• Contractor
  • Jordan

World Health Organization (WHO)

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Technical support for the finalisation of the strategy and operational plan for Jordanian Centre for Diseases Control (CDC)

( 2206177 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 22 days consultancy

Job Posting: Jun 29, 2022, 12:04:50 PM

  • Purpose of consultancy

The purpose of this consultancy is to provide technical support to the recently established Jordanian Centre for Diseases Control (JCDC). Specifically, it aims to provide high-level strategic support to the finalisation of the development of the strategy document for the JCDC. This includes an overall five-year strategy with the strategic priorities based on the mandate devised by the Government of Jordan, and an operational plan for two years.

The results will guide expansion of the capacities of the Jordanian CDC, coordination and collaboration with the main national and international stakeholders and priority areas for 2022-2024.

  • Background

The Jordanian National Center for Epidemics and Communicable Diseases Control (JCDC) was established in November 2020 as a dedicated public health body to promote public health practices in the field of prevention of epidemics and communicable diseases and lead all-hazard public health emergencies’ preparedness and response including bio-terrorist threats.

Main functions:

  • Prepare health policies in relation to the control of epidemics and communicable diseases and recommending them to the competent authorities.
  • Monitor epidemics and communicable diseases nationally, regionally, and internationally, detect new or emerging threats, and provide recommendations that help in their prevention.
  • Coordinate the response efforts to epidemics, pandemics and other health threats and implement health emergency plans.
  • Monitor and follow-up of environmental health threats and their relationship to epidemics and communicable diseases.
  • Provide reference diagnostic services for individuals, society and health institutions.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of antibiotic resistance control strategies and coordinate the monitoring initiatives and establishing links with global initiatives in this regard.
  • Follow-up and improve vaccination levels in the Kingdom and expand the base of those covered.
  • Lead the health efforts aimed at preventing and control of epidemics, communicable diseases, and disabilities resulting from them in accordance with the standards and recommendations of international health bodies, including the World Health Organization.
  • Coordinate and cooperate with similar bodies regionally and internationally.
  • Conduct scientific research and the provision and analysis of health data.
  • Undergo capacity-building of the Center’s cadres, provide them with the required trainings, and train professionals in the field of epidemics and communicable disease control, and train them through the provision of professional and academic programs in cooperation and coordination with the relevant bodies locally, regionally, and internationally.
  • Manage epidemics and communicable diseases prevention programs.
  • Develop preparedness and response plans for health emergencies.

This consultancy aims to build on results of a previously assignment and further refine and complete the process of strategy development in coordination with senior management from the Jordan CDC. Moreover, to conduct consultations with high level decision makers from the Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Environment, Water and Irrigation, National Centre for Security and Crisis Management and other relevant entities.

  • Work to be performed

Output 1: Updated situation analysis of the current public health policy environment and infrastructure in addition to national trends in communicable as well as noncommunicable diseases in the country.

Deliverable 1.1: Submit a Narrative report about the situation analysis of the current public health policy environment and infrastructure in addition to national trends in communicable as well as noncommunicable diseases in the country.

  • Conduct An updated review of relevant national and global documents that contextualize the position of the JCDC mandate on the national and global level.
  • Conduct An updated mapping of the public health institutions and entities and their mandates, functions and responsibilities.
  • Conduct an In-depth analysis of the incidence and prevalence of communicable and noncommunicable diseases including outbreaks in Jordan.
  • Update background information and cited literature review with clearly identified evidence-based priority areas for Jordanian CDC interventions.

Output 2: The vision, mission statement and strategy of Jordanian CDC

Deliverable 2.1: Submit a Narrative summary report and strategic analysis of the feedback from stakeholders

  • Develop a Summary account of the semi-structured interviews and discussions on the JCDC role and its strategic objectives with the senior management of the Ministry of Health, National Centre for Security and Crisis Management, Ministers of Agriculture, Water, Environment, Director of the Royal Medical Services, other national and international partners, with most common findings and recommendations;
  • Develop a Detailed strategic analysis of the JCDC role in addressing the public health functions including emergencies in Jordan based on interviews and discussions with stakeholders.

Deliverable 2.2: Validation and engagement workshop on strategic objectives and priority areas

  • Prepare the workshop and identify of the list of participants based on the semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders
  • Develop of the methodology of the workshop
  • Facilitate of the workshop and selected working groups
  • Submit a Summary of the outputs of the working groups discussions

Deliverable 2.3:Submit a Final report that includes:

  • Executive summary

  • Background
  • Situation analysis
  • SWOT analysis
  • Role of the JCDC in the public health domain in Jordan
  • Vision and mission statement
  • Detailed strategy with the strategic priorities based on the mandate devised by the Government of Jordan.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation framework

Output 3: Action plan for 2022-23

Deliverable 3.1: Develop an Action plan for 2023

  • Detailed action plan aligned with strategic objectives with activities, timeline, responsible directorate/unit
  • Logical framework (inputs, outputs, outcomes, impact)
  • Monitoring and evaluation framework, key performance indicators
  • Supportive supervision framework
  • Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in Medicine, public health, healthcare administration or Business Administration.


  • 7 years or more of experience working in developing strategic plans, organizational structures and human resources and/or managing public health entity.
  • Communicable diseases control and emergency response experience is an asset.

Skills/Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Robust analytical and writing skills.
  • Technical skills and knowledge: High level of expertise in organizational management
  • High level communicating skills.

Languages and level required:

Expert knowledge of English language (speaking/writing). Arabic language is an asset.

  • Location


  • Planned timelines (subject to confirmation)

22 days consultancy

Start date: 17 July 2022

End date: 16 August 2022

  • Medical clearance

The selected Consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.

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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