National Consultant (Human Health Sector) for the Development of a National Antimicrobial Stewardship Plan for Nigeria

Management Sciences for Health, Inc. (Abuja, Nigeria) 24 days ago

General objective
The general objective is to develop a national antimicrobial stewardship plan in the human health sector.

Specific objectives
Specific objectives are to:
1. Conduct a rapid situational analysis of the use of antimicrobials in the human health sector;
2. Carry out a rapid situational analysis of the regulation and control of the use of antimicrobials in the human health sector ;
3. Identify the main actors involved in the use of antimicrobials in human health sector as well as their roles and responsibilities ;
4. Suggest lines of action and follow-up to deal with the main problems identified ;
5. Develop and validate a national antimicrobial stewardship plan based on the results of the rapid situational analysis.

Activities and Tasks
1. Development of the methodology
The USAID MTaPS program would provide the consultant with a basic methodology for review and amendment in the context of the assessment in the human health sector. The review and amendment should reflect the necessary steps in alignment with best practices as appropriate to accomplish drafting of a national action plan that would guide responsible antimicrobial stewardship in the country.
The consultant will propose a detailed time table clearly indicating the different stages of the process as well as the dates for submitting the deliverables.
The validation of the methodology will mark the effective start of this assignment.

2. Data research, collection and analysis
The consultant will take cognizance of the existing documentation in the human health sector at national and international level and relating in particular to:
(i) Legislative, regulatory, normative and institutional frameworks,
(ii) Organizational and technical arrangements,
(iii) Key stakeholders mapping,
(iv) National and international commitments made by Nigeria. This information will be supplemented by data that it will collect from the main players.


3. Development of the national antimicrobial stewardship plan
Based on the results of the rapid situational analysis, the consultant will identify and facilitate the process of developing a national antimicrobial stewardship plan in concert with the animal health consultant engaged by MTaPS to lead the rapid situational analysis in the animal health sector. The national antimicrobial stewardship plan would detail the actions to be implemented over the next few years in order to stimulate and sustainably support the adoption of good practices in the rational use of antimicrobials in human and animal health. This plan will integrate multisectoral actions (institutional, technical / technological, capacity building, communication, partnership development, etc.) and will specify the realistic objectives to be achieved in the medium term, the actions to be implemented, the implementing actors, the costs of the actions and of the plan, the sources of financing, the implementation schedule, the monitoring – evaluation indicators, the institutional mechanism for coordinating the implementation and monitoring.
At the end of the preparation of the draft antimicrobial stewardship plan, validation workshops will be organized by the AMR TWG Secretariat with the support of USAID's MTaPS Program, facilitated by the human and animal health consultants, and will allow stakeholders to enrich the document.

4. Preparation and facilitation of workshops
As part of the preparation of the various workshops, validation workshop of the preliminary evaluation report and the antimicrobial stewardship plan validation workshop, the consultant will develop and propose to the AMR TWG Secretariat, the TORs, the agenda, the indicative list of participants and the presentations which will be validated by the AMR TWG secretariat. Likewise, the various workshop facilitation tools will be validated by AMR TWG secretariat and MTaPS before each of these workshops is held.

Deliverables
At the end of the assessment, the consultant must provide a final report to the AMR TWG Secretariat and MTaPS within ten (10) days about the rapid situational assessment in the human health and animal health sectors and a draft national antimicrobial stewardship plan in concert with the animal health sector consultant that carried out the rapid situation analysis in animal health sector. Thus, the main expected results of the consultancy are as follows:

The situational analysis of the use of antimicrobials in the human health sectors is carried out;

The situational analysis of the regulation and control of antimicrobials in the human health sectors is carried out;

Recommendations relating to management, regulation and control of antimicrobials are formulated

The lines of intervention to deal with the main problems identified are defined;

A national antimicrobial stewardship plan based on the results of the assessment is drawn up.

Preferred Qualifications/Experiences

Hold a minimum of Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree or related Medical Sciences Degree
A degree in public health, health economics and / or microbiology would be an asset

Justify a professional experience of at least ten (10) years in the pharmaceutical regulatory field
Have carried out at least one assessment study related to the pharmaceutical supply chain management in Nigeria
Demonstrate a good knowledge of the “One Health” approach and in the field of the fight against antimicrobial resistance
Have a good knowledge of the field (actors involved in the management of antimicrobials, the structuring of the medical and pharmaceutical sector in Nigeria and of the regulatory framework in the veterinary sector
Have experience in the development of an integrated multisectoral human health, animal health and environmental health plan
A good knowledge of the human health system and the functioning of the pharmaceutical statutory bodies would be an asset

In addition to the above, the preferred expert must also have capacities in the following areas:
Provide consultancy references if possible
Have the ability to work under pressure, in a team and produce quality results within the prescribed deadlines;
Have a sense of contact and interpersonal communication.
Have skills in facilitating workshops;
Have the ability to write quality reports;
Have a good command of the English language;
Have a perfect command of computer tools, in particular Windows or Mac and MS-Office environments.

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.

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