Purpose of consultancy
To contribute to the conduct of literature reviews and with technical writing of reports, papers and other communication materials related to health inequalities.
Monitoring health inequalities and their drivers is crucial to achieve health equity, which is a key element of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aspiration to “leave no one behind” as well as the World Health Organization’s 13th General Programme of Work (GPW 13). Health inequality monitoring is vital for tracking progress towards universal health coverage to ensure that disadvantaged populations achieve accelerated gains alongside overall improvement in the broader population, thus narrowing coverage gaps.
The health inequality monitoring team at the World Health Organization has developed a package of tools and resources to support inequality monitoring at global and national levels, including a health inequality monitoring handbook, two step-by-step manuals, the Health Inequality Data Repository, and the Health Equity Assessment Toolkit. WHO has substantial experience in developing inequality monitoring tools as well as in building capacity in this area among countries. In addition, WHO conducts monitoring of health inequalities and produces global and national reports of the state of inequality in various health topics.
The team has a five-year strategy (https://www.who.int/publications/m/item/inequality-monitoring-and-analysis-strategy-2022-27) that includes three strategic goals: (1) strengthening capacity for health inequality monitoring at country, regional and global levels; (2) generating the latest evidence on health inequality; and (3) developing and refining health inequality monitoring methods, tools, resources and best practices.
- Deliverable 1: Undertake two systematic literature reviews related to inequalities.
- Deliverable 2: Technical writing of analytical reports, papers, guidance, web pages, communication materials and other products related to health inequalities, including the World Health Statistics reports.
- Deliverable 3: Contribute to drafting of a second edition handbook on health inequality monitoring.
- Deliverable 4: Contribute to capacity-building (training workshops and eLearning course development) for health inequality monitoring.
- Deliverable 5: Development of communication and presentation materials for the dissemination of health inequality monitoring products.
Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
- University degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Communication, Health Information Science, or related area.
- Advanced university degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Communication, Health Information Science, or related area.
- At least 5 years of experience in performing systematic literature reviews in the area of health inequalities.
- At least 5 years of experience in writing technical reports and papers related to health inequalities, with at least 10 first-author papers published in peer-reviewed journals.
- Demonstrated experience in capacity-building for health inequality monitoring.
- Experience in interpreting health inequality data using a range of data sources on population health.
- Experience in developing communication and dissemination materials for different audiences.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail.
- Knowledge of the topic of health equity and health inequality monitoring.
- Good knowledge of MS Office including SharePoint, Teams, Word and Excel.
- Ability to work independently and remotely in multidisciplinary and multicultural settings.
- Clear understanding of research methods and epidemiological/demography/statistical principles.
- Good knowledge of data visualization techniques.
- Expert knowledge of English.
Off-site – Home based.
The consultant is not expected to travel.
Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):
Band level B – USD 7,000 – 9,980 per month.
Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):
Expected duration of contract:
11 months. Part-time at 40% to 80%. Remuneration will be pro-rated accordingly.
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