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Notice of Vacancy: Special Service Agreement in Developing and Expanding Evidence-Based Treatment and Support for People with Substance Use Disorders
The World Health Organization (WHO) is looking for an individual with experience in public health, preferably substance use disorders treatment, rehabilitation and support.

Please refer to the attached terms of reference of a detailed scope of work. The target implementation timeline is 8 October 2018 to 8 October 2019.

 

Terms of Reference

 

SSA for support to the DOH-DDAPTP in developing and expanding evidence-based
treatment and support for people with substance use disorders
Terms of Reference
This consultancy is requested by:
Unit: Substance Abuse
Division: WR/PHL

 

1. Purpose of the Consultancy
A special service agreement (SSA) local consultant, to provide technical assistance to DOH-DDAPTP for the
scale-up of the national substance use dependence treatment programme, with a focus on support to the
expansion of evidence- and community-based treatment, rehabilitation and support services.

 

2. Background
Addressing the drug problem in the Philippines is a priority of the current administration. In July 2016, the
new government launched Operation Tokhang (Operation Double-Barrel: Knock and Plead), a nationwide
effort to eliminate drugs and drug use across the country. Since July 2016, more than 1.3 million individuals
have surrendered to authorities as drug users or drug ‘pushers’. By 1 January 2017, over 2,500 individual
‘drug personalities’ had been killed by police, and more than 4,000 in the streets by unidentified citizens.
The Department of Health (DOH) estimates that about 0.6 to 1.0 % of the ‘surrenderers’ have severe or
complicated drug dependencies that reputedly require initial inpatient medical or residential treatment; that
2.0 to 10.0 % require intensive outpatient treatment in open facilities in the community; and that the
remaining 90+ % can be managed in community-based programs, which do not yet have strong presence,
quality or coverage. Section 2 of the Republic Act No 9165, or the ‘Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act’, of
2002 mandates that it is State policy to provide effective mechanisms or measures to reintegrate into
society individuals who have fallen victim to drug abuse or dependence through sustainable programs of
treatment and rehabilitation.

WHO was approached for technical assistance by the DOH in September 2016, seeking support for the
design and implementation of the health sector response to the rapidly increasing number of surrenderers.
WHO initially supported the development of an assessment and triage approach to these individuals (with
substance use disorders – SUD) to inform potential voluntary treatment pathways and modalities. This
approach has since been confirmed in a Department Order on drug treatment.
WHO Philippines continues to support the DOH, and specifically the Dangerous Drug Abuse Prevention and
Control Program (DDAPTP) to build capacity and coverage for evidence- and rights-based drug dependence
treatment, rehabilitation and support services in the Philippines.

 

3. Planned timelines
Start date: 08 Oct 2018
End date: 08 Oct 2019

4. Work to be performed
Method(s) to carry out the activity
Under the broader umbrella of overall support to DDAPTP activities, with a focus on Recovery Clinics,
Recovery Homes, the new national addiction Helpline, and emerging modalities for evidence- and
community-based voluntary treatment for substance use disorders (SUD).Support advocacy to expand evidence- and community-based voluntary treatment.
2. Support the development and implementation of monitoring, evaluation and research of
evidence-based drug dependence treatment modalities.
3. Support guideline development for the Recovery Clinic pilots (establishment guidelines,
operating guidelines, clinical practice guidelines) and the Recovery Homes.
4. Support advocacy for and development of an integrated SUD treatment & support modality
in Cebu-Mandaue catering for people who inject drugs, with common co-morbidities such as
HIV, TB, Hepatitis B&C, and the possible piloting of a medication assisted treatment (drug
substitution therapy) model using Buprenorphine as the replacement drug.
5. Support efforts to map existing treatment, rehabilitation and support services in the
Philippines.
6. Support efforts to better understand the epidemiology (and generate size estimates) of
methamphetamine use in the Philippines, to inform policy makers about methamphetamine
use ‘hotspots’.
7. Support the collection and collation/indexing of existing laws, regulations, policies
(administrative orders, circulars, departmental memos, etc.), government reports,
national/regional/provincial guidelines, algorithms, alternative patient/client flow
architecture, establishment/operational guidelines and standard operating procedures
(SOPs) from in-patient and outpatient clinics, research articles / presentations, major
investigative reports (government and journalistic/media) – all relating to SUD treatment,
rehabilitation and support in the Philippines.
8. Support efforts towards the establishment of a national Centre of Excellence (including a
national training center) in evidence- and rights-based outpatient treatment for people with
substance use disorders – i.e. the Recovery Clinic model.
9. Design/maintain a network diagram of organizations involved in community-based
treatment and community-based support.
10. Update/maintain a list of organizational mandates, actual roles and responsibilities (for all
key organisations involved in the response to drug use disorders in the Philippines)
11. Support DDAPT in organizing workshops and meetings
12. Take minutes of the meetings
13. Based in the DDAPTP-DOH office, act liaison officer with WHO Philippines Country Office
14. Any other duties requested by DOH DDAPTP and the WHO Technical Officer

