Consultant opportunities at ICARS

Restricted procedure: Subject Matter Expert with expertise in Responsive Dialogue

Deadline for application: 7. December 2021, at 12:00, Danish Time

Background:

The International Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions (ICARS) is a new organisation committed to supporting low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in developing evidence-based, context-specific and cost-effective solutions to mitigate antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Specifically, ICARS works in the field of Intervention and Implementation Research, co-developing and funding research-based solutions that are practically implementable in a national/local context. ICARS works in a One Health perspective, thus covering both human, veterinary and environmental sectors.

ICARS is initiating a project with the Ministry of Health in Zambia aiming to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescription in Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), through implementation of a stewardship programme in facilities such as tertiary hospitals, community hospitals, and community pharmacies. The interventions will target prescribers and consider health system factors.

However, a gap still exists in current AMR activities in Zambia for engagement with and involvement of the public to address perceptions and practices that impact AMR. This gap is holding back public awareness of AMR issues, as well as building and understanding within the scientific community of the drivers and impact of AMR on communities. This challenge can be tackled through a responsive dialogue process that can address patient perceptions, practices and community-driven solutions. Linkages between the ICARS project and the responsive dialogue process will ensure connections and engagements to ministry officials and policy makers, who are already a part of the ICARS work.

The project aims at piloting the Wellcome Responsive Dialogues on Drug Resistant Infections in Zambia. It will be designed by ICARS with input and support from Wellcome Trust, and commissioned to a Zambia-based research institute, with participatory and social research expertise, to design and implement it.

Objective:

ICARS is seeking a subject matter expert with expertise in Responsive Dialogues to provide support to a Zambia-based research institute in delivering the Responsive Dialogues in Zambia over an 18-month period. The outputs and deliverables include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Mapping and engaging key stakeholders
  • Cooperation with and support to the local implementation team to plan the project and implement the Responsive Dialogue toolkit,
  • Supporting the groundwork activities including collaborating and liaising with key stakeholders
  • Designing conversation events,
  • Run the Responsive Dialogue conversation events
  • Summarise learnings and disseminate among relevant stakeholders in Zambia

Language of the outputs and deliverables: English

Timeframe: January 2022 – August 2023

Desired Skills/Experience:

  • Expertise in the Responsive Dialogues approach,
  • Proven record of experience in Community Engagement and multi-stakeholder processes in LMICs.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the Responsive Dialogues through using the tool developed by Wellcome Trust, and knowledge about the latest developments to the approach.
  • Knowledge and working experience with facilitating collaborations between organisations involved in running the Responsive Dialogues
  • Experience with supporting designing, planning and organising the responsive dialogues as well as assimilating learning into concrete learning outputs.
  • Geographical experience in Zambia

Budget: The timeframe is estimated at 1 day a week for approximately 75 weeks. The budget maximum is DKK 360.000 excl. VAT.

Interested Consultants can request the documents for participation by email to the contact person stated below.

Contact Points:

Britta Betzer Ankersen

E-mail address: bba@icars-global.org

Criteria for selection:

A minimum of two and a maximum of five applicants with qualification references best suited for this assignment will be invited to submit a tender.

(Expired) Restricted procedure: Subject Matter Expert with expertise in Responsive Dialogue

Deadline for application: 5. November 2021, at 12:00, Danish Time

Description:

Background:

The International Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions (ICARS) is a new organisation committed to supporting low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in developing evidence-based, context-specific and cost-effective solutions to mitigate antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Specifically, ICARS works in the field of Intervention and Implementation Research, co-developing and funding research-based solutions that are practically implementable in a national/local context. ICARS works in a One Health perspective, thus covering both human, veterinary and environmental sectors.

Objective:

ICARS is seeking a Senior Veterinarian Consultant (PhD in veterinary medicine) that can work closely with ICARS and provide expert technical inputs in the veterinarian field. The outputs and deliverables include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

As part of ICARS Scientific Team provide expert advice to LMICs cooperating with ICARS in relation to:

  • Preparation of demonstration projects (intervention and implementation research projects) in LMICs. Inputs will cover different AMR aspects of livestock and the environment.
  • Implementation of demonstration projects in cooperation with identified implementing research institutions and other key stakeholders, e.g. government institutions, and project coordinators;
  • Facilitating co-development workshops that also aim to promote cross-sectional cooperation
  • Establishing and maintaining contact and dialogue with the policy level, including key governmental stakeholders, and with research institutions in LMIC countries;
  • Supporting capacity building in LMICs in relation to AMR-mitigation, including to prepare and manage demonstration projects;

Furthermore, support and provide expert advise to ICARS in relation to:

  • Sharing experiences and providing inputs to the development of ICARS’ research project management procedures;
  • Advising and collaborating with ICARS staff in preparation and management of demonstration projects;
  • Strategic advice to ICARS’ Executive Management on ICARS business model;
  • Engagement with private sector stakeholders to discuss and advise on intervention and solution-oriented research;
  • Dialogue with CGIAR institutions and other international organisations in the veterinary field on AMR aspects of livestock and the environment with the aim to identify and establish collaborative activities;
  • Building ICARS’ network and collaboration with veterinarian research institutions in Denmark and abroad.

Language of the outputs and deliverables: English

Timeframe: January 2022 – December 2023

Desired Skills/Experience:

  • Trained veterinarian holding a PhD degree with at least 10-years working experience within education, research and capacity building in LMIC
  • Affiliation with a recognized research institution
  • Knowledge and working experience with national action plans on AMR and relevant stakeholders in European and LMIC countries across continents (i.e. Asia, Africa and South America)
  • A solid and well-documented research experience within zoonotic diseases, food safety and antimicrobial resistance with a One Health focus
  • Experience with research capacity building at both individual researcher and institutional level in LMIC
  • Experience with preparing, implementing and reporting (technical and financial) of research projects involving research, government and other LMIC institutions and stakeholders
  • Experience with developing and managing post-graduate educational programs including within AMR and One Health
  • Strong networks and working experience with leading research institutions within antimicrobial resistance and One Health in both high-income countries and LMIC
  • In-dept knowledge and preferable working experience with FAO, WHO, or OIE and other international organizations

Budget: The timeframe is estimated at 40-60 working hours per month in 2022-23. The budget maximum is DKK 1.125.000 excl. VAT.

Interested Consultants can request the documents for participation by email to the contact person stated below.

Contact Points:

Britta Betzer Ankersen

E-mail address: bba@icars-global.org

Criteria for selection:

A minimum of three and a maximum of five applicants with qualification references best suited for this assignment will be invited to submit a tender.