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Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) and Frontline-FELTP Establishment Consultant)- Roster – Mogadishu, Somalia

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Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) and Frontline-FELTP Establishment Consultant)- Roster – (2104202)  

Grade: No grade

Contractual Arrangement: External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 6 months or less

Job Posting : Sep 5, 2021, 11:29:31 AM

Closing Date : Sep 20, 2021, 12:59:00 AM

Primary Location : Somalia

Organization: EM_SOM WHO Representative’s Office, Somalia

Schedule : Full-time  

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications indicated above reflects your personal device’s system settings. 

  1. Purpose of the Consultancy

To support the federal government and federal member states of Somalia in:

  1. Finalizing and rolling out the operational plan, guidelines and SOPs for Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) in Somalia
  2. Planning of the Frontline-Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (Frontline-FELTP) in Somalia
  3. Background

Between November 2020 and June 2021, the Somali Ministry of Health with technical and financial support from WHO Somalia developed a draft operational plan, draft national guidelines, draft tools and draft Standard Operating procedures (SOPs) for strengthening disease surveillance and response using the integrated disease surveillance and response (IDSR) strategy. Currently also, the FMoH with support from United States Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (US-CDC) and the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), IGAD and in collaboration with WHO Somalia are in the final stages of establishing the Frontline Field Epidemiology Training Programme (Frontline- FELTP) in Somalia.

Finalization and rolling out of the operational plan, guidelines, tools and SOPs for IDSR in Somalia together with implementation of the Frontline-FELTP in Somalia will go a long way towards strengthening of country capacity to generate and use quality surveillance data to detect and respond to disease outbreaks in a timely manner. This will also contribute addressing gaps identified in the 2016 Joint External Evaluation (JEE) International Health regulations (IHR(2005)) core capacities in Somalia.

Planned timelines (subject to confirmation)

To be decided

  1. Work to be performed

Output: To support the federal government and federal member states of Somalia in finalizing and rolling out the operational plan, guidelines and SOPs for Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) in Somalia


  1. Review and validate the draft operational plan, draft guidelines, draft tools and draft SOPs for strengthening surveillance and response in Somalia
  2. Submit the validated operational plan, guidelines and SOPs to the Somalia FMoH for approval.
  3. Finalize development of the training materials for implementation of the operational plan, guidelines, tools and SOPs for strengthening surveillance and response in Somalia
  4. Plan a national ToT and cascading of the IDSR trainings to lower levels of the health system in Somalia to build the local capacity for Frontline-FELTP leadership and governance in Somalia
  5. Measure the implementation of the operational plan for strengthening surveillance and response in Somalia
  6. Adapt Frontline-FELTP curriculum and training materials to Somalia context
  7. Disseminate multiple scientific products (manuscripts and commentaries) arising from data collected during the establishment of IDSR and the Frontline-FELTP among counterparts in Somalia
  8. Adapt training materials and facilitate trainings on IDSR and frontline FELTP
  9. Technical Supervision

The selected Consultant will work on the supervision of:

Responsible Officer: Dr. Rennatus Mdodo Email: mdodor@who.int
Manager: Dr. Mirza Mashrur Ahmed Email: ahmedmi@who.int

Specific requirements

Educational requirements:

Essential; University degree in public health or a related field

Desirable: Advanced university degree in public health or a related field. Advanced university degree is defined as Master’s level degree or above. 

Experience requirements:

From 5 to 10 years of relevant experience on IDSR and FELTP including international experience.

Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:

Surveillance Systems development, and evaluation; planning of Frontline-FELTPs; strategic framework development; data analysis; report writing; communication and coordination skills

Language requirements:

Fluent in reading, writing and speaking English

  1. Place of assignment: Multiple
  1. Medical clearance

The consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness to work

  1. Travel

The selected Consultant may be expected to travel to countries of the Region upon request.

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.

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 consultancy. 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.

For information on WHO’s operations please visit: http://www.who.int.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.

WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.

WHO’s workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values into practice –https://www.who.int/about/who-we-are/our-values.

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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