Regional AMR Surveillance Specialist, Bangkok, Thailand

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Thailand

City: Bangkok

Office: FAO ROAP Bangkok

Closing date: Saturday, 31 December 2022

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Regional AMR Surveillance Specialist

Job Posting: 20/Dec/2022

Closure Date: 31/Dec/2022, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : RAP

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Thailand-Bangkok

Duration : 11 months

Post Number : N/A

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Organizational Setting

The FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is responsible for leading FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of focused, multi-disciplinary projects and programmes. It identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region, in collaboration with departments and divisions at Headquarters, and promotes the value and deliverables of the FAO’s New Strategic Framework within the context and outputs of work to help our Members achieve Better Production, Better Nutrition, a Better Environment and a Better Life for all - leaving no one behind.

The visibility of FAO’s successes in delivering its good public works within the framework of the abovementioned "Four Betters" is critical to the benefit of our Members and our resource partners. The Regional Office aims to raise visibility of its supporting role for regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, in its own right, and through the development, facilitation and emergence of regional Partnerships, to support capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development across the region.

At the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the Animal Health and Production Module is supporting delivery of the One Health Program Priority Area and the Regional Food Systems Transformation Initiative. Technical emphasis is placed on: 1) Improved Sustainable livestock production, good husbandry & farming practices including supporting the Animal Production and Health Commission for Asia and Pacific (APHCA): 2) Improved risk management, prevention and control of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR); 3) Prevention and control of zoonotic diseases (emerging, endemic & food-borne) & transboundary animal diseases; and 4) Expanding One Health beyond animal & public health stakeholders, to be inclusive of the forestry, wildlife, natural resource management & environment sectors.

The post is located in the Regional Office for Asia-Pacific

Reporting Lines

The incumbent will deliver tasks and outputs under the overall direction of reports to Senior Animal Health & Production Officer the Animal Health and Production Module.

Technical Focus

Combatting AMR has long been a priority for FAO, the Tripartite, European Commission, and a high level of political commitment has been mobilised within the G7, G20, United Nations (UN) and international organisations. To promote political commitment, good governance, and assist with developing relevant capacities across sectors to address AMR, FAO in collaboration with the Tripartite is commencing a European Commission funded project "Working together to fight antimicrobial resistance (AMR)" with nine Asian countries.

Tasks and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Animal Health and Production Officer in FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) in Bangkok, under the technical guidance of the Regional One Health AMR Coordinator (UNJP/RAS/399/EC) and in close consultation with the Private Sector Food Safety Specialist, the Tripartite and EU regional and country project focal points and communication officers, the consultant will provide technical support to the "Working together to fight antimicrobial resistance (AMR)" project, the Animal Health and Production module and the One Health Regional Priority Program and, where appropriate, work with the EU project Food Safety and Private Sector Engagement Specialist, to perform the following tasks:

Lead AMR Surveillance work under the UNJP/RAS/399/EC project, "Working together to fight antimicrobial resistance (AMR)" in collaboration with the Tripartite (WOAH and WHO), European Commission, country partners and other relevant international or regional partners: o Preparations for and delivery of a regional benchmarking workshop on findings from laboratory assessments (e.g. PT, JEE and ATLASS) relevant to Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (AST) at regional level. o Preparations for and delivery of national capacity building workshops to support lead national labs from each country to address the findings from laboratory assessments (e.g. PT, JEE and ATLASS) on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (AST)). o Contribute to WOAH training on surveillance of AMR aquatic and terrestrial food animals. Trainees to visit laboratories for medium-term training in techniques relating to aquatic and terrestrial species. o Provide advice related to: the creation of an inventory of AMR research activities undertaken in the Regional AMR project countries; scientific symposia to promote research & development; and fostering international AMR research coordination and collaboration in the animal health sector.

