Readiness and Partners Platform
( 2304296 )
Contractual Arrangement : External consultant
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 8 Months
Job Posting: May 15, 2023, 10:56:17 AM
Purpose of consultancy
The consultant will perform the following:
- provide technical expertise in an area of work related to Readiness Assessment and Prioritization within the Department of Country Readiness Strengthening (CRS);
- provide technical expertise in assessing, analyzing, and mapping readiness capacities for FCV countries;
- contribute to the development of different readiness assessment tool for Cholera and Viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHF) and Mpox.
The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.
WHO Health Emergencies programme is strengthening countries’ readiness for emergencies of all hazards and supporting WHO regional offices and country offices to assess and analyze readiness capabilities, country planning and partner coordination.
Under the overall guidance of the Readiness Assessment Prioritization (RAP) Epidemiologist and the unit head and working closely with counterparts at the respective Regional Offices and Country Offices, the readiness unit have the overall responsibility to support operational readiness for specific hazards for the Incident Management Support Team (IMST) at HQ under the Readiness Assessment and Prioritization Unit.
Due to the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 crisis, WHO has developed the Partners Platform. The Platform is a web-based tool to collaboratively scale-up preparedness and response to COVID-19, currently extended to Measles, Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers, M-Pox and Cholera. This is the first time all countries can show the world what actions they are planning and implementing, to request international support, and to track contributions and progress in real-time. Over 150 countries and 4500 stakeholders have engaged with the Partners Platform, which is expanding rapidly.
As a tool use to operationalize guidance for Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP), to support country preparedness and response and maintain essential health services. The Platform provides users with visualizations highlighting global, regional and country aggregations, analysis comparing actions, resource needs and funding contributions and meta-data to inform decision-making.
- Deliverable 1: Contribute to monitoring and documenting the engagement by Fragile, Conflict and Vulnerable (FCV) identified countries to the Partners Platform.
- Activity 1.1: Contribute to health data collection from a broad range of health sectors, analyse and consolidate health data in trends and trends assessment, with particular attention to surveillance, monitoring and early warning using the WHO Partners Platform.
- Deliverable 2: Provide technical guidance to Regional Partners’ Platform Focal Points.
- Activity 2.1: Develop a roll out plan and support implementation with regional Focal points to scale up the numbers of FCV countries engaged on the Partners ‘Platform.
- Activity 2.2: Prepare background documents, concept papers, situation analysis, develop monthly technical reports assessing the implementation of related programmes.
- Deliverable 3: Provide expertise on expansion of Operational Readiness on the Platform in FCV countries.
- Activity 3.1: Contribute to the respective strategic development and expansion of the Platform with respect to emergency preparedness, response, and recovery as well as to ensure the participation of the country office in the general operational readiness for FCV countries.
- Deliverable 4: Facilitate Partners Platform activities on health emergency readiness and response to identified FCV countries.
- Activity 4.1: Co-develop and co-implement a relevant monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning processes.
- Activity 4.2: Provide technical input on Health emergency readiness and response activities to FCV countries on the Partners’ platform.
Qualifications, experience, skills and languages.
- Advanced university degree in epidemiology, global health, public health, or another related field.
- Post-graduate studies or specialized training in applied epidemiology for public health professionals or public health surveillance.
- At least 5 years of relevant experience at national/regional/international level in public health partner coordination including some experience in infectious disease programming with a focus on Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (Ebola/Marburg/Lassa Fever) or Cholera or HIV or Mpox.
- Relevant work experience on country capacity building such as planning and/or partnership web-based platform for health emergencies in WHO, other UN agencies, relevant nongovernmental, health cluster partners or humanitarian organizations.
- Experience working in clinical setting as a physician or nurse or other allied health worker.
- Expert knowledge of English.
- Intermediate Knowledge of another UN Language.
The consultant is expected to travel.
Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):
Band level B-USD 7,000 – 9,980 per month.
Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):
Expected duration of contract:
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