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National consultancy to provide technical support to the national AIDS control program, and the national TB control programme, Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP) in responding to the HIV and TB Epidemics in the country
World Health Organization (WHO)
EM_EGY WHO Representative's Office, Egypt
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Qualifications

 

  1. Purpose of consultancy

WHO Country Office is Providing Technical Support to The National Aids Control Program, And The National Tb Control Programme , Ministry Of Health And Population (Mohp) In Responding To The Hiv And Tb Epidemics In The Country.  The purpose of this consultancy is to provide technical capacity to aid the delivery of this support.

 

  1. Background  


Egypt remains a low HIV prevalence country with an evidence of a concentrated epidemic among people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men in Cairo and Alexandria (BioBSS 2010).  However relative  to 2010, data shows a significant  increase in new HIV infections and AIDS related deaths (421% and 88% respectvively), which prompts for updating the evidence base in addition to revising the situation and gap analysis that essentially informs the national strategic framework. 

The National AIDS Program, established in 1987, coordinates the national efforts to control HIV and AIDS, through working with a wide range of stakeholders. Egypt has gone through steady forward steps towards implementing harm reduction interventions as well as HCV elimination especially among people who inject drugs together with more resources spent on scaling up service provision all over Egypt for PLHIV and key populations in particular.

The Arab Republic of Egypt is a low Tuberculosis (TB) burden country that began implementing the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) strategy from 1996 onwards in a phased manner; the entire country was covered by 2000. The country has been making steady progress in TB control and showing decreasing trends. According to the WHO Global TB report 2020, the TB incidence rate for Egypt is estimated to be 12 (10-13) per 100,000 population and 114 (90-141) per 100,000 for Eastern Mediterranean region. The proportion change in incidence rate between 2015 and 2019 was found to be -20% for Egypt and -3.5% for Eastern Mediterranean region respectively. While globally, the TB incidence rate and the proportion change in incidence rate between 2015 and 2019 is found to be 130/100,000 and -8.8% respectively

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The country is progressing in the right direction to achieve the END TB goals. The proportion change in TB incidence is  -20% between 2015 and 2019 when compared to EMR (-3.5%) and global (-8.8%), However, there are many challenges in delivering TB care services in hard-to-reach areas and vulnerable populations. There is a need to have a strong national commitments and interventions . Involvement of all care providers, including NGOs, and the private sector in TB prevention and care is instrumental in staying focussed to achieve effective and comprehensive TB control.

This assignment is needed to provide the necessary technical support in the areas identified as a part of Egypt's strategic plan 2021-2025 in allignement with the suistainable development goals and global targets 

 

  1. Work to be performed

 

The consultant will be working closely with WHO National Professional Officer HIV/Hepatitis, and under the supervision of the NOC Communicable Disease    They are  expected to provide support and follow the following activities:

 

Output 1:  Provide suppprt in HIV and TB  strategic planning , programme review and stakeholders meetings

  • Participate and provide support in strategic planning, programme reviews, and stakeholder meetings for HIV
  • Provide technical support for national AIDS program to enhance HIV response in the country , including harm reduction interventions among Key Populations
  • Conduct capacity building workshops for national staff and health workforce focal points to build their capacities on data and grant applications
  • Support the planning of the TB Review , including coordinating WHO support and contributing to the report

 

Output 2: Strengthen National AIDS Program (NAP) capacity to effectively implement preventive interventions, especially among Key Populations.

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Deliverable 2.1:  follow up on  harm reduction interventions as NSP , OAT and HIV

  • Collaborate in the development of OST guidelines as a part of HR interventions.
  • Collaborate for the development of OST guidelines as a part of HR interventions.
  • contribute to the  action plan for training
  • Support the development of IEC materials for information communication
  • Collaborate with other partners  for the development of OAT guidelines as a part of HR interventions.

Deliverable 2.2: Capacitate NGOs working in HIV and SRH all over Egypt to foster HIV prevention, testing and treatment activities

  • build capacity of NGOs on community-based HIV prevention, testing and linkage to treatment, including on the latest WHO-recommended approaches and technologies
  • Support NAP in coordinating and engaging NGOs for scaling up HIV testing, treatment and care

Output 3: Support the integration of  HIV and  TB activities into the wider health system and wider initiatives for the prevention and management of infection and health secrutiy 

Deliverable 3.1 : Enhance effective integration and coordination among different sectors

  • Actively particpatein strategic discussions to ensure that opportunities to strengthen systems for HIV and TB control through health system strengthening and health securiry measures are optimised, and that systems for the prevention detection and treatment  are strengthened throughout the health system

 

Output 4:   Apply effective  information management system for HIV &TB  prevention

  • Scaling up and widen the integration between different health care facilities along with a unified Health information system   
  • Follow up with the country to finalize the regional case reporting and GAM report  ( Global aids monitoring )
  • Support monitoring the cascade of care and strengthening full monitoring of HIV and TB programmes.
  • Support high quality analysis of data including where appropriate through  geographic information systems

 

Output 5: Support development and update the national clinical guidelines for both HIV and TB programme according to the latest WHO guidelines

 

Output 6: Support and coordinate Global fund activities with both NAP and NTP  

: Review and analyse data on both  HIV preventive services among key populations and TB, every quarter and support in analyzing epidemiological trends;

  • Technically support the MOHP to successfully apply for global fund successive cycles
  • Coordinate between different partners to finalize the application process
  • Ensure allignemnt of GFATM supported activitiesd  with WHO guidelines
  • Support the functioning of the independent oversight committee 

Delieverable  7.: Expolore opportunities for additional funding for communicable diseass in Egypt

 

  • Identify areas and opportunities for funding
  • Develop coherent competitive propsals for grant applications
  • Apply for funding opportunities
  • Monitor fund implementation activies and budgeting

Output 8: Technical report summarizing activities undertaken during the reporting period, including main outcomes and follow-up actions

  • : Submit progress reports to the WHO Country Office.

 

 

 

  1. Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
     

Educational Qualifications:

University degree in health/public health sciences or related fields.

 

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of experience in public health work,
  • 3 years work on HIV and interventions with vulnerable populations.
  • Proficiency in working with Geographic Information Systems

 

 

 

Skills/Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Good analytic skills
  • Good writing skills
  • Ability to use the relevant Microsoft office programmes namely Word, Excel
  • Excellent communication skills

 

Languages and level required:

Fluent English (Read - Write - Speak);

Fluent Arabic (Read  Write  Speak )

 

 

  1. Location
     

WHO Country Office, Cairo, Egypt.

 
 

  1. Planned timelines ( part – time consultancy subject to confirmation)

Start date: 15 Jan 2023

End date: 30 September 2023

The expected workload would be 11 days per month

 

  1. Medical clearance

The selected Consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.

 

  1. Travel

 

The Consultant is expected to travel within Egypt. Travel requests will be raised in due course

 

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 a mission under the terms of this consultancy, the Consultant will receive subsistence allowance.

Visas requirements: it is the consultant’s responsibility to fulfill visa requirements and ask for a 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 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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  • 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 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.

 

 

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