Consultant – Organisational Design and Position Classification (Band level A), Anywhere

  • Contractor
  • Anywhere

World Health Organization (WHO)


Organisational Design and Position Classification (Band level A)

( 2209297 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

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

Job Posting: Oct 18, 2022, 8:00:54 AM

Purpose of consultancy

To review and rewrite job descriptions in order to create a harmonized approach to outreach and recruitment, performance management, succession planning and career development across the three levels of WHO.

To ensure that job profiles, the newly developed career management framework and the new job catalogue in the new Business Management System (BMS) are aligned and integrated.


The expected uses of the redesigned job descriptions include support for job clarity, the basis for job grading, support for career progression, calibration of training and development needs at different levels as well as the clustering of jobs into job families or groups. Position descriptions will also have the organisational hierarchy embedded in them through defined reporting relationships as well as the required trainings and professional certifications.

The project will also indicate the logical progression and clear demarcation between different job family groups, job families and position descriptions both within the Operational and the Public Health career streams, showing interconnections and potential cross-overs between the two career streams.


  • Collaborate with the senior consultant in all steps and phases of the project developing and maintaining tools and communication messages.
  • Set up all steps of a comprehensive project management approach.
  • Contribute to the revision and harmonization of job profiles for all functions.
  • Maintain the project management plan up to date and ensure that steps are met during the various stages and its outputs delivered; provide updates and suggest necessary steps to maintain activities on track.
  • Provide input to the development of key communication messages for various purposes and audiences throughout all project phases.
  • Contribute to identifying existing problems in harmonizing position descriptions across the 3 levels of the Organization through the organization and c ollect current position descriptions by functions and grade levels across all Major Offices and organize them in a database.
  • Collaborate closely with the senior consultant to ensure that new position description format and content are aligned with Workday job catalogue requirements, and that timelines are mutually understood.
  • Make an initial review of the content of the standard position descriptions to ensure it is concise and succinct and can be used to create attractive vacancy notices that are meaningful to an external audience.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


  • University degree in the Social Sciences: Business Administration, Public Administration, Organization Psychology, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Development Economics, International Relations, Human Resource Management or Organization Development.



  • At least 3 years relevant experience in project management. Exposure to organizational design, position description drafting and job classification.



  • Skills in organizational design and position classification.

  • Some knowledge of and familiarity with the ICSC job classification system.

Languages required:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of another UN official language.


Off site: Home-based.


The consultant is expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


Pay Band A

USD 3,955

6,980 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

  • 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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Tags: business management, career development, human resource management, international relations, organisational design, organizational design, performance management, project management, public administration, social sciences, social security contributions, trainings