WHO - World Health Organization
WHO EMRO Cairo
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Contractual Arrangement : External consultant
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 1 year
Job Posting: Jul 7, 2022, 12:43:28 PM
Area of expertise
Purpose of consultancy
In collaboration with the WHE Programme in the Department for Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness (EPP) and Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme of WHO Headquarters, Geneva, on one side and the department(s) of the WHE/DCD EMRO, on the other the regional arbovirus consultant will (1) serve as liaison between WHO Headquarters and WHO RO arbovirus teams (Emergencies/DCD- Malaria and Vector Control Unit), (2) assist ROs and member states in adapting/developing a Global Arbovirus Initiative to address regional priorities and identify and implement key activities, (3) identify and engage data sources (epidemiological surveillance, vector surveillance, laboratory networks) for global arbovirus dashboard, (4) organize, coordinate and assist regional calls/webinars for training on the use of new WHO arbovirus tools, (5) coordinate invitations for quarterly regional update calls, (6) assist regional offices in preparing report of Arbovirus Surveillance and Response Capacity survey, and (7) support the regional colleagues in providing technical support for arbovirus outbreak/transmission within the region. The work will be performed in collaboration with Dr Diana Rojas Alvarez, technical officer for Zika and chikungunya viruses from June 2022-May 2023.
Epidemics due to mosquito-borne viruses have escalated globally over the past two decades, with expansion of their frequency, intensity, and geographic footprint. Viruses transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes include dengue, Zika, yellow fever, and chikungunya viruses and cause a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations from asymptomatic and mild infections to lethal and debilitating disease. In addition, infection during with Zika virus during pregnancy or chikungunya virus perinatally can cause significant adverse fetal and neonatal outcomes.
The World Health Organization is launching a global arbovirus strategy for Aedes-borne arboviral diseases that will strengthen the coordination, communication, capacity-building, research, preparedness, and response necessary to mitigate the growing risk of epidemics due to arboviral diseases. The Initiative will include the Aedes-borne viruses initially but can be expanded to other arboviruses depending on the regional public health priorities.
To support the implementation of the Global Arbovirus Initiative at regional and member state level, WHO, will appoint regional consultants to regions with significant Aedes-borne arbovirus disease threats. This scope of work will address preparedness needs, focus intervention strategies through shared priority-setting with the regional office and Member States and project the impact of future emerging/re-emerging arboviruses globally.
- Deliverable 1…. Expected by: September 7,2022
Activity 1.1 Convene regional call to engage stakeholders at the Regional Office and WHO Headquarters in Geneva and establish contact with WCO/national focal points in each member state.
Activity 1.2 Review Global Arbovirus Initiative with the Regional Office to determine areas for regional adaptation and priority activities.
Activity 1.3 Assist Regional Office in preparing report of Arbovirus Surveillance and Response Capacity survey.
Activity 1.4 Assist Regional Office in providing technical support for arbovirus outbreak response/transmission control within the region.
- Deliverable 2… Expected by: October 7, 2022
Activity 2.1 Prepare with Regional Offices a plan for inclusive adaptation of the Global Arbovirus Initiative document through consultation with regional experts and member states e.g., under guidance of regional technical advisory groups. Schedule regional meetings/workshops and extend invitations to proposed participants.
Activity 2.2 Work with Regional and national focal points to develop country-specific key activities and workplans.
Activity 2.3 Assist member states and WCOs with development of funding proposals to support workplans if internal funding is not available
Activity 2.4 Support countries within the Region participating as sentinel sites for integrated arbovirus interventions.
Activity 2.5 Assist Regional Offices in finalizing report of Arbovirus Surveillance and Response Capacity survey and submitting for publication.
- Deliverable 3… Expected by: November 7, 2022
Activity 3.1 Conduct regional meetings/workshops (either virtual or in-person) convening member states to discuss Global Arbovirus Initiative adaptation and incorporate discussion feedback into the Regional adaptation of the Global Arbovirus Initiative document.
Activity 3.2 Compile a list of data sources (epidemiological surveillance, vector surveillance, laboratory networks) across Member States within the Region and at those at Regional level.
