Regional One Health Specialist

Accra, Ghana
Apply by 17 April 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 11 April 2018

Job Description

Mott MacDonald is committed to improving people’s lives through creating and delivering tailored development solutions. We work in developing countries to alleviate poverty, establish good governance, and increase access, capacity and resilience in healthcare, education, water, sanitation, transportation, infrastructure and renewable energy – while safeguarding the environment and promoting human rights and gender equity.

Drug resistant infections pose a grave threat to health and wellbeing across the Globe. Bacterial causes of infection are becoming resistant to an increasing number of antibiotics, with consequent reductions in the effectiveness of treatment. Estimates indicate that up to 10 million people could die from illnesses that are resistant to antimicrobials by 2050. The UK Government is playing a leading global role in addressing this problem and has launched the Fleming Fund as a major component of the UK’s response. The aim of the Fleming Fund is to address critical gaps in surveillance of antibiotic resistant bacteria in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Countries in these areas are set to bear the highest burden of antibiotic resistant infections. Led by the UK, political action against the problem has resulted in a roadmap for global response - the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)2. This is the blueprint for a multi-stakeholder Global response to averting the burden of AMR.

We are seeking to recruit a Health specialist to lead the Fleming Fund’s approach to One Health within Fleming Fund grants. As a Senior member of the Core Technical Team you will be supporting the end-to-end process of grant management. Ensuring the highest quality professional standards in the conduct of Fleming Fund grants. As One Health Coordinator you will have a wide range of responsibilities including setting standards, processes, and strategies for Fleming Fund investments, sharing responsibilities for funding decisions, and ensuring that Fleming Fund grants have maximum value for money.

You will support experts in four regional offices and have high-level liaison with partners including the UK department of Health, WHO, FAO and OIE and in addition travel to multiple countries in Africa and Asia for on-site verification and partner liaison. Key responsibilities will include providing technical and strategic input into the design and implementation, reviewing funding applications and making recommendations, supporting countries in the implementation of grants, support, train and provide quality assurance to the work of the regional experts and provide advice for problem solving and addressing technical challenges. You will have a Veterinary medicine degree and higher education (post-graduate) degree in microbiology or similar and significant experience working in the field in low- and middle-income settings. With excellent experience in implementation of One Health approaches to disease control, working with multiple stakeholders at high level and knowledge of advanced diagnostic techniques for bacterial pathogens, you will be able to demonstrate your ability to work in teams in a multi-disciplinary environment.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.

About the Organization

Mott MacDonald is a £1.1 billion management, engineering and development consultancy with 16,000 staff and a global reach spanning six continents. Our network of 180 principal offices in 140 countries gives us local market insight backed by world class expertise to deliver excellence for every client.

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