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Consultant (HPD/ VIP) Band Level B lower end of range/situation analysis of drowning in selected EMR Member States

( 2206302 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 6 months

Job Posting: Jul 5, 2022, 9:25:09 AM

The purpose of this consultancy is to work across up to four countries in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region to collect information on available sources of drowning data, existing water safety strategies, policies and legislation, and map key stakeholders, ministries/departments/organizations relevant to water safety at national and regional levels.


WHO Global Estimates from 2019 report that more than 15,000 people drown each year in WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, with over 50% of mortality occurring among children aged under the age of 15 years. These estimates significantly underreport the true burden of drowning in the Eastern Mediterranean, as they do not capture intentional drowning deaths (suicide, homicide) nor drowning deaths associated with natural disasters or water transport. An accurate understanding on the impact of drowning in this context is critical to inform the development and implementation of effective interventions and strategies for drowning prevention, as well as promoting the necessary visibility and prioritization of the issue.

Over the past decade, significant momentum has developed at the global level on the issue of drowning. WHO has played a critical role in this movement, developing the first Global Report on Drowning in 2014, a comprehensive Implementation Guide to Drowning Prevention in 2019 and more recently (2021), launching two regional Status Reports on Drowning Prevention for the WHO Western Pacific Region (WPR) and South East Asia Region (SEAR). Uptake of these guidelines and technical products is now supported by the first UN Resolution on Drowning Prevention, endorsed in 2021, which calls for WHO to taking a leading role within the UN system for drowning prevention efforts.

Bloomberg Philanthropies is supporting the WHO to conduct a scoping exercise to assess regional interest and readiness in the development of a Global Status Report on Drowning Prevention. Similar to how the series of Global Status Reports on Road Safety have led to greater prioritization of road safety in countries and region WHO believes a Global Status Report on Drowning Prevention will be instrumental to informing and scaling-up national, regional and global advocacy for action in this neglected public health issue.

This consultancy supports the WHO project across the four WHO Regions who have not yet conducted a regional status report on drowning prevention: Africa (AFR), Eastern Mediterranean (EMR), Europe (EUR) and the Americas (PAHO). The project will enable each regional office to conduct a ‘deep-dive’ into the drowning situation in four selected countries to identify existing appetite for drowning prevention and investigate whether tools and methodology used for the SEAR/WPR status reports would be transferrable to different regional contexts.

Planned timelines

Start date: 1/08/2022

End date: 31/01/2023

Work to be performed

The following outputs are to be completed in close consultation and collaboration with the concerned technical team in WHO HQ, Regional Offices (ROs) and Country Offices (CO).

Output 1: Collect required information for a scoping project which aims to assess regional readiness towards contribution to a Global Status Report on Drowning Prevention.

Deliverable 1.1: In collaboration with the Regional Advisor at the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, set criteria, identify and propose a list of four countries in the Region to include in the project.

Deliverable 1.2: Identify different stakeholders for drowning prevention in the selected countries including national governmental focal points, academia/researchers, CSOs and NGOs, among others.

Deliverable 1.3: Conduct a desk review on drowning prevalence and prevention interventions in the selected countries including: laws and regulations, research studies, advocacy documents, policy briefs, program evaluations. To investigate prevalence and mortality data, the Consultant will perform additional analysis of WHO Global Health Estimate (GHE) data.

Deliverable 1.4: Prepare a database including: list of stakeholders identified, relevant technical and legal documents identified (including web-links if available) and official web sites where official epidemiological data and program documents are available. This should align with a format specified by WHO HQ.

Deliverable 1.5: Conduct meetings with identified stakeholders using the tool developed by HQ and validate the information received from the selected countries of the Region at the national level.

Deliverable 1.6: Identify and enlist key drowning prevention experts/professionals in the region (including researchers, public health professionals, representant of NGO’s working on unintentional drowning prevention, among others) that could be further engaged by WHO HQ in a consultation/survey.

Deliverable 1.7: Prepare a detailed report of the key findings from the project.

Specific requirements

Qualifications required: University degree in public health, epidemiology, social sciences, communication or a related field.

Experience required: From 5 to 10 years of relevant experience in public health and/or unintentional injury prevention, which include experience in data collection/analysis (such as surveys, datasets or structured interview) or research or monitoring and evaluation.

Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Demonstrated ability to build partnerships and work in multicultural and multidisciplinary settings.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Experience working with legal documents.
  • Experience working in low and middle‐income countries
  • Basic knowledge of drowning prevention‐related issues within the region.
  • Good management and leadership abilities and experience.
  • Familiarity with the goals and procedures of international organizations (UN system, donors, nongovernmental organizations).
  • Excellent inter‐personal skills with the demonstrated ability to work effectively with government officials as well as with national and international organizations.

Language requirements: Excellent spoken and written English. Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.

Place of assignment

All tasks will be conducted remotely

Medical clearance

The selected Consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.


No travel is required

Addition informaton

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