Consultant- provide technical advice to EMR countries in assessment, development and strengthening of national and facility level IPC programmes

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Purpose of the consultancy

Effective infection prevention and control (IPC) programmes at national and health facility levels are crucial for health systems strengthening to withstand shocks caused by highly transmissible infections. Strong IPC programmes will prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistance, and preparedness and response to epidemic and pandemic infectious diseases. This consultancy is intended to provide technical advice to EMR countries in assessment, development and strengthening of national and facility level IPC programmes.


Within the framework of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), the objective of the Department of Communicable Diseases in the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO), is to assist Member States in strengthening the health sector response for achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG3). For this purpose, Member States are supported to develop appropriate national policies, guidelines and strategies for implementation of comprehensive programmes for prevention and control of communicable diseases including IPC. Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) cause increasingly significant morbidity, mortality and economic burden globally and in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. About three in every 20 hospitalized patients get infection while receiving healthcare in low and middle- income countries. The recent major epidemics and pandemics that occurred in our region and worldwide (COVID-19, Middle East Respiratory Corona virus (MERS CoV) and Ebola virus disease (EVD)), were mainly magnified due to the lack of effective national and facility[1]level IPC programmes. Furthermore, the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) and the WHO Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (GAP-AMR 2015) emphasize the importance of IPC as a cornerstone of countries’ capacity building and preparedness to respond to emerging infectious diseases. Additionally, IPC occupies a unique position in the field of patient safety and quality of care, as it is universally relevant to every health worker and patient, at every health care interaction and should be embedded within health systems. To achieve the above, the AMR/IPC unit at DCD will provide leadership, technical expertise and guidance to Member States in the region to establish and strengthen national and healthcare facility IPC programmes, achieve core components and other IPC standards, support the reduction of the burden of healthcare[1]associated infections in the region, and facilitate implementation of IPC guidelines and measures to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Planned timelines (subject to confirmation)

Start date: 01/05/2021 End date: 31/12/2021

Work to be performed

Output 1: Examine national and facility level IPC governance mechanisms in priority countries and identify opportunities for improvement o Deliverable 1.1: Conduct an assessment of existing national and facility level IPC programme governance using the WHO assessment tools. o Deliverable 1.2: Identify IPC gaps and needs to advise on future plans to strengthen IPC governance. o Deliverable 1.3: Follow up the progress of countries in implementing IPC governance mechanisms. Output 2: Review national IPC guidelines in priority countries and recommend areas and topic that needs update o Deliverable 2.1: Adapt technical plans to facilitate the completion and endorsement of the national IPC guidelines Output 3: Evaluate national IPC education and training policy and plans, and work with national teams to update them in collaboration with country offices’ focal points o Deliverable 3.1: Deliver technical presentations and background materials for the national IPC training curricula targeting facility level IPC focal persons in consensus with national IPC stakeholders. o Deliverable 3.2: Participate in virtual or onsite training of hospital IPC teams on basic and advanced IPC measures. Output 4: Assess IPC core components in healthcare facilities and recommend priority IPC interventions in those facilities to improve IPC core components in priority countries. o Deliverable 4.1: conduct assessment of IPC core components in the healthcare facilities. o Deliverable 4.2: Report of the result of the assessment o Deliverable 4.3: Follow-up report on the progress of implementation of the recommended interventions

Required Qualifications


First university degree in Medicine, Medical Sciences or Nursing with specialization in IPC, microbiology, public health, epidemiology or infectious diseases

Experience****: At least 2 years of experience in the field of IPC at hospital level. International experience is mandatory for international level. o Familiarity with WHO IPC core components, facility assessment tools, strategies and implementation tools is essential

Skills/ Technical knowledge

1. Reviewing and technical analysis

2. Analytical writing

3. Excellent communication skills operating within a multicultural team

4. Ability to function independently and drive required change in implementation


Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of Arabic or French is an asset.


Consultant will be required to work from WHO EMRO Office; however, due to the COVID-19 situation and until further notification from the Office allowing staff back to EMRO premises, consultant will be working from home.

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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