The main objectives of this consultancy are to provide technical advice to PHC Team WRO Egypt and EMRO:
· To support the regional and national level implementation of diploma in family medicine, “the regional professional diploma in family medicine” to strengthen family practice in EMR countries toward UHC and the SDGs – including the update and digitalization of course content, learning activities, and assessment methodologies, Training of Trainers and overall implementation overseeing and coordination.
· Promotion of family medicine speciality in the EMR through support the ongoing collaboration between WHO and regional academic institutes in strengthening Family Medicine speciality (training, capacity building and continuous medical education, and interprofessional networking).
· Contribute to analytic work/ guidance development on family medicine in EMR as part of WHO EMRO initiative “PHC operational levers into practice: EMRO’s Guidance for developing the minimum requirements of primary care facilities based on the national model of care”
Strengthening Primary Health Care (PHC) through Family Practice-based Model of care is an essential bedrock in achieving universal health coverage (UHC), as called for in Sustainable Development Goal number 3, target 3.8. However, A global shortage of family practitioners is posing significant challenges, including in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Only 700 family practitioners graduate each year in the whole Region against an estimated need for 21 000 practitioners per year.
The WHO EMRO Regional Director has formulated a Steering Committee (SC) for promoting family practice in the EMR. The Committee has members from WHO EMRO as well as partner organizations including The Arab Board of Health Specializations (ABHS) and the World Organization for Family Doctors (WONCA) and from academic institutions.
To help bridge this huge gap, the Steering Committee agreed on the outline of the 24-month Regional Professional Diploma in Family Medicine (RPD-FM) with two objectives: first, meeting the training duration of most accrediting bodies; second, opening career and training pathways to graduates through the option of completing the Arab Board training after graduation.
The new training programme provides practicing general physicians a solid knowledge of family medicine. Participants will take eight modules over two years. They will study through a mixture of online learning and face-to-face clinical training in accredited training centers, making it possible to combine the training with work as a general physician. The new training programme is supported by leading international organizations in the field of family medicine.
WHO EMRO plays leading role in supporting regional and national level adaptation and adoption of the training programme providing continuing professional development activities through selected academic and training institutions, using the basic curriculum, training manual and suggested models provided by WHO and the ABHS; providing the IT support for the online part of the programme (registration system, learning management and online assessments) the proposed post ensure continuation of the WHO support and leadership.
Currently, the Regional Professional Diploma in Family Medicine (RPD-FM) is being implemented through regional and country-specific initiatives. These initiatives aim to address the shortage of family practitioners and strengthen primary healthcare services across the Eastern Mediterranean Region.
WHO EMRO has been actively working with partner organizations, academic institutions, and national health authorities to promote and expand the diploma program. Through collaborative efforts, the training program is expected to witness new cohorts starting in October 2023 and April 2024.
These initiatives also recognize the need for a multidimensional approach to tackle the shortage of family practitioners. Efforts are being made to increase the number of training centers, strengthen academic partnerships, and enhance the capacity of healthcare institutions to deliver the diploma program effectively. Additionally, collaboration with international organizations and experts in family medicine continues to be a vital aspect of the initiative, ensuring that the training program adheres to global standards and best practices.
A. Planned timelines (subject to confirmation)
Start date: 1 November 2023
End date: 30 June 2024
Work to be performed
B. Deliverables for WRO Egypt and EMRO
4. Deliverable 4: Report on Steering Committee recommendations for promoting FM in the EMR.
5. Deliverable 5: report on contribution to analytic work/ publications/ guidelines for family practice in EMR
C. Deliverables for EMRO
To achieve the above objectives, the consultant will perform the following:
3. Provide technical guidance to Member States in implementing and expanding health information systems specifically tailored for family practice and primary care settings.
Bachelor’s degree in family medicine, primary care or public health.
– Solid background in family medicine (preferably faculty member of an academic institution –
At least 5 years’ experience in managing academic and admin aspects in academic institutes, public health and service delivery innovations. International experience is mandatory for international consultants.
Skills/ Technical knowledge
– Excellent knowledge of health systems, stakeholder analysis and service delivery.
– Good communication / PR skills
– Good experience with project management
Fluent (Read – Write – Speak) in English and Arabic, French is preferable
The consultant will work at WRO Egypt (30% of the time) and WHO EMRO, with possible remote assignments and travel in the EMR, as needed
Medical clearance : The selected Consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.
Travel (If travel is involved, a medical certificate of fitness for work will be required.) 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.
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