Position: Special Service Agreement (SSA) National Bridging Workshops (World Health Organization)__Deadline:20-March

This SSA is requested by:
Unit:    WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE)
Office:    WHO Cambodia

1.    Purpose of the Special Service Agreement (SSA)
To act as the One Health NBW Catalyst for Cambodia and support, catalyse, and evaluate the implementation of Cambodia’sNational Bridging Workshop (NBW) Roadmap and identify challenges in the operationalization of the collaboration at the human-animal interface.

2.    Background
The health of humans, animals, and the environment is vitally interlinked. A majority of emerging and endemic human diseases have their origins in animals, wild or domestic, be they transmitted directly, through food or the environment. The World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as OIE), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), recently joined by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), are the main international organizations responsible for proposing references and guidance for the prevention and response to zoonotic diseases and other health risks at the human-animal-environment interface. Together, they have been active promoters and implementers of an intersectoral collaborative approach between institutions and systems to prevent, detect, and control diseases among animals and humans.

In 2014, WHO and WOAH started to develop the National Bridging Workshop (NBW), bringing together human, animal, and environmental health sectors. The method supports the development of a joint and consensual Roadmap guiding short-term activities for improved coordination between these sectors. As of January 2024, NBWs have been conducted in 54 countries. Cambodia organized its NBW in August 2023. The key output of these NBW is an initial NBW Roadmap, a joint action plan that the animal health, environment, and human health sectors have developed jointly to improve their collaboration. NBW roadmaps may serve to directly guide countries’ work to strengthen IHR core capacities or provide input to broader strategic and operational national health security action plans.
In 2020, WHO, WOAH, and FAO initiated a second phase of the NBW Program, focusing on the follow-up of the NBWs, the monitoring of the implementation of the NBW Roadmap, and in-country support (both technical and financial) for this implementation. Notably, a network of Regional Coordinators, as well as so- called NBW Catalysts, was developed. NBW Catalysts are One Health experts recruited nationally to support the implementation of the NBW Roadmap activities and the follow-up of the NBW. NBW Regional Coordinators, NBW Catalysts, and NBW Headquarters Focal Points from the three organizations form a strong community of practice, which meets regularly via virtual meetings to update each other, share lessons learned, present new tools, and share their experience and challenges in operationalizing One Health approach at all levels.
One Health offers a multisectoral and interdisciplinary approach to addressing health security challenges within the Asia Pacific Health Security Action Framework by recognizing the interconnectedness of human, animal and environmental health. NBW Cambodia took place in 23-25 August 2023 in Siem Reap. A joint roadmap was developped with activities to be implemented within five years. Activities were jointly defined by multisectoral actors to support the operationalization of One Health at national and subnational levels.
As part of the NBW Follow-up strategy, a nationally-recruited NBW Catalyst will be positioned at the interface between the three  sectors to advocate for, catalyse, provide technical assistance, and monitor the implementation of the NBW Roadmap activities as well strengthen One Health coordination within the country.

3.    Planned timelines (subject to confirmation) Start date: 1 April 2024
End date: 31 March 2025

4.    Work to be performed

The work of the SSA will be to:
  • Active liaising between relevant sectors sectors following the NBW outcomes to keep the momentum;
  • Advocate and support the implementation of activities jointly defined during the NBW and listed in the NBW Roadmap;
  • Provide technical assistance for the implementation of the NBW roadmap activities;
  • Identify challenges in the operationalization of the collaboration between the human, animal, and environment sectors at the country level, propose solutions and the possible need for support by the Quadripartite partners;
  • Identify low-cost high-impact NBW roadmap activities which could be funded by the Quadripartite partners;
  • Actively contribute to the network of NBW Catalysts and participate in activities of the NBW community (i.e. bimonthly virtual reunions, yearly NBW network consultative meeting);
  • Support the One Health Inter-Ministerial committee secretariat as requested and required;
  • Any other duty as requested.

5.    Technical Supervision
The selected SSA will work under the supervision of:
Responsible
Officer:    Dr Vannda Kab, Technical Officer
Manager:    Dr Sarika Patel, Acting WHE Team Lead

6.    Specific requirements
Qualifications required:
  • Essential: University degree in public health or veterinary studies

Experience required:
  • At least 5 years experience in public health, food safety, or zoonotic disease detection, prevention, and control.
  • Experience with public health or animal health systems in the host country.
  • Very good understanding of the One Health approach and how it can be implemented.
  • Experience in coordination, collaboration, and facilitation of capacity-building activities across the human-animal interface.

Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and sensitivity to political and cultural issues
  • Proven ability to work in multisectoral teams
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines

Language requirements:
  • Requirement: official language of host country (Excellent) and English (Good).

7.    Competencies
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Respect and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Producing results
  • Communication in a credible effective way
  • Knowing and managing yourself

8.    Place of assignment
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

9.    Medical clearance
The selected SSA will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.

10.    Travel
Duty travel when required (e.g. field visits, meetings, outbreaks, and public health events) within Cambodia will be covered according to WHO rules.

All travel arrangements will be made by WHO – WHO will not be responsible for tickets purchased by the SSA without the express, prior authorization of WHO. While on a mission under the terms of this Special Service Agreement, the SSA will receive a subsistence allowance.
Visas requirements: it is the SSA’s responsibility to fulfill visa requirements and ask for visa support letter(s) if needed.

  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and is committed to putting 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.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to the CV and send together with the letter of interest via email to wpkhmprocurement@who.int

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