Individual Consultant: Health Security Programme Management

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 5 March 2021

Job Description

Health Security Programme Management Consultant

Beneficiary country(ies):Fiji
Registration level:Basic
Published on:05-Mar-2021
Deadline on:19-Mar-2021 23:59 (GMT 12.00) Auckland, Wellington, Fiji, Kamchatka


The Pacific Health Security and Communicable Diseases unit covers three main areas of work - (1) WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (WHE), (2) communicable diseases, and (3) reproductive and maternal health/gender and equity. The mission of WHE 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 provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. WHE brings together and enhances WHO’s operational, technical and normative capacity in outbreaks, emergencies and risk analysis to address all health hazards across the risk management cycle in a predictable, capable, dependable, adaptable and accountable manner. It is designed to operate within the broader humanitarian and emergency management architecture in support of people at risk of, or affected by, outbreaks and emergencies, consistent with ways that strengthen local and national capabilities.

Planned Timelines (Subject to confirmation)

  • Start Date: 29 March 2021
  • End Date: 31 December 2021
  • Expected LOE: 1.0 FTE/9 months


Within the context of Pacific Health Security and Communicable Diseases (PSC) Unit of WPRO’s Division of Pacific Technical Support (DPS), and guided by the Pacific Island Countries and Areas WHO Cooperation Strategy and as per the WHO’s General Programme of Work, the purpose of the consultancy is to provide support for the work of the PSC unit towards the effective execution of activities with a specific focus on the Pacific COVID-19 Implementation Plan and the Pacific Health Security Coordination Plan, 2017-2022 (PaHSeC) for accelerated implementation of the International Health Regulations and Pacific regional health security strengthening. The incumbent will also provide project management support to other projects and the initiatives within DPS, ensuring financial and administrative compliance with WHO rules and regulations.


The Consultant will support the following outputs:

  • Coordinate implementation of the Pacific COVID-19 Implementation Plan & PaHSeC within PSC unit and ensure compliance with the defined WHO project management methodology and standards.
  • Provide management support to the PSC Team Coordinator in the areas of COVID-19 and PaHSeC reporting based on detailed project planning, resource scheduling, progress monitoring, issue resolution and risk management.
  • Act as the principal point of contact point for the WHO regarding status of assigned projects with national health authorities, partners, donors and supervisors.
  • Ensure proper capture of Member State and partner requests for technical support, identify and contract consultant services and other resources to support agreed initiatives.
  • Ensure timely progress monitoring to ensure that activities are on plan, on time, and on budget.
  • Ensure effective management of available resources, quality delivery of expected outcomes and outputs, and active engagement with the team.
  • Develop project related documentation, reports etc. in line with project management and reporting requirements.
  • Actively manage all stakeholder engagements, calling regular internal and external COVID/PaHSeC working group meetings, provide the Secretariat function to these activities and provide regular progress updates.
  • Ensure visibility of project plans, status, dependencies, risks, and issues. Actively manage and track critical paths and milestones across projects.
  • Identify project risks and implementation challenges and work closely with responsible team leads to mitigate these risks and identify solutions to address business needs.
  • Ensure timely and sufficient reporting to supervisors in order to make informed decisions.
  • Facilitate and track/monitor human resource gaps, approvals and recruitment processes in DPS, in coordination with relevant technical units and responsible administrative staff, and provide weekly situational reports to management on recruitment.
  • Other duties, as assigned by supervisor.


Under overall guidance of the Head of WHO Country Office and Director, Pacific Technical Support (DPS), direct supervision and guidance of the Team Coordinator, PSC, and close collaboration with counterparts at the Regional Office, HQ, other WHO staff and partners, the incumbent has overall responsibility for the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of Pacific COVID Implementation Plan and PaHSeC projects. The Project Manager will work closely with DPS technical staff, partner agencies, National IHR focal points, the DPS Programme Management Officer and Programme Administration Officer, and counterparts in the Regional Office and HQ.

Technical Supervision:

The selected consultant will work on the supervision of:

  • Mr Sean Casey, Health Cluster Coordinator
  • PSC|DPS,




Bachelor’s level university degree in business administration, project management, finance, information management, public health, medicine or related discipline from an institution or university recognized in the International Association of Universities’ Worldwide Database of Higher Education Institutions, Systems and Credentials.


Master’s degree in relevant field with professional qualification or foundation certification in project management methodologies, such as Project Management Institute (PMI), Prince 2 or Six Sigma.



At least five years relevant professional experience at national and international level in programme/project planning, management and successful delivery of complex cross functional or interdependent projects. Experience in successfully applying project management methodologies in managing projects, such as PMI, Prince2 or Six Sigma. Experience in managing large-scale and complex projects. Proven experience in implementing tracking systems, reporting mechanisms and improvement initiatives.


Experience in managing complex projects within a WHO, UN and health context. Experience in change management, quality assurance, and communications. Experience in budget and finance. Experience in Western Pacific Region. Experience in health emergency logistics.


  • Excellent communication skills and proven writing skills in English.
  • Capacity to collaborate and coordinate across multiple agencies.
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environments.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills.


Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English. French language a plus.


  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication


Place of Assignment

Suva, Fiji


Subject to changes based on scheduling with WPRO/DPS:

  • Travel dates: 29 March 2021 - 31 December 2021
  • Location: Suva, Fiji
  • Purpose: COVID-19 & Pacific Health Security & Communicable Diseases Programme Management Support; Additional travel TBD

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

Visas requirements: it is the consultant’s responsibility to fulfil visa requirements and ask for visa support letter(s) if needed.


Qualified and interested specialists should submit their CV {for individual contractors} or Company Profile {for institutional applications} and Expression of Interest {cover letter} to the Supply Officer through WP RO UNGM at < > by 19 March 2021

The cover letter should outline how their experience and qualifications make them a suitable candidate for this position and should include their proposed daily consultancy fee and availability.

Please use Tender Notice No. 123421 as subject to all submission. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

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