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Consultant- Advance the strategy and development of the WHO Nursing and Midwifery Global Community of Practice - NMGCoP

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
    • Social Affairs
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: Closed

Purpose of consultancy

To advance the ongoing strategy and development of the NMGCoP, as well as to provide opportunities to develop and share best practices to build relationships and work towards contributing to the WHO triple billion targets.


The WHO established a Nursing and Midwifery Global Community of Practice (NMGCoP) in October 2021. This virtual platform uses innovative digital technology and modern communication mechanisms to enable nurses and midwives at all professional levels to share and learn from each other and from experts in the fields that impact the global health agenda to move towards to the Universal health Coverage (UHC). It provides a forum for communication, resource sharing, learning and mentorship on issues related to nursing and midwifery, particularly focusing on the “Global Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery’ (SDNM 2021-2025), a series of policy priorities endorsed by all Member States at the 74th World Health Assembly in May 2021, through the Resolution WHA 74/15.

The NMGCoP was created as a direct response to requests from Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers (GCNMOs) for support to enable effective policy dialogue, knowledge shari8ng, collaboration and the development of leadership capacity. There is a high demand for this service, with over 5000 members joining since October 2021, and we expect to have over 1 million members by the end of 2026. Members can join a variety of online events, working groups and initiatives, as well as global campaigns. This will be supported by thematic, regional and country-level hubs, cross-border research collaborations, mentoring and leadership courses.

This dynamic ecosystem enables nurses and midwives worldwide to learn, thrive and grow together. Standing united, the WHO will build a vibrant and engaged community with the power to inspire, shape and deliver progress towards UHC and better ‘Health for All’ in every country.


Output 1: The strategic development and moderation of a WHO Nursing and Midwifery Global Community of Practice (NMGCOP).

  • Deliverable 1.1- Provide a list of new partners and networks engaged to boost membership drive aiming to increase the membership by 25% within the subgroups ensuring midwives, registered nurses, nursing students, specialized working groups/focus groups are well represented.
  • Deliverable 1.2- Revise and upgrade outward facing content on the platform by March 2023 by providing updates and information on the platform about the WHO initiatives, dialogue and policy and ensuring the news is updated weekly.
  • Deliverable 1.3- Provide instructions and guidelines for the management of current subgroups on the platform and for their hosting of live learning events as relevant, i.e. the Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery, the WHO Global GCNMO Forum, Future leaders, Basic Emergency Care by March 2023.
  • Deliverable 1.4- Provide regular updates and action log to the WHO Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).
  • Deliverable 1.5- Provide technical advice to ensure ongoing contract for platform infrastructure.
  • Deliverable 1.6 – Present the strategic forecast of the NMGCoP to key stakeholders, i.e. ICN Congress and ICM Congress.

Expected Deliverable date: 20 March 2023.

Output 2: Provide technical advice to strengthen partnerships internally and externally of the organization.

  • Deliverable 2.1- Create a portfolio of nursing and midwifery evidence and publications to support the CNO in the advocacy role in global networking and relevant events for the nurses and midwives in education, service delivery, leadership, jobs and research.
  • Deliverable 2.2- Develop a proposal for a global campaign, working with the Clinical Services and Systems (CSY) Department. Present the proposal to the CSY as a written proposal by the end of May 2023.
  • Deliverable 2.3- Develop an operation plan to strengthen emergency care through advocating nursing and midwifery training in at least three countries using the Basic Emergency Course (BEC) and implement it in collaboration with the CSY department.
  • Deliverable 2.4- Develop the outline and concept notes for three live learning webinars, and at least one lecture programme and host at least two virtual sessions for GCNMOs to meet and recommend opportunities for face-to-face where beneficial to discuss and share issues.

Expected Deliverable date: 13 May 2023.

Output 3: Providing monitoring and evaluation report.

  • Deliverable 3.1 - To provide a report following an assessment of the value and impact of the WHO Nursing and Midwifery Global Community of Practice (NMGCOP) ahead of each bi-monthly steering committee meeting. These reports must include:
  1. Assessment of the value of the role played by the WHO in coordinating and facilitating the NMGCoP.
  2. Assessment of the progress played by the NMGCoP towards meeting the WHO Global Strategic Directions on Strengthening Nursing and Midwifery (SDNM 2021 – 2025).
  3. Assessment of the priorities and strategic objectives for the NMGCoP for the subsequent five years.

Expected Deliverable day: 16th July 2023.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


  • Advanced degree on Nursing or Public Health.
  • Registered Nurse or Midwife.


  • PhD on Nursing Leadership or Public Health.
  • Additional professional or executive training/specialization in Healthcare Management.



  • Over 15 years’ experience in leadership roles on nursing or health systems.
  • At least 2 years’ experience in the design and management of digital platforms such as Community of Practices.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in emergency, Infection Prevention and Control and trauma systems.


  • Additional professional training/specialization in health care management at a senior level.
  • Previous experience with WHO or other UN agencies.
  • Previous experience in Community of Practice and digital platforms.


  • A highly confident leader motivated by a passion for achieving the highest healthcare standards.
  • Politically astute.
  • Expertise in the successful delivery of strategic change programmes.
  • Global understanding of nursing and midwifery issues.
  • Advanced communication skills and ability to write and present complex issues, and facilitate discussion and debate.
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.
  • Good interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English.

Languages required:


  • Expert knowledge of English.


  • Working knowledge of other UN languages


Off-site: Home based.


The consultant is expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


Band level D-USD 12,520 - 14,400 per month.

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


Expected duration of contract:

6 Months.

Additional Information

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  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
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