Project Coordinator (SSA)
Terms of Reference AMR Project Coordinator to support the implementation of AMR activities with support from Multi Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) in close collaboration with Fleming Fund grant supported projects under the government of Zimbabwe
Grade: NOB Step 1
Contract Type: Special Services Agreement
Duration: 12 months renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a complex threat to global health security, potentially leading to millions of deaths plus hundreds of billions of dollars lost in economic growth annually. It threatens to compromise the global community’s progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Misuse and overuse of antimicrobial drugs in human and veterinary medicine, and an unprecedented rise in the movement of people, animals, and food commodities have put our future at risk, with few alternative solutions in the pipeline. Without coordinated and accelerated action, the world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era in which common infections could once again kill risking reversing a century of progress in health and development. Given the transnational and multi-sectoral nature of AMR and the support requested from countries and other stakeholders, a Tripartite built on a long-standing partnership between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) is scaling up existing efforts to support Zimbabwe to urgently counter this immediate threat through a One Health approach.
A major part of this scale-up includes the establishment of the ‘Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance through a One Health approach: AMR Multi-Partner Trust Fund (AMR MPTF)’ project for Zimbabwe.
The strength of the Tripartite is founded on the long-standing partnership, combined technical knowledge and global convening power of the three organizations which collectively offer robust, cost-effective and efficient solutions to addressing complex health problems faced by the global community.
Zimbabwe, as a priority country for the MPTF, will implement a programme of support to One Health AMR control over the next two years, with a budget of approximately US$1million. The AMR Project Coordinator is required to lead the support in development and implementation of this comprehensive programme.
Positioning and reporting:
Under the authority of the Ministry of Health and Child Care and overall technical supervision of the Tripartite Organisations (WHO, FAO and OIE) and in close collaboration with the AMR Core Group (AMRCG) and its technical working groups.
AMR Project Coordinator will be seconded to MoHCC to support the work of AMR Secretariat. The AMR Project Coordinator will actively participate in the delivery of the AMR NAP and the activities supported by AMR Multi Partner Trust Fund including ongoing Fleming Fund grant supported activities. He/she will contribute to implementing AMR Program on behalf of the AMR Tripartite in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Child Care, Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Environment in conjunction with other relevant local/international partnerships.
The AMR Project Coordinator will be responsible for activities related to strengthening the capacity of AMR Secretariat in delivering on AMR NAP. Specific responsibilities may include but not limited to:
- Providing technical assistance to AMR Secretariat in planning, implementing and monitoring the Zimbabwe national AMR program and reporting progress in line with MPTF/FFG project goals
- Provide technical support to National AMR Secretariat in functioning of AMR governance bodies
- Managing effective implementation of MPTF grant submitting consolidated narrative reports on progress, in accordance with the agreed results framework and respective indicators
- Supporting national AMR coordination systems and structures, developing AMR briefings to senior One Health team, local tripartite organizations and MPTF Secretariat
- Where appropriate representing the MPTF fund in discussions with development partners
- Advising the AMR Secretariat and One Health staff on all aspects of the AMR MPTF, including on policy, strategy, monitoring and compliance.
- Conducting quality improvement interventions including supportive supervision and monitoring of activities progress, providing onsite coaching and mentoring to enhance AMR implementation across the One Health spectrum including AMR project sites.
- Contributing to strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation capability of Zimbabwe for reporting on AMR activities
- Liaising with the Tripartite Joint Secretariat and AMR MPTF Secretariat on fund administration issues, including issues related to project fund extensions and closures.
- Required: A degree in health sciences.
- Desirable: Master’s degree in either Public Health/Epidemiology, Laboratory Science, Microbiology, Environment/Ecology, Food Science etc. or related discipline
- Required: At least 4 years of experience in the health /animal/ecological/environment health sector with experience in AMR/AMU interventions and technical assistance.
- Desirable: Experience of AMR and One Health Interventions in Zimbabwe or Southern African context; previous work experience with similar projects, with international agencies.
Skills and Competencies
- Strong coordination, communication, and interpersonal aptitudes; Ability to communicate and liaise with stakeholders.
- Ability to work efficiently and effectively in a multi-dimensional environment interacting with political and technical leadership.
- Proficiency in MS office
- Analytical skills and report writing.
- Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the ethical issues associated in working with people with diverse religious, ethical beliefs and cultural backgrounds
Required: Good communication of English
Place of Assignment: Harare, ZIMBABWE