Consultant (Trauma Operations)- P3, Cairo, Egypt

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Egypt

City: Cairo, Egypt

Office: WHO EMRO Cairo

Closing date: Monday, 16 November 2020

Consultant (Trauma Operations)- P3

( 2004588 )

Grade : No grade

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 7 months

Job Posting: Nov 9, 2020, 12:48:48 PM

..Consultancy: Trauma Advocacy Officer

EMRO WHE Operations

Purpose of the Consultancy: The purpose of the consultancy is to support the regional trauma operational and advisory team (TOpAT), in using multiple advocacy channels to highlight the severity and scale of trauma needs, using qualitative and quantitative data, within the context of conflict settings. The consultant will also play a pivotal role in making recommendations on how to enhance the trauma agenda internally and externally, and build stakeholder engagement.


There are over 133.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance globally, with 80% of that need driven by violent conflict. The Eastern Mediterranean is the most affected region, with 74.8 million in need, representing 56% of the global total. [1] These complex emergencies have also impacted neighbouring countries, either directly or indirectly. Surging migrant and refugee populations further increase the demands on emergency and trauma systems, while the political context and bureaucratic constraints applied by local authorities can constrain strategic and system planning.

Violent injury contributes a substantial disease burden in the region, especially in the on-going conflicts in Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan. High incidence of violent injury requires sophisticated and well-resourced response mechanisms, placing enormous strains on already under-resourced and over-burdened health systems. But traditionally, only a very small number of humanitarian agencies have developed capacities for providing trauma care in conflict settings. Most humanitarian health agencies have not prioritized injury care in conflict because of mandate issues, security concerns and capacity and resource gaps; when non-specialized agencies do engage, it is too often uncoordinated and inconsistent with international standards. But the growing burden of trauma in current-day humanitarian emergencies can no longer be ignored. In several recent major humanitarian operations, WHO therefore has stepped in to lead and coordinate the trauma response.

In spite of the demonstrated effectiveness of WHOs interventions, implementation of trauma services that apply best practice referral pathways and clinical care remains ad hoc and unpredictable, dependent on the technical and financial resources available at the time. WHO is committed to ensure that effective trauma services are consistently established during humanitarian emergencies in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and to use these services to build the longer-term resilience of emergency medical systems.

To do so, in 2020, WHO launched the regional trauma initiative, a high-level, dedicated trauma team that will directly support WHO country offices in preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies that have a trauma component. Although the primary focus with be EMR, the trauma team will also be available for technical and operational support to other WHO activities related to trauma and injury world-wide.

The general objective of the position is to strengthen the monitoring of trauma on the population and increase awareness of trauma needs, advocating for a comprehensive, resourced and coordinated approach across the EMR.

Planned timelines

Start date: 1st December 2020

End date: 1st July 2021

Work to be performed: Under technical supervision of the Regional Trauma Specialist, the Trauma Advocacy Officer will be responsible for the following key outputs:

Output 1. raise the profile of trauma care

Deliverable 1. 1 Liaise with relevant external stakeholders, including partners such as ICRC and MSF and the media to promote WHO’s role in trauma care

Deliverable 1.2 Capture perceptions and reflections on the role or WHO and its move towards a greater operational role in trauma care in conflict settings in the region

Deliverable 1.3 . Provide a summary of recommendations, with clear measurable outcomes, and timeframe in the form of a short operational document

Output 2. Deliverable 2.1. Work with the Regional Trauma Specialist in raising the profile of trauma care in conflict throughout the medical community.

Output 3. building of networks and partnerships across the region amongst leading trauma thinkers

Deliverable 3.1 Conduct a webinar at the regional level cross-fertilization of experiences related to trauma care in conflict

Deliverable 3.2. Submit a draft of the agenda & action plan for this Webinar

Deliverables 3.3. Develop a repository of regional contacts of the leading trauma specialists/institutions and send invites for the webinar. Identify networks to publicize the webinar.

Deliverable 3.4 . Prepare summary of recommendations based on the results of the conducted Webinar for Trauma care

Output 4 deliver a Delphi study on the use of Trauma Stabilisation Points in conflict settings

Deliverable 4.1. Design the study methodology and protocol

Deliverable 4.2 Collaborate with the Regional Trauma Specialist to conduct the Delphi process

Deliverable 4.3. Document the results and outcomes from the Delphi study

Output 5. Raise the awareness on the social determinants of health and trauma outcomes

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Deliverable 5.1 Identify the methodology and study protocol

Deliverable 5.2 Conduct the data collection, analysis and write-up

Technical Supervision

The selected consultant will work under the supervision of: Technical Responsible Officer: Dr. Sara Halimah

Regional Trauma Specialist


Manager: Dr. Mohamed Ali Karim, WHO/ WHE Operations Programme Area Manager


Specific requirements

Qualifications required :

Essential : A first university degree in medicine, human rights or related fields.

Desirable: Master’s degree and/or formal qualification in trauma services or conflict studies

Experience required :

Essential : At least five years hands-on experience in analysis of qualitative data at an international level.

Experience in writing technical reports and advocacy papers.

Work and training experience in low- or middle-income countries.


Demonstrated experience in quantitative analyses of health and health related outcomes and their determinants, preferably trauma and emergency services

Familiarity with WHO policies, strategies and activities related to measurement of health outcomes

Language requirements :

Excellent knowledge English and preferably Arabic

Place of assignment


Medical clearance

The incumbent will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.


No travel will be necessary.

Additional 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.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

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