Consultant – Bioefficacy of long-lasting insecticidal nets in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, Anywhere At World Health Organization (WHO)


Consultant

Bioefficacy of long-lasting insecticidal nets in the Greater Mekong Sub-region

( 2305339 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 5 months

Job Posting: Jul 7, 2023, 2:03:47 PM

1. BACKGROUND

The Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative (RAI) was launched in 2013 in response to the emergence of artemisinin-resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS). Funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, the RAI grants have invested more than USD 500 million in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam, with a further grant for the 2024-2026 period. More details are available at www.rai-rsc.org.

The RAI Regional Steering Committee (RSC), a multi-stakeholder governance body, provides strategic guidance, selects recipient implementers, and oversees grant implementation to track progress against program objectives and ensure funding is used in accordance with agreed strategic priorities.

The RSC has mandated the establishment of an Independent Monitoring Panel (IMP) to:

  •  Provide evidence-based, qualitative, and independent feedback, both to country leadership and to the RSC as the accountable body regionally, on the quality and effectiveness of RAI program implementation;
  •  Identify critical bottleneck issues affecting the achievement of programmatic goals;
  •  Support the RSC governance role by providing strategic analysis and recommendations for remedial actions.

Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) treated with synthetic pyrethroids have been shown to reduce malaria incidence by around 30% in forested areas in the GMS, despite the local malaria vectors in some areas being characterized by early outdoor biting. LLINs are widely used to reduce transmission and provide personal protection. To be eligible for donor-funded procurement and distribution schemes, LLIN products must attain and retain World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification status by passing safety, quality, and efficacy benchmarks. Predelivery inspections further test product quality before distribution.

Studies have reported that substandard LLINs have been distributed in several countries since 2013. There have been several reports of reduced bioefficacy of LLINs in the GMS. For example, bio-efficacy tests performed by the VBDC entomology laboratory in Gyogone indicated potential quality issues with LLINs. Researchers in Papua New Guinea concluded that an unreported change in coating formulation was the cause of the reduced product performance seen there.

The RSC and the IMP have identified a need for an independent review of changes in LLIN efficacy over the last decade and likely impact on progress towards malaria elimination as well as the response to reported LLIN bio-availability issues relevant to the GMS. In line with the IMP’s mandate, this is to inform Regional Steering Committee (RSC) and the implementation of the Global Fund grant.

2. PURPOSE AND DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES TO BE CARRIED OUT

The work to be performed in 2023 consists of a literature review followed by interviews with key informants and consultations with major stakeholders identified during the literature review and from the key informant interviews themselves. This work is to be performed remotely over six months.

3. PLANNED TIMELINES

Start date: 24 July 2023

End Date: 23 Dec 2023

4. METHODS TO CARRY OUT THE ACTIVITY AND LIST OF OUTPUTS

The objectives of this independent data collection are to:

  •  Review reported changes in LLIN efficacy relevant to the GMS over the last ten years.
  •  Describe and assess the LLIN quality-assurance framework relevant to the GMS.
  •  Assess recent changes to LLINs quality assessment protocols relevant to the GMS.
  •  Consider potential systems to report concerns regarding bio-efficacy of insecticidal products.
  •  Consider actions to mitigate issues with bioefficacy of LLINs and the roles of relevant organizations

Output 1: Literature review on changes in LLIN efficacy over the last decade and impact on progress towards malaria elimination in the GMS.

Timeframe: Q3 2023 (remote, desk-based)

Deliverable: Draft literature review report and final literature review report

Activities:

  •  Review relevant literature (published and grey)
  •  Prepare a draft review report
  •  Liaise with RSC Independent Monitoring Panel and RSC Secretariat to incorporate feedback
  •  Prepare final literature review report to the RSC

Output 2: An independent review of the global response to reported LLIN bio-availability issues relevant to GMS malaria elimination

Timeframe: Q4 2023 (remote)

Deliverables: Proposed outline for report, agreed outline for report, list of key informants for interview, interview outline, schedule for interviews, draft report, final report.

Activities:

  •  Propose outline for the report
  •  Prepare an initial list of key informants and interview outline
  •  Liaise with RSC Independent Monitoring Panel and RSC Secretariat to incorporate feedback
  •  Prepare and implement schedule for interviews
  •  Update interview schedule periodically to incorporate additional key informants
  •  Prepare draft report for review by key stakeholders
  •  Liaise with RSC Independent Monitoring Panel and RSC Secretariat to incorporate feedback
  •  Prepare final report to the RSC

5. QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

This Consultancy requires a candidate who is completely independent with no potential for the perception of conflicts of interest.

Qualifications required : An advanced degree in medicine, public health, epidemiology, or a related field.

Experience required :

  •  At least ten years’ international experience in malaria vector control in endemic countries, preferably in an advisory capacity at senior levels;
  •  Experience in vector control research;
  •  Experience working in the Greater Mekong Subregion (desirable);
  •  Experience working with the Global Fund (desirable);

Skills / Technical skills and knowledge :

  •  Significant malaria control and elimination knowledge and experience;
  •  Proven ability to engage with, and build partnerships, across a broad range of stakeholders at senior level (private sector, governments, donors, WHO, PMI, RBM, APMEN, APLMA, etc.);

Language requirements :

  •  Excellent English written and oral communication skills;

6. COMPETENCIES

Teamwork

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Communication

Producing Results

Knowing and managing yourself

7. . PLACE OF ASSIGNMENT

The work will be performed remotely.

8. TRAVEL

No travel. This work will be performed remotely.

9. REMUNERATION AND BUDGET (TRAVEL COSTS EXCLUDED)

30% of the total contract amount will be paid on confirmation by the RSC Secretariat of satisfactory completion of Output 1.

70% of the total contract amount will be paid on confirmation by the RSC Secretariat of satisfactory completion of Output 2.

Work schedule (if applicable): The selected consultant will work a maximum of 35 days over six months.

Additional Information

  •  This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level.
  •  Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  •  A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  •  If your candidature is retained for interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/ . Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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