The Mother and Newborn Information for Tracking Outcomes and Results (MoNITOR) Advisory Group (AG) was established by WHO in 2016 to act as an advisory body on matters of measurement, metrics and monitoring of maternal and newborn health. MoNITOR AG’s core function is to provide recommendations to WHO on harmonized guidance, messages, and tools so that countries can collect useful data to track progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through
1) providing independent advice to WHO on monitoring-related guidance and norms and data collection platforms;
2) convening maternal and newborn measurement initiatives to avoid duplication and coordinate messages to national and international communities; and
3) prioritizing metrics-related research priorities and capacity building. MoNITOR AG meets twice per year and has convened a total of 11 meetings to date.
Requirements and Application Process
Members of the MONITOR AG must have strong technical knowledge including but not restricted to:
- Methodologies for generating information, including health information systems, health facility surveys, household surveys, and demographic surveillance systems
- Past experience in normative working groups of a technical nature
- Tracking progress towards reducing maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity
- Monitoring and evaluation capacity development
- Health information systems implementation
- Monitoring economic and financial indicators
- Expertise in maternal, newborn, nutrition, and health system monitoring and measurement
Attendance at meetings is mandatory for all advisory group members.
Interested candidates should submit:
- A brief curriculum vitae (2-3 pages)
- A list of authored papers to demonstrate area(s) of expertise and how he/she has contributed to the field of measurement
- One example of a work product or report
- A short statement discussing their measurement challenge priority in maternal and newborn health (200 words maximum)
The WHO Secretariat will review the nominations and identify up to 18 proposed members, considering:
- Gender balance
- Geographic balance
- Technical expertise with regards to metrics research, epidemiology, monitoring and evaluation of maternal and newborn indicators/health.
The WHO Secretariat will contact all selected members with information on the next MoNITOR meeting, which is anticipated for 6 to 8 June 2023 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Each proposed member will be required to complete a WHO declaration of interest (DOI) form, and his/her appointment will be subject to:
- the WHO Secretariat having evaluated the completed declaration of conflict of interest form, and determining that his/her participation would not give rise to a real, potential or apparent conflict of interest; and
- counter-signature by the proposed member of WHO’s invitation letter and accompanying Memorandum of Agreement, Terms and Conditions for Temporary Advisers.
- Candidates who are not nominated will be informed.
- Duration of term of appointment: May 2023 – April 2026.
All nomination submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org labelled “MoNITOR Advisory Closing date for submission: 31 March 2023.