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Consultant - Technical Support for Tobacco Control

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location:
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-23

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Purpose of consultancy

The purpose of the consultancy is to assist the No Tobacco Unit (TFI) of the Health Promotion Department at WHO HQ with tobacco product regulation related work.


The No Tobacco Unit (TFI) of the Health Promotion Department provides support to WHO Member States to reduce the overall burden of tobacco use. This is achieved within the context of the Thirteenth General Programme of Work 2019−2023.

Tobacco use accounts for more than 8 million deaths a year. Efforts through various initiatives, such as the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and the WHO MPOWER, have contributed to combating the tobacco epidemic. However, there is a need to further accelerate the implementation of the WHO FCTC to meet the global voluntary targets to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use by 2025/SDG 3A Goals. The proposed work will focus on novel and emerging nicotine and tobacco products, such as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), electronic non-nicotine delivery systems (ENNDS), heated tobacco products (HTPs) and other newer products in the context of wider tobacco control. These products present unique challenges to regulators in various parts of the world. To address these challenges, the consultancy will assist in robustly evaluating the evidence available on these products, conduct research, generate data and review regulatory practices in various jurisdictions, and provide regulatory guidance to priority countries in Africa and South East Asia. The Consultancy is expected to support the No Tobacco Unit (TFI) by undertaking the following activities: -

1. Assist in coordinating ENDS/ENNDS work related to target countries in Africa and South East Asia, as part of a project
2. Provide technical and scientific input in realising the objectives of the project on ENDS
3. Liaise with other consultants managing ENDS related work in other WHO regions
4. Support WHO in organising training and facilitating country engagement
5. Ensure prompt and targeted support to meet country needs, as well as prompt reporting on project deliverables
6. Coordinate timely dissemination of project reports and materials


Under the overall guidance of the Unit Head, TFI and direct supervision of the Scientist, the consultant will:

A. Assist in coordinating ENDS/ENNDS work related to target countries in Africa and South East Asia, as part of a project. The expected activities include:

  • Prepare technical reports, as required to address specific requests to support the technical team on ENDS related work in target countries in Africa and South East Asia
  • Support the development of situation analysis reports for 12 countries (8 in Africa and 4 in SEA)
  • Support the development of policy deep dives on ENDS and ENNDS
  • Support overall delivery of all ENDS project related outcomes

B. Provide technical and scientific input in realizing the objectives of the grant on ENDS. The expected activities include:

  • Assist in coordinating systematic reviews on pressing issues related to ENDS and ENNDS science and regulation
  • Assist the technical team in identifying experts for expert meetings on ENDS/ENNDS
  • Provide support in organizing multidisciplinary expert meetings on ENDS and ENNDS
  • Keep abreast of literature on ENDS and ENNDS and conduct desk-based research, as necessary, to support the team
  • Support the technical team in running workshops in Africa and South East Asia to build capacity to control ENDS and ENNDS

C. Liaise with other consultants managing ENDS related work in other WHO regions. The expected activities include:

  • Periodically liaise with the regional office for African, South East Asia and the Western Pacific to track progress on ENDS related work
  • Facilitate engagement with Partners in Africa and South East Asia for ENDS related work
  • Share the latest evidence on ENDS research and lessons learnt from other countries
  • Assist the technical team in conducting policy scans on ENDS/ENNDS and assist in extracting meaningful data to build intelligence on ENDS regulation

D. Support WHO in organizing training and facilitating country engagement. The expected activities include:

  • Assist in engaging with the regional offices in Africa and South East Asia to ensure participation in and contribution to meetings in focus countries
  • Facilitate the prioritization of countries for engagement to advance tobacco product regulation and aid implementation of good practice
  • Assist in organizing and conducting training in countries
  • Support the development of guidance and resource materials on ENDS to facilitate country engagement

E. Ensure prompt and targeted support to meet country needs, as well as prompt reporting on project deliverables. The expected activities include:

  • Monitor project deliverables, including project outcomes and draft weekly, monthly and bimonthly reports, ensuring timely submission to the technical teams
  • Record requests made by countries during meetings organized by the technical team, identify follow up actions on and report to the technical team to ensure prompt and targeted support to meet country needs
  • Draft tobacco product regulation resources and briefs to support provision of technical assistance to countries on ENDS and newer products, based on country needs
  • Draft reports and briefs on project activities and ensure timely submission to the technical teams to facilitate prompt reporting on project activities

F. Coordinate timely dissemination of project reports and materials. The expected activities include:

  • Support the development of the workplan for ENDS related activities
  • Coordinate reporting on HQ’s other research and capacity building activities
  • Support ENDS/ENNDS policy evaluation and diffusion
  • Support the publication and dissemination of ENDS resource materials

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Qualifications required

Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, science or medical related field.

Experience required


  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in public health at national and international levels with demonstrated experience in the field of tobacco control or tackling noncommunicable diseases risk factors, including understanding of relevant stakeholders in the field, e.g. academia and civil society associations
  • Prior experience of country engagement and organizing multidisciplinary workshops
  • Prior experience of working in an academic setting or working with researchers


  • Prior experience working with UN and/or national government institutions preferred
  • Previous work experience in tobacco product regulation

Skills / technical skills and knowledge

  • Demonstrated knowledge in managing and implementation of projects and multi-country engagement
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, with demonstrable experience in research and written outputs;
  • Familiarity with noncommunicable diseases and tobacco control;
  • Familiarity in interpreting results of systematic reviews and evaluating scientific data;
  • Excellent organizational, planning and country engagement skills;
  • Prior knowledge of conducting literature reviews and assisting with developing systematic reviews and technical reports;
  • Analytical and synthesis capacity;
  • Administrative and Research skills;
  • Team player but able to work autonomously and take initiative for implementing the tasks;
  • Expert management of common communication platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams;
  • Demonstrated flexibility to excel in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Provides feedback and comfortable with receiving constructive feedback;
  • Track record of meeting tight deadlines;
  • Technical competency in public health and/or development.

Language requirements

Excellent knowledge of English

Knowledge of another UN language



Travel (If travel is involved, a medical certificate of fitness for work will be required.)

The consultant is expected to travel, as necessary

Remuneration and budget (travel costs excluded)

Remuneration: Payband Level B (USD 7,000 – 9,980)

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

Not applicable

Work schedule (if applicable) / Duration of contract:

Start date: 1 July 2021 End date: 31 May2022 (11 months)
Due to administrative measures, the consultancy will be split into two contracts. The first contract will start from 1 July to 31 December 2021. The second contract will be from 1 January to 31 May 2022. A total duration of 11 months.

Additional Information section:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Consultants working in Switzerland must register with the applicable Swiss cantonal tax authorities and social security authorities, within the prescribed timeframes (Guidelines issued by the Swiss Mission are available at: fonctionnaires et stagiaires.html
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