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World Health Organization (WHO)

Consultant –Telemedicine practices in clinical settings

( 2205850 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

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

Job Posting: Jul 7, 2022, 2:25:13 PM

Purpose of consultancy

To provide technical expertise to the WHO’s Clinical Services and Systems (CSY) team and contribute to the development of the telemedicine toolkit to allow safe delivery of services in an epidemic/pandemic context, to support both timely care for COVID and maintenance of essential health services.

Background

Practice of telemedicine (or telehealth) has been around for decades; however, rapid technological advancements have accelerated potential use of telemedicine in delivery of care. We have seen an increase in demand for use of telemedicine as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. WHO has also recommended use of telemedicine in its operational guidance for maintaining essential health services at the time of COVID in various service delivery contexts. Use of telemedicine under specific conditions have also been recommended in WHO guidelines on digital health for health systems’ strengthening.

As part of integrated clinical care and service delivery, telemedicine can support peer-to-peer and supervised case consultation and provide access to expertise and improve quality of services. Remote patient consultation, follow-ups and patient monitoring through telemedicine can potentially transform the health care experience, specially for the patients living in remote and underserved areas.

The toolkit aims to provide a framework with suggested methods for telemedicine practices to provide timely intervention, improve coordination with specialist outside the practice, and promote continuity of care with an emphasis on limited resource settings.

Deliverables

Objective 1: Synthesize scoping reviews and other relevant publications; identify the key information gap and prepare the content based on the proposed outline.

  • Output 1: Work closely with the identified research team on scoping and synthesizing the available evidence and best practices as well as existing challenges of telemedicine practices specially on limited resource settings.
  • Output 2: Develop content, including a series of use cases based on the suggested outline for the toolkit in consultation with the CSY team.
  • Output 3: Prepare the draft for peer review in collaboration with the CSY team.
  • Output 4: Collect feedback and edit the revisions of the toolkit based on the received feedback.
  • Output 5: Attend meetings as required and provide weekly report to the project team.

Deliverables 1 and 2, 3 Expected by: within three months from the start of the project.

Deliverable 4 Expected to be completed within two months after completion of the initial draft.

Objective 2: Facilitate implementation and adaptation of the toolkit to local contexts.

  • Output 1: Collect lessons learned, identify gaps, and update the content.
  • Output 2: Facilitate country implementation, attend meetings, and provide weekly report to the project team.

Deliverables 1 and 2 Expected within 6 months after the completion of objective 1.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential: Advanced university degree (Masters) in the field of health sciences/technology or medical informatics.

Experience

Essential: At least 7 years of experience in digital health/telemedicine practices at national, regional or global level.

Desirable:

  • Work experience in LMIC settings.
  • Work experience in use of telemedicine in clinical care service delivery.

Skills/Knowledge:

Essential:

  • Substantial knowledge of digital technologies in clinical care service delivery.
  • Excellent communication, professional level of writing and editorial skills.
  • Time management skills.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft operating systems and Microsoft Office packages.

Languages required:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English

Location

Off-site – Home based.

Travel

No travel is expected.

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):

N/A

Expected duration of contract:

11 months. Additional contract of 11 months may be offered based on funding availability and satisfactory performance.

Additional Information

  • This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level.
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
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