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World Health Organization (WHO)


Primary Health Care, Global Health Initiatives

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Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 9 working days during 4 months

Job Posting: Jul 5, 2022, 12:37:14 PM

Purpose of consultancy

To document the methodology used to develop the Primary Health Care for Global Health Initiatives (PHC-GHI) ToolBox.


At all three levels of WHO, teams working with Global Health Initiatives (GHIs, such as Gavi or Global Fund, for instance) have expressed the desire of to have a user-friendly database of Primary Health Care (PHC) materials that WHO staff can use to assist member states to optimally use support by GHIs. Linked to this database are other tools and resources, collectively referred to as the PHC-GHI ToolBox. Coordination and harmonization of donors’ grants aiming at health systems strengthening (HSS) is critical to improve aid effectiveness and deliver results in country. In this regard, WHO is working with GHIs on HSS activities and funding to help member states, WHO staff, in-country and global development partners, and GHIs to measurably and pragmatically improve the allocation, implementation and impact of HSS cash support.

The WHO Global Health Initiatives Task Team (GHI-TT) was established as an advisory body to the WHO Department for Health Systems Governance and Financing (HGF) and the WHO Special Programme on Primary Health Care (SP-PHC) in order to provide feedback on adapting WHO’s norms and standards on primary health care (PHC), HSS and universal health coverage (UHC) to the specific needs and constraints of GHIs; as well as to track the scope and alignment of GHI funding to WHO member states. In close collaboration with WHO Regional Offices (ROs), GHI-TT and SP-PHC have developed the aforesaid PHC-GHI ToolBox (formerly known as “the GHI Toolkit”), which provides a comprehensive set of resources for the 155 GHI-eligible WHO member states, and for the WHO ROs and Country Offices (COs) tasked with managing USD62 billion in projected GHI funding over the period 2021-2025. This ToolBox consists of the following components:

  • a database of WHO GHI and PHC focal points at all three levels of the Organization;
  • a database of GHI and PHC resources;
  • four GHI overviews (roughly 40-50 pages each) for the following GHIs: Gavi, the Global Fund (GFATM), the Global Financing Facility (GFF) and the UHC Partnership (UHC-P);
  • ToolBox User guides; and
  • a web-based resources site for disseminating the ToolBox and eventual development of a PHC-GHI community of practice.

Both Gavi and GFATM have recently completed a major revision of their country support processes, and will be issuing fully revised and substantially different application forms, guidelines and criteria on eligible vs. non-eligible areas for funding; for use in the period 2022-2025. In view of this, several ROs have requested a full revision and update of the Gavi and GFATM overviews in the PHC-GHI ToolBox.


The Consultant will help document the methodology used to develop the PHC-GHI ToolBox, and its contribution to the advancement of WHO’s PHC agenda.

  • Deliverable: The Consultant will help draft an internal WHO report on the methodology used to develop each component of the PHC-GHI ToolBox (approx. 2,000-3,000 words, exclusive of Annexes).

    Expected by: 30 November 2022.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential: First-level degree in public/global health, health systems or PHC.



  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in health systems and GHIs, with knowledge of PHC issues.
  • Proven experience in the development of written technical or policy guidance products.


  • Experience in the development of written products (f. ex. case studies or reports) for WHO and/or equivalent agencies.
  • Experience in the development of case studies and/or other similar resources for GHIs.


  • Working knowledge of the existing WHO PHC-GHI ToolBox.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles of health systems governance, PHC, HSS and UHC.

  • Ability to consult with different stakeholders and seek consensus between opposing points of view.

Languages required:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English and French.


Home based – Off-site.


The Consultant is not expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


Band level B: USD 350

499 per day.

Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):


Expected duration of contract:

9 working days during 3 months.

Additional Information

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Tags: aid effectiveness, global health, health systems, health systems strengthening, primary health care, social security contributions, universal health coverage