Overall job Functions

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.
The Veterinary Microbiologist working closely with the Department of Veterinary Service (DVS) will provide technical support to the Central Veterinary laboratory (CVL) and Food Hygiene Laboratory (FHL) on bench level skills on bacterial culture, biochemical tests, antimicrobial susceptibility testing from samples of live animal origin 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.

• Provides technical support for the establishment of bacteriological examination that includes culture, biochemical tests, species identification, Antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) in both the CVL and FHL

• Provide technical assistance to establish a biorepository unit to be used by CVL and FHL with required biosafety and biosecurity system in place

• Work closely with the DVS, CVL and FHL to develop the specification and procurement of bacteriological reagents and supplies,

• Provide technical assistance for improved inventory system and stock management.

• Provide technical assistance with the Regional Veterinarians to ensure the collection of quality specimen from a variety of locations and animals, packaging and transportation to the CVL and FHL

• Provide technical support for the development of SOPs, job aides and tools for the bacteriology laboratory and sample collection and shipment to the testing laboratories

• Provides supportive supervision and mentorship on bench level procedures and supporting the implementation of LQMS based on ISO 17025.

• Facilitate in training of veterinarians and laboratory technologist on the utilization of WHONET for data capturing and reporting of bacteriological testing profiles.

• Provide technical support to strengthen the data capturing of bacteriological testing, recording, analyzing and interpreting laboratory data and subsequent reporting to the Veterinary Epidemiology unit

• Working closely with the project staff, provide technical assistance in the development of Surveillance guidelines and technical assistance to DVS and AMRCC in AMR profiles of pathogens of animal origin

• Collaborate with the Human Health Lead,Medical laboratory bacteriologist and Clinical microbiologist on promoting project activities to a one health approach

• Executing other responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor

Experience/Minimum Qualifications:

The ideal candidate should have:

• Master’s degree in Veterinary tropical diseases and Microbiology, Veterinary Public Health. A PhD in Veterinary Microbiology is preferred.

• A minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a related field

• Experience working in a Veterinary research laboratory, Food microbiology laboratory or teaching institutions

• Expertise in research to practice

• Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office

How to Apply Interested applicants should logon to:

https://icapacity.icap.columbia.edu and follow the instructions.

Closing date for applications to be submitted: Sunday 2nd August 2020 at 17:00pm.

Please do not attach any certificates when submitting on line.

Only short listed 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.