Innovation and Research (INR) Consultant, Manila, Philippines

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Philippines

City: Manila

Office: WHO WPRO Manila

Innovation and Research (INR) Consultant

( 2301935 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 5 months

Job Posting: Feb 27, 2023, 8:32:42 AM

Terms of Reference

Purpose of the Consultancy

The purpose of this project is to support the development of a compendium of case studies on innovation in the Western Pacific Region, specifically:

perform research and literature review as necessary to capture relevant information related to the studies

support the design of interview questions, conduct interviews with relevant stakeholders to collect data

support the analysis and interpretation of data from interview and literature review

support the writing of case studies

support on other related activities that may be pertinent to these terms of reference


The Data, Strategy and Innovation (DSI) Group was set up in 2019 in the Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) in response to the Regional Director’s white paper "For the Future" and focuses on innovation, data and strategic engagement with countries on health systems transformation. The Innovation and Research unit (INR) under DSI is mandated to provide support to Member States in harnessing innovation to develop future-proof health systems.

It is proposed at RC73 that a Regional Innovation Strategy shall be developed for the Western Pacific Region, a strategy inspired by the myriads of health innovation happening in the Region and the role of public sector in accelerating health innovation. In preparation of the Strategy document, a compendium of case studies will be produced to capture health innovations led by the public sector. Through the identification and analysis of challenges and enabling factors in the innovation process from ideation to implementation, lessons can be drawn to serve other Member States facing similar challenges. The finished case studies are expected to be 3-6 pages in length following a consistent template provided by the INR unit.

Planned timelines

Start date: 20 March 2023 (subject to confirmation)

End date: 14 July 2023

During the contract period, the consultant is expected to work for 50 working days.

Work to be performed

The work shall be performed virtually. The service provider is required to:

Prepare, implement and document interviews and group discussions with relevant stakeholders involved in case study projects

Conduct background research

Collect, analyse, and interpret data

Develop detailed case studies consistent with the template provided

Assist the communication with internal stakeholders involved in case study production

Submit the final case studies

Objective: Case studies

Output 1.1: Support the preparation, execution, and summarization of interviews with stakeholders involved in identified cases on health innovation

Deliverable 1.1: Develop 10-12 short case studies on health innovation

Technical supervision

The selected contractor will work under the supervision of:

Specific requirements

Qualifications required: The applicant should have a post-graduate degree in public health or other relevant field from a recognized university.

Experience and technical skills required: At least five years of research experience in public health or relevant social science fields, and extensive experience in preparing, implementing and documenting qualitative research, in line with best practices and paradigms of qualitative research

Proven track record for professional delivery of high-quality products

Relevant work experience with WHO and/or UN agencies, governmental agencies and/or non-governmental organizations

Expertise in facilitating the organization of international consultations and meetings.

Excellent writing skills in English, including for technical and general audiences.

Language requirements: Written and spoken fluency in English (expert: read - write - speak)

Place of assignment

This is an off-site consultancy project. The supplier/contractor will not be required to travel to WHO-WPRO, Manila, Philippines to perform the tasks described in this terms of reference.

Medical clearance

Not applicable.


The supplier/contractor will not be required to travel.

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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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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