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74th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe
74th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe
The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe is seeking experts to serve as members of the Technical Advisory Group on the Framework for Action on Health for People with Disabilities in the WHO European Region 2022–2030. This “Call for experts” provides information about the advisory group in question, the expert profiles being sought, the process to express interest, and the process of selection.
Currently, at least 135 million people in Europe and central Asia live with a disability. People with disabilities often have increased needs for health care, but can also face more barriers in accessing and using that care. As a result, they can experience greater unmet healthcare needs, which can lead to detrimental effects on their well-being, but also for health systems as well, in the form of worse health outcomes and unnecessarily high healthcare costs.
A great advancement towards the introduction of inclusive health systems was the adoption in September 2022 of the WHO European framework for action to achieve the highest attainable standard of health for persons with disabilities 2022–2030 (the Framework, hereafter) by the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region. The core principles of the Framework are that it is equity-based, people-focused and data-enabled. It consists of four objectives, aligned with the three core priorities of the European Programme of Work 2020–2025: achieving universal health coverage, protecting against health emergencies and promoting health and well-being. Each objective is accompanied by corresponding action areas, targets and indicators, along with an implementation plan and a complete monitoring and evaluation framework (with 20 indicators, accompanying measures of progress, and data sources). Ultimately, this Framework is about protecting the human rights of persons with disabilities, promoting their health and well-being and supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
This new commitment at the highest political level will see governments working together with WHO Regional Office for Europe to ensure that health systems and societies remove all barriers for people with disabilities. The Framework will help countries strengthen disability-inclusive health systems to provide, protect and promote the health and well-being of people with disabilities of all ages and across all contexts. Collaboration with national and international partners, and organizations of people with disabilities will be essential to placing the voices of people with disabilities at the centre of decision-making.
The Advisory Group (the “AG”) will act as an advisory body to WHO Regional Office for Europe in this field.
In its capacity as an advisory body to WHO Regional Office for Europe, the AG shall have the following functions:
The AG on the Framework for Action on Health for People with Disabilities in the WHO European Region 2022-2030 will be multidisciplinary, with members who have a range of technical knowledge, skills and experience relevant to disability and health. Approximately 20 members may be selected.
WHO Regional Office for Europe welcomes expressions of interest from:
To register your interest in being considered for the AG on the Framework for Action on Health for People with Disabilities in the WHO European Region 2022–2030, please submit the following documents by September 27th, 2023, 18:00 (European Central Time) to eurofpwds@who.int using the subject line “Expression of interest for the AG on the Framework for Action on Health for People with Disabilities in the WHO European Region 2022-2030”:
After submission, your expression of interest will be reviewed by WHO Regional Office for Europe. Due to an expected high volume of interest, only selected individuals will be informed.
Members of WHO Regional Office for Europe advisory groups (AGs) must be free of any real, potential or apparent conflicts of interest. To this end, applicants are required to complete the WHO Declaration of Interests for WHO Regional Office for Europe Experts, and the selection as a member of a AG is, amongst other things, dependent on WHO Regional Office for Europe determining that there is no conflict of interest or that any identified conflicts could be appropriately managed (in addition to WHO Regional Office for Europe’s evaluation of an applicant’s experience, expertise and motivation and other criteria).
All AG members will serve in their individual expert capacity and shall not represent any governments, any commercial industries or entities, any research, academic or civil society organizations, or any other bodies, entities, institutions or organizations. They are expected to fully comply with the Code of Conduct for WHO Regional Office for Europe Experts (https://www.who.int/about/ethics/declarations-of-interest). AG members will be expected to sign and return a completed confidentiality undertaking prior to the beginning of the first meeting.
At any point during the selection process, telephone interviews may be scheduled between an applicant and the WHO Regional Office for Europe Secretariat to enable WHO Regional Office for Europe to ask questions relating to the applicant’s experience and expertise and/or to assess whether the applicant meets the criteria for membership in the relevant AG. 
The selection of members of the AGs will be made by WHO Regional Office for Europe in its sole discretion, taking into account the following (non-exclusive) criteria: relevant technical expertise; experience in international and country policy work; communication skills; and ability to work constructively with people from different cultural backgrounds and orientations. The selection of AG members will also take account of the need for diverse perspectives from different regions, especially from low and middle-income countries, and for gender balance.
If selected by WHO Regional Office for Europe, proposed members will be sent an invitation letter and a Memorandum of Agreement. Appointment as a member of a AG will be subject to the proposed member returning to WHO Regional Office for Europe the countersigned copy of these two documents.
WHO Regional Office for Europe reserves the right to accept or reject any expression of interest, to annul the open call process and reject all expressions of interest at any time without incurring any liability to the affected applicant or applicants and without any obligation to inform the affected applicant or applicants of the grounds for WHO Regional Office for Europe’s action. WHO Regional Office for Europe may also decide, at any time, not to proceed with the establishment of the AG, disband an existing TAG or modify the work of the AG.
WHO Regional Office for Europe shall not in any way be obliged to reveal, or discuss with any applicant, how an expression of interest was assessed, or to provide any other information relating to the evaluation/selection process or to state the reasons for not choosing a member.
WHO Regional Office for Europe may publish the names and a short biography of the selected individuals on the WHO Regional Office for Europe internet.
AG members will not be remunerated for their services in relation to the AG or otherwise. Travel and accommodation expenses of AG members to participate in AG meetings will be covered by WHO Regional Office for Europe in accordance with its applicable policies, rules and procedures.
The appointment will be limited in time as indicated in the letter of appointment.
If you have any questions about this “Call for experts”, please write to eurofpwds@who.int, well before the applicable deadline.
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