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Organization : FHI 360
Type : Nonprofits / องค์กรไม่แสวงหาผลกำไร
Date : 23 Apr 2019
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Deadline : 8 / May / 2019

 



REQUEST FOR CONSULTANT

Regional Public Health Laboratories Partnership Network Coordinator

 

Issue Date: April 23, 2019

Closing Date: May 08, 2019                         



Project background:

 

Thailand is a leader in implementation of the Detect-National Laboratory System Action Package (D 1 AP). This commitment resulted in the Regional Strategic Roadmap on Laboratory System Strengthening (2016-2020), a joint effort between the leading countries of GHSA D1 AP to provide guidance to member countries in developing their respective national roadmaps on the Action Package. Thailand’s Department of Medical Sciences (DMSC), Ministry of Public Health and the Department of Livestock Development (DLD), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives oversee the implementation of this regional roadmap and strategic framework. Some of the key achievements include:
A regional workshop to enhance collaboration efforts for laboratory preparedness between ASEAN and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation countries.
• Updated and shared progress on development of the national roadmaps via GHSA video conferences to enhance communication
• Organized the training workshops, shared best practices and strengthen networking among public health and animal health laboratories officials


With its strong JEE scores, Thailand is in an excellent position to be a regional leader helping other countries work toward similar achievements. Thailand has several existing laboratory networks that are functional both at a national and regional level, however a functional network for the reference laboratories among the ASEAN countries does not exist. The ASEAN Plus Three Partnership Laboratories (APL) network was established and aimed to provide a forum for regional sharing of diagnostic knowledge and resources. However, the APL has not been active since 2011.

IDDS has an opportunity to support Thailand’s role as a regional leader aligned with GHSA priorities and selected GHSA action packages. IDDS has identified activities that will strengthen Thailand’s ability to serve as a regional leader and resource to strengthen the capacities of other countries in the region to detect priority pathogens. The activities have also been structured to promote sharing of both experiences and information to better respond to the threat of priority pathogens and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The IDDS Thailand work plan is the result of collaborative meetings with the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia office (RDMA), CDC Thailand, and Thai National Institute of Health as well as through participation in the 3rd Regional Workshop of GHSA Detect 1: Advancing Collaborative Efforts across Relevant GHSA Action Packages held from 16-18 January 2019 in Bangkok. The work plan was also developed from the outputs of that meeting with input from the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, FAO, and after reviewing the results of the 2017 JEE.
• Re-establish the Regional Public Health Laboratories Partnership and Network for the National Reference Public Health Laboratories
• Regional Advanced Laboratory Diagnostic Training

IDDS partner FHI 360, which has been working in Thailand for over twenty years will be the hiring partner for this consultancy. IDDS will hire a consultant to serve as the Regional Public Health Laboratories Partnership and Network Advisor to support the revitalization of the network and conduct some key initial regional activities.


Detailed Task Description:

1. Provide support/ assistance to re-establish the Regional Public Health Laboratories Partnership and Network
- Facilitate drafting of the Terms of References of the Regional Public Health Laboratories Partnership and Network
- Facilitate dialogue/communication to relevant national /regional public health laboratories for regional collaboration on the Regional Public Health Laboratories Partnership Network;
- Serve as a bridge to build collaboration between human and animal health sectors;
- Support to develop the network vision, governance structures, and procedures
- Resource mobilization from other funding sources and coordination of these relationships
- Identify opportunities to integrate other vertical disease networks, e.g. influenza
- Identify how to engage private sector laboratories and partners in the Network

2. Identify the country focal points using the existing regional mechanism, if any

3. Provide support/ organizational assistance for the three-day Regional Public Health Laboratories Partnership Network kickoff meeting. In consultation with the DMSC and key partners, draft the concept note of the Workshop to incorporate the following activities, but not limited to;
- TOR consultation;
- Identify a list of activities;
- Identify opportunities to integrate other vertical disease networks, e.g. influenza
- Identify how to engage private sector laboratories and partners
- Identify mechanisms to enhance sharing or resources and communications between human and animal health reference laboratories

4. Provide technical support for the drafting of the Regional Public Health Laboratories Partnership Network operation plan

5. Provide support/advices for the development of the Regional Public Health Laboratories Partnership Network Website

6. Provide advices /assistance to conduct a two-day regional specimen referral and transport system workshop
- Work closely with the DMSc and key partners to craft the concept note; meeting agenda
- Work closely with key trainers to develop workshop’s report

7. Provide advices /assistance to hold a five-day regional training on advanced diagnostic methods for infectious diseases
- Work closely with the DMSC & key partners to craft the concept note [topics to be identified during the kick – off meeting];
- Work closely with key trainers to develop workshop’s report


Period of Performance:

The projected level of effort is approximately 102 working days between 15 May 2019 to 29 February 2020 but these dates will be negotiated with the chosen consultants depending on the actual scope of work.


The consultant is expected to check-in weekly with the Thailand POC and take direction from them. Additionally, the consultant may have organizational reporting responsibilities within FHI 360 with Janet Robinson.


Required Qualifications:: 

1. Master’s degree in Public health or related areas
2. At least ten years’ experiences on public Health Issues in many countries in Southeast Asia.
3. At least five years’ experiences on collaboration with government organization especially Ministry of Public Health in Thailand
4. At least three years’ experience providing technical and capacity building experience to clinical laboratories
5. Fluency in written and spoken in English
6. Great communication skill is preferred

 

If interested, please send your CV to hr.thailand@fhi360.org .

 

 

Contact : hr.thailand@fhi360.org / Tel: 02 2635273

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