World Health Organization (WHO)

Technical Officer (AMR)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description

  The mission of the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Division is to define, advance, promote and monitor comprehensive policies and strategies that prevent, reduce, and mitigate drug-resistant infections and the overall impact of antimicrobial resistance globally based on the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance and the 13th Global Programme of Work of WHO and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also provides global direction and strategic leadership for the global response to antimicrobial resistance in Coordination with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and other United Nations and international agencies and facilitates the creation of common goal and vision through innovative partnerships, political engagement and promoting multisectoral engagement and synergy across the One Health spectrum in humans, animals, plants, food, feed and the environment. Its main objective is to support the development, implementation, and monitoring of One Health National Action Plans for Member States and facilitate the mainstreaming of effective strategies and actions, including on the prevention and control of infection, antimicrobial stewardship, awareness creation and communication, research and development in their health and development agendas in partnership with FAO, OIE and other key partners.The Department of AMR Surveillance, Prevent and Control leads the implementation efforts of National Action Plans on AMR as the backbone to achieving the five objectives of the Global Action Plan on AMR; reinforces strategic country-level capacity to mitigate the spread of AMR in health facilities and communities; coordinates global surveillance and consumption monitoring efforts across the human-animal interface to support the One Health response to antimicrobial resistance; monitors and reports on national and global progress towards achievement of the of the GAP, the triple billion targets of WHO's 13th Global Programme of Work and the Sustainable Development Goals. Surveillance, Evidence and Laboratory strengthening & One Health Surveillance Unit (SEL): Monitors antimicrobial resistance and use (AMR/U) through the Global Antimicrobial resistance & use Surveillance System (GLASS) and promotes AMR/U surveillance globally by developing tools to assist implementation of AMR/U surveillance and an IT platform for data gathering, Data Sharing and regular reporting; providing laboratory strengthening, including application of new technologies; leading One Health integrated surveillance (AMR in humans, environment and animals), early warning and risk assessment of emerging AMR and Assessment of the impact of AMRon human health.


Under the direction supervision of the Team Lead of Antimicrobial Consumption and Use Team and technical guidance of the Surveillance and Evidence Lab Strengthening Unit Head, the incumbent will perform the following duties: Generic duties Provide input to the work program in the area of surveillance of antimicrobial consumption and use in hospitals and assist in the successful implementation of national Health Systems and/public health policies. Undertakes research on surveillance of antimicrobial consumption and use in human health to facilitate the development and implementation of the public Health Programmes and activities. Serve as a technical resource by supporting AMU Data Management, and in collaboration with regional offices, contribute to the organization and participation of technical workshops in hospitals. Assist in monitoring work plans and budgets including resource mobilization for the work programme and follow up on the implementation of planned activities. Conduct data analyses and information on best practices and partners' experiences in implementing sustainable Public health systems and disseminate information. Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Specific duties Assist in the development of tools for surveillance of antimicrobial consumption and use at hospital level. Assist in providing support for the implementation of the WHO global monitoring of antimicrobial consumption and use.Participate in Capacity Building in the area of surveillance of antimicrobial consumption and use in human health.



Essential: A first university level degree in medicine or related sciences such as pharmacy, public health or biology.

Desirable: An advanced university degree (Masters level or above) in Health (medicine, pharmacy or public health).


Essential: At least five years of progressively responsible professional experience in public health, developing public health capacity and policies/strategies that promote health and preventative measures, including surveillance activities. Demonstrated exposure at the national and international level. At least 5 years' related work experience with at least two years' experience on monitoring use and consumption of antimicrobials in developing countries.

Desirable: Demonstrated experience at international level related to AMR and AMU surveillance. Experience in major programmes or activities related to use of antimicrobial medicines. Experience in the field of drug utilization research.


Overall positive attitude at work. Demonstrated project management skills. An understanding of international public health, specifically of international and national policies and strategies for AMR containment, including surveillance activities. Excellent communication and presentation skills. Proven knowledge of technical aspects in the field of monitoring the use of antimicrobials. Team spirit and time management skills.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Producing results Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 60,962 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 4725 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


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