29th July 2021

Contract Type: Individual consultancy

Application deadline: 7 September 2021, 12:00pm CET (noon)

Contact: Elizabeth Tayler and Miriam Holm

Email address: amr-tjs@who.int

Consultancy reference: HQ/AMR/GCP/2021/8

 

 

  1. Purpose of the Consultancy

To support the Tripartite Joint Secretariat on Antimicrobial Resistance (TJS) of the Global Coordination and Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance (GCP) Department in the development of guidance and advice on Integrated Surveillance for antimicrobial resistance (AMR), particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

 

  1. Background

Antimicrobial resistance is a global public health threat. It is driven by inappropriate use of antimicrobials in human health, animal and plant health, food production and through environmental contamination, and as such requires a One Health approach to address it.

The TJS consolidates cooperation between the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and WHO, drawing on their core mandates to support the global response across the One Health spectrum through global advocacy and political engagement, creation of a shared vision and goals, and providing Secretariat services for global governance structures.

The consultancy is located within the TJS, which is hosted by WHO, and has dedicated liaison officers in FAO and OIE headquarters. It manages the day-to-day operations of the joint work of the Tripartite organizations on AMR, including the Multi-Partner Trust Fund on AMR (AMR-MPTF).

Good data is vital to inform decision making and antimicrobial policies and to track progress. While each sector will generally develop systems for surveillance of resistance and use of antimicrobials, these data need to be brought together and analysed and reviewed together. Data needs to be representative and standardized to allow meaningful interpretation. Tripartite organisations individually and collectively need to support this process, to maximize the quality, efficiency effectiveness and sustainability of the systems and to ensure that the data that is generated is useable and used.

Many countries are developing systems for integrated surveillance including six (Sudan, Peru, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco and Tajikistan) supported by the AMR-MPTF. Other countries are rolling out systems based upon the Tricycle protocol for surveillance of ESBL E. Coli across human health, poultry and the environment. While much technical support is provided by regions, there is need for HQ technical support to assist and to facilitate lesson learning and sharing of experience. The WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AGISAR) developed guidance in 2013 and 2018. There is a working group in FAO that will build guidance for practical application of the forthcoming Codex guidelines for integrated surveillance of foodborne AMR. New techniques, such as whole genome sequencing, are becoming more widely available and affordable, but their role in surveillance systems, particularly in resource poor settings, needs to be determined. There is a growing expertise and interest on integrated surveillance in collaborating centres of WHO FAO and OIE.

The Global Leaders Group on AMR was established in 2020, is chaired by two Prime Ministers and comprises ministers of health, agriculture, and the environment civil society and private sector leaders. It is supported by the TJS. One of the priority areas of their workplan is integrated surveillance. An expert group, comprising members nominated by the Tripartite organisations and UNEP, is required to provide advice and guidance on how global and context-appropriate country systems for integrated surveillance should be developed.

A consultant is required to work with the six AMR-MPTF countries and provide very practical support and document lessons and experience, and well as working with the technical working group of the global leaders group to ensure that their work and recommendations are practical, workable and grounded in reality and country experience. The consultant will map current resources, and identify gaps, and provide recommendations as to how these will be filled.

 

Background materials

 

  1. Planned timelines

The consultant is expected to start work in October 2021.

 

  1. Work to be performed/ Deliverables

As a part of the TJS in the GCP Department in WHO headquarters, and in collaboration with colleagues in FAO and OIE, the consultant will perform the following functions:

 

Task 1. Provide technical support on request to countries funded by the AMR MPTF for integrated surveillance.

  • Activity 1. Review current guidance from the Tripartite organisations, Codex Alimentarius, and other bodies on AMR surveillance and use, and specifically guidance on integrated surveillance.
  • Activity 2. Support the MPTF countries in developing sectoral systems on AMR surveillance and use, analysis and dissemination of data in a manner that is most effective, and supportive of a One Health approach to addressing AMR. Ensure that they are provided with the best relevant current evidence and guidance.
  • Activity 3. Facilitate lessons learning and sharing and synthesize emerging lessons.

 

Task 2. Manage the establishment and operation of an AMR integrated surveillance expert working group.

  • Activity 1. Manage the selection process for experts.
  • Activity 2. Organize and facilitate meetings of the working group.

 

The functions of this group will be to:

  1. Advise on gaps and how it should be updated, in the light of emerging evidence and experience.
  2. Provide technical advice and input to the Global Leaders Group on AMR when required.
  3. Provide technical advice on issues emerging from Tripartite country work on integrated surveillance when required.
  4. Provide technical advice to other countries on best practices for integrated surveillance, including technical advice to those countries who are scaling up their Tricycle protocol.
  5. Leverage the work of Tripartite and UNEP Collaborating Centres working on AMR integrated surveillance.

 

It is envisaged that this group will work remotely.

 

  1. Specific requirements

– Qualifications required:

  • Advanced university degree in Epidemiology/ Microbiology, Statistics, Public Health, Veterinary Public Health or a related discipline.

 

– Experience required:

  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in the area of surveillance of AMR or antimicrobial use, preferably using integrated approaches.
  • At least seven years of working in or with developing/ resource limited countries.

 

– Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Experience in managing expert working groups;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure with conflicting priorities;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Computer literacy (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.).

 

– Language requirements:

  • English – proficient (reading, writing, speaking)

 

  1. Place of assignment

Work will be carried out remotely. The consultant must however be prepared to engage routinely with colleagues during working hours for European time zones.

 

  1. Travel

When the department or office concerned determines that travel is necessary in order for the consultant to perform the work, a travel request will be raised and per diem will be applied as per WHO payment regulations.

 

  1. Fee rate, contract duration, timing of payments and performance evaluation

The remuneration will be based on a monthly fee in the range US$ 10,000 – US$ 12,500, depending on the selected consultant’s degree of specialization, knowledge, qualifications, experience and skills. This is in accordance with the WHO remuneration scales for international consultants. The fee will be agreed between WHO and the selected consultant in advance. The contract will cover a 6-month period. Payments will be made following satisfactory completion of a set of deliverables. Other terms and conditions of employment will be in accordance with WHO policy on the employment of consultants (details available upon request).

 

  1. How to prepare and submit a proposal in reply to this tender?
  2. Content of the proposal
  3. A cover letter explaining the bidder’s motivation for applying to this position.
  4. A copy, in .pdf format, of the bidder’s updated CV or Personal History Form (preferred option, detailed instructions on how to do this through the following link: http://www.who.int/careers/process/instructions-for-candidates.pdf?ua=1). PLEASE NOTE: The selected candidate(s) will be asked to produce copies of all degrees/diplomas/certificates as mentioned in their CVs or Personal History Forms, as well as a copy of their passport and other documents as appropriate.
  5. Full contact details.
  6. Description and contact details of at least two recent references (the references shall be related to the present Terms of Reference).

Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

 

  1. Questions during preparation of proposalA prospective bidder requiring any clarification on technical, contractual or commercial matters may notify WHO via e-mail (amr-tjs@who.int) no later than 31 August, noon, Geneva time. Please write in the subject line “Inquiry Integrated Surveillance Consultancy 2021”.

 

  1. Deadline for submission of proposal

The deadline for final submissions of proposals is 7 September 2021, noon, Geneva time.

 

  1. Email address for submission of proposal

Final duly completed proposals should be submitted in electronic format by e-mail to: amr-tjs@who.int. Please write in the subject line “Application [insert name] – Integrated Surveillance Consultancy 2021”.

 

Additional Information:

  • This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies.
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test and interview will be used as a form of screening.
  • If your candidature is retained for interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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