Consultant: Hand Hygiene and Infection prevention and control

World Health Organization (WHO)


Purpose of consultancy

To provide expert technical input for: 1) the development of the protocol for the 2021 national infection prevention and control (IPC) assessment tool (IPCAT) minimum requirements global survey and additional data collection and innovative training resources, and support for the coordination of data collection and interpretation; 2) the inclusion of data from global survey as well as country examples into the Global IPC Report; 3) the collection and compilation of information to describe country examples to be included in the WHO global IPC report; 4) the development of the WHO hand hygiene research agenda; 5) the work with countries to collect costs on implementing the WHO hand hygiene multi-modal improvement strategy (MMIS); 6) the drafting of a report on the most appropriate technique for hand hygiene performance with ABHRs development of a list of minimum quality requirements for alcohol-based hand rubs products. 

All these activities are performed in the context of improving the science and the technical guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Strategic preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP II). and Health Systems Connector objectives for IPC, including monitoring IPC programmes and sustaining IPC programmes. Understanding the level of progress of IPC programmes will allow to identify gaps and improve, thus it will also address the objectives of Pillar 9 to maintain safe essential health services.


The WHO IPC Hub team in the Integrated Health Services department has the mandate to provide technical leadership and coordination of the IPC work in WHO HQ. The IPC Hub leads networking, advocacy and global campaigning activities to promote IPC policies and best practices and develops evidence-based guidelines, implementation strategies and tools, training resources as well as monitoring tools and systems. In collaboration with other partners and WHO colleagues, the team also directly provides technical expertise and support to countries to strengthen or establish effective IPC programmes and adopt, adapt and implement IPC guidelines and other resources, and prepare and respond to outbreaks. The work of the IPC T&C Hub also spans coordination of the WHO work on sepsis prevention, diagnosis and clinical management as well as providing IPC technical support to other key WHO programmes such as neonatal and maternal services, reducing the spread of AMR in health care and health emergencies. 

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IPC HUB co-leads, with the IPC WHE team, IPC Pillar 6 of the SPRP II. In this context, the team provides technical expertise for the development of IPC technical guidance, training and implementation material for health emergencies with a special focus on COVID-19 outbreak response; leads the WHO COVID-19 research and development (R&D) expert group activities; supports countries, health care facilities and key stakeholders to build and strengthen national and local plans, capacity and infrastructure for IPC in the context of the pandemic but in alignment with IPC capacity building within emergency preparedness and health system strengthening. 

As directed by the IPC Task Force (Co-chaired by the ADG AMR, Ex. Dir. WHE and Ex.Dir. UHC-LC a.i./DDG) meeting in February 2021, and also according to the SPRP II objectives, the IPC Hub will focus on IPC programmes and guidance assessments and implementation in countries in the context of their response to the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to maintain essential health services. Therefore in the second half of 2021, a global survey on the implementation of the minimum requirements for national IPC programmes will be carried using the IPC assessment tool (IPCAT) minimum requirements, The results of this survey as well as the collection of country examples will feed into a Global IPC Report on the status of IPC programmes and a follow-up strategic document to be considered by the WHO Executive Board in 2022. 

For the reasons stated above and in particular to timely release data and documents to be discussed during EB in January 2022 during the session on IPC, the IPC Hub urgently needs additional technical support. 


  • Deliverable 1: To participate in the writing of the report/publication including the results of the WHO global survey on IPC minimum requirements at the national level. Expected by 31 March 2022 
  • Deliverable 2: To coordinate and develop the protocol and summary results report for the pilot testing of an interactive game-based learning tool on the WHO 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene in collaboration with the WHO Academy. Expected by 15 May 2022
  • Deliverable 3: To provide technical input on activities related to the World Hand Hygiene Day, in particular regarding development of new tools and on messages and communications through social media. Expected by 15May 2022 
  • Deliverable 4: To provide technical input to the publications related to the WHO research agenda for hand hygiene in health care. Expected by 31 March 2022
  • Deliverable 5: To contribute to  the development of an App and/or other IT supports for the dissemination and use of WHO IPC technical resources on mobile phones, PC and tablets. Expected by 31 August 2022 

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


Ph.D. in Health & health sciences, Public health and Health emergency preparedness.



At least 6 years’ experience in the development of and implementation hand hygiene and IPC guidance at healthcare facility and national level and in providing training in the same field.



Expert knowledge of WHO guidance on hand hygiene, the implementation of hand hygiene programs and practices in health care settings and the development of technical materials for and the roll-out of international level hand hygiene promotion campaigns.

Languages required:


Expert knowledge of English


Home based – Off-site. 


No travel is expected.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


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: 

7 months

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