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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) Laboratory Diagnostics Specialist

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants

in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

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Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries

are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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Organizational Setting
The Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU) provides technical assistance on animal health in the region of Europe and Central Asia. For this purpose, REU is responsible for programmes and activities to promote and strengthen, in close coordination with FAO’s Animal Production and Health Division (AGA) the development in each country of the region of a National Action Plan (NAP) against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through the "One Health" approach.
Laboratories from the food and agriculture sector play a major role in collecting, producing, compiling, analysing and sharing standardized, thus reliable and comparable, data on of antimicrobial resistance in agriculture. Various laboratories and other types of institutions can be involved in national AMR surveillance, covering different fields, including food safety, animal health – terrestrial or aquatic, or the environment. An assessment of national AMR surveillance systems including the whole laboratory system will be conducted to assess how these are structured and how they operate. In parallel, laboratories’ capacities for AMR testing will be assessed. Evaluating existing laboratories’ capacities, strengthening them based on the gaps assessed and enhancing linkages with Public Health laboratories are key steps in the development of an integrated surveillance systems on AMR.
Surveillance and epidemiological capacities need also to be strengthened in parallel to ensure data on detection of AMR and antimicrobial residues are collected and shared appropriately.
The tasks envisaged for this consultancy are to be carried out under regional project GCP/RER/057/RUS entitled Reducing the advance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in food and agriculture. The project is funded by Government of the Russian Federation and assistance is provided to Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
 
Reporting Lines
The Consultants will work under the overall supervision of the FAO REU Assistant Director General, the direct technical guidance of the FAO REU Animal Production and Health officer.
 
Technical Focus
Technical support and guidance to AMR activities under FAO REU/AGAH. 
 
Tasks and responsibilities
  • Assist national AMR surveillance capacities and laboratories assessments in selected countries (using ATLASS -Assessment Tool for Laboratories and AMR Surveillance Systems the FAO tool for National assessment of AMR surveillance capacities based on standardized questionnaires). One of them, the FAO Laboratory Mapping tool- module AMR (LMT-AMR) will support assessors (either external experts or laboratories through self-assessment) in assessing laboratories’ strengths and gaps in laboratory capacity to isolate and identify pathogens, test for antimicrobial resistance and data exchanged
  • Organize, participate and follow up of ATLASS field implementation during country missions, in particular linking with the ATLASS assessors and AMR national teams;
  • Assist in selecting indicators related to ATLASS data;
  • Contribute to training on standards (good practices and protocols) and tools/guidelines to support laboratory testing and compilation of data (e.g. for phenotype profile, for strain inventory and repository) and carry out annual proficiency testing on antibiotics susceptibility testing.
  • Assist in the organization of national consultations in selected countries to support and strategize actions towards development of integrated surveillance systems in human-animal-environmental interface on AMR via development agenda, preparation and delivery training, preparing reports on outcomes of the training with technical recommendations for the follow up countries and FAO.
  • Provide training on standards (good practices and protocols) and tools/guidelines to support laboratory testing and compilation of data (e.g. for phenotype profile, for strain inventory and repository) and carry out annual proficiency testing on antibiotics susceptibility testing.
  • Conduct national consultations in selected countries to support and strategize actions towards development of integrated surveillance systems in human-animal-environmental interface on AMR
  • Initiate the process for establishing national/regional laboratory network on AMR surveillance (to be linked with ATLASS)
  • Assist in linking ATLASS to other tools or initiatives (such as FAO PMP, WHO GLASS and OIE AMU database).
  • Initiate the process for establishing National Reference laboratory for AMR in donor country and support to national labs for AM
  • Perform other related duties as required.
 
 
 
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
 
 
Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced University degree in biological, veterinary and medical sciences and relevant post-graduate degree
  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience in assessment of national surveillance and laboratory systems
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian. 
 
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
 
Technical/Functional Skills
  • Experience in laboratory diagnostics of antimicrobial resistance
  • Experience in capacity development training on laboratory diagnostics of antimicrobial resistance
  • Experience in assessment, development and capacity development of laboratories
  • Knowledge of ATLASS and or GLASS
 
Additional Selection Criteria
 
  • Knowledge of Russian language is considered a strong asset.
  • Experience in the region of Europe and Central Asia is considered as an advantage.
 
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 Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO,

Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing).
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognised in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website\: http\://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
  • For further information on categories, contract duration and honoraria, please refer to the Conditions page.
 
HOW TO APPLY
 
To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
 
Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal at 23\:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
 
If you need help, or have queries, please contact\: iRecruitment@fao.org
 

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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-05

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