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Integrated Vector Control Response Strategy Plan Consultancy- Roster

Multiple locations (Multiple locations)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-27

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  1. Area of expertise:

Integrated Vector Control Response Strategy Plan

  1. Purpose of consultancy

This consultancy is aiming to support the Ministries of Health of Somalia and Somaliland to develop an integrated vector control response strategy plan including Larval Source Management (LSM) guidelines, to guide implementation of vector surveillance and vector control activities, to control and prevent of transmission of the major vector-borne diseases in Somalia and Somaliland.

  1. Background

Malaria, Aedes-borne diseases, visceral leishmaniasis and schistosomiasis are the reported major vector-borne diseases of public health significance in Somalia and Somaliland. In addition, the recent detection of the invasive Asian urban malaria vector, Anopheles stephensi in Somalia and Somaliland increase the threat of urban malaria outbreaks due to the establishment of this invasive malaria vector.

Vector control has been proven to control and prevent the transmission of these major vector-borne diseases when implemented well. In 2017, WHO launched the Global Vector Control Response (GVCR) 2017-2030, which calls on countries and development partners to strengthen vector control through an integrated approach as fundamental to preventing disease and responding to outbreaks. In the Eastern Mediterranean Region, a Regional Plan of action 2019-2023 has been prepared for implementation of the GVCR and countries are urged to update and develop an integrated vector control strategy in line with the GVCR, to address all the major endemic vector-borne diseases including invasive disease vectors. Therefore, Somalia and Somaliland will proceed with support from WHO to develop the National Integrated Vector Control Strategy and contribute on the collective efforts along with other regional countries to realize achieving EMRO Vector Control response targets

  1. Outputs/ Deliverables

Output 1: Support the Ministries of Health of Somalia FMOH and Somaliland MOHD to develop the integrated vector surveillance and control strategic plan

Deliverable 1.1:

  1. To review and finalize the findings of the vector control needs assessment
  2. To coordinate the establishment of an inter-ministerial steering committee for multisectoral engagement in vector control
  3. To develop the draft strategy for integrated vector surveillance and control for Somalia and Somaliland
  4. To support the finalization of the strategy for integrated vector surveillance and control after review and finalization in a consensus workshop for Somalia and Somaliland
  5. To update the disease vector distribution maps
  6. To facilitate two virtual workshops for 20 – 25 participants to finalize the integrated vector surveillance and control for Somalia and Somaliland along with LSM guidelines

Output 2: To develop guidelines for the Larval Source Management strategy (LSM) in Somalia and Somaliland as part of the integrated vector control response strategy.

Deliverable 2.1:

  1. To review the assessment of the use different LSM interventions; larval habitat modification and use of fish (larvivores fish) in Somalia and Somaliland and documents lesson learned
  2. To finalize the LSM guidelines

  1. Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

  • Essential: Post-graduate degree in Public health, Medical Entomology/Biology of Parasites control and Vector Diseases

Experience

Essential:

7 to 10 years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in public health and vector-borne diseases;

Experience in health and health-related strategic planning;

Previous experience on analysing Somalia and/or countries with similar contexts and main actors, including institutional authorities;

Desirable: experience in developing integrated / vector control strategies and plans, especially Malaria in developing countries

Skills/Knowledge:

  • Report-writing skills ;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Excellent communication and time-management capacity;
  • Skills implementing vector control

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

Excellent knowledge in English; Knowledge of the Local Language (Somali) will be an asset .

  1. Location

Offsite consultancy

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

Band level B

    1. Expected duration of contract (Maximum contract duration is 11 months per calendar year): to be decided

Additional Information (For HR use only):

  • 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.
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply on-line. For assessment of your application, please ensure that your profile on Stellis is updated; all experience records are entered with elaboration on tasks performed at the time. Kindly note that CV/PHFs inserted via LinkedIn are not accessible.
  • 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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  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • 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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