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Consultant (HPD/ VIP) Band Level B lower end of range- to support data collection at the national level for the purpose of developing the WHO Global status report on violence against children
World Health Organization (WHO)
EM/VIP Violence & Injury Prevention (HPD)
Job Expired 17 Mar 2024
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description



Purpose of the Consultancy

WHO is seeking a consultant to lead a situational assessment on preventing violence against children across countries of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). The successful candidate will liaise with multisectoral stakeholders across the Region to support data collection at the national level for the purpose of developing the WHO Global status report on violence against children.



Globally, it is estimated that 1 billion children have experienced emotional, physical or sexual violence in the past year. To chart countries’ progress towards the SDGs aimed at ending violence against children and monitor their violence prevention status against the evidence-based approaches set out in the INSPIRE: Seven strategies for ending violence against children technical package, the first ever Global status report on preventing violence against children [GSRPVAC] was published in 2020.

Since the Report’s publication, an ongoing high-level focus on preventing violence against children led to the adoption of the World Health Assembly Resolution WHA74.17 on Ending violence against children through health systems strengthening and multisectoral approaches in May 2021. Among other things, Resolution WHA74.17 calls on Member States to prioritize data collection and monitoring and to strengthen their prevention efforts to accelerate progress in achieving WHO’s own target of reducing violence against children by 20% by the year 2025. It also calls on WHO to develop second and third global status reports to monitor national violence prevention status in 2025 and 2030, respectively.

In response to the WHA Resolution, WHO is coordinating the development and delivery of the second global assessment of efforts to prevent and respond to violence against children. The key purpose is to identify available epidemiological data on the burden of such violence and existing strategies, legislation and programming to prevent it at the national level. By assessing country-level capacity to collect data, exchange information, adopt and enforce legislation, and develop and implement national action plans to prevent and respond to violence against children, the Report will support countries to re-assess  their position on violence prevention; catalyse further prevention action, and identify gaps in national responses to violence that need to be addressed. Data collected will be published in the second WHO GSRPVAC.


The current consultancy aims to coordinate and support, at the regional level, collection of relevant data and information in EMR countries that will participate in the endeavour to develop the GSRPVAC.


Planned timelines (subject to confirmation)

Start date:  1/04/2024                                                          

End date: 31/12/2024


Work to be performed

The following outputs, related to leading data collection in the Eastern Mediterranean Region for second WHO Global status report on preventing violence against children [GSRPVAC], are to be completed in close consultation and collaboration with the concerned technical teams across WO three levels and national data focal persons (NDFPs).

Output 1: Coordinate and undertake preparatory steps for data collection for the second GSRPVAC:

-       Deliverable 1.1: Attend training for Regional Data Focal Persons on data collection and validation including identifying contributors, consensus meeting and data validation and clearance and to operate the project web-based platform.

-       Deliverable 1.2: Support identification of NDFPs for the country, and support EMRO in liaison with National Data Coordinators (NDCs), confirming their participation and availability for related regional trainings.

-       Deliverable 1.3: Set up, conduct online NDFPs’ trainings and follow up after the trainings.

-       Deliverable 1.4: Support the Regional Advisor (RA) in preparing contractual agreements with NDFPs, if needed, and develop templates for workplans for NDFPs.

Output 2: Support NDFPs in data collection, validation and clearance for the second GSRVAC:

-       Deliverable 2.1: Provide technical advice to NDFPs on identifying stakeholders to complete a standardized questionnaire and in setting up consensus meetings among respondents within the stipulated period.


-       Deliverable 2.2: Coach NDFPs to collect good quality country level data and assist NDFPs in the validation process through conducting quality checks, at national, regional and global level, as well as assist with the collection and collation of national legislation and check it against criteria provided by HQ.

-       Deliverable 2.3: Follow up with NDFPs to ensure that government approval is obtained for each country level dataset.

-    Deliverable 2.4: Ensure clear transmission of agreed on answers to the questionnaire to the concerned HQ team and assist with the data entry of validated data on the portal.

Output 3: Report regularly on the progress of undertaken actions and assit in review of the draft report and dissemaination of the published document:

-       Deliverable 3.1: Provide and maintain an accurate project management spreadsheet indicating the status of the data collection and approval process for each country.

-       Deliverable 3.2: Provide accurate project management spreadsheet indicating the progress on different aspects of the project including data collection and approval process for each country; and share updated tracking sheets on weekly basis and progress reports on monthly basis

-       Deliverable 3.3: Assist in reviewing the draft global report and its dissemination upon release.

Specific requirements

- Qualifications required:        

University degree in medicine, public health, epidemiology, or a related field. 

Experience required:

 5 to 10 years of relevant experience in public health, which include experience in data collection/analysis (such as surveys, datasets).

 International experience is mandatory for international consultant.


Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Excellent inter-personal skills with the demonstrated ability to work effectively with government officials as well as with national and international organizations.
  • Good management abilities and experience.
  • Familiarity with the goals and procedures of international organizations (UN system, donors, non-governmental organizations).
  • Thorough knowledge of violence and injury prevention-related issues is an asset.
  •  Experience working with legal documents is an asset. 
  • Experience working in Eastern Mediterranean Regional countries is an asset. 

  • Ability to coordinate, plan and implement projects, conduct training activities, effectively monitor, and analyze data and present results.
  • Ability to work independently and deliver high quality work on time.
  • Computer proficiency in Outlook, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

- Language requirements:

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English. Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.

Place of assignment

All tasks will be conducted remotely


  Medical clearance

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


No travel is required

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