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Roster of consultants - Cancer control plan

Multiple locations

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: Consultancy - International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-10

Purpose of consultancy

To provide technical expertise to Member States in the support of cancer control programme development; to contribute to formulation and/or implementation in national cancer control plans; to contribute to guidance and/or tools to support government agencies in the cancer control plan development and/or implementation strategy for WHO cancer initiatives (breast, cervical and childhood cancers).


The Department of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) is responsible for global leadership, coordination, guidance, and technical support to reduce premature mortality and morbidity from NCDs, burden of sensory impairments and oral health through prevention and integrated service delivery, treatment, surveillance, rehabilitation, monitoring and research. The department assist and support regions and countries in their efforts to provide a country- centered, concerted and coordinated action to strengthen health systems to respond to NCDs, oral diseases and sensory impairment. The objective of the cancer and NCD programme is to support implementation of WHO mandates related to cancer management, including strengthening of WHO global cancer initiatives through an integrated approach, political engagement and promoting multi-sectoral participation and synergies and by accelerating progress through innovation and research.

The consultant will be contracted for work conducted virtually and/or in-country for a period ranging between 2-8 weeks according to the scope of work requested by the Member State.


Deliverable 1: Provide technical guidance to Member States – at their request – as part of cancer-related mission including WHO cancer initiative (breast, cervical and/or childhood cancers) or imPACT review as part of cancer control policy development.

Deliverable 1.1: Conduct situational analysis of cancer control in selected Member State including contributing to technical inputs and synthesizing data contributed by the government and internal and external partners active in cancer control.
Deliverable 1.2: Meet regularly with WHO staff at all three levels (country office, regional office, and headquarters) to organize country support.
Deliverable 1.3: Develop and write reports documenting current status and recommendations for strengthening cancer control programme for selected Member State in line with WHO guidance.
Deliverable 1.4: Draft brief operational strategy to contribute to implementation of recommendation including roles and opportunities for internal and external partners active in cancer control.

Deliverable 2: Contribute to technical guidance towards the achievement of relevant national targets in cancer control including reduction of premature mortality from cancer and increasing access to cancer services as part of universal health coverage.

Deliverable 2.1: Provide essential guidance on the design, implementation, and coordination of national cancer control plans in line with WHO recommendations.
Deliverable 2.2: Advocate and provide strategic, technical, and programmatic advice for the development, update and implementation of cancer policies and activities.
Deliverable 2.3: Provide guidance on use of tools to allow governmental stakeholders finalize cancer plans and define and implement priority interventions.

Deliverable 3: Promote and contribute to a community of practice in national cancer control experts through strategic dialogues, relevant networks, and multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Deliverable 3.1: Discuss with relevant scientific and technical partners, including but limited to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) relating to technical expertise provided to Member States.
Deliverable 3.2: Contribute to the identification, documentation, systematization, dissemination and scaling-up of good practices and lessons learned in the area of cancer control as part of a community of practice (WHO Knowledge Action Portal).

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


Band B and C: Advanced university degree in medicine with specific qualification in cancer-related field including epidemiology, pathology, medical, radiation, surgical or pediatric oncology or oncology nursing.


Degree in public health or public policy.



  • Band level B: Over 5 years of relevant experience in cancer and public health.
  • Band level C: Over 10 years of relevant experience in cancer and public health.


  • Professional experience in public health or related sector.
  • Work experience in developing countries.
  • Relevant work experience with WHO and/or UN agencies, health cluster partners, or relevant non-governmental organizations.


  • Demonstrated expertise of working in a high-level environment at an international level and expertise in supporting national policy dialogues.
  • Excellent writing skills in any UN language, including for technical and general audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Familiarity with the WHO environment and practices.

Languages required:


Expert knowledge of English.


Intermediate knowledge of other WHO languages.


Home based – Off-site.


Travel may be required to Member States and/or to WHO HQ.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


  • Band level B - USD 7,000 - 9,980 USD per month.
  • Band level C - USD 10,000 - 12,500 USD per month.

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


Expected duration of contract:

Contract duration is expected to be 1 - 11 months per calendar year.
Additional contracts may be offered based on satisfactory performance.

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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  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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  • 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

For roster VNs:

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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