Regional One Health Specialist

Kampala, Uganda
Apply by 1 October 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 18 September 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 Regional one health specialist to lead the Fleming Funds approach to One Health within Fleming Fund grants.

Key responsibilities will include providing technical and strategic input into the roll out of the country and Fleming Fund grants, support countries in implementation, monitor grants and site verification visits. You will also assist in the interpretation of both AMR and AMU surveillance data and provide advice for problem solving and addressing technical challenges to delivery of grants. Â

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

One of the largest employee-owned companies in the world, Mott MacDonald is a multisector consultancy providing engineering, management, and development services on projects in 150 countries. With over 16,000 of the best people working on a diverse range of challenges, we're helping our clients deliver sustainable infrastructure and development solutions. We have a collegiate and collaborative culture which values equality and diversity, and we take proactive steps to create an inclusive workplace. Together, we are opening opportunities with connected thinking.

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