International Consultant for NCD Surveillance

  • Contract
  • Egypt

United Nations Mission in Support of the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA)

JOB DESCRIPTION

  1.  Area of expertise :
    Consultant for NCD Surveillance
  2. Purpose of consultancy
    To understand the current status and burden of hypertension and high blood pressure in countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) and identification of gaps in control, treatment coverage, and screening.
  3. 2  Background
    Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), also known as chronic diseases, are a group of diseases that are non-infectious and non-transmissible among people. NCDs are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental, and behavioral factors. Currently, NCDs are the leading cause of death and disease burden worldwide. Over two-thirds of the global deaths (41 million people) annually are attributed to NCDs and the majority of these deaths (77%) occur in low- and middle-income countries.

To address the increasing NCD burden and reduce premature deaths from these diseases, WHO developed the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013-2030. At the Regional level, WHO has developed the Framework for action to implement the UN political declaration on NCDs, including indicators to assess the country’s progress by 2030.  Countries are encouraged to implement the most cost-effective strategies and feasible interventions known as the “Best-Buys” in order to support the implementation of the Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2030, and meet the NCD global targets.

High blood pressure and hypertension are among the leading underlying causes of morbidity and mortality globally and regionally. Therefore, monitoring the burden of the risk factor and disease outcomes remain a pressing priority in all Member States. It is also recognized that providing pharmacological treatment of hypertension to people living with the disease is among the “Best-Buys” to address NCDs. Therefore, it is also vital for countries to understand the effectiveness of implemented programmes and interventions to control NCDs at the country level in order to allow modifications and tailoring of the strategic intervention accordingly.

Work to be performed:

Output 1: 
Understanding of the current status and burden of hypertension and high blood pressure in countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) and identification of gaps in control, treatment coverage, and screening.
The consultant will conduct the following tasks:
•    Compile and map out data on hypertension and high blood pressure in countries of the EMR from different sources including WHO NCD data portal, WHO global health observatory, STEPS survey reports & factsheets, Health Examination surveys and others.
•    Conduct data analysis and create visualizations to develop country profiles and factsheets on hypertension and high blood pressure for countries of the EMR to include the burden of the disease, treatment coverage, and disease control.
•    Draft a manuscript on the status and burden of hypertension and high blood pressure linked to health system response to hypertension to identify gaps in control, treatment coverage, and screening.

3.      Deliverables

 1.      Profiles and factsheets on hypertension and high blood pressure for countries of the EMR to include the burden of the disease, treatment coverage, disease control, and the policy landscape in each country to address the burden.

2.      A manuscript on the status of hypertension and high blood pressure linked to health system response to hypertension to identify gaps in control, treatment coverage, and screening.

4.      Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
Educational Qualifications:

Essential: First university degree in Public Health, Epidemiology and/or biostatistics

Experience

Essential:

·        Up to 5 years of experience working in data management & analysis, research, data collection, and writing policy papers.

·        International experience is mandatory.

Skills/Knowledge:

•             Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and web tools on research articles such as PubMed.

•             Demonstrated capacity in using data analysis software like STAT, R, SASS, SPSS

•             Demonstrated capacity to produce high-quality writing.

•             Demonstrated coordination skills and capacity to work across teams and with different cultures.

•             Research skills with academic institutions and/or professional organizations.

Languages and level required (Basic/Intermediate/Expert):

Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of Arabic language is an asset.

5.      Location

Remotely

6.      Travel
No travel is anticipated under this assignment.

7.      Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):

a.      Remuneration: Payband level A

b.      Expected duration of contract (Maximum contract duration is 11 months per calendar year):

Additional Information:

  • This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level.
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • If your candidature is retained for interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • Consultants shall perform the work as independent contractors in a personal capacity, and not as a representative of any entity or authority. The execution of the work under a consultant contract does not create an employer/employee relationship between WHO and the Consultant.
  • WHO shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any taxes, duties, social security contributions or other contributions payable by the Consultant. The Consultant shall be solely responsible for withholding and paying any taxes, duties, social security contributions and any other contributions which are applicable to the Consultant in in each location/jurisdiction in which the work hereunder is performed, and the Consultant shall not be entitled to any reimbursement thereof by WHO.


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