World Health Organization (WHO)

Preventive Chemotherapy Neglected Tropical Diseases Regional Programme Review Group

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description

SPECIAL NOTE: TO ENSURE INDEPENDENCY OF THE ADVICE AND RECOMMENDATIONS RPRG MEMBERS CANNOT BE CONSULTANTS FOR ESPEN TEAM. RECRUITED MEMBERS WILL HAVE SOLELILY A MEMBERSHIP RESPONSIBILITY TO THE RPRG. THEY WILL NOT BE WHO STAFF MEMBERS. THE MEMBERSHIP IS NON- REMUNERATED. HOWEVER, MEETING PARTICIPATION WILL BE COVERED BY A DAILY ALLOWANCE COVERING HOTEL COSTS AND AIR TICKET. BACKGROUND Effective Coordination of programme reviews and guidance is crucial for speeding up progress to eliminate targeted Preventive Chemotherapy Neglected Tropical Diseases (PC-NTDs) in the African region. The Regional Strategy on NTDs in the WHO African Region 2014-2020 and the Regional Resolution on NTD (AFR/RC63/R6) were adopted at the 63rd session of the Regional Committee in September 2013, following a similar resolution by the WHA in May 2013. Achieving the ambitious goals adopted in these resolutions require coordinated programme strategies and harmonized cross border interventions in order to ensure better impact across the countries in the African region. In addition, the current momentum to accelerate the elimination of PC-NTDs and the commitments from donors, pharmaceutical companies and other partners are increasing the need to harmonize operational guidance and enhance accountability for results in countries. Following recommendations from the ESPEN governance review 2018, the following terms of reference outlines the revised structure of the PC-NTD Regional Programme Review Group (PC-NTD RPRG) for the 2019-2021 period. OBJECTIVES The PC-NTD RPRG aims to support the control and elimination of targeted NTDs by providing strategic and technical advice to national NTD programmes and guiding efforts toward the achievement of the NTD targets and goals for 2020 and beyond. In alignment with the WHO/NTD Strategic and Technical Advisory Group recommendations, the PC-NTD RPRG will advise the WHO Regional Office for Africa and its Member States on overall adequacy of country and regional strategies and progress towards milestones and targets for the control and elimination of PC-NTDs. TERMS OF REFERENCE The PC-NTD RPRG shall provide advice to the ESPEN Secretariat and countries’ NTD programmes. They are thus expected: 1. To review progress towards regional and country goals and milestones and assess the overall adequacy of responsiveness to the regional policies and strategies of interventions required for achieving regional NTD programme targets and goals. 2. To provide technical guidance to countries in order to accelerate the achievement of regional NTD programme targets and goals. 3. To identify opportunities for operational research issues arising from the challenges on implementation of national programmes. 4. To guide the national advocacy and domestic resource mobilization strategies to enhance national ownership and program sustainability. MEMBERSHIP The PC-NTD RPRG shall be composed of a group of at least 20 experts representing a broad range of NTD and health system disciplines. Together, these 20 experts will represent the AFRO region with each sub-region (Central Africa, West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa) being embodied by a sub-committee composed of 5 members. In each sub-committee, 5-10 experts will be selected. The Director, WHO Regional Office for Africa shall appoint all members of this revised RPRG for a renewable period of two A staff member of the ESPEN Secretariat will be assigned to each sub-group to act as a focal point. The members of PC-NTD RPRG have a responsibility to provide the ESPEN Secretariat and AFRO with high quality, impartial, well considered reviews, recommendations and guidance on matters listed in the terms of reference above, in support of efforts to accelerate progress towards regional targets for the control, elimination and eradication of PC-NTDs. Membership to the RPRG is based on recognized expertise in relevant areas and PC-NTD RPRG members should not have any conflict of interest with other related bodies. The RPRG members will be selected among experts based on the countries on each sub-region. TO ENSURE INDEPENDENCY OF THE ADVICE AND RECOMMENDATIONS RPRG CANNOT BE ALSO CONSULTANTS FOR ESPEN. RECRUITED MEMBERS WILL NOT BE WHO STAFF, MEMBERSHIP TO THE RPRG IS NOT A JOB POSITION WITH THE WHO, AND THERE IS NO REMUNERATION ATTACHED TO THIS MEMBERSHIP. The RPRG is composed of members willing to volunteer their time and move the AFRO region closer to the elimination of PC-NTDs by creating value through collaboration across stakeholders. Observers may attend meetings with prior approval of the ESPEN Secretariat. Requests for observer status should be submitted in advance of every meeting. Observers shall not participate in the discussions unless invited to do so by the session chair and have no voting status. The PC-NTD RPRG is expected to perform its normative functions and respond to issues identified by the Executive Secretariat on an ad-hoc basis as well as when sitting as a committee. Modus Operandi Each sub-committee will meet at least once a year to conduct programme reviews within the sub-region. Each sub-Committee will be chaired by one expert. Each sub-Committee will communicate online (through the ESPEN portal reserved area and through e-mail) and over the phone as needed. Communication with countries will be done through the ESPEN Secretariat and WHO country offices. Each chair of sub-committees and ESPEN focal person will meet once a year with ESPEN and international experts and partners attending the meeting as observers to discuss the progress and main challenges in the sub-region. Matters that require disease specific expertise will also be elevated to disease specific committees such as the OTS (Onchocerciasis Technical advisory Subgroup). The ESPEN Secretariat shall organize quarterly teleconferences with each sub-committee chair. After each meeting country specific advice will be provided, recorded, shared with the MoH and made publically available through the ESPEN portal. Follow up items will be identify and followed up by ESPEN Secretariat. QUALIFICATIONS Competencies:
  • Producing results in programme review

  • Building and promoting partnerships among the PC-NTD stakeholders

  • Communicating in a credible and effective way

  • Ensuring effective use of resources for PC-NTDs

  • Essential: Advanced university degree (Masters level or above) in medicine, public health or related fields

  • Postgraduate degree in public health, Disease Control or epidemiology.

  • Desirable: Good academic record with at least 2 scientific publications as first author in international, peer-reviewed journals or track record in NTD control programmes in Africa

Experience: Essential: A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the management of research or implementation of large scale parasitic disease control/elimination programmes at national and international levels Desirable: Knowledge of neglected tropical diseases epidemiology, and experience in bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies practices. Languages: Excellent knowledge of English or French or Portuguese Other Skills: Computer skills including knowledge Microsoft office and use of spread sheets.
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