The WHO is looking to hire a consultant to work with the clinical management team and the IPC global unit in Geneva, particularly on drafting the Global Sepsis Report - see this job description (PDF). It is a 6-month engagement located in Geneva, starting September 1st, 2019, if possible.
Purpose of the Consultancy
The purpose of this consultancy is to support the clinical team in the advancement of the WHO Sepsis clinical management guidance and to support the IPC Global Unit in coordinating and managing the drafting of the Global Sepsis Report.
Although a precise estimate of the global epidemiological burden of sepsis is difficult to ascertain, some scientific publications have reported that it affects more than 30 million people worldwide every year, potentially leading to 6 million deaths. Global rates of sepsis are thought to be growing rapidly, particularly in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). At the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017, Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted a resolution (WHA70.7) on improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis.
The resolution requested WHO to develop guidance for the prevention and management of sepsis, to produce a report on the epidemiology and burden of sepsis, and to support countries to obtain the necessary infrastructure, laboratory capacity, strategies and tools to address sepsis. The Organization is also expected to work with partners to improve access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable treatments for sepsis and tools for infection prevention and control (IPC), including immunization, particularly in developing countries.
The WHO Clinical team is responsible for developing the Clinical Management standards for Sepsis (https://www.who.int/sepsis/en/that is part of an overarching, interdisciplinary program for Global Sepsis Control. The objectives of this contract are to: a) conduct a systematic evaluation of currently available clinical guidance on sepsis and evaluate if they comply with WHO Guideline Review Committee standards https://www.who.int/publications/guidelines/handbook_2nd_ed.pdf, b) draft theplanning proposal for WHO Sepsis clinical management guidance and c) to develop a clinical management Toolkit for front line clinicians.
To do so, the consultant will work under the technical oversight of the WHO clinical team and its’ sepsis clinical expert team. This preliminary work is essential to put into place all the necessary building blocks to develop a high quality guidance. The types of work will include conducting systematic review, writing technical documents, hosting TC with clinical expert panel, and meeting with various WHO teams that are part of the steering committee and WHO Guideline Review committee.
To do so, the consultant will work under technical oversight of the WHO Clinical Care Unit of the Emergency Programme.The WHO IPC Global Unit(IPC GU)is responsible for coordinatingtheactivities of the technical group that contributes tosepsisworkat WHO Headquarters. Moreover,the IPC GU has the task of coordinating the work to publish the Global Sepsis Report on the sepsis epidemiology.
Under the supervision of the IPC GU, the consultant will assist in coordinating the cross-departmental work of sepsis (e.g. convening the coordination group meetingand providingnotes, keepingup to date on internal sepsis-related work, updatingthe WHO website on sepsis) and willsupport the drafting of the Global Sepsis Report through coordination and management of the sections (e.g. sepsis in adults, sepsis in neonates, healthcare-associated sepsis, maternal sepsis) stemming from other expert groups within and outside of WHO Headquarters.
At the end of the 6-month contract, WHO will be ready to host initial Guideline Development Group meeting