Purpose of consultancy
To enhance the global preparedness and response capacity for infectious respiratory diseases through GISRS.
The Global Influenza Programme initiated the project to enhance global preparedness and response capacity for infectious respiratory diseases through GISRS and Public Health Intelligence. The project aims to strengthen the end-to-end integration of influenza and SARS-CoV-2 surveillance in 27 countries across all six WHO regions with the use of RT PCR multiplex assays for influenza and SARS-CoV-2, build capacity for sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 viruses, and timely sharing of virologic and genetic data and meta-data on publicly accessible data platforms.
Output 1: Integration of influenza, SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory viruses surveillance
- Activity 1.1: Provide technical guidance to National Influenza Centres and influenza laboratories in the use of multiplex RT PCR assays for influenza, SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory viruses;
- Activity 1.2: Monitor weekly reporting of integrated influenza and SARS-CoV2 sentinel surveillance results to FluMart data platforms;
- Activity 1.3: Ensure adequate and timely procurement and supply of multiplex RT PCR kits, laboratory reagents, enzymes to participating laboratories;
- Activity 1.4: Provide advice to countries’ and closely monitor the end-to-end integration of surveillance Output 2: Consistent and timely of availability genetic sequence data (GSD) of influenza and SARS-CoV-2 from GISRS sentinel system and potential metadata in GISAID;
Output 2: Consistent and timely of availability genetic sequence data (GSD) of influenza and SARS-CoV-2 from GISRS sentinel system and potential metadata in GISAID.
- Activity 2.1: Maintain an updated profile of sequencing capacities of GISRS;
- Activity 2.2: Ensure adequate and timely procurement and supply of sequencing reagents to participating laboratories;
- Activity 2.3: Monitor and evaluate the timeliness and consistency of sharing GSD of influenza and SARS-CoV-2 from GISRS and potential metadata in GISAID, develop timely correction measures and implement these measures.
Output 3: Centres of Excellence for integrated surveillance of influenza, SARS-CoV-2 and next novel respiratory virus of pandemic potential along the development of GISRS Plus
- Activity 3.1: Identify Centres of Excellence in support of GISRS Plus development; and assist in building capacities in these Centres strategically;
- Activity 3.2: Contribute to the development of training programs of CoE related to GISRS Plus development including multiplex RT PCR, sequencing, bioinformatics, and other related areas;
- Activity 3.3: Coordinate with the Centres of Excellence in providing training workshops including wet-lab trainings;
- Activity 3.4: Facilitate networking opportunities, exchanges between participating laboratories and scientific dissemination.
Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
Advanced university degree in public health preferably in microbiology, virology, public health.
PhD in virology
5 to 10 years of relevant experience with influenza virologic surveillance, including integration of influenza and SARS-CoV-2 surveillance
Experience with WHO or another UN or international public health agency
- Excellent writing and communications skills
- Knowledge in laboratory practices
Expert knowledge of English
Intermediate knowledge of another WHO official language
Off-site: Home based
The consultant is not expected to travel
Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):
Pay 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 (01/09/2022 to 31/07/2023)
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