Full TimeClinical Microbiologist for Mott MacDonald
The Regional Clinical Microbiologist / Laboratory Specialist for Mott MacDonald leads the clinical microbiology oversight for the West Africa region of the Fleming Fund programme, ensuring quality and expert input in the coordination of grants being funded.
The position is part of the Regional Team supporting the end-to-end process of grant management, which includes developing requests for proposals, country visits and engagement, evaluation of proposals, contributing to programme recommendations, and monitoring of grant implementation.
The purpose of the role is to help ensure a consistent approach across multiple grantees and to monitor and ensure technical quality across the programme.
The applicant is expected to have an excellent working knowledge of medical bacteriology, laboratory biosafety and biosecurity, and laboratory quality management systems, so that they can work with grantees to ensure a consistently safe and high quality laboratory improvement programme.
The role reports to the Regional Coordinator and will work closely with the rest of the regional team, with the UK based Lead Clinical Microbiologist, and with other members of the programme’s Core Technical Team.
They may also be required to provide support to other regions and work in partnership with their counterparts in each of the three other regional hubs.
They will join a team which includes a One Health / veterinary specialist, with whom they will work closely to provide complementary technical input.
The role may include regular travel to multiple countries within the region for on-site verification and partner liaison.
The amount and type of travel will be carefully considered in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and only undertaken following Mott MacDonald’s rigorous safety and security policies. Travel is likely to be very limited in the immediate future.
Provide technical and strategic input into the rollout and monitoring of the country and Fleming Fellowship grants programme in the region.
Contribute to the grant development process, including country visits, liaison with key country stakeholders, and conducting site assessments.
Contribute to review of funding applications and make recommendations for approval.
Support countries in implementation of Fleming Fund Grants, including liaison with Government, UN agencies and other key stakeholders.
Define TORs for consultants and other technical assistance and assist in their management and performance assessment as required by the Regional Coordinator.
Evaluation of laboratory development, training and procurement plans.
Assist in interpretation of both AMR and AMU surveillance data.
Assist in monitoring grant performance and reviewing grantee reporting.
Provide advice to grantees for problem solving and addressing technical challenges to delivery of grants.
Medical doctor / physician with specialism in Clinical Microbiology / Infection Or Clinical scientist with specialism in Microbiology including significant experience in bacteriology Or Senior laboratory scientist with specialism in Microbiology including significant experience in bacteriology.
Appropriate certification and levels of continual professional development in microbiology.
History and track-record of providing technical advice to programmes, organisations or other institutions.
Significant experience working in low- and middle-income settings.
Excellent practical laboratory experience in clinical bacteriology, including in low-income settings.
Experience working with multiple stakeholders at a high level.
Demonstrated ability to work within teams in a multi-disciplinary environment.
Knowledge of different diagnostic techniques for bacterial pathogens.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with demonstrated ability to use evidence-based decision making
Ability to work collaboratively: communicating, building relationships, and influencing effectively with colleagues, clients, and stakeholders in a LMIC environment.
Excellent communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills.
Able to multi-task and maintain a critical overview of interrelated tasks, projects, and issues, ensuring delivery according to targets.
Excellent written and oral English language skills
MSc in Biomedical Science, Medical Microbiology or related field
Completion of higher specialist training or scientist training programme in microbiology
PhD or equivalent qualification.
Relevant courses in management and/or technical fields such as epidemiology will be an asset.
Experience in developing surveillance systems.
Experience in Laboratory Management Information Systems.
Research or professional interest in drug resistant bacteria.
Experience in surveillance for antimicrobial use at facility and/or national level.
Experience in developing recommendations for antibiotic use / stewardship in LMICs.
Experience in monitoring programmes.
Knowledge and networks in the region within the subject area.
Experience of working with major development partners such as DFID, USAID, EU, World Bank, UN agencies and global bodies that operate in the health sector.
Demonstrated excellence in publications and/or a research track-record.
Proven technical writing skills in English.
Excellent presentational skills, including at high-level conferences and policy for a.
Ability to work in other language(s) would be considered an asset, especially French.
Experience of teaching and training and/or a relevant higher education qualification
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 each year 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 antimicrobial 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). This is the blueprint for a multi-stakeholder global response to averting the burden of AMR.
The Fleming Fund Grants Programme is designed to align with the objectives of the Global Action Plan and to support the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS). The objectives of the Fleming Fund Grants Programme are:
· Laboratory infrastructure enhancement
· Human resource strengthening and work force reforms
· Surveillance systems strengthening
· Greater alignment between human and animal surveillance systems
· Building foundations for AMR surveillance data use
· Promoting rational use of antimicrobial medicines in humans, animals and crops
· To provide value for money in grant funding
The Fleming Fund Grants Programme will assist LMICs by providing the technical support, grant funding and other support necessary to improve surveillance and use of data on antibiotic resistance. A number of funding streams will be delivered in selected countries and regions in Africa and Asia.
The majority of funds will be invested to support the implementation of individual countries’ National Action Plans for antimicrobial resistance to ensure country ownership, alignment of approach with stakeholders, and sustainability.
The Fleming Fund will use a One Health approach by promoting cross-sectoral approaches to surveillance of resistant organisms and the drivers of resistance development (e.g. use of antibiotics in agriculture, animal health, and in human medicine).
Additional funding will be available for the Fleming Fellowship Scheme to provide professional development and improved awareness and advocacy.
This will be complemented by funding streams to provide Regional Grants to improve surveillance and the use of data, operational research, online learning, and for strategic investments in collaboration with other donors.
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