World Health Organization (WHO)
Consultant – Health of trans and gender diverse people
( 2210875 )
Contractual Arrangement : External consultant
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 11 months
Job Posting: Dec 13, 2022, 10:51:13 AM
Purpose of consultancy
To provide technical expertise on trans and gender diverse health and technical guidance to WHO throughout the development of the WHO Guidelines and implementation.
Trans and gender diverse people encounter unique and multifactorial challenges that negatively impact their health, quality of life and life expectancy. Among these are limited legal recognition of their gender of choice, high levels of gender-based violence, and significant barriers in access to education and employment. Additionally, they also suffer high levels of stigma and discrimination, including in the health sector that prevent their access and utilization of services, and limited or no access to comprehensive affirming care that meets their health needs, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).
The health needs of trans and gender diverse people have not traditionally been captured by WHO’s normative work, except that related to HIV and self-care. It is well overdue for WHO to develop a guideline to contribute towards improving the health of trans and gender diverse people, particularly considering its commitment to Leave No One Behind. Based on a scoping review of scientific literature and the concerns raised by trans and gender diverse communities and health experts, this first global WHO guideline on trans and gender diverse peoples’ health aims to contribute to the implementation and/or improvement of the quality, safety, access, and utilization of health care services by and for trans and gender diverse people with specific considerations to LMICs.
In this sense, the guideline will cover select critical focus areas divided into three strategic entry points following the guideline framework, as listed in the table below.
The purpose of this consultancy is to provide overarching technical expertise throughout the development the planned WHO Guidelines on the health of trans and gender diverse people in all the focal areas to ensure the appropriate, accurate and thoughtful development of these guidelines, particularly related to the provision of gender-affirming care. Additionally, specialized technical assistance should be provided on the focal area “Gender-affirming care, including gender-affirming hormone therapy”.
Task 1: Provide specialized technical expertise to systematic review teams.
- Deliverable 1.1: Review draft protocols and list of included studies with comments and suggestions.
- Deliverable 1.2: Review and provide comments on the draft list of included studies conducted by the review teams.
- Deliverable 1.3: Review final systematic review reports, evidence to decision making tables and PowerPoint presentations for the Guideline Development Group (GDG).
Timeframe: 1 February -1 August 2023.
Task 2: Map hormones therapies used for gender affirming care in international, national guidelines, professional associations (for example WPATH, EUPATH etc.) as well as published peer review literature.
- Deliverable 2.1: Final mapping protocol incorporating comments from the WHO technical team.
- Deliverable 2.2: Short narrative report.
- Deliverable 2.3: Power point presentation.
Timeframe: 1 February
1 August 2023.
Task 3: Comprehensive review of draft guideline narrative.
- Deliverable 3.1: Review draft guidelines with comments and suggestions (up to three iterations) and final version.
Timeframe: 1 December 2023.
Task 4: Overarching specialized technical expertise to the WHO Steering Group for the development of the Guidelines on the health of trans and gender diverse people.
- Deliverable 4.1: Quarterly short report (bullets) of the technical expertise provided to the SG (including participation on calls and technical questions responded to).
Timeframes:1 February 2023; 1 May 2023; 1 August 2023; 1 December 2023.
Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
- Advanced university degree in medicine.
- A post-graduate qualification in public health or any health sciences or related field.
- Over 10 years’ experience working on issues related to the health of trans and gender diverse people, in both a research and service delivery capacity; in particular, experience with providing gender-affirming care.
- Experience working at an international level.
- Demonstrated experience in writing of technical documents and/or guidelines.
- Broad work experience with the following as they relate to the health of trans and gender diverse people: health worker training and education, reduction and/or prevention of inter-personal violence, stigma and discrimination, mental health conditions, health policy and gender recognition laws.
- Experience in WHO guidelines development.
- Global knowledge of health needs, barriers and solutions to accessing health services for trans and gender diverse populations.
- Strong analytical and critical appraisal skills.
- Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
- Expert knowledge of English.
Off site: Home-based
The consultant is expected to travel.
Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):
Band level C-USD 10,000-12,500 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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