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Technical Consultant Antimicrobial Resistance – Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Preparedness Assessment

World Health Organization | Published April 17, 2017



Reducing the incidence of infections through effective sanitation, hygiene and infection prevention measures is one of the five strategic objectives of the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance. In November 2016 during World Antibiotic Awareness Week, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched Guidelines on Core Components of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) at the national and acute health-care facility levels. Implementation of these guidelines will improve IPC and patient safety practices at the frontline; contribute to preventing the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance; improve the quality of health service delivery; strengthen health systems, which in turn contributes to the increased resilience of health systems and global public health security. All these will ultimately contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Understanding challenges at the frontline and identifying opportunities, best practices and critical actions to strengthening IPC core components implementation are key for embedding IPC in every aspect of health services. Raising awareness about the importance of IPC in combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and strengthening health care professionals’ capacity to practice IPC in day-to-date service delivery are critical factors for implementing and scaling up infection prevention and control in health facilities and in the community. 

The WHO Western Pacific Office will provide guidance and technical support to countries in their efforts to combat AMR by implementing the core components of IPC. The support package will include conducting capacity and preparedness assessment, capacity strengthening for relevant health care professionals and facilitating the implementation of IPC at national level.

Under the supervision of Integrated Service Delivery (ISD) and in collaboration with the AMR Working Group, the consultant will:

  • Coordinate with relevant WHO Country Offices to facilitate the participation of the Ministry of Health and related institutions/health facilities in priority countries (four countries) in the IPC capacity and preparedness assessment. 
  • Liaise with relevant WHO Country Offices to provide technical support to Ministry of Health in the mapping of existing resources, infrastructure, key stakeholders and human resources. 
  • Review existing resources, relevant documents and reports, including the peer reviewed and grey literature, e.g. strategies, plans, frameworks, activities.
  • Conduct key informant interviews and focus groups discussions/workshops to solicit information and viewpoints from key stakeholders about gaps in capacity and preparedness and identify strategic approaches for engaging key stakeholders, including health care professionals and community groups in the implementation of the IPC policies and actions.
  • Perform other related and assigned duties as required.

Required profile of the contractor


Advanced degree (Master’s degree or higher) in medical & health sciences, in public health or other health related fields.

Skills and Experience

  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience in patient safety, health system strengthening or qualitative research
  • Experience in organizing and facilitating international and national workshops or training courses
  • Experience and skills in conducting interviews and focus groups discussions
  • Experience in qualitative research analysis and report writing
  • Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in consultancy with WHO is an advantage.


  • Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.


  • Communicating in a credible and effective way
  • Producing results
  • Fostering integration and teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individuals and cultural differences
  • Knowing and managing yourself

Interested should submit the following documents to the Supply Officer (WPRO) at by  2 May 2017. Please use Tender Notice No. 56096 as subject to all submissions. Contract start date 1 June with duration of 7 months

  • Expression of interest (cover letter) that includes a financial proposal
  • CV (for individual contractors) or Company Profile (for institutional applications)

Please note that the application may be closed before the indicated closing date if a sufficient number of applications are received. Only successful candidates will be contacted



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