Project Coordinator for the Implementation of the Antimicrobial Resistance Multi-Partner Trust Fund (AMR MPTF) Project - Combatting the rising global threat of AMR through a One Health Approach
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is arguably the most complex threat to human and animal health with implications for food safety, food security and the potential to cause millions of deaths as well as affecting economies of countries in the long term. AMR threatens to compromise the progress made globally towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Misuse and overuse of antimicrobial medicines in human, animal and environmental health, loss of efficacy, coupled with fewer alternatives and an empty pipeline for new antimicrobials aggravates the situation and further pose challenge to infectious disease therapy. Without coordinated and accelerated action, the world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era where common infections could once again kill and risks reversing progress made in health and development.
To tackle AMR, the World Health Assembly in 2015 (WHA 68.7), adopted the Global Action Plan (GAP) on AMR. The September 2016 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on AMR stated the resolve of member states on the need to tackle AMR, agreeing on one health-oriented interventions. Ghana among many other countries globally, developed national policy and action plans; modeled on the principles of the GAP in one health to tackle AMR.
A coordinated response
Given the transnational and multi-sectoral nature of AMR, the Tripartite - a partnership between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) - is scaling up existing efforts to support countries to counter this immediate threat through a one health approach. This partnership brings together a combined technical knowledge and convening power that offers robust, sustainable, cost-effective and efficient solutions to addressing AMR.
Several actors are also implementing interventions to combat AMR. One major initiative by the Tripartite is the establishment of the ‘‘AMR Multi-Partner Trust Fund (AMR MPTF): Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance through a One Health approach’’ to drive the delivery of the GAP on AMR and MPTF theory of change while implementing country national action plans.
The MPTF provides good opportunity to implement cross cutting activities with catalytic effects that delivers on implementing global and national action plans and respond to the outcomes and impacts expected by the MPTF.
AMR is a priority for country and the Tripartite organizations. The WHO is leading this project and seeks a highly motivated and dedicated individual as the Country Project Coordinator to support active implementation of the approved proposal and work plan.
In close collaboration with FAO, the OIE country representative and sub regional representative the incumbent will provide technical support, coordinate and actively manage the effective implementation of the project among implementing agencies, stakeholders and across the tripartite as well as monitor and report progress of work. He/She will also work closely with the AMR committees and AMR Secretariat to ensure parties deliver on activities. The successful candidate will be supervised by the Health Systems and Services Cluster Lead, the WHO focal point on AMR and under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative for Ghana.
Summary of Assigned Duties and Responsibilities