Consultant - Risk Communication, COVID-19 IMST
Application deadline 3 months ago: Tuesday 11 Oct 2022 at 21:59 UTCOpen application form
Purpose of the consultancy
This consultancy (0.5FTE) will support the Strategic Communications Pillar of the COVID-19 Incident Management Support Team (IMST) with capacity building and ongoing preparedness and response activities related to COVID-19 and other outbreaks and health emergencies.
As outlined with For the Future: Towards the Healthiest and Safest Region WHO has a vision to make the Western Pacific the safest and healthiest region. All countries in this Region face significant health security threats and the next outbreak of infectious disease can strike at any time. To provide a strategic approach to guide efforts of all Member States, the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases, Public Health Emergencies (APSED III) was formulated. With this strategy, WHO supports countries to prepare for and respond to pandemics, health emergencies and outbreaks and build resilient health systems that prevent epidemics. One of the focus areas in APSED III is Risk Communication which covers a broad range of communication capacities necessary to enable individuals and communities to make informed decisions, undertake positive behaviour change and maintain trust in health authorities. The 2015 APSED evaluation demonstrated that the capacity for risk communication across Member States is variable and that the availability of trained personnel for risk communication within the Asia Pacific region needs to be enhanced.
Start date: 10 October 2022 End date: 31 December 2022
Work to be performed
Under the joint supervision of the Technical Officer, Risk Communication (WHE) and COVID-19 IMST Communication Pillar Lead and the management of the Incident Manager, the consultant will be responsible for delivering the following:
Output 1: Provide technical support to WHO WPRO IMST for COVID-19 and other disease outbreak preparedness and response (5% FTE)
Deliverable 1.1: Provide support to deliver on timely and quality communication activities for the COVID-19 response and potential emergencies
Output 2: Support the implementation of capacity building activities in response to COVID-19 (40% FTE)
Deliverable 2.1: Design and implement capacity building activities at the regional and country levels through project management and coordination across all involved stakeholders, including the development of concept notes, seeking necessary approvals and alignment among facilitators and trainers.
Deliverable 2.2: Develop and curate training content that include interactive exercises, are tailored to the local context and integrate and reflect WHO technical guidelines.
Deliverable 2.3: Deliver face-to-face and/or hybrid or online activities
Deliverable 2.4: Ensure the reporting and documentation of training outcomes including the archiving of all training materials in editable formats
Deliverable 2.5: Ensure high-quality monitoring of quality of capacity building activities (including pre and post assessment of knowledge, expectations and confidence) and reporting
Output 3: Support to strengthening risk communication activities in selected countries (5% FTE)
Deliverable 3.1: Engage in regional-country level dialogues and provide technical support in developing tailored country strategy and action plans for the sustained management of COVID-19
Deliverable 3.2: Provide technical inputs to prepare, test and revise risk communication plans and strategies to support Member States
Deliverable 3.3: Provide timely and quality technical support on risk communication as requested by the supervisor
- Progress report (monthly); and
- End of Mission Technical Report at the end of consultancy
Advanced university degree in Health Sciences, Public Health, Social Science, Communications, Journalism, or a related field from a recognized university
Minimum of 7 years of experience in communications and/or data collection, analysis and presentation including experience of emergency communications and response. Experience of working within the UN system or with UN partners is preferred.
Skills and knowledge
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Excellent analytical, planning and organizational skills
- Ability to work in a team with limited supervision
Written and spoken fluency in English is essential.
- Technical expertise
- Producing results
- Ensuring effective use of resources
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
Place of assignment
This consultancy will be conducted remotely, with duty travel to a designated country for targeted support.
The selected consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.
One duty travel to a designated country for targeted support
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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