Technical Advisor - Antimicrobial Resistance
Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.
Detailed Job description / requirements:
Technical Advisor - Antimicrobial Resistance
The goal of the global five-year USAID Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) Program is to help low- and middle-income countries to strengthen their pharmaceutical systems to ensure sustainable access to and appropriate use of safe, effective, quality-assured, and affordable essential medicines and pharmaceutical services. MTaPS, implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and partners, will provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP) and the Department of Drug Administration (DDA) including other relevant implementing agencies to strengthen pharmaceutical systems including pharmaceutical sector governance, regulatory systems, pharmaceutical management information systems, and improve patient-centered pharmaceutical services.
Technical Advisor - Antimicrobial Resistance (TA-AMR) will under the leadership of Senior Technical Advisor - Regulatory System Strengthening provide management support and technical assistance for the design and implementation of country interventions related to AMR.
Key Performance Areas
Technical Support (40%)
- Work with the DDA, MOHP, country stakeholders and international counterparts to help develop, review, implement, and monitor technical approaches and strategies for strengthening response to AMR challenges in accordance with national strategies and action plans
- Provide direct technical assistance to relevant stakeholders for the implementation of activities on AMR
- Provide assistance in the development of specific AMR policies, guidelines, standard operating procedures, job aids, and other relevant materials
- As needed, provide technical support to other MTaPS pharmaceutical systems strengthening activities in the country
Capacity Building (30%)
- Contribute to the design of national capacity-building strategy
- Contribute to the implementation of capacity building plans including their monitoring
- In conjunction with country counterparts, develop/revise required training packages and materials
- Facilitate AMR trainings and other capacity building exercises
- As required, participate in the planning and delivery of broader capacity building programs aimed at national pharmaceutical system strengthening
- Coordinate with other MTaPS Nepal technical activities ensuring harmonized approach in line with MSH quality standards
- Maintain close liaison and coordination with senior officials in the MOHP and DDA
- With support and guidance from CPD and STA-RSS, play a key role in fostering effective coordination and collaboration between AMR-related stakeholders from various sectors, disciplines and levels
- Work closely with the Home Office based Technical Lead for AMR portfolio and other technical team members for appropriate and timely technical guidance and support
REQUIRED MINIMUM EDUCATION
Master’s in a health-related field with specialized training and/or experience related to AMR and its key elements such as multi sectoral coordination, infection prevention and control (IPC), antimicrobial stewardship (AMS), etc.
Medical doctor, microbiologist, pharmacist or public health qualification
REQUIRED MINIMUM EXPERIENCE
At least five years of clinical or public health experience, of which at least 3 years in areas linked to appropriate prescribing and use of antimicrobial, hospital therapeutic committee work, appropriate medicines use, development of treatment guidelines, IPC or other aspects of AMR containment
- Experience in designing and implementing interventions in coordination with stakeholders
- Experience in planning and organizing workshops and meetings for building consensus
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- Awareness of Nepal’s national program on AMR and its status and keenly interested in AMR and its containment
- Experience in development of training and advocacy materials
- Experience in hospital therapeutic committee work
- Experience in development of policy and standard treatment guidelines
- Strong networking, collaboration and advocacy skills
- Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
- Excellent writing and presentation skills in English and Nepali are essential
- Demonstrated intermediate skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Ability to work independently and effectively in a team
- Good judgment for decision making
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability in consensus building and constructively leading a team
- Travel requirements up to 40% at national levels
- Keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers <10 lbs., etc.
MSH is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job requirements. MSH will take affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed and that employees are treated without regard to their race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran and disability status. In compliance with U.S. Department of Labor Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act, MSH has developed and maintains an affirmative action program and plan.