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World Health Organization (WHO)

Consultant – Gender: WHO Academy, Mainstreaming, Strategy and Policy.

( 2206466 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 11 months

Job Posting: Jul 14, 2022, 9:02:36 AM

Purpose of consultancy

The consultant will provide cross-cutting technical expertise in the Gender dimension of the department.


In its 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13) 2019-2023, WHO commits, at all levels, “to the implementation of gender equality, equity and human rights-based approaches to health that enhance participation, build resilience, and empower communities”. WHO is committed to gender mainstreaming, including not only sex-disaggregated data, but also bringing a gender lens to needs analysis and programme design.

The Gender, Equity and Human Rights (GER) Department is situated in the Director-General’s Office and is mandated to oversee the integration of gender, equity and human rights into the work of WHO and in its work with Member States. GER requires an experienced consultant to work closely with the departmental Lead to coordinate and oversee research and capacity-building to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in our work with Member States. The consultant will also ensure the development of normative and standard-setting technical products, policies and strategies on gender equality and gender mainstreaming across the Organization. They will provide strategic advice to leadership within WHO and support WHO positioning in high-level negotiations and global/interagency processes and international conferences and events on gender and health, as well as other programmatic issues, including support for technical leadership on integrating gender equality and mainstreaming in operational planning and technical/programmatic work across WHO, in collaboration with other members of the GER Department.


  • Develop content on gender for the GER WHO Academy course by 31 August 2022, to be integrated into the modules that are being developed by the GER Team.
  • Develop a report documenting best practices in gender mainstreaming, with a focus on ensuring intersectionality and reducing gender inequality, ensuring alignment of gender equality and mainstreaming with other relevant UN agencies (e.g. UN Women, ILO) by 30 September 2022.
  • Produce a report on content for the gender dimension of the new GER Policy, Strategy and operational plan by 30 November 2022.
  • Develop three guidance notes on gender and each of the triple billion outcomes (i.e. gender and UHC; gender and health emergencies; gender and healthier populations) by 31 December 2023.
  • Develop a report documenting the application of guidance in countries on the implementation of approaches that promote gender equality and mainstreaming in public health by 28 February 2023.
  • Produce internal reports on key external meetings, document action points and follow up on actions to ensure timely deliverables by 30 April 2023.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential: Advanced university degree in gender studies, social sciences, development studies, public health, or a related field.



  • At least 7 years’ experience working on gender and health, including in low and middle-income countries.
  • Demonstrated experience in intersectionality and developing gender strategy and policy.
  • Demonstrated experience at the international level.


  • Experience in the UN system and knowledge of UN system processes.
  • Track record of publication in peer-review journals.


  • Solid skills in the areas of health, gender mainstreaming and intersectionality research and analysis.
  • Demonstrated abilities for coordination and network-building, including strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to maintain excellent working relationships with diverse team members within WHO and focal points in other UN entities, delivering across a range of mandates on key strategies and objectives.
  • Exceptional written skills in the English language, accompanied by equally strong oral and presentations skills.

  • A thorough understanding of gender policies and development issues.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of emerging issues that affect gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • Knowledge of bodies, processes and strategies of high-level agencies mandated to advance gender equality, such as CEDAW and CSW, as well as other intergovernmental structures dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Languages required:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


  • Intermediate knowledge of French.
  • Knowledge of another WHO official language.


Off-site – Home based.


No travel is expected.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):

Remuneration: Band level B

USD 7,000

9,980 per month.

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


Expected duration of contract:

11 months.

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: (link) Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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