Health and Peace Researcher

Closing date

Agreement of Performance of Work (APW): To identify possible “Health and Peace” (H&P) interventions that can be designed and implemented across WHO’s areas of work, in order to support the mainstreaming of WHO’s Health and Peace approach across WHO departments and WHO countries.

Closing date: 16 June 2021

1. Purpose of the APW

To identify programmatic areas where health projects can deliver peace dividends, as well as possible areas of overlap between peacebuilding approaches and WHO’s work.

The research task is to identify possible “Health and Peace” (H&P) interventions that can be designed and implemented across WHO’s areas of work, in order to support the mainstreaming of WHO’s Health and Peace approach across WHO departments and WHO countries. Possible overlaps and interventions should be identified at activity and/or approach, output and outcome levels, with the provision of relevant Health and Peace indicators.

2. Background

On 27 April 2016, the UN General Assembly and UN Security Council unanimously adopted identical resolutions on “sustaining peace” (A/RES/70/262 and S/RES/2282), requesting all UN entities and the World Bank to mobilize their capacities for mediation and conflict resolution to prevent the “outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict”. Against the backdrop of increasing needs, chronic vulnerabilities, and protracted conflict in FCV settings, the WHO Global Program of Work 13 (GPW13) provides an opportunity for WHO to articulate its contributions to sustaining peace, in line with the resolutions.

In this context, WHO launched its new “Health & Peace (H&P) Initiative” document in November 2020 at the Paris Peace Forum. WHO’s IPE Unit at Headquarters (HQ) – who leads the Health and Peace Initiative - is now moving forward with the operationalization phase of the Initiative. With this regard, one of the main objectives is for WHO Country offices (WCOs) to develop and conduct Health and Peace interventions.

To support WCOs in these efforts, the IPE Unit has developed an operational Handbook that should guide WHO country offices in designing and implementing Health and Peace interventions. This handbook provides a step-by-step approach to Health and Peace programming through conflict analysis, conflict-sensitive programming and where possible, “peace-responsive” programming (meaning, the development of health programs that also achieve peace dividends).

The IPE Unit wishes to provide additional, practical support to country teams in designing conflict-sensitive and mainly peace-responsive health programs, through the provision of a menu of possible entry points, activities and approaches for health activities to deliver peace dividends, to support health actors -WHO or others- when applying for peacebuilding or peace-related funds.

Research questions

· Which existing health interventions bring about peace dividends (at activity, output and outcome level) within and outside WHO programs, and how to optimize them?

· Which existing WHO guidance and tools/approaches contribute to bringing peace dividends through health policies/interventions, and how to best implement them in the pursue of H&P objectives?

· What other Health and Peace interventions could be possibly envisaged/created?

· How to measure these Health and peace interventions (indicators)?

Methodology and roles

The contractual partner will work in strong/regular concertation with WHO’s Interagency Policy for Emergencies (IPE) Unit.

For each area of work considered, the contractual partner will:**

  • Review WHO documents of relevance, such as:

  • Handbooks **

  • Frameworks /strategic documents

  • Project documents

  • Evaluation report on projects

  • Other documents, as relevant

  • Review relevant literature and documents from other international organizations delivering health interventions.

  • Interview key informants within WHO and outside WHO (NGOs, UN, …).

The IPE unit will provide support to the contractual partner by identifying the WHO literature of relevance, as well as internal key informants. The service provider will need to complement these efforts; identify other literature/documents of relevance; identify external key informants who can share reflections or experience in implementing Health interventions that contribute to peace.

3. Duration of Contract (2 months)

Start date: 22/07/2021 End date: 22/09/2021

4. Requirements - Work to be performed

Deliverable 1: A first draft research report (with preliminary findings): by 22 Aug. 2021 – 50% payment USD 9980**

Deliverable 2: The final research report: by 22 September 2021 – 50% payment USD 9980

The research report should include a matrix (or list) that provides information on:

· Overview of the various areas of work under consideration and their link(s) with peacebuilding

· Existing conflict sensitive practices/approaches (part of existing project proposals)

· Potential conflict sensitive practices/approaches (at activity, output and outcome levels)

· Existing peace responsive practices/approaches (at activity, output and outcome levels)

· Potential peace responsive practices/approaches (at activity, output and outcome levels)

· Relevant indicators and targets

In addition, the report shall also include:

· Summary of concerns/other key messages from interviewees

· Summary of key findings in the literature review

· Bibliography

· List of interviews

5. Specific Requirements

Qualifications Required

  • Masters’ degree in social/political science; or in Public Health or related field

Experience required

· At least 7 years of relevant experience, including:

· Experience in research work

  • Experience in Program design and/or Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Experience in Public Health and/or Peacebuilding

Desirable qualification and experience

  • PhD in social or political science; or Public Health or Health-related discipline
  • Experience in the field

Working Language required

  • English – Expert knowledge in reading, writing and speaking required

Competencies to capture expertise and knowledge

· Excellent communication skills

· Ability to work in an independent manner

· Excellent ability to multitask and produce results

· Good cooperation and organizations skills

6. Place of assignment

Remote support. There will be no travel required for this APW.

How to apply

Please send your Personal History Form (PHF) or CV with a motivation letter to Dr Rudi Coninx and to Ms Sharon Akoth

Only qualifying candidates will be contacted