Activity 3.3 Support Regional Office and WCOs in streamlining and strengthening Regional arbovirus data/information system to feed into global arbovirus dashboard
Activity 3.3 Assist member states and WCOs with development of funding proposals to support workplans if internal funding is not available
Activity 3.4 Provide technical support to the Regional Office for control of arbovirus outbreak/transmission
- Deliverable 4… Expected by: December 7, 2022
Activity 4.1 Finalize Regional adaptation of the Global Arbovirus Initiative document for dissemination to Member States and submission to Headquarters.
Activity 4.2 Convene regional call with stakeholders at the Regional Office and WHO Headquarters in Geneva to provide a progress update and outline next steps for implementation.
Activity 4.3 Prepare data sharing agreements for regional and country-level data sources and the global arbovirus dashboard
Activity 4.3 Provide technical support to the Regional Office for control of arbovirus outbreak/transmission
- Deliverable 5… Expected by: January 7, 2023
Activity 5.1 Conduct calls with Regional Office and Member State focal points to provide training using new WHO arbovirus tools.
Activity 5.2 Conduct site visits (if travel is permitted) to sentinel countries and countries conduction other Global Arbovirus Initiative-related activities.
Activity 5.3 Support Headquarters and regional offices in operationalizing data sharing for the global arbovirus dashboard.
- Deliverable 6… Expected by: February 7, 2023
Activity 6.1 Conduct calls with remaining Member State focal points to provide training using new WHO arbovirus tools in collaboration with RO/WCOs
Activity 6.2 Conduct regional data quality checks of data feeding into the global dashboard.
Activity 6.3 Provide technical support to the Regional Office for control of arbovirus outbreak/transmission
- Deliverable 7… Expected by: April 7, 2023
Activity 7.1 Convene regional call with stakeholders at the Regional Office and WHO Headquarters in Geneva to provide a progress update and outline next steps for implementation.
Activity 7.2 Support regional emergencies/NTD/CDS laboratory coordinator in conducting needs assessments for arbovirus diagnostics
Activity 7.3 Conduct regional data quality checks of data feeding into the global dashboard.
- Deliverable 8… Expected by: April 7, 2023
Activity 8.1 Support sentinel priority countries in preparing update reports and convene calls with sites, WHO Regional Office, and WHO Headquarters teams to update on progress.
Activity 8.2 Provide technical support to the Regional Office for control of arbovirus outbreak/transmission
- Deliverable 9… Expected by: May 7, 2023
Activity 9.1 Conduct virtual meeting among member states to assess Global Arbovirus Initiative progress at the 6-month mark after the regional meeting.
Activity 9.2 Provide technical support to the Regional Office for control of arbovirus outbreak/transmission
- Deliverable 10… Expected by: June 7, 2023
Activity 10.1 Convene regional call with stakeholders at the Regional Office and WHO Headquarters in Geneva to provide a progress update and outline next steps for implementation.
Activity 10.2 Conduct regional data quality checks of data feeding into the global dashboard.
- Deliverable 11… Expected by: July 7, 2023
11.1 Prepare and submit year-end report of activities to be provided to RO and Headquarters to be incorporated into grant funding reports
11.2 Provide technical support for arbovirus outbreak/transmission within the region
- Deliverable 12… Expected by: August, 6 2023
Activity 12.1 Submit manuscript/presentation for an international meeting (e.g., ASTMH)
Activity 12.2 Convene regional call with stakeholders at the Regional Office and WHO Headquarters in Geneva to provide a progress update and outline next steps for implementation.
Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
Essential: University degree in Epidemiology public health is required.
- Field/on-site training and experience in arboviral disease, infectious diseases, epidemiology, biology, vector surveillance and control, and/or tropical medicine.
Essential: Minimum 5 years of working experience in public health, epidemiology, vector surveillance and control, or infectious diseases.
Experience in research and research methods.
Experience working within the Region in infectious diseases: Skills/Knowledge:
o Technical expertise in arboviruses, infectious diseases, and epidemiology.
o Documented experience conducting, compiling, and summarizing research public health data.
o Documented experience implementing arboviral/vector-borne/infectious disease programmes at national or regional level.
o Excellent communication skills in English, written and oral.
o Strong organizational skills.
o High level of professionalism with the ability to work in a diverse work environment, including with high-level partners from governmental and non-governmental organizations.
o Ability to work well as part of a team.
Languages and level required (Expert):
Written and spoken fluency in English is essential and knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
The Consultant is expected to travel abroad to WHO- Headquarters, Geneva as well as to participating countries and regional offices for meetings related to the projects, including project discussions and implementation if required.
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