PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide. PATH is based in Seattle, United States with 1,600 employees and has more than 70 offices around the world including Zambia.
PATH has been working in support of the Zambia Ministry of Health since 2004. The Zambia Country Program portfolio includes projects across priority health programs such as malaria, nutrition and immunization as well as policy and advocacy with funding from USAID and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. With a staff compliment of over 100, the PATH Zambia office is fast growing and the second largest office in Africa.
PATH is seeking a Surveillance & AMR Specialist to support the Fleming Fund Country grant managed by Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) as sub-granted to PATH. This position will be based in the PATH office in Lusaka and will support the implementation of activities to strengthening capacity and systems for AMR/AMU surveillance in humans and animals undertaken by the Zambia Public Health Institute (ZNPHI). This position will require frequent field visits (50% or more) to different parts of Zambia in the company of ZNPHI counterparts under the guidance of the PATH HQ Project Director, Global Health Security working in close collaboration with the PATH Zambia Country Director. This position reports to the Project Director, Global Health Security.
The Fleming Fund Country Grant will address critical gaps in surveillance of antibiotic resistant bacteria in Zambia. This grant will support implementation of national plans for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance and will focus on a selected number of AMR surveillance sites. The project will work closely with local entities that are already involved in AMR surveillance, AMR/AMU oversight and improvement activities, local and national Technical Working Groups and national and regional reference laboratories for human and animal health, participating AMR/AMU surveillance sites, and other government and national and international non-government stakeholders, and UN agencies as well as Mott MacDonald, The Fleming Fund Management Agent.
- Provide technical assistance in the design, planning, implementation, monitoring, data analysis, report preparation and sharing of AMR/AMU surveillance in humans and animals.
- Provide technical assistance to reference and regional animal and human health laboratories and AMR/AMU surveillance sites to collect, refine and analyze the AMR/AMU surveillance data.
- Prepare for sharing the findings including AMR/AMU trends to national stakeholders and One Health and AMR/AMU TWG quarterly and annually.
- Provide technical assistance in mapping of distribution pathways of antibiotics in humans and animals.
- Participate in supportive supervision and monitoring of, and onsite coaching and mentoring to national and regional human and animal laboratories and AMR/AMU surveillance sites.
- Provide technical support and guidance to the project team on surveillance and M&E-related activities.
- Provide technical assistance to prepare and submit AMR/AMU-related data and report as per the national, regional and global standard and requirements.