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Roster of Consultants – Reducing the Consumption and Harmful Use of Alcohol


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Anywhere
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date: 2022-06-30

Purpose of consultancy

To provide technical expertise and guidance on areas related to alcohol control policies. Relevant areas include policies, regulation, marketing, labelling, availability, conflict of interests, unrecorded alcohol, gender, environmental impact, settings, organisation of events, managing networks, communications, scientific writing. Successful candidates will:

  • be included in a roster of consultants who will be considered for relevant consultant assignments that become available with the Less Alcohol Unit, or a country, partner or organization working with the Less Alcohol team,
  • be included in a professional network and invited to engage in knowledge-sharing and capacity building activities related to alcohol control policies.


In the context of the WHO Thirteenth General Programme of Work 2019−2023, the Less Alcohol Unit, at the Department of Health Promotion, has committed to developing a portfolio of policy guidance for tackling the determinants driving the acceptability, availability and affordability of alcohol consumption to enabling countries to address risk factors through multisectoral actions, namely output 3.2.1. This priority is aligned with and will contribute to the enactment of the action plan to accelerate progress in implementing the WHO Global Strategy for reducing the harmful use of alcohol.

The health promotion approach to reducing alcohol consumption “The 3A Model”
Drinking has multi-dimensional connotations. Robust and growing evidence demonstrates that cultural, social and religious norms influence alcohol consumption – acceptability, easy of purchase (availability), and price (affordability). Addressing this multi-dimensional causality chain requires a portfolio of health promotion interventions to moderate the determinants driving alcohol consumption and, in turn, enable populations to increase control over and improve their health to realize their full potential.


Consultants will be expected to contribute to assignments related to reducing the consumption and harmful use of alcohol. The following are illustrative description of areas of expertise for which the roster aims to be representative.

Specific assignments for individual contracts may cover one or more of the areas listed below:

  • Contribute to the development of national strategies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, including reviews of existing national policies and relevant laws, stakeholder mapping, evaluating the implementation of strategies and targets.
  • Contribute to the development of training and dissemination materials and their delivery in courses, seminars, lectures or similar on one or more of the listed topics as part of capacity-building efforts.
  • Provide technical reviews to briefs, books and book chapters, country cases or similar.
  • Facilitate policy dialogues with actors including preparing relevant briefs on the current context.
  • Contribute to the use of data for informing policies by analysing data, preparing summaries of evidence, drawing evidence-based recommendations and supporting the policy cycle.
  • Organize and manage events and communications.
  • Define a process for developing a country-specific action plan for reducing the harmful use of alcohol including processes for selecting measures for monitoring and evaluation and identifying priority policy interventions.
  • Assess a country’s system to regulate the production, wholesaling and serving of alcoholic beverages in policy and practice, including the approach to measures such as regulating the number of alcohol outlets, days and hours of sales, and modes of retail.
  • Contribute to identifying equity-promoting initiatives to limit the availability of alcohol.
  • Provide technical input in setting up of regulatory frameworks for alcohol marketing, addressing the regulation of content and volume of marketing, sponsorship and social media, among others.
  • Assess the implementation and surveillance of measures in place, including actions to be taken for infringements on marketing restrictions and identifying policy options for strengthening surveillance systems.
  • Conduct assessments of existing processes and interventions for tracking and tracing unrecorded, illicit alcohol and enforcement systems.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Advanced university degree from a recognized university in health sciences, public health, political science, law, public or business administration or related areas.

Post-graduate degree on alcohol prevention and control measures or tackling other risk factors for noncommunicable diseases, health systems strengthening, or international health policy.


For Band level B: A minimum 5 up to 10 years
For Band level C: Over 10 years
of relevant work experience with health promotion, public health, including experience in an international context, with experience in at least one of the following areas of expertise:

  • Alcohol control policies, strategies, action plans, human rights, addressing inequalities and needs of at-risk and vulnerable groups.
  • Alcohol availability, e.g. outlet location and density; licensing; monopolies.
  • Marketing of alcohol beverages, including advertising, digital marketing, sponsorships.
  • Labelling of alcoholic beverages, health warnings, consumer’s protection, informed-decisions.
  • Conflict of interests and alcohol policies, e.g. industry interference.
  • Unrecorded alcohol, e.g. illicit alcohol and informally produced alcohol.
  • Gender and LGBTQ .
  • Environmental impact of alcohol consumption.
  • Settings and alcohol policies, e.g. schools, community actions.
  • Organising events, managing networks.
  • Communications, journalism, scientific writing.
  • Civil society and community-based organizations advocacy.

For band level B:

  • Prior publications (reports, scientific articles, policy briefs or similar) as author on topics related to reducing the consumption and harmful use of alcohol.
  • Previous work experience within WHO or another UN agency.

For band level C:

  • Record of high impact research related to the study of alcohol published in international scientific journals.
  • Experience in developing policy and/or advocacy documents.
  • Previous work experience within WHO or another UN agency.
  • Senior coordination role in large scale networks, research projects or programmes.


  • Analytical capacity to synthesize data and identify and develop policy recommendations.
  • Capacity to work autonomously and take initiative to complete tasks.
  • Ability to deliver under the pressure of short deadlines.
  • Teamwork and energetic spirit.
  • Ability to provide and receive constructive feedback.

Languages required:

Expert knowledge of English.

Expert knowledge of another WHO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).


Off-site – Home-based.


The assignment may include travel for in-country missions to support various areas of work described in the specific terms of reference.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


Renumeration is based on the requirements of the terms of reference of the individual consultant contract and in relation to the individual’s academic and professional experience in accordance with WHO’s consultant’s pay band ranges.

  • Band level B: USD 7 000 – 9 980 per month
  • Band level C: USD 10 000 – 12 500 per month

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


Expected duration of contract:

1 to 11 months to be confirmed based on the assignment and specific terms of reference.
The consultant may be required to work:

  • full time over several months, or
  • part-time (few days per week/month)

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.
  • 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 prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • 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
  • The purpose of this vacancy is to develop a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in this advertised roster. All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) upon conclusion of the selection process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently may be selected for consultancy assignments falling in this area of work or for similar requirements/tasks/deliverables. Inclusion in the Roster does not guarantee selection to a consultant contract. There is no commitment on either side.
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