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World Health Organization (WHO)

Consultant – Risk assessment for Member States project

( 2206428 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

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

Job Posting: Jul 22, 2022, 9:12:52 AM

Purpose of consultancy

To conduct a literature review on risk assessment methods and tools, a country need survey, a gap analysis and develop a funded proposal for the implementation phase of the project.


The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.

The Health Emergency Intelligence and Surveillance Systems division (WSE) is responsible to build a system of collaborative intelligence enabling better decisions to avert and manage public health threats and risks. Its goal is to enable, strengthen and support countries, regional and global actors in averting and managing public health threats and risks through collaborative problem-solving and decision-making for short-term action and long-term policies, informed by better data and analytics.

The Surveillance Systems Department is responsible for the setting of norms and standards for surveillance, the development of global surveillance strategies, supporting Member States in the implementation of these strategies, and strengthening of national and global capacities for surveillance through applied epidemiology training. The Surveillance department has started a project to enhance the capacity of member state to conduct risk assessment (RA) by improving RA methods, processes, tools and sharing of information. As adopting a risk-based approach leads to better outcome as it ensures that equitable, ad hoc, timely, sufficient and effective mitigation measures are recommended, put in place and eased to minimize negative impacts of public health events on populations, while efficiently managing resources.

The project is organized in two work streams: a scoping phase where we will learn about the different risk assessment methods and tools and listen to needs from countries, and an implementing phase where we will act to address the gaps identified in the scoping phase.


Deliverable 1: A report describing the results of the literature review of the risk assessment methods and tools published on open access platforms.

  • Activity 1.1: Produce a protocol for the literature review (including the name of the platform used of the registration of the literature review, methods used to extract and analyse the data, sources of information and databases for search, keywords, exclusion and inclusion criteria, comparison criteria, develop PICO questions, ranking criteria, identified peer reviewed journals for future publication).
  • Activity 1.2: Participate in the extraction of the articles in collaboration with the library team.
  • Activity 1.3: Perform the data analysis.
  • Activity 1.4: Produce different communication products, at the minimum a technical report (short and long versions), a presentation and a scientific paper.

Expected by: 6 months after the start of the contract.

Deliverable 2: A report describing the results of a country survey aiming at identifying the needs (in terms of methods, tools, training, advocacy and resources) at Member State level to integrate systematic risk assessment in their routine surveillance activities.

  • Activity 2.1: In collaboration with colleagues from the regional office included in a technical working group (TWG), develop a protocol for the country survey.
  • Activity 2.2: In collaboration with the TWG, participate in the need assessment through online or physical meetings.
  • Activity 2.3: Analyse the results and produce different communication products (a full and short reports, PowerPoint presentations, scientific article to be published in a peer review journal, abstracts for conference).

Expected by: 9 months after the start of the contract.

Deliverable 3: A report with the results of a gap analysis aiming at identifying the needs in terms of tools to be developed, adapted or promoted.

  • Activity 3.1: Compare the tools and methods identified during the literature review and the needs (in terms of methods and tools) identified during the need assessment at Member State level.
  • Activity 3.2: Identify the gaps between the existing tools and methods and the needs identified by the member states.
  • Activity 3.2: Produce a report with prioritised recommended activities to carry forward to address the gaps identified in terms of methods and tools.

Expected by: 10 months after the start of the contract.

Deliverable 4: A funded proposal for the implementation of the project.

  • Activities 4.1: Based on the 3 previous deliverables, write a full project proposal detailing the activities of the second phase of the project together with a tentative budget.

Expected by: the end of the contract.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential: Advanced degree in epidemiology or methodology in health science.


  • Advanced degree in statistics.
  • Alumni from a field epidemiology training programme, or equivalent.



  • 5 years of relevant experience in surveillance, including surveillance tools development.
  • Experience in conducting risk assessment at National level, including developing risk assessment methods.
  • Demonstrated experience with systematic literature review and GRADE or equivalent system.

  • Experience with publication in a peer reviewed journal with at least five publications in a peer reviewed journal as 1st, 2nd or last author.


  • Experience working with WHO or international organizations.
  • Experience in working in low and middle-income countries.


  • Strong analytical skills and capacity to synthetize complex information.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and produce timely deliverables.

Languages required:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of another UN language.


Off-site – Home based.


The consultant is expected to travel.

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:

11 months.

Additional Information

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