Consultant – Implementation of three pilot projects within the Behavioural Insights (BI) Unit in 2023, Anywhere

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World Health Organization (WHO)


Implementation of three pilot projects within the Behavioural Insights (BI) Unit in 2023

( 2300279 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

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

Job Posting: Jan 19, 2023, 8:02:53 AM

Purpose of consultancy

To facilitate and report activities needed to support the timely and effective implementation of three pilot projects within the Behavioural Insights Unit.


Following a 2-year incubation period, the WHO Behavioral Insights (BI) Units was created in 2022 with the mandate to harmonize and mainstream behavioural and social insights and data into WHO’s operations across headquarters, regional offices and country offices. The unit is hosted in the Department of Communications reporting directly to the Director of the Department and its strategy is organized in six workstreams: (1) Strategy and normative work; (2) Testing approaches and piloting projects; (3) Technical assistance and capacity building; (4) Knowledge sharing; (5) Positioning and partnerships; and (6) Management of a BI cross-cutting unit. As part of workstream 2, three pilot projects are planned for the 2023 – 2024 period.

Noting that the BI unit received a variety of requests internally and that priorities might shift, the projects that will require the support of the consultant are:

  • Project 1:‘Mainstreaming Behavioural Insights into Public Health in the African Region. Project’ funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. The project aims to institutionalize behavioural work into the African Region by introducing it into the workplans of key stakeholders, including academic institutions and ministries of health; and seeks to promote the gathering and use of behavioural insights for policy making in a specific country as a way to pilot and provide an example to other countries in the region. The project is implemented in collaboration with the regional office and the country office. This project is confirmed.
  • Project 2:‘Healthy behaviours in schools’. This project is currently being planned and designed and will be implemented in Jamaica. It will include the implementation of the BI unit “five steps for the inclusion of a behavioural perspective”. It will include a data collection and intervention testing component. The project is implemented in collaboration with the regional office and the Jamaica country office and Yale University with whom the BI unit is about to sign an MOU.
  • Project 3: Pilot projects in EMRO region which will follow a BI training (quarter 1 of 2023). One or two small scale pilot projects will be identified in EMRO as result of a training to be conducted by the BI unit in the region in response to the request from the regional office. The BI projects will need to be conceptualized and designed.


  • Project 1: Provide expert guidance for the project set-up as per Gant chart and facilitate a 2-day project kick-off meeting in Brazzaville or elsewhere in the region. Contribute to identifying and onboarding regional and country-based support.

    Expected by March 2023: Meeting report with project workplan and working procedures for the next 12 months.

  • Project 1: Gather updates and organize quarterly report #1 and hold regular online update, with the project focal points and the donor. Report includes approved plan of action (PoA) for adding BI modules in each selected academic institution. Provide project quarterly report #1 sent to donor and project stakeholders.

    Expected by March 2023.

  • Project 2: Contribute to the design and submission of a research protocol in Jamaica (National ERB) and WHO ERC. Provide proof of submission to WHO ERC and Jamaica NRB.

    Expected by April 2023.

  • Project 3: Write-up EMRO pilot projects concept notes and activity plans in collaboration with the regional office team. Provide detailed project concept note and implementation plan.

    Expected by May 2023.

  • Project 2: Contribute to the data collection and analysis as well as intervention design of the project in Jamaica led by the implementing partner. Submit data analysis report to WHO country office or MOH, as per agreed project plan.

    Expected by June 2023.

  • Project 1: Gather updates and organize meetings quarterly report #2 and, virtually, with the project focal points and the donor. Send project quarterly report #2 to donor and project stakeholders.

    Expected by July 2023.

  • Project 3: Facilitate the implementation of EMRO pilot project on One Health activities as per plan. Send progress report against approved project plan and updated Gant chart.

    Expected by August 2023.

  • Project 2: Facilitate the implementation of Jamaica project as per plan. Send progress report against approved project plan and updated Gant chart.

    Expected by September 2023.

  • Project 1: Gather updates and organize a quarterly report #3 and meetings, virtually, with the project focal points and the donor.

    Expected by October 2023.

  • Development of communications products for all three projects and write-up of end of consultancy report.

    Expected by November 2023 : Delivery of projects fact sheets for external dissemination and development of three web stories for the BI unit webpage (and WHO Workplace).

    Expected by Jan 2024: Delivery of end of consultancy report.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages.

Educational Qualifications:


  • Advanced degree in behavioral and social sciences, psychology, or any related field.



  • At least 5 years of experience applying behavioral sciences, or related theories and knowledge, to policy making and/or to programmes design and implementation.
  • At least 5 years of experience in project management, including multi-stakeholder and international research projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in applied research and in the use of a variety of research methods in public health.
  • Experience conducting rapid reviews of evidence and literature.
  • Experience in programme design and implementation.
  • At least 2 years of experience coordinating programmatic activities at country level in low- and middle-income settings.
  • Demonstrated experience applying behavioural insights to public health.


  • Proven experience with writing protocols for conducting scientific research.
  • Experience in organizing and delivering adult trainings.

  • Experience working with UN Organizations or agencies, or other similar institutions or foundations.


  • Ability to think analytically, communicate effectively, and execute efficiently.
  • Intermediate research and analytical skills as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications in the area of behavioural sciences or public health.
  • Advanced level of statistical analysis and management skills.
  • Advanced multi-stakeholder project management skills.
  • Proven evidence reviewing and synthesis skills.
  • Expert level English-language scientific writing skills.
  • Proficiency in the use of standard office software programmes.
  • Intermediate proficiency in the use of statistical or qualitative analysis software.

Languages required:


  • Expert knowledge of English.


  • Knowledge of French.


  • Off site – Home-based.


The consultant is expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


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.

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