Consultant – Strategic information on prevention diagnosis, treatment and care of HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs in key populations, Anywhere

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World Health Organization (WHO)


Strategic information on prevention diagnosis, treatment and care of HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs in key populations

( 2210042 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

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

Job Posting: Nov 3, 2022, 8:00:10 AM

Purpose of consultancy

The consultant will contribute to the work related to strategic information and key populations (men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, people who inject drugs and people living in prisons).


There are three distinct pieces of work to be completed by the consultant:

  • Simplified biobehavioural surveillance for key populations

Biobehavioural surveys (BBS) among key populations (KP) have the potential to provide information on service access and coverage among KP in addition to HIV, viral hepatitis and STI prevalence, viral load and risk behaviours. Many countries have not conducted BBS among KP, despite these groups having an increasing impact upon the dynamics of the epidemic in most settings. BBS are resource and time intensive, require specific technical capacity to be conducted successfully and need to be undertaken on a regular basis to be able to monitor progress. BBS are also liable to suffer from various biases and where they have been undertaken, they are usually only conducted every three to five years.

A simplified BBS lite protocol was developed through consultation with various experts, community members and programme implementers and has been piloted in two countries. The experience of these two pilots has been the basis for a BBS-lite tool and protocol to be published by WHO and UNAIDS.

The next stage of this activity will be to continue building the evidence base for the method by repeating the method in the two pilot countries and to provide technical support to countries and agencies that will start implementing this BBS-lite and incorporate further evidence into the tool and protocol.

  • HCV prevention in people who inject drugs and prisoners

PWID and people in prisons are disproportionally affected by HCV and HIV. Strengthening programs to prevent, test and treat HCV among these populations remains essential. In 2023 an increase in activity around this area of work will be undertaken in collaboration with partners on three areas: HCV diagnostics and treatment; long-acting buprenorphine; and low dead space syringes. This new activity requires extensive support related to implementation research, country support and WHO guideline development and dissemination of the three components with multiple stakeholders and countries.

HHS will require support to coordinate the various works stream with relevant stakeholders and provide technical support, notably on research development and evidence review.

  • Consolidated guidelines on person-centred HIV strategic information

Following the release of the 2022 Consolidated Guidelines on Person-Centred HIV Strategic Information, there is a need to disseminate the guidelines to countries, aid in their update, adoption and implementation. These SI guidelines define what data should be recorded and reported (recommended data elements and indicators) and how this information should be used to strengthen national routine data systems for impact.


The consultant is expected to perform the following:

  • To repeat the method in the two pilot countries and support countries to implement this survey method.
  • To contribute to the activities related to implementation research and country support on HCV prevention in people who inject drugs and people in prison.
  • To contribute to the dissemination of Consolidated guidelines on person-centred HIV strategic information.

Task 1: Simplified biobehavioural surveillance for key populations.

  • Deliverable 1.1: Repeat BBS lite survey in pilot country 1,
  • Expected: March, June 2023.
  • Deliverable 1.2: Implementation of BBS lite survey in country 1,
  • Expected: July, September 2023.
  • Deliverable 1.3: Workshop conducted on BBS-lite at KP relevant conference/event (slide deck disseminated). Expected: April 2023.

Task 2: Simplified biobehavioural surveillance for key populations.

  • Deliverable 2.1: WHO research framework for implementation research focusing on low-dead space syringes and HCV service delivery innovations. Expected: June 2023.
  • Deliverable 2.2: Research protocols of grantees reviewed and submitted to ERC. Expected: November 2023.

Task 3: Strategic Information on key populations.

  • Deliverable 3.1: Validation of data collection processes related to key populations. Expected: May 2023.
  • Deliverable 3.2: Slide set on HIV prevention, key populations and routine monitoring components for guidelines dissemination webinars, and regional meetings and action points from webinars/regional meetings taken. Expected: February 2023.
  • Deliverable 3.3: Reviewed policy brief for technical content on longitudinal HIV prevention monitoring for general and key populations (track changes). Expected: October 2023.
  • Deliverable 3.4: Reviewed key population disaggregation for indicators and analyses on measuring impact. Expected: August 2023.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


  • Advanced university degree in public health, nursing, medicine or related field.


  • PHD in a related field.



  • Over 10 years’ experience in strategic information in key populations and research in communicable disease.


  • Demonstrated working experience with WHO on related strategic information and research (on HIV, VH, STIs with focus on specific challenges related to key populations and working in low- and middle-income countries).


  • Ability developing and conducting HIV surveillance protocols and research in communicable disease.
  • Ability conducting surveys with key populations.

Languages required:

  • Expert knowledge of English.


Home based – Off-site.


The consultant is expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


Band level C

USD 10,000 – 12,500 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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