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World Health Organization (WHO)

Consultant – WHO Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity Advancements.

( 2209545 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

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

Job Posting: Oct 31, 2022, 7:51:25 AM

Purpose of consultancy

To contribute to various activities within the biosafety and biosecurity team including the following critical areas:

  • WHO biosafety risk assessment tool development.
  • Virtual Reality (VR) immersive training modules management.
  • Electronic infectious substances shipping training (eISST) course management, including enrollment and update of its database system.


The WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual (LBM) was first released in 1983 and used broadly at all levels of clinical and public health laboratories, and other biomedical sectors, serving as a de facto global standard. It presents best practices and provides the foundation upon which national policy instruments are built.

The thoroughly revised 4th edition, LBM4, was released in December 2020. It upholds a novel evidence- and risk-based approach with the aim of achieving realistic, flexible and sustainable biosafety practices. In turn, this enables equitable access to necessary laboratory services across the world without jeopardising safety.

Publication of LBM4 requires appropriate and effective dissemination to users worldwide. Several projects have been set up to achieve this including, but not limited to, the development of a risk assessment tool and an online biosafety training package to complement the LBM4 including four virtual reality (VR) modules to embed learning.

In addition, safe, timely and sustainable transport of biological substances is important. The electronic infectious substances shipping training (eISST) course for shippers has been prepared by WHO through its Health Security Learning Platform.


Deliverable 1:

  • Sense check the draft WHO biosafety risk assessment tool and amend as necessary.
  • Perform internal test running of the risk assessment tool and further develop as required.
  • Contribute to the conversion of the risk assessment tool into App format.

Expected by: 31.01.2023.

Deliverable 2:

  • Contribute to the development of the VR training modules alongside the VR package service provider ensuring accurate inclusion of biosafety information.
  • Test run the end products.

Expected by: 31.03.2023.

Deliverable 3:

  • Facilitate the eISST course enabling smooth access and operation of the online training package.

Expected by: 28.04.2023

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


  • University degree in health-related, biological or medical sciences.


  • Qualification in a biosafety-related course.



  • At least 3 years of experience in microbiology, biomedical research, high containment or related.


  • Experience in teaching or training.
  • Working experience in resource-limited countries and/or WHO.


  • Knowledge in laboratory biosafety and/or biosecurity.
  • Presentation skills.
  • Proven capacity in networking sensitively, cooperatively and productively with multiple stakeholders.
  • Proven project facilitation skills.

Languages required:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


Home based – Off-site.


The consultant is expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


Band level 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

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  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
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Tags: biosafety, biosecurity, medical sciences, risk assessment, social security contributions, sustainable transport