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Consultant - Rehabilitation and Emergency preparedness & response

Anywhere

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Anywhere
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DD&R)
  • Closing Date: 2022-05-28

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Purpose of consultancy

To strengthen the integration of rehabilitation into emergency preparedness through the development and piloting of a WHO technical product: Integrating Rehabilitation into All Hazard Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management: A toolkit for policy makers and program managers.

Background

The Sendai framework calls for the integration of disaster risk management into all levels of health care (Priority 3,30i), while WHOs 2019 Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Framework includes rehabilitation services in its list of health services to be considered before, during and after emergencies. IASC Guidelines on the Inclusion of Persons with Disability in Humanitarian Action also calls for “the integration of rehabilitation services in all mass casualty and disaster management plans”.

Evidence from WHOs own work on strengthening rehabilitation in health systems shows that rehabilitation is rarely considered as part of emergency preparedness. The Rehabilitation 2030 Call for Action highlights the need for strengthening rehabilitation planning and implementation within emergency preparedness and response. This call recognizes the profound unmet needs for rehabilitation in many countries, especially low- and middle-income countries and those particularly vulnerable to emergencies. Recent events, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, wars in Ukraine and Armenia, fires in Sierra Leone and blasts in Equatorial Guinea and Lebanon have all demonstrated both the huge need for rehabilitation in emergency response, and the considerable work still needed to integrate rehabilitation into all hazard emergency preparedness.
The consultant will develop and pilot a first draft of the WHO Technical Product: Integrating Rehabilitation into All Hazard Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management: A toolkit for policy makers and program managers.

Deliverables

Objective 1: Strengthen the integration of rehabilitation into emergency preparedness through the development and piloting of a WHO toolkit:

  • Deliverable 1.1: Develop a first draft of technical product (2346) Integrating Rehabilitation into All Hazard Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management: A toolkit for policy makers and program managers. Expected Delivery Date: 31 October 2022
  • Deliverable 1.2 Pilot of the toolkit in 2 countries that still need to be decided and prepare a scientific publication on the results of the pilot. Expected Delivery Date: 31 December 2022

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential:

Advanced university degree in a rehabilitation science, such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, or any related field.

Experience:

Essential:

  • More than 5 years of experience in rehabilitation;
  • Previous experience of emergency preparedness on a national or sub national level;
  • Extensive experience of emergency response and coordination, including responses to conflict, outbreak and disaster;
  • Demonstrated experience in the area of development of tools;
  • A track record of publications on rehabilitation in emergency preparedness or response to be attached.

Desirable:

  • Previous experience working with WHO or other UN agencies;
  • Experience of Safe Hospital programs.

Skills/Knowledge:

  • Familiarity with rehabilitation networks and alliances, especially those related to emergency response and coordination;
  • Advanced technical knowledge in public health and rehabilitation;
  • Excellent organization and project management skills;
  • Excellent skills in teamworking and collaboration;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Languages required:

Essential:

Expert knowledge of English.

Location:

Off-site – Home-based.

Travel:

The consultant may be expected to visit the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and to travel to the pilot countries.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):

Remuneration:

Band level B: USD 7,000 - 9,980 per month.

Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):

N/A

Expected duration of contract:

8 months.

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: 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.
  • 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
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