Consultant – Global HIV drug resistance (HIVDR) surveillance programme in Treatment, Care and Service Delivery (TAC) for Global HIV, Hepatitis and STI Programmes

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    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Drug Control and Crime Prevention, Information and Communication Technology, Project Management, Sexual and reproductive health
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Purpose of consultancy

To provide technical expertise in the area of HIV drug resistance (HIVDR) surveillance programme, including guiding countries in the implementation of the HIVDR surveys.


The WHO Department of Global HIV, Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections Programmes (HHS) develops normative guidance for the surveillance of HIV drug resistance and supports countries in the implementation and public health interpretation of HIV drug resistance survey data. This work will be expanded since WHO is developing an integrated global action plan (GAP) on drug-resistant HIV, viral hepatitis, and STIs. Keeping data on WHO’s website up-to-date and providing technical assistance to countries are vital parts of WHO’s mission, as is disseminating country survey data in the form of periodic global reports.


  • Task 1: Provide technical expertise and guidance to countries and to develop and review HIVDR national survey protocols and national action plans on HIVDR.
    • Deliverable 1.1: A data spreadsheet summarising the TA provided by the team, stratified by country and area of guidance, and entered into the TA database of HHS.
      Expected by: Monthly
  • Task 2: Monitor the status of HIVDR survey implementation, gather epidemiological and laboratory HIVDR survey data, perform data cleaning and quality verification, perform data analysis, and draft country reports.
    • Deliverable 2.1: Updated country implementation dashboard and tracking sheet.
    • Deliverable 2.2: Completed HIVDR survey data collection and quality verification. Data analysed and drafted country reports.
      Expected by: Monthly
  • Task 3: Contribute to the preparation of activities organized as part of the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2024.
    • Deliverable 3.1: Materials drafted for the HSS World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2024 activities.
      Expected by: Month 10
  • Task 4: Contribute to the preparation of the new plan of technical activities for the Pooled Fund Initiative and annual report.
    • Deliverable 4.1: Drafted new plan of technical activities for the Pool Fund Initiative.
      Expected by: Month 2
    • Deliverable 4.2: Draft progress report for the Pool Fund Initiative.
      Expected by: Month 2
  • Task 5: Provide technical expertise on the clearance processes required for the HIVDR publications and keeping the HIV DR webpage up to date.
    • Deliverable 5.1: Publication tracking sheet updated.
    • Deliverable 5.2: Updated HIVDR web page and new maps are generated for posting to illustrate finalized HIVDR survey data to contribute to the timely dissemination of information.
      Expected by: Month 2, 4, 8, 11.
  • Task 6: Provide technical guidance to the WHO HIVResNet’s laboratory network and contribute to the development of a pilot mentoring program for HIVDR testing laboratories seeking WHO designation for HIVDR surveillance.
    • Deliverable 6.1: Developed pilot mentoring programme; which includes a draft framework and costing.
      Expected by: Month 8
    • Deliverable 6.2:  Facilitation of pilot mentoring program deliverable 6.1 in at least one candidate laboratory in the AMRO region.
      Expected by: Month 11
  • Task 7: Provide technical guidance to WHO Regional Offices in organizing and implementing virtual workshops on WHO’s HIVDR prevention, monitoring, and response strategy in all WHO regions.
    • Deliverable 7.1: Regional workshops facilitation in all Regions (AFRO – one anglophone); AMRO (Spanish); WPRO (anglophone); SEARO (anglophone).
      Expected by:  Month 8
  • Task 8: Contribute to country survey implementation by developing generic protocols based on WHO concept notes for surveys of acquired HIVDR (laboratory-based; laboratory-based enhanced; clinic-based; sentinel) and surveys of HIVDR in ART-naive infants < 18 months of age.
    • Deliverable 8.1: Generic protocols (English version) developed and posted on WHO’s HIVDR webpage (tool kit).
      Expected by: Month 6
    • Deliverable 8.2: Develop terms of reference for translations of generic protocols into French and Spanish with subsequent posting of translated protocols in the online HIVDR tool kit.
      Expected by: Month 9
  • Task 9: Develop terms of reference for translations into French and Spanish of two key WHO HIVDR PowerPoint slide decks: 1.) 2021 HIVDR strategy update and survey methods and 2.) WHO’s laboratory operational framework.
    • Deliverable 9.1: French and Spanish versions of two PowerPoint slide decks posted online on the HIVDR tool kit:  1.) 2021 HIVDR strategy update and survey methods and 2.) WHO’s laboratory operational framework.
      Expected by:  Month 9
  • Task 10: Develop terms of reference for WHO’s 2021 HIVDR strategy update and protocol documents surveys of acquired HIVDR [(laboratory-based; laboratory-based enhanced; clinic-based and surveys of HIVDR in ART-naive infants < 18 months of age] into French and Spanish.
    • Deliverable 10.1: Officially translated documents laid out and posted on the HIVDR website.
      Expected by: Month 11

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


  • Advanced university degree in science, public health, epidemiology, infectious disease control, or an equivalent field.



  • At least five years’ relevant experience, in a national and international context, in strategic information related to international public health.


  • International experience in HIVDR surveillance implementation and guidance development.


  • Ability to perform statistical analysis and analyze HIVDR data.
  • Good communication and presentation skills.

Languages required:


Expert knowledge of English.


Intermediate knowledge of French or Spanish.


Off site: Home-based.


The consultant is 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.

Additional Information

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