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Consultant Roster - Strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation and programmatic review of the national TB program

Multiple locations (Multiple locations)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-17

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  1. Purpose of the consultancy

Strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation and programmatic review are fundamental inputs to the development of national strategic plans for disease elimination. Communicable disease programmes may be implemented through the broader health system but on occasions, individual disease programmes run vertically in some Member States. Long-term disease elimination strategic planning with budget based on in-depth analysis and evaluation of the disease programmes often require additional expert assistance. Monitoring and evaluation of the plans and periodic review of performance helps the programmes improve and adapt with changing priorities.

As part of its mandate, the Department of UHC, Communicable Disease in the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of the World Health Organization is often requested by Member States to provide technical assistance. To meet the specific demand of such technical assistance, DCD/EMRO requires to hire consultants with expertise and experience in the relevant field of public health.

This consultancy is intended to provide technical expertise to DCD/EMRO and Member States in the review of the performance of the National TB Programme and development of a national strategic plan for TB elimination in countries.

  1. Background

Within the framework of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), the objective of the Department of Communicable Diseases in the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO), is to assist Member States in strengthening the health sector response for achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG3). For this purpose, Member States are supported to develop appropriate national policies, guidelines and strategies for implementation of comprehensive programmes for prevention and control of communicable diseases.

  1. Planned timelines

Subject to programme needs

  1. Work to be performed

The following functions to be performed under the different areas of work

Output 1: Carry out an in-depth and comprehensive program review (desk review) of the national TB programme

Deliverable 1.1: Review the TB epidemiology and trends of TB disease burden in country

Deliverable 1.2: Assess and provide technical expertise on the progress of End TB Strategy implementation and status of reaching the TB-related Sustainable Development goals and targets, in particular:

  • Progress on finding missing TB cases, using routine and innovative approaches, status of early diagnosis including introduction of new diagnostic tools and approaches, and systematic screening of contacts and high-risk groups
  • Status of drug sensitive TB treatment practices and alignment with current international recommendations
  • Situation of public private partnership, civil society and community engagement
  • Progress on drug resistant TB diagnosis and treatment including childhood tuberculosis
  • Progress on Preventive treatment and latent TB infection management.
  • Progress of collaborative tuberculosis/HIV activities, and management of co-morbidities;
  • Policies and practices to ensure rational use of medicines and infection control
  • Operational research and Innovation
  • Impact of COVID on TB disease and programme services

Deliverable 1.3: Identify the priority needs and actions to address challenges in TB care and services including possible collaboration with COVID response in the country.

Deliverable 1.4: Make recommendations on priority areas and actions to end TB in the country and prepare the programme review report with the findings and recommendations.

Output 2: Development of a national strategic plan (NSP) to end TB according to most recent relevant global guidance and templates available.

  • Deliverable 2.1: Review Global and regional guidance and tools recommended by WHO or partners.
  • Deliverable 2.2: Review and analysis of existing plan(s), available data, documents, programme and desk review reports, annual performance reports and other relevant documents of TB programme in the country.
  • Deliverable 2.3: Facilitate a technical discussion in a national workshop: i) to review the TB epidemiology and TB prevention, care and control situation; ii) to establish a SWOT analysis, to identify the gap in TB control and care in the country; iii) to discuss and formulate the goal(s) and the objectives of the NSP and the key strategic interventions to eliminate TB in the country, involving the NSP Steering Committee members, NTP staff and relevant stakeholders.
  • Deliverable 2.4: Draft the different sections of the NSP based on the outputs of the national workshop, including the pre-final list of the strategic interventions to reach each objective defined; and write in details all the activities and sub-activities needed to develop or implement each strategic intervention.
  • Deliverable 2.5: Proceed with the calculation of the projections needed for the NSP
  • Deliverable 2.6: Full review and finalization of the Core Plan of the NSP
  • Deliverable 2.7: Develop the operational plan, the budget plan and the technical assistance plan of the NSP.
  • Deliverable 2.8: Develop the Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) plan of the NSP
  • Deliverable 2.9: Facilitate the national consensus meeting to approve the five components of the NSP including the M&E plan in order to generate comments and suggestions.
  • Deliverable 2.10: Update and finalize the five plans of the national strategic plan considering the comments and suggestions of national programme, partners and consensus inputs and submit the final report for the accomplished activities and the recommendations

Required Qualifications

Education: Essential: . Master’s degree in public health or Medicine.

  • Desirable: University degree/advanced training in communicable diseases, specially in TB.

  • Experience: At least 10 years’ experience in tuberculosis programme management, with previous experience in conducting/contributing toa TB programme review and developing a national strategic plan for TB.
  • In-depth knowledge with regard to TB and communicable diseases prevention and care in an international and national context, with good understanding of country's needs, priorities and policies, along with WHO's policies, practices, guidelines and procedures in the related areas and ability to apply them in the country office setting.
  • Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Ability to review and revise policies and objectives of assigned program and activities.
  • Excellent knowledge of WHO End TB and TB elimination frameworks and strategies.
  • Experience in using template tools and protocols formulated by WHO and partners for these purposes.
  • International experience is mandatory.

Experience desirable:

Experience in developing other TB relevant documents and products, not mentioned under ‘experience required’ above.

Experience in developing and serving as faculty in TB capacity building elements and trainings

Experience in contributing to multi-stakeholder TB document development, other than mentioned under ‘experience required’ above

Experience in contributing as (co)author to international TB scientific journal publications.

Skills / Technical knowledge

  1. Excellent knowledge of Programme management and evaluation
  2. Excellent Analytical writing skills
  3. Excellent writing and communication skills.
  4. MS office and data analysis packages

Language

  • Advanced knowledge on English.
  • Basic knowledge on Arabic or French is preferable/desirable (based on the country of assignment).

Location

Consultant’s place of residence with possibility to travel to relevant countries if needed.

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.

Additional Information section

    • This vacancy notice is to establish a roster of candidates for similar consultancies at national and international level at the same level.
    • Applicants must ensure that their profiles on Stellis are properly completed and updated.
    • Eligibility to the roster will depend on candidates meeting the minimum requirements for the positions, the terms of references of the assignment.
    • Contract length will depend on programme needs at the time
    • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
    • Successful candidates will be included in the roster for consideration for future contractual as a consultant, as need arises. Inclusion in the roster does not guarantee any future contractual relationship with WHO
    • 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: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
    • Remuneration is based on classified requirements of the terms of reference of the individual consultant contract with related academic and professional experience applied for the grade in accordance with WHO’s consultant’s pay band ranges
    • For information on WHO's operations please visit: http://www.who.int.
    • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
    • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
    • 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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