Reducing the incidence of infections through effective sanitation, hygiene and infection prevention measures is one of the five strategic objectives of the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance. In November 2016 during World Antibiotic Awareness Week, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched Guidelines on Core Components of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) at the national and acute health-care facility levels. Implementation of these guidelines will improve IPC and patient safety practices at the frontline; contribute to preventing the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance; improve the quality of health service delivery; strengthen health systems, which in turn contributes to the increased resilience of health systems and global public health security. All these will ultimately contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Understanding challenges at the frontline and identifying opportunities, best practices and critical actions to strengthening IPC core components implementation are key for embedding IPC in every aspect of health services. Raising awareness about the importance of IPC in combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and strengthening health care professionals’ capacity to practice IPC in day-to-date service delivery are critical factors for implementing and scaling up infection prevention and control in health facilities and in the community.
The WHO Western Pacific Office will provide guidance and technical support to countries in their efforts to combat AMR by implementing the core components of IPC. The support package will include conducting capacity and preparedness assessment, capacity strengthening for relevant health care professionals and facilitating the implementation of IPC at national level.
Under the supervision of Integrated Service Delivery (ISD) and in collaboration with the AMR Working Group, the consultant will:
Required profile of the contractor
Advanced degree (Master’s degree or higher) in medical & health sciences, in public health or other health related fields.
Skills and Experience
Interested should submit the following documents to the Supply Officer (WPRO) at firstname.lastname@example.org by 2 May 2017. Please use Tender Notice No. 56096 as subject to all submissions. Contract start date 1 June with duration of 7 months
Please note that the application may be closed before the indicated closing date if a sufficient number of applications are received. Only successful candidates will be contacted