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Regional microbiologist - AMR (Human Health)

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.

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the UK Department of Health as the Management Agent for the Fleming Fund Grants Programme. Following an extensive design phase, the Fleming Fund is entering the implementation phase of the project. We are operating with a head office in London, UK and four Regional Hubs in Accra, Ghana; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Delhi, India; and Bangkok, Thailand. Mott MacDonald is seeking to recruit qualified individuals to support the roll-out of the programme. Applicants will join a multidisciplinary team of technical and grant programme management experts.

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

We are recruiting a Regional Microbiologist who will lead the Fleming Fund’s regional approach to clinical microbiology and provide expert input and coordination. As a member of the Regional Team you will support 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 Regional Microbiologist will report to the Regional Coordinator and will work closely with the rest of the regional team, with the UK based Lead Clinical Microbiologist and with other members of the Core Technical Team.

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

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide technical and strategic input into the rollout of the country and Fleming Fellowship grants programme 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.
  • 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​.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 15th August 2018

Candidate Specification

Key skills, qualifications and experience
  • Medical doctor / physician with appropriate specialism in Clinical Microbiology.
  • Appropriate certification and levels of continual professional development in microbiology and/or epidemiology.
  • Significant experience working in a similar field in low- and middle-income settings.
  • Excellent practical laboratory experience in clinical bacteriology, including in low-income settings.
  • Experience in monitoring antimicrobial use at facility and/or national level.
  • Experience in developing recommendations for antibiotic use / stewardship in LMICs.
  • 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.
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills

The following key skills, qualifications and experience would be advantageous

  • MPH, PhD or equivalent qualification.
  • Relevant courses in management and/or technical fields such as epidemiology will be an asset.
  • History and track-record of providing technical advice to programmes, organisations or other institutions.
  • Experience in developing plans for surveillance systems and/or Laboratory Management Information Systems.
  • Research interest in drug resistant bacteria and / or syndromic treatment of disease.
  • Working with a funding agency or similar organisation.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating programmes.
  • Knowledge and networks (partnerships and associates) in LMICs within the subject area.
  • Experience of working with major development partners such as DFID, USAID, EU, World Bank, UN agencies and global bodies that operate in the health sector.
  • Demonstrated excellence in publications and/or a research track-record.
  • Knowledge of advanced diagnostic techniques for bacterial pathogens
  • Excellent and proven proposal writing skills.
  • Excellent presentational skills, including at high-level conferences and policy fora.
  • Ability to work in other language(s) would be considered an asset.
  • Experience of teaching and training and/or a relevant higher education qualification would be advantageous
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