Technical Officer (Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Surveillance & System Strengthening), (NO-B), Fixed-Term, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The objective of the Universal Health Coverage, Lifecourse and Healthier Populations programme in the WHO Country Office in Papua New Guinea is to support the Member State to attain universal coverage of health services for better and equitable health outcomes. Health sector development acts as the foundation that both underpins and unifies public health efforts aimed at combating diseases and building healthy communities in an efficient and equitable manner, especially for high priority, excluded and underserved population groups. A strong health system foundation enables effectiveness of individual programmes and efficient use of shared system resources for all programmes. A strong health system also promotes appropriate integration of pro-poor, equity-enhancing, gender-responsive and human rights-based approaches.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Under the supervision of the Coordinator, UHC, Lifecourse and Healthier Populations, and the Technical Officer, Essential Medicines and Technologies, in the Country Office and in collaboration with the Division of Health Systems and Services and the Division of Health Security and Emergencies, WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific, the incumbent will be assigned the following responsibilities:
1. Support provision of technical and policy advice to the national authorities to strengthen capacity at the community- and health-facility level to mitigate the emergence, spread, and public health consequences of AMR and achieve the vision of building a sustainable system to contain AMR;
2. Provide technical support to national authorities and coordinate efforts with other technical units and partners to strengthen the health system's response in addressing AMR through national/local surveillance and antimicrobial stewardship programmes, antimicrobial consumption monitoring and awareness-raising to achieve behavioural change regarding the optimal use of antimicrobials both by health professionals and patients/consumers;
3. Support the development, coordination, and implementation of educational AMR initiatives at different levels of the health system in close collaboration with the National Department of Health, Provincial Health Authorities, partners, civil society, the private sector, and other programmes within the Country Office;
4. Build and maintain effective coordination and collaboration with the National AMR focal point in the National Department of Health, and other teams within WHO, both within and outside the AMR team;
5. The latter include medicines, WASH, infection prevention and control, universal health coverage, One Health, primary healthcare, and disease programmes;
6. Provide support to the Technical Officer, Essential Medicines and Technologies to advocate, coordinate, and build partnerships with bilateral and multilateral financing institutions, national governments, civil society, and the private sector to mobilize resources and ensure ownership of and support for AMR strategies as developed and implemented by WHO and partners;
7. Support visualizing data and information and develop communication materials accordingly to raise awareness on the AMR burden, progress made and key challenges in supporting policy advocacy;
8. Liaise with and utilize partnerships with quadripartite and other UN agencies, donors, or research institutions in the cross-cutting multi-faceted AMR field to position the technical area of work and implementation into national policies;
9. Represent the programme area of work at various meetings to advocate for AMR and WHO AMR and antimicrobial usage and antimicrobial surveillance strategies; and
10. Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Essential: University degree in public health, health sciences, pharmacy, microbiology or related areas from a recognized university.
Desirable: Master's level degree or qualification in epidemiology/public health from a recognized university.
Essential: Minimum two years' work experience in programmes or public health activities related to AMR, microbiology, surveillance or One Health at national level.
Desirable: International exposure in public health in related areas.
1. Strong programme management skills.
2. Excellent organizational and analytical skills with the ability to coordinate activities and multitask.
3. Ability to work and make decisions under pressure; to elaborate strategies and organize priorities through strong analytical skills and good judgement.
4. Excellent interpersonal skills, tact, discretion and diplomacy.
5. Ability to effectively coordinate with development partners/donors and collaborating agencies.
6. Technical expertise and overall attitude at work.
7. Ability to work harmoniously as a member of the team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain ahigh standard of personal conduct.
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
- Knowing and managing yourself
- Producing results
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at PGK 116,831 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.
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