Roster of Consultants - QSP Technical Experts
Purpose of consultancy
Reporting to the Unit Head, Methods and Standards Unit (MST), the consultant will provide guidance for the technical appraisal and coordination of the quality assurance process for all normative and standard-setting (N&S) products that are not guidelines. The consultant is expected to provide expert advice to technical units that are developing N&S products that are not guidelines on process, methods and quality appraisal.
The Quality Assurance of Norms and Standards Department (QNS) sits within the Science Division. Its mandate is structured around four key roles:
1. Ensure that all N&S products meet WHO highest quality standards by providing tailored, state of the art methodological support and guidance
2. Support project teams developing N&S products by ensuring the utmost efficiency of the N&S process
3. Secure maximum country impact by helping to develop fit for purpose N&S products
4. Advance and ensure timely, peer-reviewed, and accessible scientific evidence and information, through the WHO Library and Digital Information Outreach, and the WHO Press
The QNS Department is made up of 5 units: Methods and Standards, Process Efficiency, Product Design and Impact, WHO Library and the Office of the Publisher. Within the department, the Methods and Standards (MST) unit is more specifically dedicated to:
1. Producing and continuously update robust quality-assured methodologies, building upon best practices as well as internal and external expertise
2. Providing tailored methodological support and guidance to Technical Dept. project teams, and consultation with regions
3. Ensuring highest-quality services from technically skilled subject matter experts in a diverse array of standard-setting methods, including but not limited to public engagement, clinical and social epidemiology, modelling, and implementation studies.
To provide technical guidance to the MST team for the operation, maintenance and management of Quality Support Panel and provide consistent, timely and agile support to technical units in the quality appraisal of N&S products that are not guidelines.
Output 1: Provide expert technical advice and guidance to technical units on methodological and procedural issues at initiation, planning, execution and finalization stages go the development of N&S products that are not guidelines.
Deliverable 1.1: Monthly summary of issues raised for technical advice and support from technical units; a list of frequently asked questions and answers updated monthly.
Output 2: Quality appraise all submissions, request clarifications and reply to queries from technical units with submissions to the QSP; attend all meetings of the QSP; finalize the QSP annual report.
Deliverable 2.1: Monthly summary of issues raised, and their resolution reached during reviews of submissions.
Output 3: Evaluate the quality, consistency, timeliness of the appraisals and feedback; evaluate and suggest improvements to the efficiency, effectiveness of the appraisal mechanism; assess the current processes and procedures to meet the needs of WHO.
Deliverable 3.1: Quarterly report on quality, consistency and timeliness of quality appraisals, including recommendations for improvement.
Output 4: Coordinate and organize training, build capacity of technical units, other potential reviewers and contribute to the overall Organizational capacity to develop and quality appraise N&S products; coordinate with Regional and Country Offices for needs assessment and capacity building for the development and review of N&S products.
Deliverable 4.1: Quarterly report on training and other capacity building activities.
Output 5: Propose an implementation plan to build and expand a roster of members and chairs of the QSP with gender balance and diversity in expertise, perspective and geographical representation; implement this plan once approved; evaluate the implementation of the QSP roster of members and chairs.
Deliverable 5.1: Report on the readiness of the Organization for a QSP roster; Implementation plan, and Evaluation plan.
Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
An advanced university degree (corresponding to a Doctorate level degree) in public health, epidemiology, medicine or any related field.
Additional post-graduate training courses in advanced epidemiology and research.
Over 10 years of experience in the development or quality assessment of guidelines, implementation guidance and tools, learning materials, strategic frameworks, research agenda, policy documents public health standards, or other public health normative documents.
Experience with WHO, the UN or other international organizations.
- Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and to deliver high quality written work within short timelines.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Familiarity with software applications used in evidence synthesis and development of normative and standard-setting products (e.g. GRADEpro, MAGICapp, RevMan, Panelview, Covidence)
- Familiarity with WHO technical/administrative systems.
Expert knowledge of English.
Knowledge of French.
Off site: Remote work / home-based
Home-based, though generally expected to overlap with WHO Headquarters Core Hours (9:00-16:00, Central European Standard Time) with strong internet connectivity in order to participate in web-based meetings, as needed.
No travel is expected.
Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):
Pay band level C - USD 10,000 - 12,500 per month
Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):
Expected duration of contract:
6 to 11 months (further extension would be subject to funding availability, satisfactory performance and the needs of the Organization)
Expected start date (for first selection from the roster): 01/01/2022
- 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: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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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.
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- Consultants working in Switzerland must register with the applicable Swiss cantonal tax authorities and social security authorities, within the prescribed timeframes (Guidelines issued by the Swiss Mission are available at: https://www.eda.admin.ch/missions/mission-onu-geneve/en/home/manual-regime-privileges-and-immunities/introduction/Manuel-personnes-sans-privileges-et-immunites-carte-H/Non fonctionnaires et stagiaires.html
For roster VNs:
The purpose of this vacancy is to develop a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in this advertised roster. All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) upon conclusion of the selection process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently may be selected for consultancy assignments falling in this area of work or for similar requirements/tasks/deliverables. Inclusion in the Roster does not guarantee selection to a consultant contract. There is no commitment on either side.