Technical Specialist – AMR/AMU

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Organizational Setting

To improve the capacity of the animal health sector to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats and its contribution to national and global health security, and to help beneficiary governments comply with the International Health Regulations (IHR), 2005 obligations, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting the roll out of project, entitled “Strengthen National One Health Programme for prevention and control of priority zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in India” under its Global Health Security Program (GHSP) in India. The overall objective of the GHSP to be implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in India. The project emphasises on strengthening animal health systems in India to reduce the risks and impacts of zoonoses, emerging disease threats, AMR and biothreats through a One Health and inclusive approach.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision and guidance of FAO Representative in India, direct supervision of the ECTAD in India Country Team Leader (CTL), in close collaboration and consultation with Assistant FAOR (Programme), in close collaboration with the ECTAD Regional Manager in the FAO Regional Office in Bangkok (ECTAD RAP), other international and national consultants, governmental counterparts, implementation partners and the project’s other technical specialists, the incumbent will undertake the duties as given below.

Technical Focus

Epidemiology, zoonoses and /or One Health programmes implementation.

Tasks and responsibilities

• Provide assistance in technical management to the ECTAD-India team activities.
• Assist in preparation of workshop concept notes and proceedings, including technical briefing documents, as required.
• Assist in providing technical support to the Indian Network for Fisheries and Animal Antimicrobial Resistance (ICAR – INFAAR) on AMR, AMU and Labs.
• Assist in providing technical support to the government on the AMR surveillance (Phenotypic and Genotypic); data analysis on AMU/AMR.
• Assist INFAAR and other government scientists in providing AST and WHONET training.
• Assist in gap assessment of various AMR laboratories.
• Assist by providing technical support in development of workplan of GHSP, Pandemic Fund, AMR EU Project and Fleming Fund including other project as the need be.
• Coordination and follow up – on behalf of ECTAD India team – with the Government stakeholders (DAHD, NCDC, ICAR and state government departments) and other stakeholders (WHO, UNEP, WOAH and other NGOs) for implementation of all Global Health Security Program (GHSP), Pandemic Fund, AMR EU Project and Fleming Fund as and when advised by ECTAD India Team.
• Assist the ECTAD-India team in facilitating workshops and training sessions in India in collaboration with international and national consultants.
• Provide technical assistance in the preparation of all reports of Global Health Security Programme (GHSP), Pandemic Fund, and Fleming Fund, AMR EU projects and any other programme(s) as per the need.
• Actively implement workplan activities of GHSP, Pandemic Fund, Fleming Fund and EU AMR projects.
• Sharing data and information across sectors for a more effective and coordinated response to tackling AMR.
• Carry out other related duties as and when a need arises in the project(s) and as advised by the supervisor.


Minimum Requirements

• Postgraduate of an accredited university in veterinary microbiology and/or animal health sciences, or related field.
• At least seven years of relevant experience.
• Working knowledge of Hindi and English.
• National of India

FAO Core Competencies

• Results Focus
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

• Familiarity and experience in program management of emergency or One Health projects.
• Experience of engaging with diverse stakeholders, from livestock owners to ministerial staff.
• Relevant experience working for internationally funded projects
• Ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams and to handle stress

Selection Criteria

• Higher education in veterinary microbiology and/or animal health sciences, or related field would be an advantage.
• Proficiency in MS Office.
• Willingness and ability to travel to remote, rural locations.
• Team player


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