The Animal Health consultant will provide technical assistance for the design and implementation of country interventions related to Global Health Security Agenda /Antimicrobial Resistance (GHSA/AMR), with a specific focus on animal health.
The Animal Health consultant provides support to the MTaPS Country Director or country Senior Technical Advisor (PTA), collaborates with and supports the HQ’s Manager and Technical Lead of GHSA/AMR portfolio on animal health related activities as required, and provides technical assistance to relevant ministries and other country partners and stakeholders as needed.
Countries of implementation may include (but not necessarily limited to): Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC, Kenya, Mali, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The period of performance will be from August 2019 through March 2020 with discrete tasks for each country.
In collaboration with the MTaPS’s GHSA technical leads and in-country technical teams, specific tasks of the Animal Health Consultant may include but are not limited to:
Qualifications and Experience
- Provide technical support to AMR-related technical working groups (TWGs) and stakeholders to strengthen their governance and functionality
- Help the TWGs and other related stakeholders develop national strategies/plans, tools and job aids to strengthen optimal use of antimicrobials in the animal sector
- Provide assistance in developing/updating specific animal health-related AMR/IPC policies, guidelines, standard operating procedures, tools including job aids, and other relevant materials
- Provide technical assistance / participate in animal health investigations (e.g., source, antibiotic use, and spread of infection) and assessments of AMS/IPC policies, regulations and implementation activities.
- Provide technical assistance to collect, assemble, and review data related to AMR and AMU patterns in animals (e.g., AMR trends for the zoonotic bacteria/antibiotic combinations in broiler and layer populations)
- Provide technical assistance / participate in mapping/investigating/assessing antibiotic distribution and use in food livestock
- Support Senior Technical Advisors to provide technical assistance to establish and make functional Animal AMR/AMU Technical Working Groups (TWG). Provide support to conduct and participate in Animal AMR/AMU TWG meeting.
- Support the TWGs and other national stakeholders use information from rapid assessments to develop or update AMS strategy/plan, essential medicines lists, and treatment guidelines that promote sound management and prudent use of antimicrobial agents in the animal sector.
- In conjunction with country counterparts, develop/revise training packages and materials for veterinarians, farmers, fishermen and other antimal-sector stakeholders as needed.
- Facilitate animal health-related AMR/IPC/AMS awareness-raising activities, trainings and other capacity building exercises as needed
- Provide technical assistance to prepare and submit AMR/AMU-related data and report as per the national, regional and global standard and requirements
- Travel to specific countries, as needed, with specific technical tasks and assignments
- Prepare and submit trip and technical reports as needed
- A recognized degree in veterinary medicine or animal health and production, preferably with a postgraduate qualification appropriate to the position, and at least 10 years’ relevant experience;
- Experience in antimicrobial stewardship and/or IPC work in the animal sector
- Technical consultancy experience through development partners or other organizations will be an asset
- Registered Veterinary Doctor or Technician/Technologist with at least 10 years’ experience working with national and/or international organizations supporting countries develop interventions in the animal resources sector; such as FAO, OIE and the World Bank is preferred. This combination of education and work experience would provide the following relevant specialized knowledge and skills in subject areas associated with animal health:
- In-depth understanding of animal health and production systems and constraints in lower and middle income countries
- Understanding of issues related to animal health and the use of antimicrobials in the animal sector
- Livestock management (e.g., nutrition, care, treatment, and health) Biosafety and biosecurity and how to apply principles
- Ability to communicate and coordinate with livestock producers and animal industry stakeholders
- Knowledge of the interactions and importance of social, economic and physical factors in livestock production;
- Strong knowledge in antimicrobial resistance (AMR), antimicrobial stewardship (AMS), antimicrobial use (AMU), and infection prevention and control in the animal sectorwithin the framework of Global Health Security Agenda, One Health approach, and other relevant health programs
- Excellent communication skills in both written and spoken English and a good working knowledge of French
About the Organization
Management Sciences for Health, an international nonprofit organization, is dedicated to closing the gap between what is known and what is done about public health problems. MSH saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 30 country offices and our US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health.
Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization composed of more than 2,000 people from 73 nations. Their mission is to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with their partners, they are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.
MSH takes an integrated approach to building high-impact sustainable programs that address critical challenges in leadership, health systems management, human resources, and medicines. Simply put, they support stronger health systems for greater health impact.
Their expertise in these areas falls into the broad categories of management functions—for example, leadership and governance or pharmaceutical management—and health areas like tuberculosis or maternal, newborn, and child health. They apply their expertise by
- Partnering with governments, local organizations, and communities in developing nations to build their own capacity for long-term health impact;
- Providing global leadership in critical areas of health management and health care delivery;
- Bringing the best of MSH from around the globe to the people we serve, working as One MSH with a focus on lasting health system improvements.
Leadership, Governance, & Management
They work with in-country partners to build stronger health systems to improve:
- the management and leadership of priority health programs, health organizations, and multisectoral partnerships such as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, developing a critical mass of managers at all levels of the health system who can lead and inspire teams to achieve results;
- the management systems of health organizations in the public and private sector, transferring practical approaches and skills to ensure that management structures contribute to sustainable organizational success;
- the governance and management of health organizations and multisectoral partnerships, facilitating change and transferring knowledge to enable organizations to administer their resources efficiently and scale up their services.
Health Service Delivery
MSH combines extensive public health expertise, proven service delivery approaches, and evidence-based interventions in five critical areas:
- HIV & AIDS
- Maternal, newborn, and child health
- Family planning and reproductive health
- Other communicable diseases, including malaria and pandemic and avian influenza
Human Resources for Health
MSH helps governments develop multisectoral strategies and policies to plan and manage their health workforces. We use a comprehensive approach that addresses all the facets of human resources for health needed to achieve an adequate supply of well-trained and motivated health workers. MSH offers capabilities in leadership, human resource management, education, partnerships, policy, and finance to achieve these goals.
Vital to our success is a participatory approach to project design and implementation, which cultivates broad-based support from all stakeholders. We also build and improve infrastructure and local capacity to effectively purchase, store, deliver, and use quality essential medicines.
Health Care Financing
MSH helps governments and NGOs assess their current financial situation and systems, understand service costs, and develop initiatives to use existing funds more effectively and generate additional revenue—all with the goal of supporting a nation’s health priorities.
MSH has developed proven methods for rapidly strengthening the analysis and use of existing health data—normally at the province, district, and facility levels—without revising existing recording and reporting requirements. With an emphasis on learning through action, district teams undertake assessments of health services, identify gaps in performance, and design solutions to support better decision-making and, therefore, better management of improved services.
MSH has worked closely with the Health Metrics Network of the WHO to develop a comprehensive approach for enhancing the performance of health information systems and data by employing a practical, strategic planning process that can be carried out by national working groups.