Monitoring and surveillance of noncommunicable diseases - Consultant Roster
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
1. Purpose of the Position
The purpose of the consultancy is to provide support to WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable diseases in the area of monitoring and surveillance.
2. Organizational context
The European Office for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD Office) in Moscow is an integral part of the WHO Regional Office for Europe and plays a leading role in providing support to Member States in the WHO European Region for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The work of the NCD Office is driven by the strategic objectives of the European Programme of Work (EPW) in reducing burden, increasing equity, and stepping up leadership for prevention and control of NCDs and plays in important contribution towards the attainment of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), while putting countries in the focus by responding to demands for support. The deliverables of the Office are contributing to the implementation of the Global Action Plan on the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2030 as well as the respective and related European policy frameworks. As such, and under the guidance of the Director of Country Health Programmes, the NCD Office will also collaborate in projects of a Regional or Global nature that are consistent with its technical profile.
Monitoring and surveillance of NCDs is one of the areas of work of the NCD Office. This includes development of specific NCD-related sources of data in countries, collating of data at national and sub-national level and their feeding in to the regional and global monitoring frameworks. NCD office is responsible for several major, comprehensive data sources, including WHO STEPwise approach for Surveillance (STEPS), an integrated, population based risk factor survey, Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) and Country Capacity and Response Survey (CCS), which collects data on policy response from all WHO Member States. NCD office regularly collates, curates and analyses a regional dataset related to NCDs, including mortality, disease burden, risk factors, health systems and policy response, and other.
3. Description of duties
• Health situation and policy analysis related to NCDs. Examples could include:
o Contributing to and writing reports and publications based on STEPS (Published reports are available from https://www.who.int/teams/noncommunicable-diseases/surveillance/data), COSI (e.g. https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/noncommunicable-diseases/obesity/publications/2021/who-european-childhood-obesity-surveillance-initiative-cosi-report-on-the-fourth-round-of-data-collection,-20152017-2021) and NCD Country Capacity Survey dataset
o Contributing to and writing reports and publications describing regional and country specific progress towards NCD related SDGs, GPW13 and EPW indicators and targets (e.g. https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/noncommunicable-diseases/pages/who-european-office-for-the-prevention-and-control-of-noncommunicable-diseases-ncd-office/data-publications-and-tools/data-publications-and-tools-monitoring-and-surveillance/publications-and-tools-supported-by-the-ncd-office/monitoring-noncommunicable-disease-commitments-in-europe.-theme-in-focus-progress-monitor-indicators-2017)
o Contributing to and developing fact sheets based on above mentioned datasets
• Report writing and data interpretation
• Writing of meeting reports
• Quantitative data analysis
• Contribution to organization of meetings and country missions, for example NCD health systems assessments (https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/Health-systems/health-systems-response-to-ncds/publications/country-assessments)
• Writing of scientific publications based on above mentioned datasets
4. Recruitment Profile
The minimum academic and professional experience required to apply for the roster is outlined below. The actual grade for each individual contract will be determined in accordance with WHO guidelines on minimum requirements at the time of contract issuance.
Functional Knowledge and Skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Scientific writing
• Strong analysis and data interpretation skills
• Strong analytical skills
• Knowledge of at least one statistical package (e.g. STATA, EpiInfo, R, SPSS)
• Broad knowledge of public health, health data and policies
• Fluency in using Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
• Knowledge of NCD policies
• Data visualization skills
• Gender analysis
• Qualitative data analysis
Essential: First university degree in Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Sciences, Communication, Anthropology, Demography, Biostatistics / Statistics, Information Management, Science or related field.
Desirable: Relevant graduate or postgraduate degree in one of the above mentioned fields
Essential: At least five years of relevant work experience related to data analysis and interpretation, preferably in international setting and with UN agencies.
Essential: Expert knowledge of English
Desirable: Knowledge of Russian, German, French or another official UN or European language
5. Contract duration
This consultancy can be completed at the NCD Office in Moscow, Russian Federation, or remotely.
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:
Band Level A, daily rate: USD 198 - 349
Band Level B, daily rate: USD 350 - 499
Band Level C, daily rate: USD 500 - 625
8. Additional information
Interested applicants must submit a publication record. This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions.
A written test and / or interview may be used as a form of screening.
Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.