they are elected to. Fundamentally members engage in group work with other experts to reach consensus on scientific matters in relation to the OIE’s international standards. This involves prioritizing and overseeing the development of new standards, identifying issues with existing standards, making decisions on implementation of standards, and providing advisory support for other aspects of the OIE’s scientific work programmes.  The Specialist Commissions collaborate closely on issues needing a harmonised approach, and to ensure they are utilising the latest scientific information in their work. This collaboration is coordinated through the Secretariats based at OIE Headquarters in Paris.

About the Nomination

The objective of this call for nomination is to establish a list of suitable experts from which the OIE Delegates to the World Assembly will elect members of the Specialist Commissions for a term of three (3) years commencing in May 2018. The list of suitable experts, once established, may also be drawn on during the period to establish membership of ad hoc Groups to support the work of the Specialist Commissions. The latter will not be elected by the World Assembly but may be appointed by the Director General of the OIE for a specific term as the need arises.

Candidates elected for appointment to a Specialist Commission will be notified after the World Assembly elections in May 2018 (in time to begin preparation for the September 2018 meetings of the relevant Specialist Commission).


Who can apply?

Internationally recognised veterinarians, specialists or independent scientists with broad knowledge in any of the following areas:

  • major diseases (including OIE listed diseases) of animals (mammals, birds and bees as well as aquatic animals),
  • the animal health aspects of international trade in animals and animal products, and expertise in the control of animal diseases, in animal welfare and in veterinary public health.
  • surveillance, diagnosis and control of animal diseases,
  • surveillance, diagnosis and control diseases of aquatic animals (amphibians, crustaceans, fish and molluscs), in particular OIE listed aquatic animals diseases, and aspects of international trade in aquatic animals and their products,
  • laboratory diagnosis or control and prevention of infectious animal diseases and one or more of the following; risk analysis, epidemiology  or new scientific technologies applied to disease prevention and control,
  • veterinary laboratory management, biosafety and biosecurity, vaccine production, test validation, quality management systems, genomics and new scientific technologies.

The Criteria for Selection for Nomination for Election to the Specialist Commissions can be downloaded in pdf format




How can you apply through the online registration?
Please note that applications are now closed

Before submitting your application online please ensure you understand the following information:

Members of Specialist Commissions can only be appointed with the agreement of the Delegates of the Member Countries in question. In this regard, the OIE Delegate from the applicant’s country of residence must endorse applications in order for them to be considered for evaluation by the Evaluation Committee.

You can consult the list of OIE Delegates on the OIE website, click here to consult it

How can you obtain the endorsement of your OIE Delegate?

1. Email your application to the OIE delegate requesting they endorse your application and return it to you. If you choose this option please also send a copy to OIE Headquarters email: The application and the endorsement of the Delegate must be submitted by the applicant via the online registration portal by 2 October 2017.
2. If you do not know the email address of your OIE Delegate, simply submit your application online and we will forward your application to the Delegate on your behalf. If you require the Evaluation Secretariat to obtain the endorsement on your behalf, applications must be submitted online by 11 September 2017.

Please note that as the working language of the Specialist Commissions is English, applications received in a language other than English will be considered invalid and therefore not eligible for further evaluation. Similarly, applications received after the dates noted above will also be considered invalid and therefore not eligible for further evaluation.

What should your application include?

Interested applicants are required to submit their curriculum vitae (no more than 3 pages) together with a covering letter, firstly indicating which Specialist Commission they wish to be considered for and addressing each of the criteria for selection for that Specialist Commission. These must be attached as either word or pdf files through the Online Registration.

  • The CV should include a description of educational qualifications, relevant experience and key achievements.
  • The CV and covering letter should address the Criteria for Selection for Nomination for Election to the Specialist Commissions.
  • Applicants should also indicate whether his or her employer supports their application, taking into consideration the high level of commitment that is required, and that OIE’s remuneration policy for experts provides only for travel (economy class), accommodation and per diem support.



Selection procedure

This process for the selection of experts for election to the Specialist Commissions is being implemented to assure the excellence, independence and transparency of the recommendations of the Specialist Commissions. The process will ensure that the candidates presented for election represent a range of expertise and viewpoints and includes scientific experts from all geographic regions of the world.

Applications will be evaluated by an Evaluation Committee, comprising representatives from OIE Headquarters and independent experts, against the competencies outlined in the Criteria for Selection for Nomination for Election to the Specialist Commissions in order to determine their suitability for election to a Specialist Commission. A report of the evaluation, will outline recommendations for candidates who are found suitable to be elected as members for each of the Specialist Commissions, will be provided to the Director General of the OIE. The Director General will ensure that the list meets the need for geographic representation and gender balance and where applicable make amendments to the list of proposed candidates before providing it to the OIE Council. Those candidates that are on the list endorsed by the OIE Council will be notified to the Delegates prior to the elections, which will take place at the 86th General Session of the World Assembly of Delegates in May 2018.

Candidates not being proposed for election as members of the Specialist Commission or not elected may be placed on a reserve list of experts from which the Director General may select, on an ad hoc basis, experts to participate in other work within the OIE mandate, for which they may have the necessary technical expertise.

What are the benefits?

As an expert you will be part of an international and interdisciplinary team contributing to the development of international standards, guidelines and recommendations related to animal (terrestrial and aquatic) health and welfare. Working with the OIE and its international scientific networks will provide you with unique opportunities to interact with other internationally recognised experts in the fields of animal disease diagnosis and control, animal welfare, aquatic animal health and the related international trade environment.

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