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Purpose of consultancy
To contribute to the development and pilot of risk assessment tools developed by WHO for Member States.
The Health Emergency Intelligence and Surveillance Systems division (WSE) is responsible to build a system of collaborative intelligence enabling better decisions to avert and manage public health threats and risks. Its goal is to enable, strengthen and support countries, regional and global actors in averting and managing public health threats and risks through collaborative problem solving and decision-making for short-term action and long-term policies, informed by better data and analytics.
The Surveillance Systems Department is responsible for the setting of norms and standards for surveillance, the development of global surveillance strategies, supporting Member States in the implementation of these strategies, and strengthening of national and global capacities for surveillance through applied epidemiology training. The Surveillance department has started a project to enhance the capacity of member state to conduct risk assessment (RA) by improving RA methods, processes, tools and sharing of information. As adopting a risk-based approach leads to better outcome as it ensures that equitable, ad hoc, timely, sufficient and effective mitigation measures are recommended, put in place and eased to minimize negative impacts of public health events on populations, while efficiently managing resources.
After a scoping phase, the project aims at addressing the gaps identified. The main identified gaps during the scoping phase are:
- The lack of practical tools to conduct risk assessment for different settings (detection, ongoing event, mass gathering…) at National level.
- The lack of trainings related to risk assessment.
- The need to develop a repository of tools to conduct risk assessment at National level.
- The need to harmonize terminology around risk assessment.
- The need to create a network and community of practice of risk assessors at National level.
- The need to look for innovative methods to conduct RA.
- Deliverable 1: Develop the draft training materials for a formal rapid risk assessment tool developed for Member States.
Expected by: end of May
- Deliverable 2: Organize training sessions with the selected Member States and pilot the trainings for risk assessment tools developed by WHO for Member States.
Expected by: End of June
- Deliverable 3: Develop the needed materials to collect the feedback during the pilot phase of the risk assessment tools developed by WHO for Member States, collect and analyze the feedback.
Expected by: End of September
- Deliverable 4: Develop a repository of risk assessment tools developed by WHO.
Expected by: End of June
- Deliverable 5: Develop reports on the pilots of the risk assessment tools developed by WHO for Member States.
Expected by: End of December
Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
- University degree in epidemiology or methodology in health science.
- Advanced degree in statistics
- Alumni from a field epidemiology training programme, or equivalent.
- 5 to 10 years of relevant experience in surveillance, including surveillance tools development.
- Experience in conducting risk assessment at National level, including developing risk assessment methods.
- Experience in developing training materials.
- Experience in delivering trainings.
- Experience working with WHO or international organizations.
- Experience in working in low and middle-income countries.
- Strong analytical skills and capacity to synthetize complex information.
- Strong writing and communication skills.
- Ability to work independently and produce timely deliverables.
Expert knowledge of English.
Intermediate knowledge of French.
Off site: Home-based.
The consultant is not 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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