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Consultant (WHE/CPI)- P3

Cairo (Egypt)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Cairo (Egypt)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-21

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  1. Purpose of the Consultancy

within the overall framework of emergency management, the incumbent will act as focal point for the Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs)initiative; which, seeks to support a nationally led response through leadership of the Public Health Emergency Operations Centres (PHEOCs), and clarity of the placement of coordination functions for clinical care and deployment of rapid response teams including national EMTs.

2. Background

The EMT initiative aims to improve the quality of clinical care provided to people affected by emergencies and outbreaks. Its secretariat is hosted by WHO, with a strong focus on the capacity building of national EMTs fit for response for national risks and coordinated by PHEOC under the Ministry of Health of the affected country. WHO works to support EMT activities in countries and with partners in the following ways:

  • Capacity building, particularly for national teams (led by regional offices)
  • Creation of norms and standards for clinical response teams in emergencies (disasters, conflicts and outbreaks)
  • Quality assurance of EMTs, especially those seeking to respond across international borders
  • Coordination of clinical care during emergencies (by supporting the development of tools, trainings and simulations for those responsible for clinical care and response team coordination within their national PHEOC and direct coordination support as required)
  • Governance structures at global and regional level ensuring a coordinated approach to the initiative, with a focus on regionalization and on collaboration with existing regional initiatives on health security and emergency health response.

The Eastern Mediterranean region commenced work on the EMT initiative in 2017 with a series of workshops and awareness raising in key countries. Country missions to enhance capacity of exiting teams were also conducted.

3. Planned timelines

Start date: 01/10/2020

End date: 31/03/2021

4.Work to be performed

Output 1

  • Conduct training and capacity building of EMT at country level
    Deliverable 1.1
  • Organize National or regional EMT awareness workshops followed by EMT capacity building workshops in priority countries

Deliverable 1.2

  • Conduct training to Priority countries to set up and manage the EMT Coordination Cell as part of the Health EOC structure

Deliverable 1.3

  • Conducting Regional EMT coordination courses for deployable personnel

Deliverable 1.4

  • Participate and organize training of EMTs, in national and regional simulation exercises

Output 2

    • Deliver on-site and remote support to priority countries for EMT coordination

Deliverable 2.1:

    • Support remotely and if required, coordinate the deployment to support the MOH, as well as he deployment of external EMT coordinators.

Deliverable 2.2

    • Draft, in collaboration with the concerned focal points, Guidelines /SOPs on EMT emergency response activation and coordination as a complement to the WHO Emergency Response Framework

Deliverable 2.3:

    • Assess/document Lessons learnt, potentially through a Real Time evaluation, subject to the occurrence of an emergency which meets the criteria captured

Output 3

    • Set standards, collect and disseminate best practices

Deliverable 3.1:

    • Contribute to the update of the update of the Blue Book “Classification and Minimum Standards for Foreign (Emergency) Medical Teams in sudden onset disasters”.
      Deliverable 3.2:
    • Contribute to the finalization of the EMT Toolkit and the EMT Coordination Handbook as a reference guide for national and international EMT capacity strengthening and preparation for classification
      Deliverable 3.3
    • Support the finalization of standard training curriculum and learning outcomes for national/ international EMTs

Output 4

    • Provide and implement a framework for quality assurance and classification

Deliverable 4.1

    • Facilitate and expand The ongoing mentorship process to cover priority countries in the region.

Deliverable 4.2

    • Expand The current pool of mentors to cover mentors from the Region

Deliverable 4.3

    • Organize and undertake Verification visits at country level.

Deliverable 4.4

    • Produce Key publication material to raise awareness on key messages as well as past and future EMT related activities in the region

5. Technical Supervision

The selected Consultant will work on the supervision of Dr Dalia Samhouri, Manager, CPI/WHE

6. Specific requirements

- Qualifications required:

  • First level university degree in public health, medical studies or a related field from an accredited academic institution and postgraduate degree in public health; health systems; medical studies, or a related field from an accredited academic institution.

- Experience required:

  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible work experience in the field of emergency management.

- Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Sound and proven knowledge in the area of emergency medical teams;
  • Demonstrated knowledge on related global and regional processes and tools required;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people from different cultures.
  • Ability to coordinate the work with others including EMT secretariat at the HQ level

- Language requirements:

  • Excellent knowledge of English and Arabic language.

7.Place of assignment

Cairo, Egypt

8. Medical clearance

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


The Consultant is expected to travel. Destination and duration of travel will be identified through the progress work identified in countries

All travel arrangements will be made by WHO – WHO will not be responsible for tickets purchased by the Consultant without the express, prior authorization of WHO. While on mission under the terms of this consultancy, the Consultant will receive subsistence allowance.

Visas requirements: it is the consultant’s responsibility to fulfil visa requirements and ask for visa support letter(s) if needed.

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.
  • If your candidature is retained for interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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  • Consultants shall perform the work as independent contractors in a personal capacity, and not as a representative of any entity or authority. The execution of the work under a consultant contract does not create an employer/employee relationship between WHO and the Consultant.
  • WHO shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any taxes, duties, social security contributions or other contributions payable by the Consultant. The Consultant shall be solely responsible for withholding and paying any taxes, duties, social security contributions and any other contributions which are applicable to the Consultant in in each location/jurisdiction in which the work hereunder is performed, and the Consultant shall not be entitled to any reimbursement thereof by WHO.

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