Lead on the following activities under the UNJP/RAS/399/EC project, "Working together to fight antimicrobial resistance (AMR)" in collaboration with the Tripartite (OIE and WHO), European Commission, country partners and other relevant international or regional partners: o As required, assist WHO in their capacity building assessments, visits and workshops to the National Reference Laboratory for human health, including food safety laboratory, to strengthen their capacities e.g. confirmation of unusual resistance and their supporting and leading role in the national AMR surveillance laboratory network. o Lead the work on establishing a regional AMR One Health Technical Advisory Group on the use of joint surveillance (human, animal, and environment) in policy decision-making and practical interventions and support integrated surveillance in the country. o Advise those involved with the piloting and implementation of a protocol to monitor AMR in wastewater from AM manufacturers and from communities, healthcare facilities and food production (terrestrial and aquatic) into the aquatic and terrestrial environment.

Support the Private Sector Food Safety Specialist, on the following activities under the UNJP/RAS/399/EC project, "Working together to fight antimicrobial resistance (AMR)" in collaboration with the Tripartite (OIE and WHO), European Commission, country partners and other relevant international or regional partners: o Provide support to WOAH in the development of a mechanism/app to detect falsified or unauthorized veterinary products at country level with pilot to be done in one or two countries. o Support the Regional AMR Advocacy and Communication Specialist in collecting lessons learned and evidence on good practices in veterinary medicine, food production and public health of the region. Use this information to generate advocacy and communication materials (videos, newsletters, social media, etc.) with a One Health perspective for private sector. o Provide advice to the FAO HQ legal team on research and a regional workshop on the improvement of AMR-related regulatory frameworks.

Provide advice to FAORAP’s team developing regional guidelines on different aspects of AMR surveillance;
Familiarize him/herself with FAO’s work globally and in the regional on all aspects of AMR surveillance.

In collaboration with relevant RAP Regional AMR team members and the RAP Virtual Learning Centre, assist in the production and delivery of AMR training modules & related advocacy materials

In collaboration with relevant RAP Regional AMR communications team, prepare quarterly web articles on AMR surveillance.

Support the Senior Animal Health and Production Officer to deliver the RAP Animal Health and Production Module (AHP) and One Heath Regional Program Priority Area including reporting against the One Health, livestock, animal health and production and relevant outputs, indicators, results and activities for the 2022-2023 biennial work plan, support planning and development of the 2024-2025 biennial work plan, and contribute to the Periodic Budgetary Report (PBR) work plan and One Health Joint Plan of Action.

Provide AMR surveillance-related technical advice to Decentralized Offices (sub-regional and country) and support, backstop, and facilitate implementation of One Health or animal health and production projects in the Asia and Pacific Region;
Perform any other related duties as required.

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

University degree relevant to the above areas (e.g. veterinary medicine, communicable diseases, public health, epidemiology, laboratory management, microbiology)

At least seven years of relevant experience at national and international levels in laboratory management, communicable disease and/or microbiological surveillance, particularly in surveillance of antimicrobial resistance

For Consultants excellent working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish). For PSAs working knowledge of one FAO language.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus

Teamwork

Communication

Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Microbiological/communicable disease/public health surveillance work experience in more than one country or region, and for more than one organization

Knowledge of tools and international programs for microbiological/communicable disease/public health surveillance

Experience of knowledge of surveillance in different resource settings and technology contexts

Collaboration expertise with different stakeholders (civil society, academia, government counterparts, private sector, general public) and ability to work with diverse staff in an international work environment

Selection Criteria

Extent and relevance of AMR/microbiological/communicable disease/public health surveillance work experience

Demonstrated knowledge of tools and international programs for microbiological/communicable disease/public health surveillance

Demonstrated experience of knowledge of surveillance in different resource settings from high to lower-middle income countries

Ability to distil complex information into concise and easily-understood information

Demonstrated experience working well with a team of diverse professionals, diverse stakeholders and across multiple cultures

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)

Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list

Please note that FAO 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 at http://www.whed.net/

For more information, visit the FAO employment website

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

HOW TO APPLY

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