Output/s
Output 1: Advocacy (public communication) events for the expansion of evidence- and communitybased
voluntary treatment for drug dependence disorders
Deliverable 1.1: Help plan and carry out three (3) high-level advocacy (public communication) events
towards the expansion of evidence- and community-based voluntary treatment for drug dependence
disorders

Output 2: Evidence-based drug dependence treatment modalities monitored and evaluated
Deliverable 2.1: At least two (2) evaluation/research activities completed addressing evidence-based
SUD treatment.

Output 3: Final guidelines for the Recovery Clinic pilots (establishment guidelines, operating guidelines,
clinical practice guidelines).
Deliverable 3.1: At least two (2) guidelines finalised and approved by DOH, for the Recovery Home
modality.

Output 4: Epidemiology (and size estimates) study of methamphetamine use in the Philippines, to inform
policy makers about methamphetamine use ‘hotspots’.
Deliverable 4.1: At least one (1) epi-study report on methamphetamine use, and at least one (1) size
estimation report finalised and approved by DOH.

Output 5: Concrete steps towards the establishment of a national Centre of Excellence (including a
national training center) in evidence- and rights-based outpatient treatment for people with substance
use disorders – i.e. the Recovery Clinic model.
Deliverable 5.1: Final roadmap and design for the national Centre of Excellence (including a national
training center) for the Recovery Clinic model.

 

Output 6: Design/maintain a network diagram of organizations involved in community-based treatment
and community-based support
Deliverable 6.1: A network diagram of organizations involved in community-based treatment and
community-based support.

Output 7: A collation of existing laws, regulations, policies (administrative orders, circulars, departmental
memos), government reports, national/regional/provincial guidelines, algorithms, alternative
patient/client flow architecture, establishment/operational guidelines and standard operating
procedures (SOPs) from in-patient and outpatient clinics, research articles / presentations, major
investigative reports (government and journalistic) – all relating to SUD treatment, rehabilitation and
support in the Philippines.
Deliverable 6.1: A compendium of existing SUD treatment/rehab/support documentation relating to (a)
national architecture, (b) clinical structure and operation, and (c) research, evaluations and media
investigations.

 

5. Technical Supervision
The selected contractor will work on the supervision of:
Responsible Officer: Mr Peter Mahomet, Technical Officer, Mental
Health and Substance Abuse
Email: mahometp@who.int
Manager: Dr Gundo Weiler, WHO Representative in the
Philippines
Email: weilerg@who.int

 

6. Specific requirements
– Qualifications required:
Post-graduate degree in public health,
Or a combination of an undergraduate degree in Science (preferably related to health sciences), and six
(6) month’s experience working in the field of SUD treatment, rehabilitation and support with a
Philippines Government agency.
– Experience required:
Relevant experience in public health, preferably SUD treatment, rehabilitation and support.
– Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:
Knowledge of and expertise in substance abuse. Good workshop facilitation skills, Good communication
and presentation skills, Good writing skills.
– Language requirements:
Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.

7. Competencies
Capacity to produce quality SUD-related briefings, plans, presentations, reports and other documents
Ability to communicate effectively, both in oral and written form
Ability to work within agreed timeline
8. Place of assignment
Metro Manila; it requires local travel within Metro Manila.

 

9. Medical clearance
N/A

10. Travel:
The contractor is expected to travel several times during this 12 month contract, mostly domestically and
perhaps internationally with the approval of WHO Philippines:
Travel dates Location:
Between 08 Oct 2018 and 08 Oct 2019
Purpose:
To support DOH-DDAPTP in its implementation of activities towards the scaling-up of the national substance
use dependence treatment programme, with a focus on support to the expansion of evidence- and
community-based treatment, rehabilitation and support services: namely outpatient Recovery Clinics,
Recovery Homes, the new national addiction Helpline and the development of a national Center of
Excellence

Interested individuals should submit curriculum vitae with cover letter, and address them to:

  • Dr Gundo Weiler
    WHO Representative in the Philippines
    Ground Floor, Building 3, Department of Health San Lazaro Compound
    Sta Cruz, Manila

Please submit e-copy of the CV and cover letter to Mr Sherif Younan (younans@who.int), with copy to Mr Peter Mahomet (mahometp@who.int), Dr Jasmine Vergara (vergaraj@who.int) and Hiyasmin Soneja (sonejah@who.int) and wpphlwr@who.int.

Deadline of submission of applications is on 26 September 2018.

 

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