World Health Organization (WHO)

Consultant – Advancement of strategic and technical activities related to Health Security Preparedness, Geneva, Switzerland

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Advancement of strategic and technical activities related to Health Security Preparedness

( 2104215 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 6 months

Job Posting: Sep 2, 2021, 2:36:32 PM

Purpose of consultancy

The consultant will collaborate with World Health Organization (WHO) colleagues to support the advancement of strategic and technical activities related to the Health Security Preparedness department (WHE/HSP). The consultant will support the development of a comprehensive outreach strategy for the department, development of impact stories and case studies that reflect the success of departmental activities. The consultant will also facilitate internal and external communication and stakeholder engagement to achieve progress of the department’s priorities.


As part of WHO’s Thirteenth General Programme of Work (GPW 13), the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) contributes to the strategic priority of achieving one billion more people better protected from health emergencies. Recent health emergencies including COVID-19 have urgently highlighted the important need to ensure that all stakeholders including Member States are aware and engaged with health security preparedness priorities, and that there is clear understanding of how each stakeholder can contribute to long-term preparedness strengthening. Recent health emergencies have also highlighted that more attention needs to be applied to better conveying the impact of health security preparedness strengthening and the opportunities for building sustainable capacities in line with risks that countries face.


Output 1: Strategic impact planning

Activity 1.1: Development of a report capturing a comprehensive stakeholder engagement and communication strategy for the HSP department to articulate the impact of existing and upcoming workstreams.

Expected delivery date: 20 October 2021

Output 2: Technical guidance for key messaging around health security impacts

Activity 2.1: Developing HSP success and impact stories to promote the department’s achievements in technical implementation of work plans.

Expected delivery date: 20 November 2021

Output 3: Technical guidance for innovative outreach to key stakeholders

Activity 3.1: Development and implementation of innovative outreach and communication plan to enhance engagement with key stakeholders around current HSP work streams and departmental priorities.

Expected delivery dates: 20 December 2021, 20 January 2022

Output 4: Technical guidance for enhancing existing communication and outreach activities

Activity 4.1: Review and update of existing measures for delivering information and updates on departmental activities to internal and external stakeholders including through departmental case studies and newsletters.

Expected delivery dates: 20 January 2022, 20 February 2022, 20 March 2022

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational qualifications:

Advanced university degree in communications, media studies, journalism or any related field.

Experience required:

Essential: At least 7 years of relevant experience in global health and international development communications or any related discipline.

Desirable: Experience in health security stakeholder engagement and advocacy.

Skills and knowledge:


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Solid knowledge in social media communications and media engagement.

Desirable: Knowledge of the International Health Regulations (IHR, 2005) and the IHR Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.

Language requirements:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English

Desirable: Good knowledge of other official languages of the United Nations.


Off site. Home-based (any location)

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

Travel is not expected

Remuneration and budget (travel costs excluded)

Payband level B (USD 7000 – 9,980) per month.

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

Not applicable

Work schedule / Duration of contract:

6 months

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