Consultant – Measuring access to assistive technology

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
  • Job type:
    CONTRACTOR
  • Posted:
    6 months ago
  • Category:
  • Deadline:
    31/10/2023

JOB DESCRIPTION

Qualifications

Purpose of consultancy

To provide technical expertise on further development of tools for measuring access to assistive technology at national, regional and global level, in response to the 2018 World Health Assembly resolution on assistive technology (WHA71.8) and recommendations of the 2022 WHO and UNICEF Global report on assistive technology.

Background

The WHO and UNICEF Global report on assistive technology highlights the urgent need for improving access to assistive products, with an estimated 2.5 billion people requiring at least one assistive product. This number is expected to rise to over 3.5 billion by 2050. The Global report was informed by the first comprehensive dataset on population access to assistive technology and national preparedness, collected using components of the WHO Assistive Technology Access (ATA) toolkit including the WHO rapid Assistive Technology Assessment (rATA) population-based survey and the WHA71.8 Progress Indicators for access to assistive technology.

Amongst ten recommendations, the Global report recommends Member States enhance data collection efforts, to better inform understanding of need, unmet need, and prioritization of actions towards improving access to quality assistive products and services. As mandated by WHA71.8, WHO is committed to providing technical and capacity-building assistance for Member States, including by improving the technical tools required to implement this recommendation. Enhanced data collection efforts will also support progress reporting on WHA71.8 to the World Health Assembly in 2026 and 2030.

Following the launch of the Global report on assistive technology, the WHO ATA Team carried out a review of rATA implementation across 35 countries between 2019-2021. The review report identifies several recommendations for further development of the tool, in order to streamline and better support national implementation, analysis, dissemination and utilization of the data. In addition, in 2023 the ATA Team launched the GATE Global network for measuring access to assistive technology, whose members are committed to supporting WHO’s work on strengthening the assistive technology data collection, analysis, dissemination and use worldwide.

Work is also underway strengthening the whole of the ATA toolkit, addressing each of the other components including the country-level situation analysis tool Assistive Technology Capacity assessment (ATA-C), the WHA71.8 Progress Indicators for access to assistive technology, and the Assistive Technology Impact tool (ATA-I).

Deliverables

The consultant will work across the following five focus areas. The deliverables provided are examples, to be finalized at the end of the first month of the consultancy.

Focus area one – rATA questionnaire:

  • Review and refine the rATA questionnaire considering recommendations from the rATA review report, propose additional option question sets and confirming these with stakeholders’ input.
  • Explore opportunities to integrate elements of the rATA questionnaire into other existing data collection processes (for example the WHO World Health Survey).

Expected deliverables:

    • final rATA question set including optional question sets for specific contexts.
    • rATA questions and/or indicators prepared for inclusion in routine health and other related sector data collection.

Focus area two – streamlining rATA data analysis:

  • Facilitate more efficient analysis of rATA data, this focus area will include reviewing the current rATA standard indicators and analysis framework, explore and implement options to streamline the primary data analysis process (for example automation of some steps) and improve guidance for national-level in-depth analysis.

Expected deliverables:

    • final list of rATA standard indicators and recommendation for open-access analysis framework that may automate extraction of results against these indicators.
    • using three countries as test cases, national-level in-depth analysis of rATA data (including qualitative data) in line with national priorities and context specific areas of enquiry carried out and reported.
    • guidance and/or tools to support efficient and systematic processes for national rATA data analysis prepared and added to the rATA implementation manual.

Focus area three – rATA findings use and dissemination:

  • Facilitate access to and use of rATA findings at national and global levels.
  • Develop resources for the efficient and effective communication and dissemination of rATA findings including data visualization tools, reporting templates and guidance on the use of these resources for rATA implementation leads.

Expected deliverables:

    • templates prepared using sample rATA findings from at least three countries, including for a) country report, b) country fact sheet b) press release.
    • improved accessibility and usability of the current AT data portal, including expanded data visualizations.

Focus area four – rATA country support for implementation:

  • Contribute to country implementation of rATA survey and reduce reliance upon external experts.
  • Facilitate the streamlining and increasing the efficiency of all rATA survey processes, developing resources for country support guidance and training, data management, data collection modalities and tools.

Expected deliverables:

    • existing rATA implementation and training documents, reviewed and improved including lay out, with clear guidance for implementers on carrying out each of the rATA processes.
    • open access data collection tool identified, and the standard rATA questionnaire made available through the selected tool.
    • web-based repository of supporting resources and information created, building on existing ATA Toolkit platform.

Focus area five – ATA Toolkit alignment:

  • Identify opportunities to facilitate the alignment and harmonization of the different ATA toolkit components, including identifying areas of overlap and potential integration between different components.

Expected deliverables:

    • guidance document providing an overview of the ATA toolkit and summary information about each component, in support of Member State and others’ decision-making regarding use of the tool.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential:

  • University degree in health sciences, assistive technology, health statistics, public or global health, rehabilitation or related fields.

Desirable:

  • A Master’s degree in above mentioned fields.

Experience

Essential:

  • At least five years in health systems research including qualitative and quantitative research, population-based surveys, development of research protocols including managing ethics processes, data collection, data management, data analysis using a range of analysis tools, reporting including visualization, and dissemination of research findings to diverse audiences.

Desirable:

  • Experience working with WHO, other international organizations and/or major institutions.
  • Experience in assistive technology, disability, rehabilitation, ageing, health policy or other related sectors.
  • Experience working in less resourced settings.
  • Experience in web development.

Skills/Knowledge:

  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to work across diverse cultures.
  • Excellent computer literacy, especially in MS Office (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Expert knowledge and proven ability to use statistical software (e.g., SPSS, R, STATA, SAS), qualitative analysis software (e.g. NVivo), data visualization tools (e.g. Tableau).

Languages required:

Essential:

  • Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable:

  • Intermediate knowledge of another UN language.

Location

Off site: Home-based
The consultant is expected to be available for virtual meetings during a core set of normal business hours of WHO Headquarters in Geneva.

Travel

The consultant is not expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):

Remuneration:

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):

N/A

Expected duration of contract:

6 months

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