Consultant, Cairo, Egypt

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Egypt

City: Cairo, Egypt

Office: WHO EMRO Cairo

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Monday, 19 October 2020

Consultant P4 (IHP/WHE)

( 2004141 )

Grade : No grade

Contractual Arrangement : Individual service contractor

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 3 months

Job Posting: Oct 12, 2020, 2:09:37 PM

1. Purpose of the Consultancy

Rapid Response Team capacities, operations, and outbreak response capabilities should be monitored and periodically evaluated to identify the gaps and improve the response. However, there is currently no standard performance indicators for apprising RRT operation. These Key performance indicators (KPI) should be developed, applied across the region and adapted for each country to ensure rapid response and appropriate containment of the outbreaks. The initial step to achieve this objective, is to develop a KPI tool to guide the assessment of RRT operation and to use this tool to describe the capacity and operation of national RRT in Eastern Mediterranean region. This information would shape policies in prevention and control of emerging and epidemic prone infections in the Region. The purpose of the work is to develop Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and accompanying tool, and use it to conduct a technical assessment to describe the national/subnational RRTs capacities and operations for all the 22 countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region


The Eastern Mediterranean Region; and its 22 countries continue to be the hotspot for emerging and re-emerging diseases including infectious disease outbreaks, which have a significant impact on health and economic development in the Region. Many outbreaks of emerging and epidemic-prone infections have been reported in the Region during last decade, such as MERS, avian influenza A (H5N1), yellow fever, dengue fever, Chikungunya, RVF, CCHF. To reduce morbidity and mortality associated with these infectious threats, a Rapid Response Team (RRT) should be available at a peripheral level, or at least at a national level in each country. Thus, ensuring the availability of trained, equipped and rapidly deployable national RRTs for early detection and response to emerging disease outbreaks is a national priority to countries in the Region.

Planned timelines (subject to confirmation)

Start date: 01/10/2020

End date: 31/12/2020

Work to be performed

OUTPUT 1: Key Performance Indicators tool to be used to comprehensively evaluate and monitor national/subnational RRT capacities in terms of operations, preparedness, response (pre deployment, deployment, post deployment).

Deliverable 1.1: Conduct a comprehensive desk review of published and unpublished RRT literature, policies, guides, standard operating procedures (SOP), evaluation reports, outbreak investigation reports, after action review reports, and other relevant articles to develop an understanding of current RRT capacity, operation , monitoring and evaluation in the region.

Deliverable 1.2: Develop KPIs and the tool to be used to evaluate and monitor RRT capacities and operations in the region.

OUTPUT 2: A comprehensive report describing national/subnational RRT capacities and operation for the 22 countries of EMR using the developed KPI evaluation tool.

Deliverables 2.1: Use the developed KPI tool to collect real data about the current RRT capacities and operations from all the 22 countries in the EMR.

OUTPUT 3: A manuscript to be published entitled ‚Landscape analysis of national/subnational RRT capacity and operations in EMR‘.

Deliverables 3.1: Prepare a comprehensive report of the findings of the assessment of RRT capacities and operations. The report will be used by EMRO as well as by MSs to identify the gaps related to response capacities and will support information based capacity building plans.

Deliverable 3.2: Develop a scientific manuscript to be published entitled ‚Landscape analysis of national/subnational RRT capacity and operation in EMR‘.

Technical Supervision

The selected Consultant will work on the supervision of: Responsible Officer: Dr Amgad Elkholy, Medical Officer, WHE, IHP


Manager: Dr Abdinasir Abubakar, Program Area Manager, WHE, IHP


Specific requirements

Qualifications required: Essential: University degree in medicine, with Master’s degree in public health

Desirable: Training on epidemiological surveillance and response/outbreak investigation/field epidemiology

Experience required: Essential: At least seven years‘ experience working on the control and prevention of infectious diseases including field experience on response to epidemic disease outbreaks

Skills / Technical skills and knowledge: 1) Knowledge on epidemiology of infectious diseases in the context of the Eastern Mediterranean Region

2) Proven understanding of the management of acute and urgent public health responses, including infectious disease outbreaks.

3) Experience in outbreak investigation and management

4) Experience in managing, building capacity, training and deployment of Rapid Response Teams

Language requirements: Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of Arabic

7. Place of assignment

Online and remote work

8. Medical clearance

The selected Consultant will not be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.

9. Travel

The Consultant is not expected to travel. If the ongoing travel restriction due to COVID-19 improves in the next two months, the consultant is expected to travel in the Regional Office.

Addidtional 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.

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