Mar 142019

Organization: World Health Organization
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 23 Mar 2019

The consultant will support WHO’s work to document best practices for protecting health care from attacks, through-site data collection, and generation of reports of findings. This is part of the Attacks on Health Care initiate of WHO, to provide guidance on protection of health care from attacks.

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.

WHO’s Attacks on Health Care initiative aims to ensure that essential life-saving health services are provided to emergency-affected populations unhindered by any form of violence or obstruction. Ultimately, WHO seeks to ensure that:

  • health workers everywhere can provide health care in a safe and protected environment;

  • health workers are protected, resilient, equipped with knowledge and resources;

  • parties to conflict understand and uphold their responsibilities under International Humanitarian Law

  • health care delivery is not disrupted by attacks; and

  • all forms of violence against health care stop.

In order to achieve this, WHO is developing a body of evidence to better understand the extent and nature of the problem and its consequences to health care delivery and mobilize strong advocacy for an end to attacks on health care. WHO also aims to develop and promote the implementation of best practices for the prevention of attacks and the mitigation of their consequences to health service delivery.

The work of the consultant will contribute to the third area, namely documentation of best practices on ways to protect health care from attacks and prevent attacks from occurring.

Work to be performed

Output 1: Framework on best practices on protecting health care from attacks

  • Activity 1.1: Review existing WHO and partner guidelines to identify key measures that are recommended to be implemented to prevent and reduce the risk of attacks

  • Activity 1.2: Review existing frameworks on documenting best practices, and the results of the WHO meeting on best practices documentation (planned for April 2019)

  • Activity 1.3: Produce framework document outlining the key areas of focus and expected outcomes

Output 2: Produce the best practices report on attacks on health care, including 3 best practices from 3 different countries

Activity 2.1: Develop a quantitative checklist to guide the best practices collection process

Activity 2.2: Identify countries with best practices

Activity 2.3: Conduct on-site data collection including key informant interviews, in collaboration with country office and local partners

Activity 2.4: Analyze and document the findings into a publishable format


  • Qualifications required:

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

Desirable: PHD in public health; medical degree

  • Experience required:

Minimum: At least seven years’ experience in public health in emergencies and/or in the area of attacks on health care.

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 / Technical skills and knowledge:

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

Desirable: Proficiency in research methodology

  • Language requirements:

Minimum: Fluency in spoken and written English

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


Geneva, Switzerland.

Travels to 3 countries for data collection. Countries of travel TBD.

How to apply:

Please indicate your ability, availability and gross daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above. Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered. Also, please mention the earliest date you can start in the Cover Letter. Candidates not available to work full time will not be considered. Candidates not available start latest 10 April will not be considered.

Application need to be sent to the following email address:

Please note that : The United Nations and WHO undertake no liability for taxes, duty or other contribution payable by the consultant on payments made under this contract. No statement of earnings will be issued by the United Nations or WHO to the consultant.

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