Do not apply online.
Terms of Reference
1. Purpose of the Consultancy
The national team of consultants or consulting firms will provide technical assistance to the Directorate of Central Health Establishments (CHE), Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (Mo NHSR&C) in reviewing existing legislation and rules for developing integrated rules for all types of Point of Entries (PoE) including Airports, Seaports and Ground Crossings in compliance with IHR-2005.
The national team of consultants or consulting firms will review the current port health rules and aviation health rules to identify gaps in comparison with the IHR requirements and amend accordingly. There is stakeholders’ consensus to segregate the commonalities, while indicating the specific requirements for airport and port rules throughout the existing provisions, for integration into one document. Ground crossing could constitute a standalone chapter due to its unique feature.
The national team of consultants or consulting firms will work closely under the overall guidance and support of the Director CHE, Mo NHSR&C and WHO NPO IHR.
The international travel and trade has increased significantly over the past decade. World’s scheduled air passenger traffic grew by 5.5% in 2013 and by 6.7% in 2016 (ICAO data), reflecting that airlines had to welcome some 3.6 billion passengers in 2016-17. This figure is about 800 million more than the 2.8 billion passengers traveling by airlines in 2011. The number of daily flights has touched the figure of 100.000 flights per day globally via 43,983 airports in the world (CIA World Fact Book). Similarly, there are about 53000 merchant ships in the oceans (Maritime Org.). In response to this enhanced traffic across the borders, which may potentiate emergence and re-emergence of international disease threats and other health risks, 194 countries across the globe have agreed to implement the International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR-2005). This binding instrument of international law entered into force on 15 June 2007.
Under the UN charter and being a WHO member state, Pakistan is mandated and under obligation to implement the Health Regulations of 1952 and the updated IHR-2005 under its National Legislative Framework. IHR-2005 is a legal Instrument designed to help in protecting all states from diseases and health risks of Public Health concern as declared by WHO. The purpose and scope of IHR-2005 (under Article-2, WHA-58.3 of UN General Assembly) is to ‘prevent, protect against control and provide public health response to the international spread of disease in ways that are commensurate with and restricted to public health risks, and which avoid unnecessary interference with international traffics and trade’.
IHR-2005, Annex 1(b) defines a Point of Entry as ‘a passage for international entry or exit of travellers, baggage, cargo, containers, conveyances, goods and postal parcels, as well as agencies and areas providing services to them on entry or exit’ requiring certain Core Capacities to combat cross border transmission of disease/ health risk. The IHR Core Capacities and Health Hazards apply to the PoEs as this is the key area for effective application of health measures to prevent the spread of disease. In this perspective, Pakistan being a signatory to IHR-2005 and as a State Party to this International Obligation is required to comply with the IHR-2005 requirements and attain the required IHR Core Capacities.
The existing rules and regulations for airports and seaports are very old and currently no rules exist for ground crossings; as all these rules were developed under the framework of the IHR (1969). Hence, to carry out PoE functions effectively and efficiently in compliance with IHR-2005, there is a dire need to review the existing PoE legislation/rules and develop integrated rules for all types of PoE (Airports, Seaports and Ground Crossings) according to the requirements of IHR-2005.
In this regard, Ministry has requested WHO to provide technical assistance for reviewing the existing legislation and rules for developing integrated rules for all types of PoE (Airports, Seaports and Ground Crossings) in compliance with IHR-2005.
Overall Goal: The Directorate of Central Health Establishments (CHE), an attached department of the Ministry of NHRS&C is the main stakeholder in implementation of international obligations such as IHR-2005, GHSA and One Health, for ensuring an uninterrupted international trade and travel across the borders of Pakistan through maintaining optimal health security. The overall goal therefore will be to see that ‘Pakistan stands in the global community as a country, safe and free from cross border transmission of communicable diseases and health hazards.
3. Duration: Eight weeks, starting from 15 June 2019 (tentative)
4. Work to be performed
Output 1: Review the existing PoE legislation and rules and other relevant documents
Deliverable 1.1: Conduct desk review of relevant documents including but not limited to existing PoE legislation and rules, WHO Scoping mission report, JEE assessment report, National Action Plan for Health Security, PoE PC-1, assessment reports prepared by the CHE, rules and legislation of other departments which are applicable in the POEs, etc.
Output 2: Organize Pre-Inception meeting & consultative meetings with federal and provincial stakeholders to discuss the relevant documents
Deliverable 2.1: Conduct Pre-inception meetings with Director Programs Mo NHSR&C, Do CHE and WHO NPO IHR
Deliverable 2.2: Submit an Inception Report
Deliverable 2.3: Meet with concerned stakeholders including the Law & Justice Division and federal and provincial levels
Output 3: Develop Integrated PoE rules & regulations for all types of PoE (Airports, Seaports and Ground Crossings) in compliance with IHR-2005
Deliverable 3.1: Prepare and draft integrated PoE rules in close coordination with the DoCHE
Deliverable 3.2: Share draft rules to the federal and provincial stakeholders to build consensus and coordinate the feedback
Deliverable 3.3: Formally seek legal advice and inputs of the Law & Justice Division in the final draft
Deliverable 3.4: Incorporate and finalize the feedback; and submit the final version of the rules
5. Payment schedule:
0% upon signing of contract
25% upon completion of Output 1
25% upon completion of Output 2
50% upon completion of Output 3 (completion of activity)
6. Specific requirements (for the national team of consultants or the individuals to be engaged by a consulting firm)
Qualifications required: Master’s degree in Public Health, International Health and Law
Expertise required: A team of national professionals/ national consulting firm with expertise in public health, international health & law/drafting legislation
Experience required: At least ten years of professional public health work experience at the national and international levels including relevant employment experience of PoE
Skills / Technical skills and knowledge: Familiarity and relevant experience in IHR particularly in the area of legislation
Language requirements: Professional level English Language required
7. Place of assignment
WHO Country Office – Islamabad Pakistan
8. To Apply:
Do not apply online.
Interested national teams of consultants or consulting firms are required to submit a technical proposal including, proposed stepwise methodology and work plan for the assignment deliverables along with updated CVs of team members as well as financial proposal including realistic budget breakdown.
The proposals are required to be submitted in sealed envelopes on following address with the title of assignment on envelopes by COB 28 Jun 2019
c/o WHE Unit, WHO Country Office, NIH premises, Park Road , Chak Shahzad, Islamabad-Pakistan