The Senior Technical Advisor, (STA) provides management support and technical assistance for the design and implementation of the country interventions related to Global Health Security Agenda /Antimicrobial Resistance (GHSA/AMR), working independently or as part of the country MSH or MTaPS team.
The STA provides support to Country Director, advises the HQ’s Manager and Technical Lead of GHSA/AMR portfolio, and provides direct technical assistance to Ministry of Health and other country partners and stakeholders. As required, the STA also provides technical assistance to other MTaPS country activities and works with MTaPS Technical Strategy Lead and other MSH technical staff on opportunities, new and existing tools, and country implementation programs related to strengthening pharmaceutical management systems.
Technical Assistance and Support (40%)
- Work with country stakeholders and international counterparts to help develop, review, implement, and monitor technical approaches and strategies for strengthening response to GHSA challenges in accordance with national strategies and action plans.
- Provide direct technical assistance to stakeholders and public and private facilities in designing and implementing AMR work plans and interventions including AMS
- Provide assistance in the development of specific AMR policies, guidelines, standard operating procedures, job aids, and other relevant materials
- Collaborate with stakeholders for the development, deployment and implementation of appropriate tools necessary to improve pharmaceutical management information systems and their appropriate use for decision making.
- As needed provide technical support to other MTaPS pharmaceutical systems strengthening and health elements activities in the country.
Capacity Building (40%)
- Participate assessments of the GHSA/AMR human resource capacity strengthening needs, and collaborate internally and externally to develop capacity strengthening strategy
- Work with national education stakeholders in designing and implementing required reform of pre- and in-service human capacity strengthening
- Develop costed project capacity strengthening strategies, roll-out plans, training and follow-up timelines
- In conjunction with country counterparts, develop/revise required training packages and materials
- Design, develop training packages, and conduct ToT exercises
- Facilitate AMR trainings and other capacity building exercises as planned
- As required, participate in the planning and delivery of broader capacity building programs aimed at national pharmaceutical system strengthening.
Monitoring and Evaluation (10%)
- In coordination with the M&E team, contribute to the development of country project M&E plan, and support the collection and validation of relevant data to report project indicators.
- Contribute to the adequate documentation and dissemination of program results and lessons learned, including the development and submission of abstracts and articles to scientific journals and conferences.
- Coordinate with other MTaPS country project technical activities ensuring harmonized approach in line with MSH quality standards.
- Coordinate assigned technical areas and activities with other USAID-funded and international projects in the country.
Performance Management (5%)
- Supervise assigned Technical Advisors ensuring the adequacy of their performance and their continuous professional development.
- Graduate degree in pharmacy or medicine with practical hands-on experience in antimicrobial stewardship/AMR activities at health care facilities. Experience working with MOHCDGEC pharmaceutical services unit as technical person directly indirectly.
- Pharmacist or Physician with public health specialization preferred.
- 5 years of relevant experience in pharmaceutical management (PM) and pharmaceutical systems development and strengthening in developing country context, including experience in the areas of AMR containment including antimicrobial stewardship (AMS).
- Experience in AMR containment highly desirable.
- Field experience with public health programs in developing country context supported by bilateral agencies such as USAID, CDC and international agencies such as the Global Fund, UNITAID, WHO and World Bank preferred.
Knowledge and Skills
- Excellent writing and presentation skills in English are essential.
- Proficiency in English is required, languages of other USAID-supported countries is an asset.
- Strong computer skills; Excel, MS Word, MS Project, PowerPoint.
- Demonstrated competence to assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
- Cultural sensitivity and diplomacy
- Ability to work independently and in team
- Good judgment for decision making.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability in consensus building and constructively leading a team.
- Ability to travel internationally and domestically up to 40% of time as required to support the progress of program activities.
MSH is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job requirements. MSH will take affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed and that employees are treated without regard to their race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran and disability status. In compliance with U.S. Department of Labor Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act, MSH has developed and maintains an affirmative action program and plan.