World Organisation for Animal Health Job Vacancy: Technical Officer Antimicrobial Resistance, Bangkok - Thailand

Position title - Technical Officer Antimicrobial Resistance at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) sub-regional Representation for South East Asia in Bangkok, (Thailand) 

Salary: EUR 3,500 to 5,500 (depending on experience and qualifications) 

Duration: One (1) year – Renewable subject to funding (probation period)

Context:
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health, veterinary public health and animal welfare worldwide, as well as for ensuring transparency of the global animal disease situation. The standards it develops for the trade of live animals and products of animal origin are recognized by the World Trade Organization as reference international sanitary rules.

The OIE, known as the « Office international des ├ępizooties », was created on the 25th of January 1924. Its Headquarters are based in Paris. It comprises 181 Member Countries and is present on all continents through 12 Representations. The OIE maintains permanent relations with over 71 international and regional organisations.

The UK Fleming Fund grant supports the delivery of the OIE Strategy on Antimicrobial Resistance and the Prudent Use of Antimicrobials. The Fund also supports the OIE’s engagement in the Tripartite’s (OIE, WHO, FAO) collaborative One Health approach to build capability at national / regional level to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in lower and middle-income countries (LMIC). Within this framework, the OIE has identified the need to deploy additional expertise and resources at the sub-regional level to ensure the effective integration of animal health priorities within National Action Plans on AMR.

The rapid scale up of activity on AMR has led to increased demand for OIE expert engagement from its 182 Member Countries. These requests include support and tools to ensure compliance with OIE standards and guidelines relating to AMR, and assistance in responding to the OIE annual survey to inform the Global Database of antimicrobial agents intended for use in animals. The increase in country and regional AMR meetings, consultations and working sessions at regional/country level has further stimulated demand for increased OIE expert engagement.

Positioning and reporting
Under the authority of the OIE Director General, the overall supervision of the OIE sub-Regional Representative for South East Asia and in collaboration with the Antimicrobial Resistance and Veterinary Products Department.

Job purpose
The Technical Officer will support the implementation of the OIE Strategy on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) at sub-regional and national levels. He/She will form part of a continental and international network of OIE staff, working on this particular subject, with colleagues in regional and sub-regional Representations and the OIE Headquarters. He/She will also contribute to the overall implementation of the OIE mandate in relation to animal health, veterinary public health and welfare in South East Asia sub-region, in line with the 6th OIE Strategic Plan, with particular emphasis on promoting awareness of AMR and enhancing antimicrobial stewardship in the veterinary profession, assisting the ASEAN Economic Community (ASEAN) and OIE Member Countries strengthen national drug regulatory authorities in the animal health sector and develop a One Health surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use.

Missions and activities
Support OIE Member Countries in the sub-region to implement the OIE Strategy on Antimicrobial Resistance and the Prudent Use of Antimicrobials and stewardship, in line with the mandate of the OIE and in the frame of the WHO-FAO-OIE Tripartite Agreement on One Health, and in particular provide support through regional meetings, consultations and working session to:
  • Support for and development and review of National AMR Action Plans integrating a One Health approach; 
  • Regional Tripartite meetings; 
  • Focal Point Seminar for Veterinary Products and promoting antimicrobial stewardship; 
  • Scientific and other related meetings conducted at (sub) regional level addressing One Health AMR;
  • Direct support to Countries to improve capacity in data gathering and in filling out of questionnaires for the Global Database of antimicrobial agents intended for use in animals and other surveillance activities; 
  • Contribute to strengthening M&E capability for reporting on AMR,
  • Participation in other relevant events including those organised by the Fleming Fund at regional level.
In addition, the incumbent will serve as a liaison person between the OIE Bangkok Office and other agencies working on the above topics in the sub-region.

Carry out other related activities as assigned by the OIE sub-regional Representative for South East Asia.

Qualifications and Experience

Qualifications
  • A degree in Veterinary Medicine or equivalent qualification (e.g. Microbiology, Animal Scientist, Food Scientist) in animal production and health sector and/or associated regulatory agencies for antimicrobial products relevant to the duties of this role;
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in an international development context demonstrated at regional and national level;
  • Experience of Antimicrobial Resistance and One Health interventions in the South East Asia context;
  • An understanding of the social and political economy at regional and national under which sustainable One Health AMR outcomes must be delivered;
  • Demonstrated experience of strategic planning, programme planning, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation and results reporting.
Requirements

Technical skills 
  • Excellent spoken and written English including scientific report writing; 
  • Analytical skills, statistical analysis and mapping / surveillance expertise;
  • Proficient in the use of Office (i.e. Word, Power Point, Excel).
Additional skills

Interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary partnerships (e.g. The Tripartite);
  • Good communication, facilitation and diplomacy capability;
  • Capacity to work in multidisciplinary teams within an international environment.
Working conditions
Based in Bangkok, international travel is expected on a regular basis, especially within South East Asia.

How to apply:

General information
The OIE places high value on a multicultural and positive work environment.

The OIE is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications of all qualified candidates, irrespective of their ethnic origin, gender, opinions or beliefs.

This is a full-time position as an international civil servant based at the OIE sub-regional Representation in Bangkok (Thailand) that is available immediately;

If you are interested in the position, please complete your application online by 12 April 2019 (Paris local time) at the latest by clicking on the following link: CLICK HERE.

Should you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at hr.dept@oie.int.

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