Overview

The Fleming Fund

ICAP

Empowering Health Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

With financial support from The Fleming Fund, a United Kingdom-based program created to respond to the global threat of antimicrobial resistance, ICAP will work in collaboration with the Eswatini Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, and the Eswatini Antimicrobial Resistance Containment Committee (AMRCC) and other stakeholders to strengthen local capacity to develop a surveillance system for national antimicrobial resistance, use, and consumption using the One Health approach.

Position Title: Senior Pharmacy Advisor; Fleming Fund Project

Report to: Project Director

Number of positions: 1

Location: Mbabane

Overall job functions: Reporting directly to the Project Director, the Senior Pharmacy Advisor will be responsible for supporting the sentinel sites to strengthen the antimicrobial stewardship committees. S/he will assist in the AMU and AMC surveillance in the sentinel site of human health. S/he will also be responsible to support the AMU and AMC surveillance in the animal health to promote the one health approach in the country. S/he will be expected to support costing activities related to pharmaceuticals use in relation to bacterial infections and containment of AMR. Working closely with the Deputy Director Pharmacy of the MOH, the Senior Pharmacy Advisor will support the development of guidelines, standard operating procedures and tools as recommended by the Antimicrobial Resistance Containment Committee (AMRCC) for rational use of antimicrobials.

 

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide technical assistance to the AMRCC on the development, review and implementation of national policies and guidelines on antimicrobials to minimize the risk of emergence of resistant strains of antimicrobials and improve prescribing quality.
  • Provide technical support for mapping out of public and private pharmacies in the country in both human and animal health sector
  • Perform retrospective and prospective data review on antimicrobial use (AMU) and consumption (AMC) in relation to existing AMR profiles to inform the selection and quantification process of antimicrobials in both human and animal health.
  • Train healthcare workers in facilities on safe, rational, effective and economic use of antimicrobial.
  • Support pharmacy management and antimicrobial stewardship committees (ASC) to develop, review and implement evidence-based strategies for rational use of antimicrobials within their facilities.
  • Collaborate with the laboratorians and clinicians to plan, monitor, review, and the prescribing trends or evaluate the quality or effectiveness of antimicrobial drugs
  • Provide TA to ASCs in using patient outcomes to assess the effectiveness of antimicrobial use policies in their facilities.
  • Promote awareness of and adherence to national or healthcare facility prescribing policies.
  • Support the participation of the pharmacy teams in inter disciplinary rounds.
  • Support development and updating of guidelines and procedures to improve antibiotic decision support for clinicians relating to the selection, dose, and duration and monitoring of antimicrobials.
  • Provide TA to the facility pharmacy in conducting maintaining stock and storing and handling it properly
  • Collaborate with the Human Health and Animal Health Leads and other project staff on promoting project activities to a one health approach
  • Executing other responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor

Position Title: Veterinary Epidemiologist

Reports to:  Animal Health Lead

Number of positions: 1

Location: Mbabane

Overall Job Functions:  The Veterinary Epidemiologist working closely with the Department of Veterinary Service (DVS) will provide technical support to the Veterinary Epidemiology unit (VEU), Central Veterinary laboratory (CVL) and Food Hygiene Laboratory (FHL) on the development of AMR surveillance protocol from live animal and food of animal origin (e.g poultry meat). The incumbent will also be responsible to provide capacity building activities such as training of animal health workers, development of guidelines, SOPs, job aides and other tools for conducting AMR, AMU, AMC surveillance activities.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support in strengthening the development of guidelines /surveillance protocol that outlines the methodology for sampling of live animals and food of animal origin (meat) for AMR surveillance.
  • Provide technical assistance to VEU to develop and implement methods and systems for acquiring, compiling, synthesizing, extracting and reporting information for AMR surveillance
  • Provide technical support to conduct the surveillance of AMR, AMU and AMC through the mapping of wholesalers, veterinary pharmacies and clinics, poultry farms, piggery and beef farms in the country
  • Provide support to collect data from animal health records in public and private veterinary clinics and vet pharmacies to support the analysis of AMR surveillance.
  • Facilitate the training of veterinarians and laboratory technologist on the utilization of WHONET for data capturing and reporting of bacteriological testing profiles.
  • Conduct supportive supervision and mentorship in surveillance activities, AMR data collection, analysis and standard reporting to VEU, DVS, AMRCC, and GLASS.
  • Provide support the veterinary epidemiology unit of the MOA to improve the value chain analysis of food products of animal origin.
  • Facilitate the training of veterinarians from DVS, VEU and regional Agricultural office on data collection, data analysis with specialist statistical computer software and interpretation
  • Provide technical assistance to the general veterinarians in characterizing an outbreak and better understanding of the infectious agent through a thorough cause and effect analysis of the host, the agent and the environment
  • Provide technical support and mentorship on critical analysis and thinking, advice and recommendations on emerging AMR pathogens in Eswatini and the global context
  • Closely work with the Animal health lead and other project staff to promote AMR surveillance to a one health approach
  • Collaborate with the Human Health and other project staff on promoting project activities to a one health approach
  • Executing other responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor

Experience/Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Veterinary Epidemiology. Veterinary Public Health. A PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology is preferred.
  • Bachelors’ degree in Pharmacy (B. Pharm). Masters in
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a related field Pharmaceutical Science or a post graduate qualification in
  • Experience working as a Veterinary Epidemiologist, Veterinary infectious diseases or epidemiology related field is preferred public Health specialist, Surveillance specialist in research
  • Must be registered with the Eswatini Medical and Dental Council laboratory, Food microbiology laboratory or teaching institutions
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in a hospital pharmacy
  • Expertise in research to practice
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite.
  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, analytical,
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledgeable on the Medicines control act of Eswatini.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should logon to https://icapacity.icap.columbia.edu and follow the instructions.

Closing date for applications to be submitted: Friday 22′ May 2020 at 17:00pm.

Please do not attach any certificates when submitting online.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted with preference given to qualifying Swati nationals. Please consider your application unsuccessful if you don’t hear from us 3 weeks after the closing date.