Consultant – Research on the Impact of Attacks on Health Care

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 06 March 2020

Duty Station:

Geneva, Switzerland, with regular travels to countries with fragile contexts


Initially for 3 months, with a possibility to extend. The duties will be tailored to meet the duration of the contract.


WHO Health Emergency Programme (WHE), Emergency Response Division, Health Emergency Interventions Department

Objective of the WHO Programme/Department:

The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (WHE Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. The Health Emergency Interventions Department of the Emergency Response Division is responsible for ensuring that emergency-affected populations have access to timely and effective health services. This includes ensuring a strong emergency management system (based on incident management), effective and inclusive coordination mechanisms, joint assessments and planning by partners, implementation of operations and services according to agreed standards, and strong logistics and operational support. The expansion and strengthening of operational partnerships is a key priority.

Assignment Summary:

Under the direct supervision of the Technical Officer and Lead on Attacks on Health Care, the consultant will support WHO’s work to research and document the impact of attacks on health care on the health of the population through setting research questions, collecting and analysing information and generation of reports of findings.

To perform this assignment, the consultant will work closely with the Project Lead, other key stakeholders within WHE programme, across relevant departments at WHO headquarters, in regional offices and in affected country offices, as well as with external partners, particularly academic institutions, and global and local partners.

Duties, Responsibilities and Output expectations

The consultant will conduct the following activities.

In collaboration with partners, carry out the following steps for conducting research:

  • Conduct a scoping exercise to define the various parameters of the main research question
  • Identify key research questions
  • Define the methodologies of research
  • Conduct a baseline assessment using various existing tools including the PHIS of the Global Health Cluster
  • Conduct on-site data collection through country visits. Where country visits are not possible, support local partners in data collection to support the research.
  • Analyze the results using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies
  • Document the results into a publishable format Follow up with the publication of the reports

Qualifications and Experience:


Minimum: Advanced university degree in public health, social science or related area from an accredited institution

Desirable: PHD in public health; medical degree

Work experience:

Minimum: At least seven years’ experience in public health research

Demonstrable experience in conducting operational research in public health, and/or emergency settings, and/or in the area of attacks on health care resulting in published papers in accredited peer reviewed journals.

Desirable: Demonstrated knowledge of international humanitarian principles and laws, including the International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law.

Filed experience in complex emergencies.

Skills required for the assignment:

Minimum: Fluency in spoken and written English. Good interpersonal and communication skills. Good writing skills, proven through published articles and papers. Good knowledge of office software applications

Desirable: Proficiency in French, and/or other UN languages

WHO competencies required for the assignment:

  1. Teamwork

  2. Communication

  3. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

  4. Producing results

This vacancy is archived.

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