Project Coordinator at WHO in Ghana

  • Full Time
  • Greater Accra
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  • Full Time
  • Greater Accra
  • Applications have closed
  • Salary: $Not Stated
State: Accra, Ghana
Country: Ghana
Deadline: 31/08/2021
Qualification: Masters Degree
Work Experience: 5 Years
Career Level: Mid-Career
Industry: International Development

Project Coordinator Summary

World Health Organisation (WHI) 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

Project Coordinator Background

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.

The Project Coordinator will 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 intervention.

Ghana among many other countries globally developed national policy and action plans; modelled 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:

1. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO);

2. World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and;

3. 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 a good opportunity to implement cross-cutting activities with catalytic effects that deliver on implementing global and national action plans and respond to the outcomes and impacts expected by the MPTF.

AMR is a priority for the 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 the active implementation of the approved proposal and work plan.

Project Coordinator Purpose

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

Manage the Ghana AMR MPTF activities including oversight of the work plan

Ensure effective coordination and joint action between Tripartite teams, implementing partners and ensure consistency and complementarity in approach and messaging

Be the focal point for communication among key partners and stakeholders at the country level.
Monitor the implementation of the approved work plan with support from the Tripartite organizations
Support activity proposals and final technical reports and ensure they are in accordance with the agreed work plan and results in framework and respective indicators

Submit consolidated narrative reports on progress, in accordance with the agreed results framework and respective indicators
Develop terms of reference and concepts for technical assistance where appropriate and in collaboration with the Tripartite agencies
Liaise with the Tripartite focal points on fund administration issues

Facilitates financial and activity reporting among implementing partners and the Tripartite organization
Work closely with the country AMR committee or Secretariat to ensure effective coordination
Develops briefings on AMR, the MPTF project for the AMR committee and implementing partners where appropriate
Coordinates and documents best practices and lessons among implementing institutions

Project Coordinator Expected Deliverables

Monthly progress report on project deliverables.
Annual report to be submitted to MPTF secretariat by Feb 2022
Progress reports for two monthly implementation call with the MPTF secretariat
Other expected deliverables may be requested by the country office or the MPTF Secretariat.

Communication in a credible and effective way
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Producing results
Fostering integration and teamwork

A minimum first degree in Medicine or Veterinary medicine or Pharmacy or Nursing or Laboratory sciences or other relevant related fields.
A Master’s degree in a relevant or related field and additional qualification in Project Management is an added advantage.

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.

Project Coordinator Experience:

At least 5 years relevant experience working in the health, food and agriculture or the environment sector.
At least 2 years working on antimicrobial use and resistance space
Experience in implementing public health programmes with the UN agencies.
Experience in proposal writing, facilitating or being part of a proposal writing team is an added advantage.
Familiarity and/or experience working with the AMR global and national action plans and the one health national AMR Platform is an added advantage.
Other Skills

Excellent knowledge of Microsoft applications (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.).

Project Coordinator Remuneration

According to the UN salary scale NOB step 1


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