Consultant for Data Analysis
- Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
- Location: Manila
- Grade: Consultancy - International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
- Information Technology and Computer Science
- Scientist and Researcher
- Closing Date: 2023-03-24
PURPOSE OF THE CONSULTANCY
The consultant will support the work by NCD Prevention (PND) and Health Enabling Society (HES) units, specifically: 1) support data analysis on the prevalence and root causes of NCD risk factors and diseases at regional, national and sub-national levels; 2) support member states to visualize the health inequity at regional, national and sub-national levels; and 3) identify the forecast model for return on investment in health among vulnerable population.
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading causes of death and disability in the Western Pacific Region (WPR) and are a major threat to development. The four main NCDs - cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes, were responsible for 87% of all deaths in 2019. The NCD epidemic affects all countries, but low- and middle-income countries suffer a heavier impact due to limited resources to prevent, diagnose and treat these diseases.
To address the increasing NCD burden and reduce premature deaths from these diseases, WHO developed the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013-2030 (NCD-GAP) and the Western Pacific Regional Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2014-2020 (NCD RAP).
A regional vision paper ‘For the Future: Towards the Healthiest and Safest Region’ endorsed at the 70th Regional Committee Meeting (RCM), presents “NCDs and ageing” as one of the four thematic priorities of the Region and articulates calls from Member States for a new approach in addressing NCDs. It delineates three related areas of NCD work where systematic, strategic, and systems approaches to accelerate progress in the Region will need to be defined: (1) surveillance; (2) upstream determinants; and (3) individual services. To better define these approaches, WPRO recognises the need to strengthen the health systems, enhance whole of society commitment at the highest levels, and address other persistent gaps in the prevention and control of NCDs in the region. It was recommended at the 72nd RCM for WHO to draft a new regional action framework for the prevention and control of NCDs to be tabled before the 73rd RCM in October 2022.
Meanwhile, the accumulating evidence suggests that people’ s health is driven primarily by non-health factors such as education, income, childhood development. Health sector should demonstrate the link between these social determinants of health and people’s health in different settings and facilitate the discussion and implementation of non-health policies, which have significant impact on health.
Start Date: 1 April 2023
End Date: 30 September 2023
WORK TO BE PERFORMED
Support the NCD Prevention (PND) unit:
Output 1 - Conduct situation analysis with quantitative and qualitative analysis, and support Member States to develop a NCD prevention and management policy
Output 2 - Support member states to build in-country capacity to guide sub-national data for policy
Support the Health Enabling Society (HES) unit:
Output 3 - With existing data, conduct a quantitative evaluation of the effects of social determinants on people’s health in a few countries.
Output 4 - Find partner (s) and establish the forecast model to assess the return on investment in health among vulnerable population
METHODS TO CARRY OUT THE ACTIVITY
For Output 1: Collect local indicators on NCD (e.g. disease burden, risk factor, health environment), assemble relevant and valid data, analyse data and prioritize the health gap and opportunities, and facilitate the cross-sectoral dialogue to agree on the best response.
For Output 2: Identify the in-country institute/partner to support the sub-national activities and support the capacity development of identified institute/partner
For Output 3: Collect local data on social determinants (e.g. education, childhood development, employment) and health outcome (e.g. disease burden, life expectancy). Analyze the relationship between social determinants and health outcome.
For Output 4: Identify the partner based on the literature search and expert interviews which owns the forecast model. Discuss the adaptation in the countries in Western Pacific (possibly with the implementation partner in Western Pacific, if needed). Facilitate the collaboration between the partners and Member States, upon request.
Essential: University degree in science, medicine and/or other health-related field from a recognized university.
Desirable: Advanced degree (master or above) in health economics or public health from a recognized university.
Essential: At least 5 years’ experience in economics, health economics, public health, medicine, or health science
Desirable: Experience and has worked on international public health or health research, clinical practice in primary healthcare setting.
TECHNICAL SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE
Data analysis capacity, public health, NCD and/or social determinants of health
Fluent in written and spoken English
Communicating in a credible and effective way
Fostering integration and teamwork
PLACE OF ASSIGNMENT
Manila, Philippines (On-site)
The selected consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.
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