WHO LEARNING STRATEGY & COMPETENCIES FRAMEWORK

2018

DEVELOPMENT OF A WHO WORLD HEALTH EMERGENCIES (WHE) LEARNING STRATEGY AND COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK

Background: As a part of its global reform efforts, WHO continually seeks to strengthen its ability to respond to emergencies in rapidly changing environments. WHO leadership identified three major objectives for reform:

  1. Focus on selective strategic priorities that will play to the Organization’s comparative advantage and prevent overextension;
  2. More clearly define WHO’s health governance and relationship to other international health actors;
  3. Improve WHO’s ability to respond to rapidly-changing environments with professionalism and agility.

GEG completed Phase I of this work, which introduced a collaborative and consultative process and brought greater coherence and clarity to WHE learning and training functionality. Phase I served as the launching point for Phase II. Key objectives for Phase II included:

  1. Strategically aligning WHE and WHO transformation initiatives and ongoing activities.
  2. Ensuring ownership across WHE departments and all three levels of the Organization.
  3. Providing a road map for the development of the WHE emergency response workforce of the present and future.

Requirement: WHO requested the following products be developed as a part of Phase II of the WHE Learning Strategy and Competencies project:

  1. Fully Developed and Elaborated WHE Learning Strategy
  2. WHE Competency Framework
  3. Annual Implementation Plan
  4. Communication and Outreach Plan

GEG Contribution: GEG was selected to complete the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Learning and Competencies Framework Phase II, after successfully completing Phase I of the project in early 2018. In Phase II, the final stage of the project, GEG worked with WHO to co-design a new emergency learning strategy, competency framework and implementation plan based on information and insights gathered in Phase I.

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