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Regional Adviser, Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control (AMR)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Cairo
  • Grade: Senior level - P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2023-02-02


In the context of WHO priority for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), the Department of Communicable Diseases (DCD) at the WHO EMR office, works with Member States and key global stakeholders to implement the AMR global action plan, and to strengthen capacity for prevention and control of infectious diseases (IPC) in healthcare settings and the community. IPC provides a strong infrastructure in countries to implement various priority actions needed for control of AMR spread in healthcare settings. The department focuses on interventions that improve prevention and control of communicable diseases overall, in the community as well as healthcare settings. Given the high priority of AMR and the large burden of health care-associated infections and their impact on health outcomes overall, and the many gaps and inefficiencies in IPC programmes, infrastructure and practices in many countries, the AMR/IPC unit expands its activities towards country support, including through the assignment of technical officers in a number of country offices.


1. Lead the regional programme of AMR and IPC, including team management, strategies, and workplan for the implementation of measures and the assessment of their impact.

2. Provide leadership and technical guidance for the implementation of AMR regional framework in member states.

3. Provide guidance and foster the establishment of IPC programmes in member states.

4. Provide leadership and coordination of AMR activities across all stakeholders, and relevant sectors including the animal sector, as well as within WHO with other WHO programmes related to AMR and IPC.

5. Guide countries, health-care settings and key stakeholders to build and strengthen national and local capacity and infrastructure for AMR and IPC.

6. Provide guidance and plan activities to improve awareness about AMR and IPC in EMR.

7. Develop appropriate policies and new approaches at the regional and country level promoting implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programmes.

8. Provide guidance on establishing national AMR surveillance systems in the region, including supporting Global Antimicrobial Surveillance systems (GLASS) and studies to generate data on antibiotics use and practices in the region.

9. Propose and lead research activities to set up and evaluate AMR/IPC measures, adapted to EMR member states.

10. Provide technical expertise for the estimation of the burden of health care-associated infection and AMR in health care.

11. Promote partnerships with focal points in country WHO offices, other relevant WHO units (at the global, regional, and country levels), in-country and international stakeholders, international experts in the field of AMR and IPC.

12. Integrate the objectives and work plans of WHO Collaborating Centers (WCC) on AMR and IPC in countries of EMR, oversee the designation and active participation of new and existing WCCs and evaluate their activities.

13. Manage resources for AMR and IPC, initiate and negotiate funding agreements with government, non-government and private organizations, and develop a resource mobilization strategy to support AMR and IPC activities in the region.



Essential: University degree in medicine.

Master's degree in public health or in epidemiology.
Desirable: Postgraduate qualifications in preventive medicine


Essential: At least ten years' experience combined at the national and international levels in the field of IPC and AMR, including at least five years' public health experience in low- or middle-income countries. At least five years of managerial experience.
Desirable: Experience in use of data for decision making, including surveillance, outbreak investigation, and operational research.


Demonstrated knowledge in antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention and control. Substantial knowledge in medical practice, public health and patient safety. Demonstrated ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team to deliver a global health programme. High sense of accountability and responsibility. Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills. Proven ability in managing resources and partnership.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of Arabic.


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 90,664 (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 2644 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.


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