Contract Type: Individual consultancy
Application deadline: 7 September 2021, 12:00pm CET (noon)
Contact: Elizabeth Tayler and Miriam Holm
Email address: email@example.com
Consultancy reference: HQ/AMR/GCP/2021/8
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.
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.
The consultant is expected to start work in October 2021.
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.
Task 2. Manage the establishment and operation of an AMR integrated surveillance expert working group.
The functions of this group will be to:
It is envisaged that this group will work remotely.
– Qualifications required:
– Experience required:
– Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:
– Language requirements:
Work will be carried out remotely. The consultant must however be prepared to engage routinely with colleagues during working hours for European time zones.
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.
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).
Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
The deadline for final submissions of proposals is 7 September 2021, noon, Geneva time.
Final duly completed proposals should be submitted in electronic format by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write in the subject line “Application [insert name] – Integrated Surveillance Consultancy 2021”.