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Consultant – Technical Support for HWF Data Management, Analysis and Writing

Multiple locations

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: Consultancy - International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: Closed

Purpose of consultancy

The consultant will contribute to the data management, analysis and writing activities as part of the activities of 2023. The support will in particular be on the revision of National Health Workforce Account version 2, on data mining activities on new health workforce indicators, on quality assurance on data reporting process of Mid 2023, and on generating knowledge pieces on health workforce mapping and new evidence.

Background

The Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 (GSHRH) calls for strengthening HRH data through progressive implementation of National Health Workforce Accounts (NHWA) , to support achievement of Universal Health Coverage, Sustainable Development Goals and other health objectives. The NHWA follows a system approach to improve monitoring and reporting of a set of health workforce indicators.

The NHWA was launched in 2017 and a version 2 of the NHWA Handbook will be elaborated to revise and include new potential indicators. During 2022, a series of actions have been launched to gather evidence and guidance to conduct this revision. The NHWA V2 will require: (i) revising list of indicators with new or updated meta-data, sources; (ii) updating content of NHWA handbook, implementation guide, advocacy brochure; (iii) transferring the NHWA guidance documents in electronic format on the NHWA data portal as a single source of information on NHWA. Following this NHWA revision, webinars for NHWA focal points would be needed with a call for new data reporting for the 2023’ round of reporting. As a complementary data triangulation and data mining activities, based on the newly defined indicators in NHWA version 2, new data sources would be explored required to identify existing publicly available data reported by various stakeholders, collecting them and proposing these for inclusion in the next NHWA data cycle using NHWA V2 definitions. Lastly, these new data would be included in the annual data quality checking.

Using data reported through NHWA, data sources as part of the InterAgency Data Exchange, and through other stakeholders, at least two analytical pieces would be developed on health workforce mapping and on generation of new evidence on health workforce. This would include synthesis of evidence from activities on Public Health and Emergency workforce mapping.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had and continue to have several negative impacts to health and care workers. These impacts are monitored through various means including through ongoing living systematic reviews, Workforce Intelligence from Open Sources, and through various data monitoring scheme such as those used to capture Covid-19 infection and death, or to capture vaccination coverage, which both include data on health workforce. Analytics from these two sources have resulted in publication of the situation in 2020-2021, and these would be updated for 2022.

Deliverables:

  • Deliverable 1 - NHWA revision toward version 2 - expected by 31 August 2023.
    • Deliverable 1.1 - Revising indicators: To finalize the description writing of indicators selected for NHWA version 2, provide for each indicator numerator and denominator definition, with references and sources - expected by 31 May 2023.
    • Deliverable 1.2 - Updating NHWA documents: To revise the content of NHWA handbook, of the implementation guide, and of the advocacy brochure to account for revision suggested by the Technical Expert Group. These revisions will be conducted under supervision of DEK unit with input from health workforce department - expected by 30 June 2023.
    • Deliverable 1.3 - Inclusion of NHWA guidance in electronic format: To format adequately and transfer of the NHWA guidance documents into an electronic format on the NHWA data portal as a single source of information on NHWA. To ensure that references and links are properly included to enable a live document.) – expected by 31 August 2023.
  • Deliverable 2 - Generation of new data for NHWA version 2 - expected by 30 November 2023.
    • Deliverable 2.1 - Support to NHWA focal point on NHWA version 2 indicators: To participate in capacity building activities with NHWA focal points through facilitating two webinars. To provide technical support to countries on the NHWA reporting - expected by 30 June 2023.
    • Deliverable 2.2 - Data mining: To conduct data mining activity, by searching through publicly available data sources, to identify data compatible with NHWA. To l put a particular focus on the newly identified indicators for NHWA version 2. These data would be extracted with meta-data on original sources, formatted and stored into database or spreadsheet and after review with DEK unit, will be included in the NHWA online platform - expected by 31 August 2023.
    • Deliverable 2.3 - Data quality assurance: To contribute to the annual data quality assurance of the NHWA data. This will consist in reviewing systematically data entered on NHWA platform for specific indicators (stock, distribution, education statistics). To use statistical analytics and tools to identify outliers and potential divergences of the reported data - expected by 30 November 2023.
  • Deliverable 3 - Health workforce evidence and knowledge generation - expected by March 2024
    • Deliverable 3.1 - Health workforce mapping: To contribute to the health workforce mapping activities for OneHealth and for the Public Health and Emergency workforce. To elaborate synthetic tables and write-up summarizing findings. To provide technical support to country on health workforce mapping conducted during implementation of the roadmap on public health and emergency workforce - expected by December 2023.
    • Deliverable 3.2 - New analytical pieces and updates: To develop analytical pieces and/or update existing analytical pieces with updated health workforce data collected through NHWA. With input from DEK team, these analytical pieces would be summarized in draft article for peer-reviewed journals - expected by December 2023.
    • Deliverable 3.3 - Assessment of Covid-19 impact to health and care workers: To conduct statistical analysis on Covid-19 impact to health and care workers. To update analytics on infection and deaths among health and care workers after June 2021, as well as vaccination coverage statistics of health and care workers after 2021 - expected by December 2023.
    • Deliverable 3.4 - Support DEK activities: To provide technical expertise to DEK activities, including regular reporting on various activities. To provide statistical input to activities of the HWF department upon needs – expected by March 2024.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential:

  • Advanced (Master level) degree in Statistics, Economics, Demography or other quantitative disciplines.

Experience

Essential:

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in conducting data management, data analysis, evidence generation and publication in scientific literature on health topic(s).

Skills/Knowledge:

  • Good statistical skills applied to health data demonstrated by analysis conducted in scientific publications.
  • Good understanding of the international classification of occupations.
  • Good writing skills with demonstrated publication of studies in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Good knowledge of statistical software such as STATA, SPSS, SAS or R.

Languages required:

Essential:

Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable:

Intermediate knowledge of French.

Location

Off-site: Home based.

Travel

The consultant is expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):

Remuneration:

Band level B-USD 7000 - 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:

11 months. Expected start date: May 2023.

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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  • 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 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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