Consultant – Health Workforce, Anywhere

  • Contractor
  • Anywhere

World Health Organization (WHO)


Health Workforce

( 2300857 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 11 months at 20%

Job Posting: Feb 6, 2023, 8:27:49 AM

Purpose of consultancy

To provide technical input to the:

  • Global Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery 2021-2025;
  • Planning and execution of the tenth WHO Global Forum for Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers (GCNMOs).


The global mandate for strengthening nursing and midwifery towards UHC is outlined in the Global Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery 2021-2025 (SDNM). An essential element for country-level operationalization of the SDNM is engagement with the senior nursing and midwifery leaders in Member State (MS) ministries of health (often called the Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers (GCNMOs)) and other partners. A primary way WHO that engages with MS on the SDNM is via the WHO Global Forum of GCNMOs. This is a virtual meeting hosted by WHO every two years. The purpose is to build the engagement by and capacity of GCNMOs in the governance and management of the nursing and midwifery workforces according to WHA-adopted strategies for health workforce strengthening towards UHC. In 2023, the provisional dates for the virtual meeting are 6-7 June 2023.

Another way that WHO engages with senior nursing and midwifery leaders and partners is on the Nursing and Midwifery Global Community of Practice (NMGCOP). The “SDNM Group” on the NMGCOP has over 1,000 members, mostly populated from the 2022 “Triad Meeting” of GCNMOs and national leaders from the International Council of Nurses and the International Council of Midwives.

The Health Workforce Department at WHO, HQ will lead the engagement of the SDNM Group on the NMGCOP and the planning of the tenth GCNMO Forum.

The Department works closely with other technical units in HQ, WHO regional and country offices and partners to develop a GCNMO Forum agenda of the highest mutual relevance, encourage participation in the GCNMO Forum, and to identify GCNMOs for speaking roles and presentations during the meeting.



  • Global Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery 2021-2025.
  • Deliverable 1.1: Participate in the organization and coordination of SDNM-focused webinars and online events hosted on the Nursing and Midwifery Global Community of Practice platform, according to the established plans.

    Expected by: 28 February 2023; 31 March 2023; 30 July 2023; 31 August; 30 September 2023.

  • Deliverable 1.2: Routinely post discussion questions and facilitate the online discussion amongst the 9th Triad Meeting Group via the Nursing and Midwifery Global Community of Practice platform.

    Expected by: every two weeks throughout the contract period.


  • 10th Global Forum of Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers.
  • Deliverable 2.1: Collect the provision of inputs into the agenda from WHO colleagues at all three levels, relevant partners, and GCNMO representatives.

    Expected by 31 March 2023.

  • Deliverable 2.2: Liaise with identified speakers to provide briefing notes, ensure preparation of presentations and talking points.

    Expected by 31 May 2023.

  • Deliverable 2.3: Contribute to the execution of the two-day virtual meeting from an onsite meeting location at WHO Headquarters.

    Expected by 10 June 2023.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages.

Educational Qualifications:


  • Advanced degree in Public Health, Global Health, or related Social Science.


  • Degree in Nursing or Midwifery.



  • Over 10 years of experience in health systems or in global health, preferably in the field of health workforce, health systems, health education, emergencies and/or universal health coverage.


  • Over five years working with senior nursing and/or midwifery leaders from a variety of country income classification groups.



  • Demonstrated expertise, knowledge sharing, research, Nursing, and health workforce emergencies requirements.


  • Familiarity with the WHO global strategies for health workforce strengthening towards UHC and the related/aligned strategy for nursing and midwifery workforces.

Languages required:


  • Expert knowledge of English.



Home based.


The consultant is expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


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:

11 months. Part-time at 20%. Remuneration will be pro-rated accordingly.

Additional Information

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