Consultant (implementation of Regional Professional Diploma in Family Medicine (RPD-FM), Cairo, Egypt 298 views

Consultant (implementation of Regional Professional Diploma in Family Medicine (RPD-FM)

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Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract duration : N/A

Job Posting: Dec 16, 2019, 8:50:40 AM

Purpose of the consultancy

The main objective of this consultancy is to provide technical advice to PHC Unit in implementation of Regional Professional Diploma in Family Medicine (RPD-FM).


Most (93%) of primary health care facilities are managed by general practitioners who have neither vocational training nor experience in creating family practice-oriented health care teams. Technical paper EM/RC63/Tech.Disc.1’Scaling up family practice in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: progressing towards universal health coverage’ presented to the 63rd session of the Regional Committee, was followed by adoption of resolution EM/RC63/R.2 requesting Member States to ‘establish bridging programmes for general physicians’.

As an interim arrangement, Member States need to establish short-term bridging programmes to introduce the basic concepts of family medicine to existing general physicians, route to upgrading them to become family physicians. They also need to develop postgraduate programmes to cover the shortage of family physicians.

To reach our target of three family physicians per 10,000 by the year 2030,WHO has planned for the development of the Regional Professional Diploma in Family Medicine (RPD-FM), as a bridging program, that can be defined as a transitional period in which the general practitioner will be introduced to family medicine with improved knowledge and skills in service delivery.

RPD-FM was presented to ministers of health in the annual Regional Committee meeting held in Tehran in October 2019. Member States welcomed the establishment of the RPD-FM as a bridging programme in family medicine, as a way to overcome the severe shortage of family physicians in the Region and achieve the goal of having 3 family physicians/10 000 population by 2030.

Planned timelines (subject to confirmation) total of 12 months

Start date: 1 February 2020

End date: 31 January 2021

Work to be performed

To achieve the above objectives, the consultant will perform the following:

  • Provide technical cooperation to enhance the implementation of the one-year online diploma.
  • Coordinate with academic institutions in conducting Training of Trainers workshop.
  • Liaise between EMRO and RPDFM Steering Committee, WONCA, UNICEF and American University in Beirut (AUB).
  • Follow-up with EMRO IT staff to upload and manage RPDFM from EMRO server
  • Share experience and support advocacy for family practice.
  • Synthesize evidence and conduct analytical work on options for increasing production of family physicians in the EMR.


To achieve the above objectives, the consultant will be contracted with the following deliverables:

  • Deliverable 1: Participate in drafting EMR 2020-2021 workplan to implement the Regional Professional Diploma in Family Medicine (RPDFM) in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR).
  • Deliverable 2: Provide technical support in capacity building and train relevant staff in nominated EMR institutions for hosting the training within local / national platforms (software upload and use) including the development of customized software.
  • Deliverable 3: Review and revise the AUB developed curriculum, as per WHO contract ToRs, which includes:

    • Customizing the RPDFM software for institution / country-specific needs, in light of national / provincial prevailing conditions / priorities / examples
    • Developing an online Learning Management System software
    • Developing a Mobile app for students to access Moodle remotely.
  • Deliverable 4: Submit a detailed analytical report on ‘Regional Professional Diploma in Family Medicine progress: opportunities and challenges’, which summarizes steps, achievements and challenges of the implementation process throughout 2020.
  • Deliverable 5: Prepare advocacy materials: including website material, brochures and infographics, as appropriate to the RPD-FM.

    Required Qualifications


    University degree in public health


    At least 5 years’ experience in public health and service delivery innovations.

    Skills / knowledge

  • Solid background in family medicine (preferably faculty member of an academic institution)
  • Good experience with project management
  • Good communication / PR skills
  • Excellent knowledge of health systems, stakeholder analysis and service delivery.


  • Requirement: Fluency in English and Arabic.
  • Desirable: Knowledge of French is an asset.


WHO Regional office of the Eastern Mediterranean in Cairo, Egypt with possible remote assignments and travel in the EMR, as needed.


(If travel is involved, a medical certificate of fitness for work will be required.): The Consultant may be expected to travel but the itinerary will be discussed and agreed with the consultant.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs excluded)

Remuneration: International consultant (Expert Payband P3 level)

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.

  • Successful candidates will be included in the roster for consideration for future contractual engagement via a consultancy, as they become available. Inclusion in the roster does not guarantee any future contractual relationship with WHO
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
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