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Consultant

Development of infodemic management toolkits for field use

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Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 9 months

Job Posting: Jul 14, 2022, 6:50:23 AM

Purpose of consultancy

Two infodemic consultants are sought to contribute to the development and adaptation of infodemic management toolkits and handbooks for use in capacity building in countries. The consultants will:

  • work with regional and country office staff to adapt tools to local context, pilot toolkits and deliver revisions based on experience of implementation and lessons learned
  • review and adapt existing toolkits as per guidance from WHO staff
  • develop concepts for new toolkits, perform desk research, and organize working groups of experts to feed into development of new toolkits; write toolkits, manage their review and deliver them
  • serve as technical focal points for queries during editing and design of toolkits

Background

Infodemic management (IM) refers to the science and practice of understanding and addressing infodemics, defined as an overflow of information across physical and digital spaces that makes it difficult for people to find information to better protect themselves during epidemics. According to the third round of WHO’s Global Pulse Survey in 2021, 87% of countries reportedly track and address the infodemic, suggesting that countries are increasingly establishing IM capacities. During emergencies, most countries face competing priorities – the immediate need to rapidly respond to and intervene on the emerging infodemic of the event and the more long-term need for strategically incorporating IM functions into emergency preparedness and routine health systems. Achieving either aim can seem challenging, particularly in settings where there is a shortage of human and financial resources.

WHO provides technical assistance and tools that can assist countries to efficiently address these priorities, namely rapid evidence generation for informing IM interventions and development of strategic plans to establish routine IM capacities.

In settings where infodemic insights units are not yet established, or where an infodemic insights team must be stood up quickly to respond to an emergency, a “pop-up infodemic insights unit” can be established, combining local health authority staff with external technical assistance consultants. For example, such a team can carry out a landscape analysis of strategic needs and assets in relation to infodemic monitoring, integrated analysis of infodemic insights, and generation of infodemic management recommendations for strengthening and integrating infodemic management capacities in countries.

Toolkits need to be developed and piloted on how to set up a quick integrated infodemic monitoring and analysis pipeline “in a box” that can be implemented, tested, evaluated and adapted quickly in a local country context. Other toolkits that must be adapted or delivered may include: rapid online community assessments, integrated insights generation and analysis for infodemic monitoring and recommendation generation, planning and evaluation of infodemic management interventions, and responding to health misinformation, among others.

Deliverables

Deliverable 1: Desk research and convening of expert group to advise toolkit content

  • Conducting desk research on designated toolkit area;
  • Planning, developing and implementing of key informant interviews and other research techniques to capture current practice related to toolkit;
  • Drafting of background and meeting documents and convening of expert groups to advise and contribute to the development and review of toolkit.

Outputs:

  • 1.1 Terms of Reference, meeting documents, agendas and meeting minutes of expert group produced;
  • 1.2 Meeting and background documents produced for each meeting;
  • 1.3 Five expert group meetings convened via zoom.

Deliverable 2: Development of toolkit, facilitate translation and piloting in the field

  • Drafting and revising the toolkit based on comments;
  • Managing internal and external review of toolkits, collection of comments and revision of the toolkit based on comments;
  • Planning, organizing and implementing field testing of toolkits in the field, in collaboration with WHO regional and country offices and partners in the field;
  • Responding to editor and graphic designer queries;
  • Facilitating translation of toolkit through WHO translation services.

Outputs:

  • 2.1 Draft toolkit translated in one designated language;
  • 2.2 Pilot plan defined, and implement in the field with partners;
  • 2.3 Response provided to queries from editor and graphic designer.

Deliverable 3: Revised and validated toolkit with an implementation guide

  • Deliver final draft of toolkit including any graphic materials, job aids, etc.;

  • A toolkit validation report and analysis, in form of a draft research paper reporting on the outcomes of the validation and implementation research;
  • Prepare implementation guide on how to use the toolkit.

Outputs:

  • 3.1 Final toolkit draft delivered;
  • 3.2 Draft paper delivered;
  • 3.3 Implementation guide delivered.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential: First University degree in health promotion, health communication, socio-behavioral sciences, public health, or other field relevant to the tasks of the consultancy.

Desirable: Advanced university degree in one of the above fields.

Experience

Essential: 5 to 10 years of relevant experience in delivering projects in public health, health communication, health promotion or in health programmes with a significant component of working with vulnerable and at risk populations.

Desirable: Previous experience working with UN

Skills/Knowledge:

Essential:

  • Working knowledge of translation tools and methods
  • Ability to work across government and non-governmental organizations, especially across different levels from local to national
  • Proven knowledge of defining people’s knowledge or desired health behaviors and identifying evidence-based or emerging best practices for intervention development
  • Proven skills in building capacity of healthcare workers, partners, and influencers to share accurate, credible information and address concerns, information gaps, and misinformation effectively

Languages required:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French

Location

Off-site

Home based

Travel

Travel is envisaged for country-level piloting of toolkits.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):

Remuneration: Payband level B – USD 7,000

9,980 US per month

Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):

N/A

Expected duration of contract (Maximum contract duration is 11 months per calendar year):

9 months

Additional Information

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  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
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