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Technical Officer (AMR)-Control and Response Strategies-CRS

Geneva

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2022-09-29

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

The mission of the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Division is to define, advance, promote and monitor comprehensive policies and strategies that prevent, reduce, and mitigate drug-resistant infections and the overall impact of antimicrobial resistance globally based on the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance and the 13th Global Programme of Work of WHO and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also provides global direction and strategic leadership for the global response to antimicrobial resistance in coordination with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and other United Nations and international agencies and facilitates the creation of common goal and vision through innovative partnerships, political engagement and promoting multisectoral engagement and synergy across the One Health spectrum in humans, animals, plants, food, feed and the environment. Its main objective is to support the development, implementation, and monitoring of One Health National Action Plans for Member States and facilitate the mainstreaming of effective strategies and actions, including on the prevention and control of infection, antimicrobial stewardship, awareness creation and communication, research and development in their health and development agendas in partnership with FAO, OIE and other key partners.The Department of AMR Surveillance, Prevent and Control (SPC) leads the implementation efforts of National Action Plans on AMR as the backbone to achieving the five objectives of the Global Action Plan on AMR; reinforces strategic and technical country-level capacity to mitigate the spread of AMR in health facilities and communities; coordinates global surveillance and antimicrobial consumption monitoring efforts across the human-animal interface to support the One Health response to antimicrobial resistance; monitors and reports on national and global progress towards achievement of the of the GAP, the triple billion targets of WHO's 13th Global Programme of Work and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Control, Response and Strategy (CRS) team reinforces country capacity to mitigate AMR, in health facilities and communities. CRS will review, revise and utilize existing WHO norms and standards and develop new guidance in response to country needs identified by the AMR focal points in Regional Offices. CRS will develop viable links between WASH, IPC, NAPs, patient safety/quality and emerging pathogen surveillance to reduce AMR, to improve AMR prevention in community and health care facility settings and provide experts as needed to support regional and country offices.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

Generic duties:

  • Develop and monitor work plans and budgets for specific projects and follow up on the implementation of planned activities.
  • Conduct monitoring and evaluation of the specific field of work and conduct timely reporting for decision making.
  • Provide technical guidance and work closely with counterparts in technical departments across the Organization; liaise with counterparts in partner UN Agencies,Donors and other stakeholders to harmonize recommendations on policies and strategies.
  • Performall other related duties as assigned.

Specific duties:

  • Lead the Organization's work on evidence generation to support the responsible introduction of new tools and interventions against AMR.
  • Coordinate the development of a global research agenda on AMR in the human health sector, catalyze scientific interest and investments in AMR research, and collaborate with international, regional, and national partners to foster operational and implementation research to better understand resistance mechanisms and the health impact of resistance and interventions.
  • Lead the technical work on modeling to predict the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions aimed to reduce AMR, its burden and heath impact.
  • Support the technical work on behavioral, economics and social science related to social and behavioral determinants of AMR.
  • Provide technical support to development of clinical guidance for infectious diseases and dissemination products, such as educational products, toolkits, etc.
  • Lead WHO's work on evidence synthesis and norms and standards, policy and evidence-base guidelines on effective interventions to control and prevent AMR; this includes clinical management and treatment guidelines for bacterial and fungal infections.
  • Build and establish external partnership with relevant interagency and international fora involved contributing to development and implementation of public health interventions to tackle AMR.
  • Lead the Organization's effort on the evaluation of the clinical relevance of molecular markers of AMR and on the establishment of a WHO global database to improve knowledge of genotypic-phenotypic correlation of AMR.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential: Advanced level university degree (master level) in Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Clinical Microbiology, or Public Health.


Desirable:

  • A Ph.D. in one of the above-mentioned fields.
  • Advanced university degree in epidemiology and/or clinical research.

Experience

Essential:

  • Aminimum of 7 years of professional experience in the field of infectious diseases, clinical microbiology and antimicrobial resistance, including in the development of related research, health policies and strategies.
  • 5 years professional experience in epidemiology and clinical research including evidence synthesis, designing, implementing and publishing ID/AMR related research.
  • Experience at the international level, including working in/with low- and middle-income countries.

Desirable:

  • Experience in the elaboration of clinical guidelines and in using GRADE methods.
  • Track record of peer review scientific publications.

Skills:

  • Expert knowledge of the epidemiology of AMR, AMR stewardship and public health interventions to tackle AMR in the human health sector.
  • Sound knowledge of public health programmes, with understanding of different realities worldwide.
  • Excellent knowledge in the area of evidence synthesis, including GRADE, and in developing guidelines, policies and strategies following WHO principles and procedures.
  • Ability to lead scientific discussions; analyze and synthesize the evidence and write scientific reports.
  • Abilityto engage effectively and diplomatically with external partners including Ministries of Health, Donor institutions, Civil Society, and other stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with ability to write in a clear and concise manner and give technical advice and guidance taking into consideration the views of multiple stakeholders and partners in resource-limited contexts.
  • Proven ability to promote consensus, communicate progress and results, and resolve issues in a proactive manner, while ensuring effective work practices and ethics.

WHO Competencies:

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Promoting innovation and organizational learning

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.

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 75,602 (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 4498 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.
  • 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: 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.
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