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Team Leader, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

Brazzaville (Congo Republic)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Brazzaville (Congo Republic)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Managerial positions
    • Medical Practitioners
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-18

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Theoverall objective of the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Unit is to, within theframework of the “One Health Approach”, define, advance, promote and monitorcomprehensive the development and implementation of policies and strategiesthat prevent, reduce, and mitigate drug-resistant infections and the overallimpact of antimicrobial resistance in the WHO African Region. This contributesto building and sustaining resilient health systems that provide equitableaccess to quality essential health services to people across the life courseusing people-centered approachesTheAMR Team works by supporting the implementation of the Regional Action Plan onAMR throughstrengthening coordination mechanisms on AMR and the“One Health Approach” for regional, sub-regional and country impact; supportingthe development and implementation of National Action Plans for AMR andmainstreaming them into Universal Health Coverage and Health Security; andfacilitating regional and country level monitoring and reporting on AMR asdefined in National, Regional and Global Action Plans. The Unit collaborates particularlywith specific Technical Teams and others to strengthen surveillance, includingbuilding laboratory capacity, for AMR detection, risk assessment, preventionand response to emerging AMR pathogens; mainstreaming the “optimal use ofantimicrobials” into all workstreams through improved access toquality-assured, safe and effective antimicrobials, improved stewardship ofantimicrobials; and promoting awareness and behavioral change in order todrive sustainable regional and country impact. The Unit also collaboratesto promote priority-setting in research and development to address AMR whilefollowing the “One Health Approach”, including promoting assessments pf theimpact of MR on human health to inform burden of disease estimates. Thegoal is to enable countries in the WHO African Region to ensure evidence-basedpolicies and strategies are in place to achieve universal access to high-quality,integrated, people-centered health services, increase the coverage and qualityof effective interventions, and to create mechanisms to measure the impact ofthose strategies and interventions.


The incumbent will be expected to perform the following responsibilities:Providestrategic leadership and manage the AMR Unit in developing and implementing astrategy on AMR for the region with the objective of achieving results thatimpact AMR in the region. Supportdevelopment of regional AMR policies, strategies, programmes and activities incollaboration with other WHO technical clusters, and partners, in the contextof Universal Health Coverage, ensuring people-centred approaches across thelife course to address the priority health problems of different populationsub-groups; Coordinatethe Region's workstream on cross-cluster/cutting activities and coordination ofAMR activities in an integrated manner in the regional office and at countryoffice; Develop andmanage the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of AMR work plans andbudgets within the framework of the WHO Staff Rules and Regulations, financialrules and AFRO accepted procedures, while promoting integration of similarintervention in the AMR Team;Provideleadership to and manage the AMR staff under his/her responsibility; ensuretheir performance, continuous development and engagement, encouraging a cultureof working across boundaries, while promoting the principles of integrity,equity, value for money, and a respectful workplace in accordance with theOrganization's policies, rules, procedures, and values;Drive the teammembers' collaboration with other clusters and programmes to ensure that AMRinterventions are integrated in strategies on universal health coverage,primary health care, sexual and reproductive health, and communicable diseases andnon-communicable diseases programmes;Oversee theprovision of coordinated support for the adaptation and implementation of theWHO policies and strategies on AMR and related service delivery models atprimary care level, including the development of national protocols andguidelines for their integrated management;Oversee thedevelopment and implementation of regional and country capacity-buildingpolicies, strategies and approaches towards the implementation of bestpractices on all aspects of AMR, while promoting the “One-Health” approach;Facilitate thesourcing and provision of expert technical assistance to country AMRprogrammes, including promoting the use of technical resource networks andleveraging in-country institutional capacities to enhance sustainability;Conduct highlevel advocacy and policy dialogue and establish/strengthen partnerships,including with academia, professional associations, inter-governmental and non-governmentalorganizations and institutions, for the harmonization and alignment of actorsand resources for the formulation and implementation of national action plans,as an integral part of strengthened and resilient national health systems;Identifyresearch needs and priorities aimed at improving universal access to AMRservices at country level, including promotion and strengthening of researchcapabilities, and support the addition of new knowledge and technologies intocountry health systems;Oversee thecollaborative and proactive support to countries in the development andimplementation of monitoring and evaluation policies and strategies tofacilitate reporting on trends in and on progress towards AMR regional andnational targets, including promoting the dissemination of lessons learned andgood practices; and providing technical inputs into global surveys and reports;Support theCluster Director in communicating the achievements and results of the work ofthe AMR Programme; in collaboration with the Communication (COM) and Planning,Budgeting, Monitoring and Evaluation(PBM) Units;Contribute toresource mobilization for the Cluster's programmes, including but not limitedto drafting proposals and proactively participating in resource mobilizationcampaigns, in collaboration with other technical clusters, externalpartnerships team and country offices;Provideexpertise and technical advice to the Regional Director, the Cluster Directorand Senior Management in in the areas of anti-microbial resistance surveillanceand monitoring;Perform other relatedresponsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.



Essential: University degree in medicine, pharmacy,veterinary, microbiology or an advanced degree related in a health related discipline with specialization in Public health or Epidemiology.
Desirable: Certificate,diploma or post-graduate degree in management, medical laboratory services orAMR related discipline.


Essential: • A minimum of ten years' experience in public health management of antimicrobial resistance or related fields such as infectious/communicable diseases. • Strong managerial and leadership skills and demonstrable ability to coordinate cross cutting activities and provide strategic advice and leadership. • Demonstrated experience in working and collaborating at international level • Strong communication and technical writing skills
Desirable: Experiencein working with national or regional programmes on AMR or communicable diseases.


- Demonstrated skills in developing and establishing polices andstrategies, complemented by excellent ability in managing diverse teams andfinancial resources.- Abilityto engage, build consensus and communicate effectively and diplomatically withMember States, partners and media, together with commitment to collaborateeffectively with other key partners in health-related areas. with technicalexpertise and knowledge in antimicrobial resistance- Provenleadership skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary publichealth programs, including the implementation of a public health/diseasecontrol programs.- Provenability to coordinate, write and communicate global strategies and reports on abroad range of issues while representing and promoting the Organization, aswell as strong understanding in resource mobilization

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Driving the Organization to a Successful Future
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.
The above language requirements are interchangeable.


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 89,837 (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 4874 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.


  • 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: 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.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • 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: 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.
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