Call for consultants, Regional SORT IT on antimicrobial resistance- WHO TDR
Call for consultants in knowledge management with expertise in evidence synthesis to inform decision making and policy
Regional SORT IT on antimicrobial resistance
Various workshops 2019 – 2021
The UNICEF, UNDP, World Bank WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases hosted at WHO (TDR) and partners, invites applications from experienced knowledge managers to provide training and mentoring on its Structured Operational Research Training Initiative (SORT IT) course on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) to be held over the next three years in the following countries: Colombia, Ghana, Myanmar, Nepal, Uganda and Vietnam. TDR is looking to create a pool of 15-20 suitably qualified consultants to support it in this work.
The overall aim of SORT IT is to support countries and institutions to conduct operational research (OR) around their own priorities, build sustainable OR capacity, and make evidence-informed decisions for strengthening health system performance. The impetus is towards making countries and institutions “data rich, information rich and action rich”.
The SORT IT course teaches the practical skills needed to conduct and publish operational research and to foster evidence-informed decision making in public health. The course duration is 10–12 months covering 4 modules with clear milestones and measurable targets. Participants go through the whole research process and complete the course with defined products including a peer-reviewed manuscript to be submitted for publication in scientific journals and which should go on to inform policy and/or practice.
To develop the practical skills for conducting operational research on AMR, publishing the findings and fostering policy and practice change. The focus for the knowledge managers is on promoting interaction among the producers and users of research, removing the barriers to research use, and tailoring information to different target audiences so that effective interventions are used more widely.
Scientific scope of the initiative
The intent is to cover a spectrum of OR studies focused on human health (or animal health where it has an impact on human health). A one-health approach is envisaged as the programme matures which would broaden the scope to include animal and agricultural sectors. Research priorities will be tailored to local needs, and in line with the WHO Global Action Plan on antimicrobial resistance. Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with this plan and related documents.
Indicative examples of research under the initiative
- Research questions using surveillance and monitoring data and focusing on incidence, prevalence, circulation and geographic patterns and trends in AMR in various bacteria.
- Preventing infection through effective sanitation, hygiene and improved infection prevention and control (IPC) measures in health facilities. Immunisation coverage of under-five children with pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, rotavirus vaccine, measles and Hib vaccines (prevention through immunisation).
- Access to, and appropriate use of antimicrobials (Defined Daily Doses (DDD) per 1000 population per day.)
- Optimizing the use of antimicrobial medicines in human and animal health through improved antimicrobial stewardship and use of improved diagnostic tools (e.g. rational prescribing, improved integration of improved diagnostic tools into clinical practices, community engagement etc.)
Description of duties
The consultancies will be embedded within a new TDR programme of structured operational research capacity building focussed on limiting the public health impact of anti-microbial resistance in six countries: Nepal, Myanmar, Vietnam, Colombia, Ghana, Uganda. This programme is supported by the UK Department of Health and Social Care and is a partner activity to the Fleming Fund, a UK Government aid programme to help low- and middle-income countries address priorities in tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR). TDR will create a pool of suitably experienced consultants.
Please consult the PDF file below to read further description of duties, information about the experience and qualifications required, as well as the timeline and operation of the initiative.
Applications: Interested applicants should submit a Letter of Interest and CV by email with the subject line “KM consultant SORT IT AMR” indicating their suitability for this initiative in particular highlighting relevant experience in one or more of the target countries. Emails should be sent to Robert Terry at [email protected], TDR, with copy to [email protected] by 31 December 2018.