Consultant – Operational Readiness & Country Readiness Strengthening

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    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
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    Humanitarian and Crisis Response
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Purpose of consultancy

To enhance WHO’s operational readiness and response in the IMST and Country capacities.


The mission of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme is to assist countries and coordinate international action to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.

The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is dedicated to strengthening countries’ readiness for emergencies of all hazards. It supports WHO regional offices and country offices in assessing and analyzing readiness capabilities, country planning, and partner coordination. Under the overall guidance of the Readiness Assessment Prioritization (RAP) Epidemiologist and in close collaboration with counterparts at the respective Regional Offices and Country Offices, the readiness unit holds the overall responsibility to support operational readiness (OPR) for specific hazards for the Incident Management Support Team (IMST) at WHE HQ.

The objectives of the role include mitigating the health impacts of emergencies by ensuring that WHO and its member countries are primed for immediate and effective response. This is achieved through bolstering the operational readiness within the IMS structure and integrating readiness assessments alongside risk assessments to provide a comprehensive picture of readiness and vulnerabilities. Additionally, the role aims to enhance the readiness capacity of countries through targeted support and alignment with global health security demands.


  • Deliverable 1: Conduct Health Data Analysis and Support OPR for Incident Management in FCV Regions.
    • Activity 1.1: Strengthening OPR’s Role in Incident Management: Contribute to the enhancement of the OPR’s role in Incident Management System (IMS) team by maintaining readiness levels and facilitating swift transitions to emergency response in diverse contexts.
    • Activity 1.2: Enhanced Health Data Collection and Analysis: Conduct comprehensive health data collection across various health sectors. This includes compiling and analyzing data to identify trends and patterns, focusing on surveillance, monitoring, and early warning signals consolidating data to understand health situations in FCV countries.
  • Deliverable 2:  Contribute to the implementation of assessment tools in regions and countries, integrating readiness and country-specific risk assessments for Operational readiness.
    • Activity 2.1: Assessment Tool Rollout and Readiness Integration: Develop and deploy assessment tools tailored to regional needs and integrate operational readiness planning with specific risk assessments in each country.
    • Activity 2.2: Country-Specific Readiness and Risk Prioritization through systematically prioritizing risks and identifying readiness gaps: Evaluate and prioritize country-specific risks and identify and address gaps in operational readiness.
  • Deliverable 3: Provide technical expertise in Strategic Operational Readiness.
    • Activity 3.1: Strategic development and expansion of operational readiness, response, and recovery, including drills and exercises to validate and improve readiness plans for FCV countries: Contribute to the planning and conducting of drills and exercises to validate and improve readiness plans in Fragile, Conflict, and Vulnerable (FCV) countries and to develop strategies for effective operational readiness, response, and recovery.
    • Activity 3.2: Research in Operational Readiness Best Practices: Explore and document innovations and lessons learned in operational readiness and identify effective strategies and methodologies for operational readiness that in various health emergency contexts, particularly in Fragile, Conflict, and Vulnerable (FCV) countries.
  • Deliverable 4: Enhanced Health Emergency Readiness and Response.
    • Activity 4.1: Monitoring and Evaluation in Emergency Response: Collaboratively develop and implement monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning processes in Emergencies.
    • Activity 4.2: Technical expertise for Health Emergency Readiness and response activities for Fragile, Conflict, and Vulnerable (FCV) countries in the IMST: Provide technical expertise and contribute to the implementation of guidance for readiness and response activities and tailor response strategies to the unique challenges of FCV countries.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


  • Advanced university degree in applied epidemiology, global health, public health, or another related field.


  • Post-graduate studies or specialized training in applied epidemiology for public health professionals or public health surveillance.



  • Over 10 years of relevant experience at national, regional, or international levels in both public health programs and clinical settings, including work experience with both Biologic and Non-Biologic hazards.
  • Proven experience in operational planning and management within a large organization, preferably in the health sector.


  • Relevant work experience in strengthening country capacities within Fragile, Conflict, and Violence (FCV) environments, Migration and Health sectors, and Humanitarian settings. This includes planning and/or managing health emergencies in WHO, other UN agencies, relevant non-governmental organizations, health cluster partners, or other humanitarian organizations, with a focus on addressing unique challenges in these contexts.
  • Experience working in clinical setting as a physician, nurse or other allied health worker.


  • Strong coordination and leadership skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities.
  • Ability to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with internal stakeholders and external partners.
  • Statistical analysis, Quantitative and Qualitative analysis skills.
  • Data management skills.

Languages required:


Expert knowledge of English.


Intermediate knowledge of another UN Language.


Off site: Home-based.


The consultant is expected to travel.


Band level C – USD 10,000 – 12,500 per month

Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):


Expected duration of contract:

11 months.

Additional Information

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