WHO Consultant – Review of arbovirus drivers of transmission and development of arbovirus transmission risk map

Contractual Arrangement: External consultant
Contract Duration: 11 months
Job Posting: March 24, 2022
Closing Date: April 7, 2022
Primary Location: Anywhere
Organization: HQ/EPP Epidemic & Pandemic Preparedness and Prevention EPP
Schedule: Full-time

Purpose of consultancy
The World Health Organization (WHO) is launching a Global Arbovirus Initiative, focusing initially on Aedes-borne arboviral diseases, that will strengthen the coordination, communication, capacity-building, research, preparedness, and response needed necessary to mitigate the growing risk of epidemics due to arboviral diseases. This initiative is a joint cross cutting collaborative effort between World Health Emergency (WHE) program, the department of control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD), and the department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biological (IVB) at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. 

In the first phase of work, the consultant will:

  • conduct a scoping review of the drivers of transmission of arboviruses globally including vector, pathogen, environmental (climatic variables, seasonality) and human behavioural and socioeconomic variables;
  • present the findings of the review to the TAG-Arbovirus and expert panel; and
  • incorporate discussion findings into a summary report, list of key drivers of transmission, and prepare and submit a manuscript for peer reviewed publication in an open access journal. 


Having selected the main drivers of arbovirus transmission during the first phase of work the modelling collaborative group will proceed to mapping using the variables selected and using country-level data collected in the new integrated arbovirus global online data platform to map transmission risk and identify vulnerable areas for arbovirus transmission, emergence, or re-emergence. 

WHO has already designated a team to develop a “hot-spot” model for multiple epidemic-prone pathogens and will convene WHO collaborating centres modelling infectious diseases to create and validate a global risk map for multiple Aedes-borne arboviruses. 

Thus, in this second phase of work, the consultant will:

  • Work on the arboviral component of the hotspot mapping and serve as the liaison between the HQ WHE and NTD arboviral teams.
  • Contribute to the validation of the accuracy of the results of the risk mapping and modelling with some of the countries from the different WHO regions.
  • Provide technical input into the design of the global arbovirus dashboard using the knowledge gained through the literature review and risk mapping.


The main outcomes of this activity will be a manuscript with the updated risk mapping for arboviruses worldwide, an updated risk map for arboviruses ready to be published on the WHO website, and recommendations on the design of a modelling tool/dashboard for countries to determine real-time risk of arbovirus transmission.

For more details and to apply: Job (2202649)