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Regional One Health Specialist

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.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 (AMR). 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 in 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.



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Job Description

The position holder will lead the Fleming Fund’s regional approach to One Health within the Fleming Fund Grants Programme and provide expert input and coordination of the animal health (terrestrial and, where appropriate, aquatic), food safety and/or environmental health components. The position is for a member of the Regional Team supporting the end-to-end process of grant management. The role will help to ensure the implementation of standards, processes and strategies to ensure a consistent approach and high level of quality is maintained across the region. In order to do so, the One Health specialist will report to the Regional Coordinator and will work closely with the rest of the regional team, with the UK-based One Health Coordinator and with Massey University who lead on One Health strategy for the Management Agent.

The role will include regular travel to multiple countries within the region for on-site verification and partner liaison.

Provide technical and strategic input into the rollout of the country and Fleming Fellowship grants in the region.
Contribute to the Country Needs and Capability Assessment process, including conducting site assessments.
Contribute to review of funding applications and make recommendations for approval.
Support countries in implementation of Fleming Fund Grants.
Contribute to the monitoring of grants and site verification visits.
Define roles for consultants and other technical assistance and assist in their management and performance assessment as required by the Regional Coordinator.
Assist in interpretation of both AMR and AMU surveillance data.
Assist in monitoring grant performance data.
Provide advice for problem solving and addressing technical challenges to delivery of grants.

Candidate Specification

  • Veterinary medicine degree and higher education (post-graduate) degree in microbiology or epidemiology
  • Appropriate certification and levels of continual professional development in microbiology and/or epidemiology.
  • Significant experience working in animal/zoonotic disease control and/or addressing AMR in low- and middle-income settings.
  • Excellent experience in implementation of One Health approaches to disease control including in low-income settings.
  • An understanding of the multi-factorial nature of AMR involving humans, animals and the environment.
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders at a high level.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within teams in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with demonstrated ability to use evidence based decision making.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively: communicating, building relationships, and influencing effectively with colleagues, clients, and stakeholders in a LMIC environment.
  • 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.
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