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Date Posted: 10 October 2022
Deadline: 24 October 2022
Submit to emteams@who.int with subject:
Implementation of EMT 2030 Strategy and initiation of the Re-classification of selected EMTs

  1. Purpose of consultancy

The consultant will provide technical support to the EMT Secretariat for the finalization of the EMT 2030 Strategy and its initial roll-out in the different WHO regions. This also includes providing operational support to the re-classification of EMTs. The consultant will be supervised by the Network Leader of the EMT Initiative.  

The consultancy is expected to focus on the finalization of the EMT 2030 Strategy (Towards EMT 2030: Strengthening global health emergency workforce, alert, an response teams) and its application in the different regions; and the implementation of the re-classification process among the first cohorts of EMTs classified in 2016-2018.

  1. Background

One of the primary objectives of the EMT Initiative is helping countries to strengthen the national surge capacity, the ability of their EMTs and other rapid response capacities to respond to emergencies contributing to their own health security. In times of crisis, national EMTs are in the best position to provide immediate assistance. Strengthening both national and international EMTs and increase interoperability with other rapid response capacities are essential components of a country's emergency preparedness and response to save lives, improve health and serve the most vulnerable and in need.

The EMT Initiative has meanwhile sought to adapt to the ever-changing context of health emergency operations and maintain its relevance to disasters and health-related emergencies that remain as frequent, severe, and complex as ever.

International surge is essential to support systems when overwhelmed, but strong national capacities and capabilities are the primary and most critical to a response. Strengthening the relationships between the two is the key to a strong global health response. The EMT initiative aims to enhance preparedness and promote the rapid deployment and efficient coordination of Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) adhering to minimum standards to reduce the loss of life and prevent long term disability resulting from disasters, outbreaks and or other emergencies.

During the 5th EMT Global Meeting, the EMT 2030 Strategy was presented to network partners and stakeholders. As stated in the document, the main goal of the strategy is for “populations affected by health emergencies have access to quality, lifesaving and essential health services through effective, scalable, interoperable and rapidly deployed emergency medical teams and other emergency capacities fully integrated resilient, national health systems.”

During the same occasion, each of the WHO Regional Offices presented its respective priorities according to the core objectives which include: Strengthen effective partnership, leadership and operational governance; provide comprehensive accessible and quality health services; implement and scale up strategies for standardization and quality assurance; and strengthen information systems, evidence and research.

Since the launch of the initiative, more than 30 teams have been classified, and with more than 80 teams in different stages of the mentorship and classification process. An EMT’s classification is valid for five (5) years. Following that period, it has to go through re-classification to assure compliance with the technical standards and share with the network its lessons learned as an operational organization since its initial classification.

Inherent to the third core objective  (i.e., strategies for standardization and quality assurance) of the EMT 2030 Strategy, the re-classification cycle was presented to the EMT Strategic Advisory Group during the Global Meeting which was subsequently endorsed. With the establishment of the re-classification cycle, this will have to be applied among the twenty two (22) EMTs classified in 2016-2018.

The consultancy is needed to ensure the finalization of the EMT 2030 Strategy to reflect the regional priorities according to each of the core objectives and the initiation of the re-classification cycle among classified EMTs


  1. Deliverables

The consultant will be responsible to provide technical support to the EMT Secretariat in the finalization of the EMT 2030 Strategy with the main focus on aligning regional priorities with the core objectives; and operational support to the EMT Secretariat in the initiation of the re-classification of selected EMTs.

Deliverable 1:  To collate and organize information from the EMT Regional Focal Points on the output of discussions during the EMT Global Meeting regarding the context, priorities, foreseen challenges, and other relevant information in line with the presented EMT 2030 Strategy; expected by 07 December 2022.

Activity 1.1 – Communicate with the different EMT RFPs to collect all relevant information listed above as an outcome of discussions during the Global Meeting;

Activity 1.2 – Collate and present all the collected information from the RFPs; liaising with the EMT Network Leader, or duly appointed responsible officer, with the synthesis of the information;

Activity 1.3 – Work closely with the EMT Network Leader, or duly appointed responsible officer, on the appropriate presentation for the Strategic Advisory Group meeting scheduled in December 2022.

Deliverable 2: Launching and implementation of the EMT 2030 Strategy, following its presentation to the Strategic Advisory Group; expected by 30 April 2023

Activity 2.1 – In liaison with the EMT Network Leader, or duly appointed responsible officer, disseminate the outcome of the EMT Strategic Advisory Group Meeting among all EMT RFPs;

Activity 2.2 – Support the EMT RFPs in finalizing the respective priorities per region, and  for each of the four (4) core objectives of the EMT 2030 Strategy

Activity 2.3 – Support the EMT Secretariat to incorporate all the inputs from the EMT RFPs into the EMT 2030 Strategy document.

Activity 2.4 – Provide a monthly report on the implementation plan of the EMT 2030 Strategy

Deliverable 3: To support the EMT Secretariat in the creation of the workplan incorporating all the strategic elements of the EMT2030; expected by 31 March 2023

Activity 3.1: To organize the documents relevant to the EMT2030;

Activity 3.2 – Finalize templates of documents, in liaison with the EMT Technical Officer, related to the correspondences with the EMTs, Regional Focal Points, mentors;

Activity 3.3 – Present a comprehensive plan that include all the foreseen activities related to the EMT2030.

  1. Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential:  University degree in health (Medicine, Public Health, nursing or another related subject), international relations, or business or public administration.

Desirable:  Advance degree in public health or business or public administration; and certifications or diplomas in public health, health emergencies, humanitarian assistance, or project management


Essential:   At least five (5) years of demonstrable experience in the development or implementation of strategic or operational documents, or project management and implementation.

Desirable:  Demonstrable experience related to the program or project management of Emergency Medical Teams. Experience or a good understanding of WHO, ICRC, IFRC, MSF or national emergency response systems. 


  1. Working knowledge about the EMT 2030 Strategy; and  the EMT guiding principles, core, technical standards, and coordination mechanisms
  2. Ability to plan and organize tasks related to multiple simultaneous projects, and with attention to details
  3. Excellent interpersonal and team leadership skills, including ability to network and develop effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders and partners
  4. Ability to review, develop and implement program procedures, systems and processes
  5. Ability to maintain a positive and flexible problem-solving approach with a can-do attitude
  6. Good project management skills with experience in proposal development, implementation of emergency and developmental related projects
  7. Ability to identify, pre-empt and manage program challenges
  8. Working knowledge of Microsoft word, excel and other related software

Languages and level required (Basic/Intermediate/Expert):

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French, Spanish and/or other UN language.


Off site: Home/country of residence based. Please note that the incumbent is expected to work during normative working hours of Central European Time (CET) regardless of country of residence.


The incumbent may be requested to travel, specifically if and when requested by the EMT Secretaria

  1. Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):
    1. Remuneration: Payband A
    2. Living expenses: N/A
    3. Expected duration of contract: Six (6) months
  1. Please add the name of the following:
    1. Hiring Manager: Flavio SALIO
    2. Collaborators (more than one if needed): Roy Cosico (for the re-classification of EMTs)
    3. Admin focal point: Marina APPIAH


Additional Information section:

  • This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level.
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
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 For roster VNs:

  • The purpose of this vacancy is to develop a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in this advertised roster. All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) upon conclusion of the selection process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently may be selected for consultancy assignments falling in this area of work or for similar requirements/tasks/deliverables. Inclusion in the Roster does not guarantee selection to a consultant contract. There is no commitment on either side.