World Health Organization (WHO)


Consultant (HPD/ VIP) Band Level B lower end of range/technical programme on vision and eye care in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region

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Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

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

Job Posting: Jul 6, 2022, 6:20:28 AM

The purpose of this consutancy is to support the technical programme on vision and eye care in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region to coordinate Arabic translation and dissemination of the Guide for Action and support implementation of the WHO Eye Care in Health Systems: Guide for Action -in addition to supporting monitoring of progress towards the 2030 WHO global eye care targets.


In May 2020, the World Health Assembly endorsed resolution WHA73.4 on Integrated people-centred eye care, including preventable vision impairment and blindness. The resolution urges Member States to take action for implementing the recommendations of the World report on vision including integrating eye care in UHC; implementing people-centred eye care in health systems; promoting high-quality implementation and health systems research; and raising awareness, engaging and empowering people and communities in respect of eye care needs.

The same resolution requests WHO to provide the required technical support to countries for implementing the World report on vision recommendations in the context of UHC, to develop additional guidance on evidence-based and cost-effective eye care interventions and approaches to facilitate the integration of eye care into UHC and to prepare, in consultation with Member States, global targets for 2030 on integrated people-centred eye care, focusing on effective coverage of refractive error and of cataract surgery.

Towards this end, the WHO Eye Care in Health Systems: Guide for Action was developed and the global eye care targets were endorsed by the World Health Assembly decision WHA74(12) in 2021.

The current consultancy thus aims to assist WHO in providing the required technical support for implementing the Guide for Action and related tools as well as in monitoring the progress towards achieving the global targets in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

Planned timelines

Start date: 1/08/2022

End date: 30/06/2023

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: Support the implementation of the WHO Eye Care in Health Systems: Guide for Action in EMR countries

Deliverable 1.1: Coordinate with the concerned EMRO team the Arabic translation of the Guide for Action with development and implementation of a dissemination plan;

Deliverable 1.2: Conduct a technical review and quality check for the Arabic translation to ensure its technical soundness, and accuracy.

Deliverable 1.3: Develop an action plan and methodology for implementation of the Guide for Action and related tools in Eastern Mediterranean Region;

Deliverable 1.4: Support the organization of regional and bilateral country orientation webinars/meetings to present the the Guide for Action and related tools;

Deliverable 1.5: Conduct a training workshop for countries of the Region on the Guide for Action and related tools;

Deliverable 1.6: Ensure proper implementation of the Guide for Action and related tools with countries based on their biennial plans and as requested;

Output 2: Support the collection of data towards monitoring the 2030 WHO global eye care targets

Deliverable 1.1: Prepare recommendations and action plan for collecting data for monitoring of WHO global eye care targets using related WHO tool;

Deliverable 1.2: Compile and analyze baseline data on the targets using available country data;

Deliverable 1.3: Develop a policy document on the status of the 2030 WHO global eye care targets in the Region.

Specific requirements

Qualifications required: University degree in medicine, ophthalmology, or optomotry.

Experience required: From 5 to 10 years of relevant experience in public health and eye care .International experience is mandatory for international consultant.

Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Demonstrated ability to build partnerships and work in multicultural and multidisciplinary settings.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Experience working in low and middle‐income countries Technical knowledge in vision healthcare management
  • Ability to analyze data, draw conclusions and make recommendations for policy change
  • Good management and leadership abilities and experience.
  • 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 and Arabic.

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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