Consultant – Global Health Cluster Focal Point for Inter-Sectoral Collaboration at World Health Organization January, 2023

Purpose of consultancy

To strengthen the coordination and effectiveness of inter-sectoral/cluster collaboration to achieve better health outcomes through more effective and efficient programming with other health enhancing clusters (Nutrition, WASH, Food Security & Protection) and other partners, through harmonized efforts to identify and promote cohesive strategic vision, minimum standards and practical solutions to technical and operational challenges in public health and humanitarian crises.


Deliverable 1: 

  • Provide Intersectoral ‘helpdesk’ solutions to priority Country Health Clusters and promote health priorities to other health enhancing sectors (Nutrition, WASH, Food Security, Protection) through collaboration with the global Joint Intersectoral Platform (ISP); identify gaps & capture good practice; deliver at least 3 expert led thematic cluster. to cluster webinars. 


Expected deliverables by 31 July 2023:

  • GHC Intersectoral ‘helpdesk’ plan & monitoring framework implemented in priority countries.
  • Implementation of virtual or in-person inter-sectoral/inter-cluster training sessions supported.
  • Documentation of inter-sectoral/inter-cluster best practices and lessons learnt in priority countries supported. 
  • Priority topics identified; 3 thematic webinars delivered and supporting documents collated and shared.
  • Joint Intersectoral Platform (ISP) workplan reflecting health cluster priorities implemented.      

Deliverable 2:  

  • Map frameworks & tools for systematic inter-sectoral integration and coordination of public health crises.
  • Provide technical expertise on implementation of ISP chapeau-paper on principles of inter-cluster engagement and multi-sectoral approach in priority countries.
  • Develop framework clarifying the role of clusters in multi-sectoral outbreak preparedness and response (including coordination, technical and operational contributions) aligned to over-arching public health principles and specific requirements for priority outbreaks (cholera, Ebola).
  • Provide GHC inputs to GNC-led framework & guidance for nutrition sensitive programming.
  • Perform baseline mapping of existing tools for inter-sectoral action. 


Expected deliverables by 31 July 2023:

  • ISP chapeau paper disseminated to all health clusters.
  • Mapping of frameworks for outbreak preparedness & response completed.
  • GHC inputs to GNC frameworks & guidance delivered. 
  • Baseline mapping of tools completed.

Deliverable 3:

  • Facilitate country level implementation of inter-sectoral frameworks and guidance.
  • Direct 2 priority country health clusters to develop and/or refine intersectoral strategies and operational plans for identified risks. 
  • Facilitate the delivery of inter-sectoral training in collaboration with the GHC focal point for capacity development & the joint ISP. 
  • Undertake at least 1 country mission. 


Expected deliverables by 31 July 2023:

  • 2 country intersectoral strategies & operations plans developed.
  • Relevant inter-cluster/inter-sector training sessions coordinated, supported or if necessary, delivered.
  • Draft and finalize at least 1 country mission report.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages.

Educational Qualifications:


  • Advanced university degree in public health or related field.



  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in public health including experience in the development and implementation of humanitarian health projects in acute and protracted settings. 
  • Experience in the design and implementation of multi-sectoral preparedness & response actions. 
  • Experience working with country-level inter-cluster/multi-sectoral coordination platforms in humanitarian settings. 
  • Previous experience of the cluster approach & demonstrated understanding of the health cluster at global and country level.
  • Experience with WHO, UN Agencies or International NGOs.


  • Knowledge of IASC protocols and guidelines, tools and policies, and performance management.
  • Strong expertise in developing good practice, monitoring and evaluation. 
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.    

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