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Consultant- Provide technical input to implement Primary Health Care Measurement and Improvement Initiative (PHCMI)

Egypt (United States of America)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Egypt (United States of America)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-24

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Purpose of the consultancy is to support PHC Unit in:

The main purpose of the consultancy is to provide technical input to implement Primary Health Care Measurement and Improvement Initiative (PHCMI) in the 20 countries through:

  • Collection of data to measure key aspects of PHC.
  • providing technical support in developing a PHC Improvement Plan based on PHCMI profiles


In October, 2018, WHO, UNICEF and the Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan held the Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana, Kazakhstan to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Alma Ata Declaration on Primary Health Care. The conference brought together members of the global health community around a shared belief that primary health care is critical to achieving health for all.

To support Member States in fulfilling their commitments of the Astana Declaration and move into action, the PHCMI initiative aims to support EMR countries in collecting quantitative and qualitative PHC data, identifying gaps and challenges in PHC performance, and developing an improvement plan to guide countries towards strengthening PHC. This assessment utilizes global goods from the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI) as well as pre-existing regional work on PHC quality indicators, EMRO Health System Profiles, and the PHC Operational Framework, with the above main objectives.

The consultant work will support PHC/UHS in the creation of tools that policymakers, development partners and advocates can use to better understand and improve primary health care, tailored to the needs of the EMR countries, including the development of the Primary Health Care Country Profile (PHCCP) and the Vital Signs Profile (VSP) for each participating country.

Furthermore, PHCMI framework and indicators are also relevant for Member States to assess their own performance on PHC in specific programmatic area such as non-communicable diseases prevention and management. As shown by national experiences of UHC implementation, despite the increasing burden related to NCDs and related risk factors, their early detection and appropriate management at PHC level is often suboptimal with severe gaps in service coverage. Using PHMI framework to perform an NCD analysis would allow synergies in appraising national health system readiness and capacity to scale NCD services identifying bottlenecks and implement course corrections.

Planned timelines (subject to confirmation) total of 12 months

Start date: 10 January 2021

End date: 31 December 2021

Work to be performed

To achieve the above objectives, the consultant will be contracted with the following deliverables:

  • Deliverable 1: Develop technical papers and participate in at least two regional workshops to discuss the PHC country profiles and Vital Signs profiles
  • Deliverable 2: Guide countries on data collection using the PHCMI framework, based on the PHC Operational Framework (see and contextualized to the EMR for the following countries: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Iraq, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, UAE, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
  • Deliverable 3: Use the PHCMI framework to Contribute in an NCD analysis and guide countries in collecting data that complement PHCMI indicators
  • Deliverable 4: Provide technical support to countries focal persons on presenting their data in the workshops.
  • Deliverable 5: Document and provide technical support on how to implement PHCMI Guidance in the field.
  • Deliverable 6: Summarize the countries reports on the main findings.
  • Deliverable 8: Develop 14 PHCCPs and VSPs for publication and 06 NCD Country Profiles.
  • Deliverable 9: Develop PHCMI website to showcase PHCMI profiles, documents, and resources.
  • Deliverable 10: Provide technical support countries in developing improvement plan based on PHCMI profiles including support for better integration of and NCD early detection and management.

Required Qualifications

Education: University degree in public health or relevant topics

Experience: At least 2 years’ experience in public health and service delivery innovations.

Skills / Technical knowledge Good experience in health system, stakeholder analysis and service delivery.

Language Fluent (Read - Write - Speak) in English and Arabic

Location The consultant will work in WHO EMRO

Travel (If travel is involved, a medical certificate of fitness for work will be required.)

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.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs excluded) Remuneration: International consultant (P2 level)

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