World Health Organization (WHO)
Consultant – Health Systems Resilience (HSR): Recovery evidence reviews, synthesis and research
( 2205924 )
Contractual Arrangement : External consultant
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 9 months
Job Posting: Jul 5, 2022, 11:38:20 AM
Purpose of consultancy
To facilitate coordination and contribute to the development of a peer review technical series on health systems recovery.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption worldwide highlighting once again the interdependency of health and socio-economic development and focusing attention on the lack of health systems resilience. Evidence from COVID-19 has demonstrated that approaches to health system strengthening will require to improve for achieving the complementary goals of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and health security. Two years into the pandemic, most countries report sustained disruptions across service delivery platforms and health areas with a profound impact on health outcomes. The impact of these disruptions is magnified within vulnerable and marginalized communities and in countries experiencing protracted conflict. In addition, health and economic systems have increasingly become more vulnerable to 21st-century public health challenges, ranging from conflict and natural disasters to ageing demographics and rising rates of non-communicable diseases antimicrobial resistance and infectious diseases. These ongoing challenges require intentional focus and investment as well as whole-of-government and -society engagement with health to build health system resilience. There is an urgent need to focus on recovery through investment in the EPHFs and the foundations of health systems with a focus on primary health care, and whole-of-government and -society engagement.
The technical series on Health Systems Recovery aims to gather, transfer and operationalise key experiences from COVID-19 and protracted conflicts to inform global and country-level recovery that better promote health; guide policy direction toward building resilient health systems; and thereby ensure economic and social prosperity.
The objective of this collection is to bring the public health, health systems, humanitarian, emergencies, and development communities together and ensure what has been learned from COVID-19 informs the recovery agenda and promotes sustainable health and socioeconomic recovery for all. The series will seek contributions from diverse actors (e.g. academics, policymakers and practitioners) across sectors and disciplines (e.g. public health, humanitarian, development and economics).
- Deliverable 1: Provide scope of work for the technical series, with clear objectives and concise thematic technical areas consulted and agreed with the technical lead supporting the development of the series. Expected by: 31 August 2022;
- Deliverable 2: Draft annotated proposals for each of the identified thematic technical areas, to guide the selection of lead authors and technical contributors and inform the scope of the scientific articles. Expected by: 30 September 2022;
- Deliverable 3: Map relevant stakeholders for peer review and tools for collection of input and routine reporting with a summary of inputs and feedback. Expected by: 31 October 2022;
- Deliverable 4: Draft technical series including coordinating input from relevant WHO technical focal points as required. Expected by: 30 November 2022;
- Deliverable 5: Organize series of virtual technical consultations and meetings for each of the thematic areas. This will include email communication with regular progress updates. Expected by: 31 December 2022;
- Deliverable 6: Facilitate the necessary publication clearance required as part of WHO ‘s standard procedure, including collaboration with relevant colleagues such as professional technical / copy editor(s) to ensure coherence. Expected by: 31 January 2022;
- Deliverable 7: Submit, review and coordinate publication process with the peer-review journals, including the needed support to the lead authors. Expected by: 29 February 2022;
- Deliverable 8: Complete scientific articles for peer-reviewed journal and/or assist in presentation of findings at the appropriate relevant fora such as the JWT for UHC. Expected by: 31 March 2023;
- Deliverable 9: Prepare policy briefs and communication products from relevant scientific articles. Expected by: 30 April 2023.
Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
Essential: An advanced university degree (Masters level) in public health, health science or related field.
Desirable: A doctoral degree (PhD) in public health, health science or related field.
- Minimum 7 years of relevant experience in public health, including research and academic writing.
- Experience in editing of technical reports, peer review articles and communication with academic and professional sectors.
- Experience in writing research papers and peer-reviewed publications.
- Experience in undertaking systematic reviews.
Desirable: Experience with WHO publication processes
- Excellent writing skills documented by publications in high impact journals
- Knowledge of contemporary health systems strengthening and public health issues
- Knowledge of database management in support of systematic review development
- Sound skills in project support
Essential: Expert knowledge of English
Desirable: Intermediate level in French or other UN languages
No travel is required
Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):
Remuneration: Pay band 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 (Maximum contract duration is 11 months per calendar year):
9 months – part-time at 50%. Remuneration will be pro-rated accordingly.
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