World Health Organization (WHO)
Implementation of SMART Guidelines-Digital Adaptation Kits
( 2206837 )
Contractual Arrangement : External consultant
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 11 months
Job Posting: Jul 25, 2022, 1:55:02 PM
Purpose of consultancy
This global consultancy aims to systematically introduce the DAKs that have been developed for sexual and reproductive health (e.g., ANC, family planning) within different scenarios of use and contexts.
Using the examples of the SRH DAKs, the consultant will develop and refine a replicable process for applying DAKs within country contexts and coordinate activities related to implementation research of the DAKs.
WHO launched the SMART Guidelines initiative to support countries’ digitization journeys and facilitate a structured approach to embedding WHO recommendations and standards within digital systems. “Digital Adaptation Kits” (DAKs) are one of the steps within the SMART guidelines approach. The DAKs distil WHO guidelines into operational components that can be more easily executed within the digital systems countries are adopting to accelerate the uptake of WHO clinical and data use guidelines. DAKs include the package of business process workflows, core data needs, decision support algorithms, linkages to indicators, and functional requirements for a health domain area, which can then be operationalized more easily into a digital system. In creating these operational tools derived from WHO guidelines, the DAKs provide a unique way to reinforce recommendations and service delivery linkages. DAKs were first developed for sexual and reproductive health (SRH) areas of antenatal care (ANC) and family planning (FP) . Other health areas such as self-care interventions, HIV, immunization, and child health are also in the pipeline as part of a comprehensive primary health care (PHC) approach.
The Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research (SRH) is supporting the country introduction of DAKs across diverse digital and SRH context, as part of efforts to reinforce adherence to evidence-based guidelines and strengthen routine health information systems. This is being done both as part of technical support packages to a broad set of countries and through implementation research in selected countries.
A proportion of this consultancy (20%) will also be used for SMART guidelines work focused specifically on an ANC implementation research study. The overall purpose of ANC study is to use implementation science for systematically introducing and testing the applicability of the adapted WHO ANC package for positive pregnancy experience, as well as the use of a digital tool (the country adaptations of the WHO ANC digital module) in Rwanda and Zambia. The study aims to generate key evidence on the implementation of the updated ANC package and inform future national adaptation and scale up.
- Develop and update a systematic plan and standard operating procedures for the adoption and country customization of DAKs within country’s health system and digital landscape;
- Coordinate consultations among country, regional and global level partners for applying and mainstreaming the use of DAKs;
- Conduct needs assessment in selected countries for determining DAK localization requirements;
- Conduct trainings on tools related to country use of DAKs, as well as for the accompanying implementation research;
- Document findings and learnings on country use and uptake of DAKs Develop a user-guide to facilitate uptake of the DAKs across different scenarios of use;
- Provide feedback on the digital/SMART guidelines component of the ANC implementation research study related to the following:
- Finalizing health worker performance indicators
- Finalization of the ANC DAK for Rwanda and Zambia
- Manuscript development on formative and demonstration study results
- Contribute to a community of practice /mechanism for peer exchange on use of the DAKs and SMART guidelines (read more here).
Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
Essential: Advanced degree (Master’s level) in public health, health information systems, international development or related field.
- Project management certification
- Ph D in public health, health information systems, international development or related field.
- Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience, especially in the fields of health systems research, digital health, health information systems
- Experience with country-level implementations of digital health and/or health information systems
- Experience in implementing and deploying digital health solutions in low- and middle-income countries.
- Proven experience in business analysis and project management
- Previous experience working with UN organizations, particularly WHO
- Experience in conducting or contributing to implementation research.
- Demonstrated ability to coordinate stakeholders across implementers and Ministry of Health counterparts
- Demonstrated ability to work and lead with efficiency and flexibility particularly as part of a team effort to ensure collective success
- Effective interpersonal, management and negotiation skills proven through successful interaction with stakeholders, including senior government officials, regional/local authorities, experts, and NGOs/communities.
Essential: Expert knowledge of English
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French and another official UN language
Off-site: Home based
Travel expected on average once a month for country stakeholder workshops and field visits.
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 (Maximum contract duration is 11 months per calendar year):
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