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Technical Officer (AMR)

Brazzaville (Congo Republic)

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

A global action plan on antimicrobial resistance was adopted by Member States at the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly and supported by the governing bodies of FAO and OIE in May and June 2015. The goal of the global action plan is to ensure, for as long as possible, continuity of successful treatment and prevention of infectious diseases with effective and safe medicines that are quality-assured, used in a responsible way, and accessible to all who need them. A high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance at the United Nations General Assembly was held on 21 September 2016 to accelerate global commitments and enhance national multi-sectoral efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance.Weak health systems and most notably weak pharmaceutical systems needed to bring quality assured medical products to people, weak laboratory systems, circulation of substandard/spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit (SSFFC) medical product and suboptimal use of antimicrobials have been identified as important contributors to accelerating AMR in Africa. Addressing AMR issues in countries requires team work with contributions from different disciplines such as medicine, public health, microbiology, medical laboratory, pharmacy, epidemiology, and health economy for human health, animal health, and agriculture and food sectors. These contributions are provided based on the “One-health” approach. AFRO therefore needs the human capacity to effectively carry out and lead the fight against AMR which will include but not be limited to;coordinate the antimicrobial related work in the region in close collaboration with WHO Headquarters, other AFRO clusters, WHO country offices and international partners such as FAO, OIE and CDC and provide support to countries in the surveillance of antimicrobial consumption/use and development and implementation of National Action Plans on AMR in line with the global AMR plan, the One Health approach and the regional strategy on health security and emergencies.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

The incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities which are performed according to the needs and agenda\: --> Develop the AFRO regional framework on AMR and enhance partnership to implement the AMR agenda in the region; --> Coordinate with international organizations such as FAO, OIE, Africa CDC and other partners for capacity building and sharing information on surveillance of antimicrobial consumption/use and resistance; --> Promote collaboration with Regional Economic Communities(RECs), Collaborating Centers; Academic institutions; Civil Societies and Faith Based Organization; --> Promote a smooth functionality of the AFRO AMR coordination mechanism and ensure the Biennium Plan on AMR is implemented in a timely manner with clear deliverables for each cluster/team involved;--> Assess the capacities available in the country for addressing antimicrobial issues using WHO tools, standards and methodologies; categorize types of support to be provided to each member state based on its specificities on AMR; --> Lead work for developing and updating methodology and tools for collecting and analyzing information on surveillance of antimicrobial consumption/use and resistance in countries; --> Support the national authorities to develop a National Inclusive Action Plan on AMR (NAP) in line with the Global Action Plan on AMR and national context using WHO tools and frameworks;--> Lead work for the development of modules on Antimicrobial resistance; --> Manage training and capacity building at regional and country level on WHO methodology on antimicrobial consumption/use and WHO Global Action Plan for AMR;--> Contribute to the laboratory AMR training with technical guidance from AFR lab experts within HSS and WHE;--> Provide technical backup to the antimicrobial activities at country related to surveillance of consumption and resistance;--> Ensure availability of and access to strategic guidance for detection, verification, risk assessment, communication and public health response to public health emergencies due to AMR that might constitute national, regional and international public health concern in the AFR countries;--> Develop regular reports on the status of surveillance of antimicrobial consumption and antimicrobial resistance in the AFR countries;--> Participate in international and regional conferences to present WHO work on monitoring of antimicrobial consumption and resistance and develop proposal for fund raising;--> Perform all other related duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential\: A Master's Degree in any of the following areas\: Pharmacy, Medicine, Public Health, Biology and Epidemiology from a recognized University.
Desirable\: Degree in statistics or related fields within health systems would be an asset.

Experience

Essential\: At least seven years of experience in managing projects in public health, some of which should be at the international level and related to health systems strengthening. Experience in multi-partners collaborations from multiple countries, government and non-government organizations. Proven track record in producing and editing reports and publications.
Desirable\: Experience working on AMR programs in an international organization. Experience working in developing countries.

Skills

Functional Skills and Knowledge\:--> Expertise in the field of antimicrobial surveillance and high level understanding of WHO and of global, regional and country policies and strategies in this area. Ability to work with other clusters in WHO and with experts, networks and organizations at national and international levels; --> Strong professional oral and writing skills, including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical/persuasive documents for consideration at the highest levels;--> Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Outlook. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio and Project will be an asset.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Communication
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Excellent knowledge of English and/or French with a good working knowledge of the other.

Desirable\:

REMUNERATION

WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 71,332 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 3353 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link\: http\://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link\: http\://www.who.int/employment/en/. Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Brazzaville (Congo Republic)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-20

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