World Health Organization (WHO)

Consultant (Provide Technical Expertise to Public Health Laboratory Strengthening in EMR)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description

  Purpose of the consultancy The main objective of this consultancy is to provide technical expertise to laboratory activities related to national laboratory quality, laboratory workforce and bioinformatics in line with the Strategic Framework for Strengthening Health Laboratory Services (2016 – 2023).

Background Laboratories are a fundamental part of Health Systems and contribute directly to the improvement of Health Services. Not only are reliable and timely laboratory results critical elements of treatment and Disease Surveillance, they also inform public health decisions concerning health Security, national development and fulfilment of Member State responsibilities under the International Health Regulations (IHR, 2005). The important role laboratories play in health security by providing test results, surveillance and characterization of pathogens is highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In October 2016, the 63rd session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean endorsed the Strategic Framework for Strengthening Health Laboratory Services (2016 – 2020) which was extended until 2023 during the 67th session of the committee. The strategic framework guides Member States in developing and improving sustainable national health laboratory systems.

Planned timelines Start date: 01/03/2021 End date: 31/12/2021 Work to be performed Output 1: Provide training in laboratory quality management to countries using updated training materials.

Deliverable 1.1: Review, update and streamline the current laboratory quality management system training package.

Deliverable 1.2: Organize and facilitate laboratory quality management system trainings for countries in the region.

Output 2: Describe the health laboratory workforce in the region.

Deliverable 2.1: Develop, conduct and analyze a health laboratory workforce survey for all countries in the region.

Deliverable 2.2: Write a summary report of the health laboratory workforce survey findings and conclusions.

Deliverable 2.3: Facilitate the roll-out of the Global Laboratory Leadership Program (GLLP).

Output 3: Provide technical expertise to countries in the region with bioinformatics. Deliverable 3.1: Develop a bioinformatics training package for laboratory personnel. Deliverable 3.2: Organize and facilitate a regional bioinformatics training.

Required Qualifications Education: Master’s degree in laboratory-based Life Sciences or microbiology.

Experience: Minimum 7 years’ experience in practice and management of public health laboratory services. Experienced in providing trainings is desirable.

Skills / Technical knowledge Technical knowledge and practical experience with microbiological laboratory work.

Language English proficiency (read, write and speak) Arabic and/or French is considered a plus.

Location The consultant will be based in EMRO.

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

Travel (If travel is involved, a medical certificate of fitness for work will be required.) 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. Remuneration and budget (travel costs excluded) Remuneration: International Consultant (P4 level) Additional Information section
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