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13 Jun

WHO Emergency Programme - search for IPC Specialists

On behalf of the Executive Committee and Council of the World Federation, we would like to share the following email from Benedetta Allegranzi from the WHO Headquarters with you - they are in need of colleagues with qualifications in infection prevention and control. Please be so kind to forward this information to your Society members and colleagues with such qualifications who might be able to take over this important task. Thank you very much in anticipation of your assistance with this request.

Dear Colleagues, I hope that this email finds you well. Apologies for bothering you with this request of help but I’m trying to reach as many people as possible. Our team is working more and more on outbreak preparedness and response, in collaboration with the WHO Emergency Programme (WHE). Thus, I would like to seek your help to identify IPC specialists to fill the following two positions:
A 3-month IPC consultancy to support the response to an HIV outbreak in Larkana, Pakistan, most likely due to injection and blood safety issues and broader IPC gaps. For confidentiality reasons, I’m unable to share more details on this but it’s an unprecedented situation which requires urgent IPC response. We would like to recruit an IPC specialist from July to be based in Pakistan, working for WHO to support the MOH to develop and roll out a rapid IPC intervention (mainly awareness raising, training and supervision, and procurement and use of IPC equipment) in the affected area. Ideally, we look for someone proficient in English, with at least 10 years of IPC experience, including in outbreaks and in developing countries, able to have a strategic approach, flexible and ready to work hard in a complex situation. This consultant will be deployed through GOARN or HQ WHE and will work in close collaboration with the WHO country office, the IPC and blood safety teams in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office and us in HQ. We will have more detailed TORs in the next week.
A 6-month IPC temporary staff position dedicated to IPC for outbreak preparedness and response. This person will be based in Geneva in our team (the IPC global unit) working closely with WHE but likely to be deployed for outbreaks, if needed. I attach the TORs. We would like to fill this position since August or September at the latest. It’s for 6 months but there are possibilities that it will be renewed.
The deadline for CVs submissions (which should go to Paul Rogers, ) for both positions is 15 June. I know that the requirements are quite difficult to fulfill and the timeline is very tight but outbreaks require strong IPC expertise and do not give us much flexibility… Thus, I would be very grateful if you could kindly consider this call in your own interest or help us identify suitable candidates.
Thank you once again for your terrific support! Warm regards
Benedetta