Roster of consultants - Mass gathering, Multiple locations

Organization: WHO - World Health Organization

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva

Office: WHO Geneva, Switzerland

Closing date: Monday, 23 August 2021

Roster of consultants

Mass gathering

( 2103766 )

Grade : No grade

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

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

Job Posting: Aug 9, 2021, 6:34:43 AM

Purpose of the Consultancy

To support countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region to build their capacities for Mass Gatherings.


The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Program is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.

Mass gatherings are events characterized by the concentration of people at a specific location for a specific purpose over a set period of time that have the potential to strain the planning and response resources of the host country or community. Mass gatherings can include a single event or a combination of several events at different venues, can be planned or spontaneous, and have important psychological, social, political, religious, economic, and legacy-generating implications for their attendees. In the context of COVID-19, mass gatherings represent events that could amplify the transmission of the virus and potentially disrupt the host country’s response capacity

The objective of this assignment is to provide Mass Gathering-related technical support to the Eastern Mediterranean Region. The rapidly evolving situation requires additional support to properly respond to the pressing needs of the national authorities regarding mass gathering preparedness to safely host events, as well as provision of related technical capacity building

Duration of the assignment

Start date: Upon request

Duration: 1-12 weeks

Work to be performed

Output 1: To conduct Risk Assessment & Preparedness Assessments for Mass Gatherings in the EMR


1.1 Technically support national risk assessment exercises and evaluating mass gathering related capacities/components with WHO led tools and guidelines

1.2 Develop additional metrics or support diagnostics to support risk assessment and preparedness related metrics at national/sub-national level

1.3 Support performing additional assessments of mass gathering related capacity assessments in-country

1.4 Create tailored plans of actions for targeted capacity building with relevant stakeholders

1.5 Support the strengthening of surveillance systems, data linkages, and the M&E of generated data at national/sub-national level to support effective risk assessment

Output 2: Provision of Expert Training and Exercise Simulation

Deliverables: 2.1 Perform mapping of national training needs in relation to diverse mass gathering capacities within EMR countries

2.2 Deliver diverse technical training related to mass gathering related capacities under IHR capacity building

2.3 Design and deliver technical area simulation exercises and drills for mass gathering related capacities for national counterparts

2.4 Develop action plans for targeted capacity building with relevant stakeholders

Output 3: Contingency Planning

3.1 Perform a review of national mass gathering related legislation, SOPs, and MOUs for identification of areas of increased need, revision or amendment

3.2 Support National Planning for mass gathering planning and facilitate the mapping stakeholders

3.3 Support in the production and drafting of mass gathering specific contingency plans and the operationalization of related SOPs

3.4 Deliver training and drills to support dissemination and compliance with established plans

Output 4: Generating Legacy

4.1 Perform mapping of mass gathering events, inside EMRO and globally

4.2 Facilitate and organize joint discussion amongst relevant technical stakeholders within countries

4.3 Document the process and lessons learned in hosting mass gatherings across EMR countries

4.4 Perform research on mass gathering related research topics, both nationally and Regionally within the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR)

Examples of Relevant Areas of Technical Expertise: International Health Regulations, Contingency Planning, Vector Surveillance and Control, Chemical and Radiation Emergencies, Exercise Simulations, Cross Border Collaboration, Environmental Health, Legislation, Risk Assessment, Conveyance Inspection, Multisectoral Coordination, Emergency Medical Management, Command, control & communication, coordination (C4), Risk Communication, Points of Entry, Health Systems

Technical Supervision

The selected Consultant will work on the supervision of: Manager: Dr Dalia Samhouri, Manager, CPI/WHE


Specific requirements


Essential: Minimum first university degree for lower end of range, and advanced university degree for mid and high end of range in biological science, public health, or related domain,

Desirable: Training in one or more of the following fields: health surveillance, public health, emergency preparedness, emergency medical management, points of entry (ports, airports, ground crossings), food safety.


Essential: 5 to 6 years for lower end of range, 7 to 10 years for mid and high end of range of demonstrated experience working with International Health Regulations (2005), mass gathering preparedness, related emergency public health issues.


Experience working with WHO.

Demonstrated international experience, in particular working at country-level, highly desired


Demonstrated capacity to work within different cultures.

Demonstrated ability to interact in complex situations involving technical, cultural and political elements.

Demonstrated understanding of the IHR (2005).

Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office


Excellent knowledge of English, Essential

Excellent knowledge of Arabic, Desired

Excellent knowledge of French, Desired

Place of assignment

To be determined

Medical clearance

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


The Consultant is expected to travel. Destination and duration of travel will be identified through the progress work identified in countries

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.

Addidtional Information

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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

If your candidature is retained for interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

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Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.

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Consultants shall perform the work as independent contractors in a personal capacity, and not as a representative of any entity or authority. The execution of the work under a consultant contract does not create an employer/employee relationship between WHO and the Consultant.

WHO shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any taxes, duties, social security contributions or other contributions payable by the Consultant. The Consultant shall be solely responsible for withholding and paying any taxes, duties, social security contributions and any other contributions which are applicable to the Consultant in in each location/jurisdiction in which the work hereunder is performed, and the Consultant shall not be entitled to any reimbursement thereof by WHO.

The purpose of this vacancy is to develop a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in this advertised roster. All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) upon conclusion of the selection process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently may be selected for consultancy assignments falling in this area of work or for similar requirements/tasks/deliverables. Inclusion in the Roster does not guarantee selection to a consultant contract. There is no commitment on either side.


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