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WHO (June 30) Call for expression of interests WHO Guideline on Community Based He

The World Health Organization (WHO) is in the process of developing policy guidelines to assist national governments, as well as national and international partners, to improve the design, implementation, performance and evaluation of CHW programmes, contributing to the attainment of universal health coverage and the health SDG targets.

This notice is a call for expression of interests for relevant experts to serve as members of the External Review Group (ERG). The ERG is intended to provide diverse and real-world perspectives and will be primarily responsible for peer review of the guideline, along with the relevant departments at WHO headquarters and in the regional offices represented in the Steering Group(SG).

The ERG membership is open to qualified individuals from a range of constituencies, including health workforce experts, CHWs experts, Human Resources for Health and CHW planners, health managers and advocates.

All WHO guidelines must pass through an external review process before they are submitted for clearance process and eventually published. The primary interest is to serve WHO’s Member States by producing recommendations that improve the health and well-being of populations, globally or in specific areas or countries. All individuals or organizations involved in reviewing a WHO guideline document have to possess the required knowledge as well as be free from any conflict of interests that may undermine the credibility of the recommendations being made.

The ERG will be composed of up to 20 persons encompassing health workforce experts, CHWs experts, Human Resources for Health (HRH) and CHW planners, managers and advocates. It is important to note that members of the ERG are not remunerated by WHO in any way or form.

The peer-review of the guideline recommendations by the ERG is expected to take place between September and December 2017 and will be open for a defined period from the date of communication.

 

  • review of evidence tables and completed draft recommendations (after the second GDG meeting);
  • optional additional review after a second draft of the guidelines.

 

Comments to be welcomed from selected peer reviewers shall include those related to errors of fact, clarifications, as well as considerations related to implementation, adaptation, and the conditions in which the recommendations shall apply. All reviewers inputs will be acknowledged. Peer review of specific sections of the guideline may also be sought from individual experts. For more information on the role of the ERG members, please consult the second edition of the WHO Handbook for Guideline Development.

In order to enhance its management of conflicts of interest as well as strengthen public trust and transparency in connection with WHO meetings and activities involving the provision of technical/normative advice, all potential ERG members being considered must submit a Declaration of Interest and the names and brief biographies of selected individuals (“Published Information”) will be disclosed for public notice and comments. The Published Information is provided by the experts themselves and is the sole responsibility of the individuals concerned. WHO is not responsible for the accuracy, veracity and completeness of the Published Information provided. Furthermore, in no event will WHO be responsible or liable for damages in relation to the use of, and reliance upon, the Published Information. The comments received by WHO through the public notice and comment process are treated confidentially and their receipt will be acknowledged through a generic email notification to the sender. Comments brought to the attention of WHO through this process are an integral component of WHO’s conflict of interest assessment process and are carefully reviewed. WHO reserves the right to discuss information received through this process with the relevant expert and disclose to this expert the name and affiliation of the provider of such information. Upon review and assessment of the information received through this process, WHO, in its sole discretion, may take appropriate management action in accordance with its policies. Participation in an ERG convened by WHO does not necessarily mean that the views expressed by the expert concerned are shared by WHO and/or represent the decisions or stated policy of WHO. The list of participating experts, a summary of relevant interests disclosed by such experts, and any appropriate mitigation measures taken by WHO relating to the management of conflicts of interests, will be reported publicly in accordance with WHO policies.

If you are interested, please send:

 

  • a copy of your curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum)
  • a motivation letter (1 page), to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with “CHW Guidelines membership” in the subject line.

 

All entries must be received by 30 June 2017. Selected candidates will be informed by email.

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