Climate Change and Health

World Health Organization

Vientiane, Laos

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

The consultant will provide expert support to the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) in strengthening technical capacity of the Ministry of Health climate change technical unit, particularly by supporting implementation of Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness Project- Enhancing Lao PDR National Capacity and Coordination in Health and Climate Change and GCF SAP project- Strengthening Climate Resilience of the Lao PDR Health System.
Since 2021, World Health Organization (WHO) Lao PDR country office has been supporting the Ministry of Health in accessing funding from GCF and implementing GCF project. Lao PDR has now two health projects approved by GCF:
  • GCF Readiness project for Enhancing Lao PDR National Capacity and Coordination in Health and Climate Change since 2022
  • GCF Simplified Approval Process (SAP) project for Strengthening Climate Resilience of the Lao PDR Health Systems
  • The Readiness project has been under implementation since 2022 and is soon coming to end. The goal of the project is to strengthen health sector climate resilience through capacity-building and access to climate financing. In collaboration with Save the Children, GCF accredited entity, WHO has been supporting the Government to develop a GCF SAP proposal and the project was approved by GCF Board on 25 October 2023. 
  • WHO Environmental Health unit seeks a consultant to provide technical and managemental support to this transition from Readiness as well as ensuring a smooth kick off the implementation of the SAP project. WHO’s role in the GCF SAP project is to lead the implementation of Outcome 1: The health system’s governance and leadership is climate resilient and Outcome 2: Health Information Systems are improved to include climate and weather data and used to track, prepare for, and reduce climate-related risks to health. 
  • The consultant will work with relevant departments of the Ministry of Health and provide technical inputs to the planned activities. The consultant is also expected to work with multiple units of WHO Laos with a focus on coordination, financial monitoring, and management of above projects. 
  • This consultancy needs broad understanding of the role of different units to support mainstreaming climate change into different health programmes and support the Ministry of Health towards building climate-resilient health systems
Qualifications, experience, skills and languages:
Educational Qualifications            
Essential:
  • University bachelor’s degree in public health, environmental engineering, medical sciences or related fields, or equivalent professional training.
Experience:
Essential:
  • Minimum of five years of work experience in public health with at least three years of work experience related to climate change and health. The consultant should have strong communication and interpersonal skills. The consultant should be able to interact effectively with the national counterpart, nongovernmental organizations and international agencies.
Skills and knowledge:
  • Technical knowledge of climate change and health
  • Project/Programme management skills and knowledge to ensure effective use of resources
  • Strong skills and developing donor reports
  • Strong skills in communication, interpersonal, and coordination skills
  • Ability to work and interact effectively with national counterparts, nongovernmental organizations and international agencies at various levels.
  • Good computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 
Language:
  • Expert knowledge of English