National Action Plans on Antimicrobial Resistance Officer,
Mission and objectives
The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations Public Health Organization established in 1948. The objective of the World Health Organization shall be the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. World Health Organization achieves its goals by performing its essential functions: 1. Take a leadership role in key health issues and create partnerships when joint action is needed; 2. Set research priorities and encourage the acquisition, application and dissemination of useful knowledge; 3. Setting standards and criteria and encouraging and monitoring them; 4. Develop ethical and evidence-based policies 5. Provide technical support, be an agent of change and build institutional capacity in a sustainable way; 6. Monitor health status and assess health trends.
For this assignment, the WHO Regional Office for Africa’s AMR Team /ARD Cluster is seeking for an international UNV to supporting activities related to development, implementation and monitoring of National Action Plans on AMR as part of the implementation of the Global Action Plan on AMR in the context of the One Health approach and the Thirteenth General Programme of Work (GPW 13). The international UNV will be based in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo and will work under the supervision of the AMR Team/ARD Cluster. In 2015, the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) was adopted by all countries through a resolution in the World Health Assembly (WHA), endorsed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Governing Conference, and the World Assembly of World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) delegates. The 47 countries in the WHO African region have agreed to have a National Action Plan (NAP) on AMR that is consistent with the Global Action Plan and to implement relevant policies and plans to prevent, control and monitor AMR. Seven years later, 38 (81%) out of 47 countries in the WHO African region have NAPs of which 29 are approved by their national authorities. WHO has been coordinating the annual Tripartite AMR Country Self-Assessment Survey (TrACSS) jointly administered by FAO, OIE and WHO to monitor country progress in the implementation of NAPs with global/regional/country reports disseminated. In 2021, forty-one (41) in the WHO African region have responded to the 5th TrACSS that closed in July 2021. The 6th round of assessment is about to be launched in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and so the survey will be issued jointly by the quadripartite (FAO, OIE, WHO and UNEP). Despite the progress made by countries in line with strengthening coordination and multisectoral collaboration around AMR, awareness and education, surveillance and laboratory capacity , implementing infection and prevention control measures and optimal use of antimicrobials, there is a still an urgent need to address major challenges with finalizing, updating, costing, implementing and monitoring the national actional plans under the coordination of the WHO Regional Office in close collaboration with FAO, OIE and UNEP. In line with the implementation of the output 1.3.5 of the 13th WHO Global Program of Work (GPW13), the AMR/ARD Unit plans to enhance their strategic guidance and technical support to the 47 Member States for the development, implementation and monitoring of AMR national Action Plans using standardized materials , capacity building and documentation of best practices and lessons learnt in close collaboration with relevant units within and outside ARD cluster as part of integration, collaboration and harmonization of AFRO work. This includes coordination of multisectoral country self-assessments on NAPs implementation, analysis and dissemination of regional findings as well as updating country profiles. Thus, the IUNV will contribute to accelerate AFRO 2022-2023 plan of action on AMR.
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the WHO AFRO AMR team lead and ARD Cluster or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer National Action Plans on Antimicrobial Resistance will: • Contribute to the formulation and/or implementation of policies; regulations; norms, standards, guides and tools in line with global and regional plans on AMR. • Provide technical support for the development and implementation of AMR National Action Plans within the context of the “One Health” approach. • Support monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of National Action Plans on AMR and projects. • Establish and maintain an up-to-date roster of regional AMR experts by technical area. • Support the strengthening governance and multisectoral coordination platforms on AMR, • Plan and implement training programs through the development of standard curriculums. • Track and report progress in implementation using the specific indicators of the global antimicrobial resistance monitoring and evaluation framework. • Support the follow up of the AMR regional public health goods (Regional Action Plan on AMR); • Perform other related responsibilities as assigned by his/her supervisor Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities: • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; • Provide annual and end of assignment self- reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities. • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.