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Consultant - Primary Health Care

Male (Maldives)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Male (Maldives)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-27

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1. Purpose of consultancy

The consultant will provide technical and policy support to strengthen Primary Health Care (PHC) services for overall strengthening of the health service delivery system of the Maldives.

2. Background

COVID-19 has restated importance of building a resilient health system and achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The three inter-related components of PHC are integral to achieve UHC. This includes comprehensive integrated health services that embrace primary care as well as public health goods and functions as central pieces; multi-sectoral policies and actions to address the wider determinants of health; and empowering individuals, families, and communities for increased social participation and enhanced self-care and self-reliance in health. PHC is the most inclusive, equitable and efficient approach to enhance people’s physical and mental health, as well as social well-being.

The government of Maldives is committed to decentralize the existing health system and to execute this health sector reform, the Ministry of Health Maldives is working towards operationalizing an appropriate Primary Health Care (PHC) model that will deliver people centered services through life course approach. The PHC model will be in line with the government’s suburbanization efforts under National Spatial Plan and Integrated National Public Ferry Network, in which the country will be divided into 3 Regions, and each region further divided into two zones, and each zone will be divided into clusters.

WHO Country Office of Maldives is supporting the Ministry of Health Maldives as the lead technical agency on health to revitalize the PHC in Maldives in line with the South East Asia regional strategy for primary health care.

The consultant is required to support Ministry of Health in their current efforts to revitalize the primary healthcare services across the country.

3. Objectives and Deliverables


  • To conceptualize, plan and support in coordinating of assessments and surveys of Health facilities at island and atoll levels.
  • To support the MoH and WCO Maldives to country contextualize the package of Essential Services for Maldives based on the Maldivian Health Services and Primary Health care Revitalization plans.
  • To support the MoH and WCO Maldives develop and operationalize the service delivery model to provide the package of essential services at health facilities.
  • To conceptualize, plan and support in coordinating of a Training Needs Analysis for healthcare workers in support of the PHC revitalization.
  • To support the MoH and WCO Maldives to develop a comprehensive HR development plan for service delivery at primary healthcare settings.
  • To support the MoH and WCO Maldives to develop a supportive supervision and M&E framework for PHC


  • Take part in PHC Steering Committee meetings organized for PHC revitalization in Maldives
  • Health Facility Survey Report for the Island and Atoll level health care services
  • A country contextualized Package of Essential Services built on the Maldivian Health Services and Primary Health care revitalization plans
  • An operationalized service delivery model drafted to deliver the package of services at island and atoll level
  • A Primary Health Care workforce training needs analysis report
  • Draft of a comprehensive HR development plan for HCW’s in PHC
  • A supportive supervision and M&E framework for the revitalized PHC

4. Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential: Bachelors degree in Medicine or related sciences with advance degree in Public Health.

Desirable: MD / PhD in Public Health or related field.



At least 7 years of work experience in the area of public health or health systems strengthening including that of PHC reorganization, work on developing of package of essential services for PHC and operationalization of service delivery models to deliver the package of essential services including M&E frameworks.

Experience on assessments on Universal Health Coverage at population level and Health Systems including PHC service delivery at national level.

Experience on undertaking Training Needs Analysis and development of Human Resources for Health Development plans for national and subnational levels.


National or International work experience in primary health care with special focus on health systems, human resources, essential service packages and operationalization of service delivery models.



Strong analytical skills with conceptual understanding of Universal Health Coverage and Primary Healthcare

Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills


Demonstrated ability to maintain effective relationship with a wide range of stakeholders in government and beyond

Languages and level required (Basic/Intermediate/Advanced):

Essential: Expert knowledge of English

5. Location

On site: WHO Country Office – Male, Maldives

6. Travel


7. Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):

a. Remuneration: Pay band level B - USD - (7000 – 9980 USD / month)

b. Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited): USD 177 / day

c..Expected duration of contract: 6 months (1 February to 31 July 2022)

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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