Consultant – Develop Model to Estimate Country – Level Costs of Health Security Preparedness, Anywhere

  • Organization: WHO – World Health Organization
  • Country: Switzerland
  • City: Geneva
  • Office: WHO Geneva, Switzerland

Consultant – Develop Model to Estimate Country

Level Costs of Health Security Preparedness

( 2200325 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 6 months

Job Posting: Feb 2, 2022, 3:42:41 PM

Purpose of consultancy

To develop cost estimates for country-level costs for activities linked to improved health security preparedness in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).

The consultant will collaborate with a project team at WHO HQ, consisting of members from the Health Security Preparedness (HSP) and Health Systems Governance and Finance (HGF) departments. This work will be complemented by separate efforts to map and estimate supranational costs of health security preparedness.


The launch of the 2nd edition of the Benchmarks for IHR Capacities (expected Q2 2022) will inform estimates of country-level costs of improving health security preparedness, while building on related past and ongoing activities – such as costing exercises completed for country National Action Plans for Health Security (NAPHS).

A review by the project team of multi-country preparedness costing studies (under review) suggests that more work needs to be done to estimate country-specific costs based on preparedness gaps and to integrate these costs into existing tools (such as the One Health Tool) to inform national strategic health planning.


The consultant will develop a costing model in Excel, including its logic and structure, in collaboration with the WHO team. They will build on existing work to develop the equations for the tool and work to integrate the data inputs. If needed, the consultant will explore programming the model in other programming languages.

The costing model will account for a broad range of LMICs for which there is data available (e.g. 67 or 73 LMICs with default price information). The costing will cover health-related activities and follow previous preparedness costing exercises, structuring targets according to an updated version of the WHO Benchmarks for IHR (2005) Capacities, to be published in 2022. Country needs will be estimated based on information including self-reported IHR State Party Self-Assessment Annual Report (SPAR) data.

Expected outputs/delivery dates are as follows: Output 1 (31 March 2022): Excel-based Health Security Preparedness Country Costing Model.

Output 2 (31 March 2022): Documentation on Preparedness Costing Model.

Output 3 (30 April 2022): Estimate of Country Preparedness Costs (group of LMICs).

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential: Advanced university degree in public health, social science, health related sciences, health economics, or a related field.

Desirable: Training in health emergency preparedness and response.


Essential: Minimum 5 years of experience in health financing, health economics, conducting costing studies and/or implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005, health emergency preparedness, planning and operational readiness, including experience in outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies.



  •  Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  •  Demonstrable understanding of best practices in costing health sector activities, including those supporting IHR (2005) implementation and/or health emergency preparedness.

Desirable: Knowledge of the WHO Benchmarks for IHR (2005) Capacities and the IHR (2005) Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (IHR MEF).

Languages required:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of one or more of the official languages of the United Nations.


Home based – Off-site.


The consultant may be requested to travel during the assignment, otherwise, the consultancy will be done online using virtual platforms.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):

Remuneration: Pay Band B

USD 7,000

9,980 per month

Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):


Expected duration of contract:

6 months at 50% (part-time)

Additional Information

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