SHORT TERM CONSULTANCY (STC) – MME PROJECT SPECIALIST FOR TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO NATIONAL MALARIA CONTROL PROGRAMMES IN THE GMS COUNTRIES

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Organization: World Health Organization
Closing date: 15 Dec 2020

https://www.ungm.org/Public/Notice/118848

1. BACKGROUND

In order to accelerate Malaria Elimination in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), it was agreed that WHO should strengthen its role in technical support at the provincial level in the 5 GMS countries – Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam – to:

  1. Strengthen program coordination and provide technical support to ensure full implementation of Malaria National Strategic Plan interventions; and
  2. Implement an aggressive approach to deploy interventions to impact risk and deplete parasite reservoirs in populations with highest risk of malaria;

In order to fulfil this role, WHO/MME (Mekong Malaria Elimination) is recruiting 4 project specialists to work in the frame of the Intensification Plan for Reducing the Malaria Burden Among Forest Goers and Hard to Reach Populations (Intensification Plan). One project specialist will be the responsible for the GMS Region and the others will be based at the country level. The project specialist will be responsible to plan, monitor, report and timely support field work at central level in close collaboration with the National Malaria Control Programmes (NMCPs).

Duration: from 01 January 2021 to 31 December 2021 with possible extension of 12 months, depending on available funds

The GMS Project Specialist consultant will monthly travel to the GMS counties (capital and provincial level) to launch the Intensification Plan in the region while the Country Project Specialists will extensively travel to high burden targeted areas of their respective countries. In addition they will travel to other GMS countries for ad hoc epidemiological support.

2. PURPOSE AND DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES TO BE CARRIED OUT

  1. Support the Intensification Plan assessment in the five GMS countries
  2. Support the epidemiologists and field staff involved in the Intensification Plan
  3. Coordination and collaboration with National Malaria Control Programmes and partners at the central level

  4. Improve communication between National Malaria Control Programmes, WHO and partners, including development of technical reports and presentations

  5. Provide technical support the NMCPs to define the most appropriate aggressive interventions to accelerate malaria elimination

  6. Strengthen the overall capacity of all national programmes to be eligible to WHO requirements for malaria free certification by 2023.

3. DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES TO BE CARRIED OUT

Support the Intensification Plan assessment in the five GMS countries: launch the intensification plan in the region to accelerate malaria elimination

Activity 1: Coordinate with the NMCPs of each country to define the best strategy to commence the implementation of the Intensification Plan in each country and deploy epidemiologists and field staff based on epidemiological needs

Activity 2: Coordination between the GMS and the Country Project Specialists to assess an homogenous plan adapted to each country

Activity 3: Monthly travel of the GMS Project Specialist to the GMS countries to strengthen collaboration with NMCPs and partners and ad hoc support of the Country Project Specialists in other GMS countries

Activity 4: Extensive travels of the Country Project Specialist to the provincial levels to support the epidemiologist and field staff based at the peripherical level

Coordination and collaboration with National Malaria Control Programmes and partners at the central level to plan, monitor, and report the assessment of the intensification plan and highlight challenges and bottlenecks

Activity 1: Plan monthly joint field visits with the NMCPs and partners to observe progress, challenges and provide adapted recommendations

Activity 2: Monitor the implementation of the intensification plan activities

Activity 3: Monthly reports on the epidemiological situation and the implementation of malaria activities in the GMS region (GMS Project Specialist) and in each of the GMS countries (Country Project Specialist)

Activity 4: Draft reports to the UNOPS and The Global Fund including the necessary reprogramming requests when needed **

Support NMCPs to define the most appropriate aggressive interventions to accelerate malaria elimination and strengthen the overall capacity of all national programmes to be eligible to WHO requirements for malaria free certification by 2023.

Activity 1: Collaborate with NMCPs to define the situation and define the most appropriate aggressive interventions

Activity 2: Close work with GMP in the definition of the WHO requirements for malaria free certification

4. METHODS TO CARRY OUT THE ACTIVITY AND LIST OF OUTPUTS

Each consultant will be based in WHO Country Office and will be responsible for the following deliverables in support to the NMCPs to accelerate malaria elimination in the GMS region:

Output 1: Support the Intensification Plan assessment in the five GMS countries

· Deliverable 1.1: Plan team activities at the region (GMS Project Specialist) and country level (Country Project Specialists)**

· Deliverable 1.2: Produce biannual technical reports on the assessment of the implementation of emergency response plan by travelling to priority provinces (including epidemiology, logistics, and operations)

Output 2: Coordination and collaboration with the National Malaria Control Programmes and partners at the central level

· Deliverable 2.1: Plan monthly joint field visits with the NMCPs and partners in targeted areas based on the epidemiology

· Deliverable 2.2: Monitoring of the malaria implementing activities

· Deliverable 2.3: Monthly reporting of the region situation with details for each country

· Deliverable 2.4: Financial and technical report every semester to submit to UNOPS and The Global Fund

Output 3: Appropriate aggressive interventions to accelerate malaria elimination and eligibility to WHO requirements for malaria free certification by 2023

· Deliverable 3.1: 5 countries supported by WHO to implement the intensification plan, with at least 2 of them implementing aggressive approaches in Year 1

· Deliverable 3.2: 5 countries supported by WHO to implement the intensification plan, with at least 4 of them implementing aggressive approaches in Year 2

5. QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

EDUCATION

Essential: University degree in medicine, science or equivalent with postgraduate degree in public health or epidemiology from an accredited/recognized institute.

EXPERIENCE

Essential: Minimum 2 years of relevant work experience required. An experience in WHO or other UN Organizations, working on communicable diseases is desirable.

Desirable: working as team leader in a low-middle income country

TECHNICAL SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE

LANGUAGES

Good knowledge of English is essential (Read-Write-Speak). Basic knowledge of Khmer/Vietnamese/Thai desirable.

COMPETENCIES

  • Teamwork and Leadership
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Moving forward in a changing environment

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

DUTY STATION: Multi-station in the GMS Region

ORGANIZATION: WHO Western Pacific Regional Office or WHO South-East Asia Regional Office

TYPE OF CONTRACT: Short Term Consultancy
APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 15th 2020 (1700 – GMT8)
START DATE: January 1st 2021
DURATION OF CONTRACT: 12 months with possibility of extension according to available funds

Place of assignment

Locations:
The project specialist will be based at WHO Country Offices accordingly to the assigned country and travel extensively (at least 50% of their time) at the provincial level. The travel location will be subjected to changes, accordingly to the epidemiology and needs in the GMS Region.

Medical clearance
The selected consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.

Travel
Frequent travels and long stay to provinces is expected.

*All travel arrangements will be made by WHO – WHO will not be responsible for tickets purchased by the Consultant without the express, prior authorization of WHO. While on mission under the terms of this consultancy, the Consultant will receive subsistence allowance.*

*Visas requirements: it is the consultant’s responsibility to fulfil visa requirements and ask for visa support letter(s) if needed. WHO Country Office Cambodia will facilitate the procedures to obtain official visa.*

How to apply:

APPLICATIONS

Qualified and interested specialists should submit their CV {for individual contractors} or Company Profile {for institutional applications} and Expression of Interest {cover letter} together with the monthly rate in (USD) to the Supply Officer through WP RO UNGM at < wproungm@who.int > by 15 December 2020 (1700H GMT8)

The cover letter should outline how their experience and qualifications make them a suitable candidate for this position and should include their proposed daily consultancy fee and availability.



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