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Consultant - Writer/Editor


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Anywhere
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Translations and Languages
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-30

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Purpose of the Consultancy

The purpose of the consultancy is to support the Department of Country Strategy and Support (CSS) in producing high-quality case studies on results and impact of WHO’s work in countries, territories and areas. The case studies will contribute, among others, to WHO Results Report 2020. The consultancy will support WHO country office (WCO) teams in documenting and validating WHO results and impact, in line with respective Country Support Plans and the alignment with WHO’s Thirteenth General Program of Work, 2019-2023 (GPW13).


GPW13 focuses on measurable impacts on people’s health at the country level. To implement this measurement system, WHO impact framework is used to track the joint efforts of WHO, its Member States and partners to meet the triple billion targets and achieve health-related SDGs. The framework is accompanied by a system for measuring impact: WHO Impact Framework; scorecards for output measurement performance across six dimensions; and qualitative case studies that complement quantitative indicators.

WHO Results Report lays out the work that WHO does to support countries in meeting the health needs of their population, strengthening their systems, and planning for emergencies. Qualitative case studies are one of the components of 2020 WHO’s Results Report that will be submitted in May 2021 during the 74th World Health Assembly. Select case studies will feature in the Report.

Planned timelines

Start date: 15 December 2020

End date: 15 March 2021

Work to be performed

Output 1: Draft version of qualitative case studies documenting WHO’s work to drive public health impact at country level

Activity 1.1: Review case studies submitted by WCO teams for their alignment with CSPs and GPW13 Results Framework

Activity 1.2: Update case studies based on the received feedback from WCOs, CSU and CSS staff

Output 2: Final set of case studies

Activity 2.1: Edit, format and finalize case studies to the quality that does not require further revision

Activity 2.2: Submit final version of case studies to CSS

Required qualifications


Essential: University degree in public health or health systems policy and analysis or related field, combined with studies or training in public health communication, journalism or social sciences

Desirable: Training on monitoring and evaluation

Professional experience:

Essential: At least five years of proven experience in developing global strategic papers, writing national/global results/impact reports, briefs and other communication materials on health and related topics; demonstrated experience in producing high quality global health and/or international development health reports and documents

Desirable: experience in coordinating different stakeholder in producing reports, documents, strategic papers; experience in collaborating with WHO, UN Agency or another multilateral organizations

Skills/Technical skills and knowledge:

1. Thorough knowledge of WHO’s Thirteenth General Program of Work and of GPW13 Results Framework

2. Proven experience in producing high-quality written reports on health outcomes and impacts that are understandable to general public, non-specialist audience

3. Demonstrated skills in effectively communicating to differentiated stakeholders and analyzing large amount of information

4. Ability to work in fast-paced environment, meet short deadlines, produce results under pressure and work smoothly and flexibly in diverse, multi-cultural teams

Language requirements:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Some stories will be produced in French or Spanish. Candidates who wish to be considered to work on case studies that will be produced in French or Spanish should have expert knowledge of these languages respectively.

Place of assignment

Work can be performed from any location with reliable access to the Internet. The selected consultant will not be expected to travel.

Additional information:

  • This vacancy notice may be used to identify several candidates.
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • Candidates will be asked to submit samples of their written work.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • If your candidature is retained for interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • WHO's workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values into practice.
  • Consultants shall perform the work as independent contractors in a personal capacity, and not as a representative of any entity or authority. The execution of the work under a consultant contract does not create an employer/employee relationship between WHO and the Consultant.
  • WHO shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any taxes, duties, social security contributions or other contributions payable by the Consultant. The Consultant shall be solely responsible for withholding and paying any taxes, duties, social security contributions and any other contributions which are applicable to the Consultant in in each location/jurisdiction in which the work hereunder is performed, and the Consultant shall not be entitled to any reimbursement thereof by WHO.
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