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World Health Organization (WHO)

Consultant – Tobacco Production and Trade in Africa

( 2209050 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 2 months

Job Posting: Oct 24, 2022, 7:53:57 AM

Purpose of consultancy

To update the Status of Tobacco Production and Trade in Africa Report, country fact sheets and global infographic for publication in 2023.


The lack of information on tobacco growing and tobacco trade has often been a concern for policy makers looking to advance tobacco control policies in their countries. In December 2015, and subsequently updated in February 2021, the WHO No Tobacco Unit (TFI) prepared a report to enable policy-makers and public health experts to develop a better understanding of the impact of trade liberalization on the domestic production and consumption of tobacco, but also the impact of tobacco control measures such as WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) in the African continent. WHO also released the country factsheets on tobacco production and trade, jointly prepared by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) that include trends in current tobacco use, tobacco production, crop yield, and tobacco trade (including tariffs and non-tariff measures). While the report covered only the countries in the African continent, the factsheets were developed for all countries in the world.


It is proposed to update the report and country factsheets based on the most recent datasets available in FAOSTAT, UN COMTRADE data sets, WHO GCTR and other relevant information sources.


The consultant will carry out data analysis and collate the information in a print ready format as well as will suggest further refinement of the report and country factsheets, as well as a global infographic to summarize findings.

The consultant will provide the final analysis and a written manuscript for peer-review by 15 December 2022.

  • Objective 1: To review data bases such as WHO, FAO, UN COMTRADE, World Bank to generate the information needed to update the country factsheets and the African report
  • Objective 2: To conduct an analysis of the results for generating key messages for communications / advocacy, on latest tobacco growing and trade trends globally, regionally and at national level
  • Objective 3: To produce a manuscript for peer-review and contribute to a full WHO report, global infographic and country factsheets.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential: Minimum first university degree in epidemiology and/or data management or related area.

Desirable: Advanced university degree in epidemiology and/or data management or related area.


Essential: At least 5 years of proven experience in conducting systematic reviews and writing research reports.


  • Knowledge of the related WHO rules, regulations, procedures, and practices.
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Knowledge of tobacco production and trade
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment to produce results under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • High level of analytical and communication skills with attention to detail.

Languages required:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


Home based – Off-site.


The consultant is not expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


Band level B

USD 350 to USD 499 per day

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


Expected duration of contract:

2 months

part-time (20 days over 2 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.
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