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Regional Coordinator - Fleming Fund East/Southern Africa

Job Profile

Drug-resistant infections pose a grave threat to health and wellbeing across the globe. Bacterial causes of infection are becoming resistant to an increasing number of antibiotics, with consequent reductions in the effectiveness of treatment. Estimates indicate that up to 10 million people could die each year from illnesses that are resistant to antimicrobials by 2050.[1] The UK Government is playing a leading global role in addressing this problem and has launched the Fleming Fund as a major component of the UK’s response.

The aim of the Fleming Fund is to address critical gaps in surveillance of antimicrobial resistant bacteria in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Countries in these areas are set to bear the highest burden of antibiotic resistant infections. Led by the UK, political action against the problem has resulted in a roadmap for global response - the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance
This is the blueprint for a multi-stakeholder global response to averting the burden of AMR.

The Fleming Fund Grants Programme is designed to align with the objectives of the Global Action Plan and to support the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS). The objectives of the Fleming Fund Grants Programme are:

Laboratory infrastructure enhancement

Human resource strengthening and work force reforms

Surveillance systems strengthening

Greater alignment between human and animal surveillance systems

Building foundations for AMR surveillance data use

Promoting rational use of antimicrobial medicines in humans, animals and crops

To provide value for money in grant funding
The Fleming Fund Grants Programme will assist LMICs by providing the technical support, grant funding and other support necessary to improve surveillance and use of data on antibiotic resistance. A number of funding streams will be delivered in selected countries and regions in Africa and Asia. The majority of funds will be invested to support the implementation of individual countries’ National Action Plans for antimicrobial resistance to ensure country ownership, alignment of approach with stakeholders, and sustainability. The Fleming Fund will use a One Health approach by promoting cross-sectoral approaches to surveillance of resistant organisms and the drivers of resistance development (e.g. use of antibiotics in agriculture, animal health and human medicine). Additional funding will be available for the Fleming Fellowship Scheme to provide professional development and improved awareness and advocacy. This will be complemented by funding streams to provide Regional Grants to improve surveillance and the use of data, operational research, online learning, and for strategic investments in collaboration with other donors.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.

Job Description

The programme is a 5-year, large scale (£235 million), complex fund management programme which aims to operate in over 20 LMIC countries.
Reporting to the UK Programme Director, and working closely with the UK Global Technical Lead, the Regional Coordinator will lead the Fleming Fund’s activities in East and Southern Africa, supporting the end-to-end process of grant management.

As Regional Coordinator, you will help to ensure the highest quality professional standards in the conduct of the Fleming Fund and will have a wide range of responsibilities including setting standards, shaping and implementing agreed strategies for Fleming Fund investments, sharing responsibility for funding recommendations, engaging with stakeholders, and seeking to ensure that the Fleming Fund grants have maximum value for money.

This role will manage the Regional Hub, including a team of technical experts and support staff. In addition, high-level liaison with AMR Coordination Committee members and governments throughout the region, and partners, including the UK Department of Health and Social Care, FAO, OIE and WHO, will be a key part of the role. This will require a high degree of diplomacy and a good working knowledge of the Global architecture of AMR.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leading the end-to-end grant management process for the Fleming Fund Grants programme at the regional level, including:
  • Making recommendations for country selection for grant-making
  • Coordinating, supporting and participating in Country Needs and Capability Assessments and Positioning Activities
  • Coordinating the drafting of Requests for Proposals
  • Reviewing grant applications and making recommendations for grant approval
  • Reviewing and approving monthly or quarterly reports from grantees
  • Undertaking periodic on-site inspections of grantees and grant-supported sites.

Managing the Regional Hub team:

  • Ensuring appropriate mix of skills for country visits, including sourcing consultants
  • Ensuring appropriate requests for support from the Core Technical Team
  • Providing problem solving advice and addressing challenges to grant delivery
  • Ensuring grant execution to the highest technical standards

Management of the Regional Hub:

  • Ensuring compliance with systems and processes
  • Ensuring planning processes, project work plans, budgets and action plans are completed and monitored for the region
  • Ensuring periodic financial, operational, and technical reporting (weekly, monthly, and quarterly) to the UK team is completed in a timely manner
  • Ensuring completion of deliverables on time to agreed standards
  • Overseeing all operational aspects of the Regional Hub, including new office set-up and local entity licensing (if necessary), managing the inter-entity agreement drafting between the Mott MacDonald local entity and Mott MacDonald UK, and leading the operational relationship between the two entities, with support from the UK.

Corporate responsibilities:

  • Establish good and considerate working relationships with all staff in the division, unit and company as a whole in a way which demonstrates respect for their particular roles and responsibilities
  • When required, work closely with immediate colleagues and unit employees to provide a high-quality service to internal and external customers.

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Candidate Specification

  • Higher education (post graduate degree) in public health, international development, adult education or similar.
  • Experience working in a similar role of technical oversight and project management/ coordination for projects in low- and middle-income settings.
  • Working with multiple stakeholders including experience of effective client engagement.
  • Overseeing technical delivery of projects including:
  • Developing clear project scopes of work and ensuring activities are well defined for effective outcomes.
  • Quality assuring activities and outputs, providing constructive feedback to ensure strategic focus is maintained and agreed objectives delivered.
  • Ongoing oversight and support including trouble shooting and problem-solving
  • Sourcing, selecting and managing technical assistance as required to support effective project delivery.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating programmes.
  • Coordinating and consolidating inputs from multiple stakeholders.
  • Regular client reporting on programme activities.
  • Experience of planning and delivering public health programmes
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Able to multi task and maintain a critical overview of interrelated tasks, projects and issues, ensuring delivery according to targets and timelines.
  • Able to provide constructive and timely feedback in a diplomatic way to improve the quality of outputs.
  • Able to negotiate and advocate with multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively: communicating, building relationships and influencing effectively with colleagues, clients and stakeholders.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to analyse problems and select remedies and opportunities.
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills. project
  • Post-graduate Qualification in Technical/Vocational Learning/Teaching
  • Designing and/or delivering education/professional development
  • Managing, supporting and evaluating the delivery of education/ professional development activities that seek to strengthen skills in low- to middle-income countries.
  • Experience of managing calls for funding and reviewing applications
  • Ability to work in both local and English. Other languages would be considered an asset.

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