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World Health Organization (WHO)

Consultant – Global Health Cluster COVID19 Task Team Focal Point

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Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 11 months

Job Posting: Jun 16, 2022, 11:38:05 AM

Purpose of consultancy

To strengthen the coordination and effectiveness of Health Cluster preparedness and response for COVID19, through harmonized efforts to identify and promote minimum standards, practical solutions to technical and operational challenges to mitigate the impact of COVID19 amongst vulnerable populations affected by humanitarian crises.


Within WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, the Global Health Cluster (GHC) unit leads, coordinates and monitors the work of the Global Health Cluster and coordinates its work with other partner agencies, WHO Departments and Regional Offices. The GHC unit contributes to the effectiveness and quality of Country Health Cluster performance by promoting predictable response and collective action by GHC partners in accordance with IASC and health sector related policies and good practice. This work is guided by the GHC Strategy 2020-2023.

The COVID19 pandemic continues to present an unprecedented threat to global public health and socio-economic stability particularly in countries affected by humanitarian crises where health systems are weak and large numbers of vulnerable people live in sub-optimal conditions which may accelerate COVID19 transmission. In response, the Global Health Cluster has scaled-up its country coordination support to provide context appropriate technical and operational guidance to effectively implement the COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan as an integral component of the 2021 & 2022 HRPs both to mitigate the direct impact of COVID19 but to also maintain the provision of existing humanitarian action, including essential health services. The GHC COVID19 Task Team was established in May 2020 to lead this work, and reviews of its work by the GHC Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) has highlighted the valuable role it has played in guiding the Health Cluster response and other sectors. The SAG agreed continuation was essential to provide consistent support to Health Clusters as the pandemic evolves. The GHC COVID19 Task Team’s work is a priority within the GHC work-plan for which BHA funding has recently been secured. The Task Team is comprised of 32 partners with 4 officers supporting the workplan. The consultant will be the focal point for driving the related deliverables as outlined below within the overall objectives of the COVID19 Task Team Terms of Reference namely: (1) collate country-level technical, operational and coordination challenges; (2) promote and support adaptation and use of COVID19 guidance for low capacity and humanitarian settings; (3) support multi-sectoral action (4) capture and share lessons learned, good practices; and (5) advocacy to address unmet needs/ operational barriers.


Output 1.1

Activity: Conduct systematic needs and gap analysis identifying thematic webinars; deliver 13 expert led thematic cluster to cluster webinars; produce, publish and disseminate supporting FAQs

Expected deliverables by 31 July 2023

  • Priority topics identified; 10 thematic webinar/s delivered, supporting documents collated, and FAQs produced.

Output 1.2

Activity: Undertake review of multi-sectoral collaboration and action.

Expected deliverables by 31 January 2023

  • Data collection and analysis completed;
  • Draft report issued & peer reviewed;
  • Final report completed & published;
  • Webinars held with key stakeholders.

Output 1.3

Activity: Undertake review of COVID19 coordination landscape

Expected deliverables by 30 November 2022

  • Data collection and analysis completed;
  • Draft report issued & peer reviewed;
  • Final report completed & published;
  • Webinars held with key stakeholders.

Output 2.1

Activity: Conduct real-time tracking of COVID19 vaccine status and related operational issues across minimum of 31 cluster settings; populate and maintain database; produce regular status reports and disseminate to key stakeholders.

Expected deliverable by 31 July 2023

  • Tracking dashboard active and kept updated; monthly status report produced & disseminated; weekly information briefs developed & presentations as needed.

Output 2.2

Activity: Undertake country case studies on COVID-19 and routine immunization services in selected settings.

Expected deliverables by 21 October 2022

  • Data collection and analysis completed;
  • Draft report issued & peer reviewed;
  • Final report completed & published;
  • Webinars held with key stakeholders.

Output 2.3

Activity: Undertake impact analysis of COVID19 on Health Cluster response

Expected deliverables Phase 1 by 30 November 2022 and Phase 2 by 31 July 2023

  • Study design & methodology finalized (Inception report completed);
  • Phase I of study completed, report completed and published;
  • Phase II of the study initiated with review of study design, and methodology completed.

Output 3

Activity: Convene the Task Team members to deliver its agreed Terms of Reference and work-plan activities; regularly monitor progress and outputs.

Expected deliverables by 31 July 2023

  • Regular gap analysis on guidance requirements and discussions on emerging challenges;

  • Guidance produced as required and agreed by Task Team members;
  • Advocacy materials produced and meetings held as agreed by Task Team members.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential: Advanced university degree in public health.



  • At least 10 years’ experience in public health including experience in the development and implementation of humanitarian health projects, IASC protocols and guidelines, tools and policies, performance and/or risk management.
  • Experience with WHO, UN Agencies or International NGOs.
  • Previous experience of the cluster approach & demonstrated understanding of the health cluster at global and country level.


  • Proven expertise in monitoring, evaluating & developing good practice.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

Languages required:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English

Desirable: Basic knowledge of French


Off site: Home-based.


No travel is required.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):

Remuneration: 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:

11 months starting August 2022

Additional Information

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