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Consultant - Advocacy, communications, rehabilitation

Remote | Home Based - May require travel

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Remote | Home Based - May require travel
  • Grade: Consultancy - International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DD&R)
  • Closing Date: 2025-06-19

Purpose of consultancy

To provide technical expertise to the World Rehabilitation Alliance and its workstreams on targeted advocacy approaches for integrating rehabilitation into health systems; and to contribute to Secretariat coordination and processes of the World Rehabilitation Alliance.


Advocacy for rehabilitation is crucial in the context of the World Health Assembly Resolution 76.6 “Strengthening Rehabilitation in Health Systems”. Despite an estimated 2.4 billion people in need of rehabilitation, rehabilitation continues to be underprioritized and underfunded in many countries. The landmark WHA 76.6 resolution recognizes rehabilitation as a core global public health priority, and outlines priority actions to be taken by Member States, civil society and WHO Secretariat to strengthen health systems so that quality, affordable and timely rehabilitation services are made available to those who need them. Successful implementation of the resolution, however, requires amplified advocacy efforts to mobilize political will and drive demand.

The World Rehabilitation Alliance (WRA) is a WHO-hosted global network established to support implementation of Rehabilitation 2030 initiative and WHA 76.6 resolution through advocacy activities. WRA seeks to influence policy and raise global awareness on rehabilitation through evidence-informed advocacy activities, and to strengthen networking and knowledge sharing within the rehabilitation sector. Officially launched in July 2023, WRA currently comprises 10 Steering Committee members and 82 member organizations. The network includes Member States and State bodies, intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations, private sector, philanthropic foundations and academic institutions. Each member organization participates in one or more of the 5 WRA workstreams: primary care, emergencies, workforce, research and external relations.

The consultant will contribute to driving the work of WRA forward in its first operational year and will provide advocacy expertise and guidance to WRA Secretariat, Steering Committee and workstream members.


  • Output 1: Provide technical expertise to the WRA and its workstreams on targeted advocacy approaches for integrating rehabilitation into health systems.
    • Deliverable 1.1: Provide technical guidance to each WRA workstream in the development and implementation of their 2-year workplan (including the development of their advocacy messages and activities).
    • Deliverable 1.2: Work with each WRA workstream to review, refine and develop their stakeholder list, identifying 2-3 target stakeholder groups.
    • Deliverable 1.3: Contribute to building WRA members capacity in advocacy through the development of an advocacy handbook and other advocacy resources.
    • Deliverable 1.4: Contribute to establishing a WRA communication platform, to facilitate collaboration, networking and knowledge sharing amongst WRA members.
    • Deliverable 1.5: Work with the WRA External relations workstream to strengthen WRA’s partnerships and strategic relationships with key stakeholders both within and beyond the rehabilitation sector, and to identify strategic opportunities for WRA participation in forums related to health and well-being.
      Expected by: 19 June 2025.
  • Output 2: Contribute to Secretariat processes of the WRA.
    • Deliverable 2.1: Contribute to the planning of the bi-monthly WRA Steering Committee meetings.
    • Deliverable 2.2: Contribute to the planning of the biennial face-to-face meetings, virtual orientation workshops and intake processes for new WRA members from Secretariat side. In addition, contribute to planning workstream webinars and events.
    • Deliverable 2.3: Undertake WRA membership application review processes, following the established protocol, including review of eligibility criteria, due diligence and risk assessment of each applicant.
    • Deliverable 2.4: Contribute to the development and updating of WRA Secretariat internal protocols, Standard Operating Procedure, Terms of References and Shared Drive.
    • Deliverable 2.5: Track, analyze and document WRA’s functioning, outputs and outcomes according to the established Monitoring and Evaluation processes.
    • Deliverable 2.6: Contribute to regular communication and updates with WRA members and wider network through webinars, newsletters, webpage updates and email campaigns.
    • Deliverable 2.7: Contribute to identifying and undertaking fundraising efforts, in accordance with WHO rules and procedures.
      Expected by: 19 June 2025.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


  • First university degree in global health policy, advocacy, communications, international relations, or any related field.


  • Advanced university degree in a related health field.



  • Over 5 years of experience in developing, implementing and managing advocacy campaigns and/or projects in a global health context, including communication strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience of leading communications related to advocacy and policy work and coordinating complex advocacy resource development.
  • Experience working with high-level policymakers and international institutions, as well as membership organizations or Alliances.


  • Previous experience working with WHO or another multilateral organization.


  • Demonstrated success in achieving policy change through advocacy.
  • Understanding or knowledge of the rehabilitation sector.
  • Excellent organizational and coordination skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent strategic thinking, innovation and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent knowledge and expertise in the area of health systems and global health processes, such as the World Health Assembly.
  • Strong networking skills.
  • Strong knowledge of social media and other advocacy dissemination channels.
  • Basic knowledge and skills in graphic design and development of communication materials (e.g. infographics, videos, visuals and other assets for social media and the web).

Languages required:


  • Expert knowledge of English.


  • Intermediate knowledge of another UN official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Russian).


Off site: Home-based.


The consultant is not expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


Band level B - USD 7,000 - 9,980 per month.

Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):


Expected duration of contract:

11 months

Additional Information

  • This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level.
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
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