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World Health Organization (WHO)

Roster of consultants, Technical writer (cancer control)

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Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

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

Job Posting: Nov 8, 2022, 7:45:52 AM

To contribute to technical writing required for WHO technical products in cancer (2022-2023) and WHO cancer initiatives (breast, cervical and childhood cancers); to provide technical drafting and editing of various meeting reports, guidelines, and publications as well as to provide technical inputs into national documents relating to cancer control strategies or plans.

Background

The Department of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) is responsible for global leadership, coordination, guidance and technical support to reduce premature mortality and morbidity from NCDs, burden of sensory impairments and oral health through prevention and integrated service delivery, treatment, surveillance, rehabilitation, monitoring and research. The department assist and support regions and countries in their efforts to provide a country- centered, concerted and coordinated action to strengthen health systems to respond to NCDs, oral diseases and sensory impairment.

The objective of the cancer and NCD programme is to support implementation of WHO mandates related to cancer management, including strengthening of WHO global cancer initiatives through an integrated approach, political engagement and promoting multi-sectoral participation and synergies and by accelerating progress through innovation and research.

Deliverables

Deliverable 1: Draft technical product (eg, guidance document, publications, meeting reports).

Deliverable 1.1: Attend routine meetings on technical products and facilitate meetings with expert networks to receive inputs into technical products.

Deliverable 1.2: Prepare draft WHO technical products for publication by WHO.

Deliverable 1.3: Edit technical products based on inputs from expert reviewers and/or meeting reports.

Deliverable 2: Finalize technical product.

Deliverable 2.1: Assessment of the need for documents to undergo copy editing and undertake and/or organize the editing process prior to submission.

Deliverable 2.2: Final technical product submitted for executive clearance.

Deliverable 3: Documents contributing to the launch and dissemination of technical products.

Deliverable 3.1: Produce key messages and contribute to preparation of launch material including key messages, social media assets and other communication material.

Deliverable 3.2: Provide input toward product launches and/or to official correspondence supporting dissemination of technical products, as requested.

Deliverable 4: Technical writing and/or review for technical products relating to cancer and other noncommunicable diseases.

Deliverable 4.1: Provide editorial guidance to publications from WHO cancer team and/or related teams, including interim statements, reports, and recommendations.

Deliverable 4.2: Update WHO document templates (for different document styles) to facilitate standardization of WHO cancer and other NCD publications and assist technical teams in process.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential:

  • Advanced university degree in medicine and/or public health.
  • Credentials in cancer-related fields including cancer epidemiology, oncology practice and/or palliative care

Desirable:

  • Degree or credentials in public policy.
  • Degree/certificate in medical writing.

Experience

Essential: For band B:

  • Over five years of relevant experience in cancer and public health.
  • Proven track record for professional delivery of high-quality products.
  • At least three peer-reviewed publications or book chapters in cancer-related fields.

For band C:

  • Over ten years of relevant experience in cancer and public health.
  • Proven track record for professional delivery of high-quality products.
  • At least three peer-reviewed publications or book chapters in cancer-related fields.

Desirable:

  • Professional experience in public health or related sector.
  • Work experience in developing countries.
  • Relevant work experience with WHO and/or UN agencies, health cluster partners, or relevant non-governmental organizations.

Skills/Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated expertise of working in a high-level environment at an international level.
  • Expertise in supporting the organization of consultations and meetings.

  • Ability to conduct research, collect information and synthesize information.
  • Excellent writing skills in English, including for technical and general audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Familiarity with the WHO environment and practices.

Languages required:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Knowledge of Spanish, French, Arabic or Russian.

Location

Off-site

Home-based

Travel

The consultant is expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):

Remuneration: Band level B

USD 7,000

9,980 USD per month

Band level C– USD 10,000 – 12,500 USD per month

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

N/A

Expected duration of contract:

1 to 11 months.

Additional contracts may be offered based on satisfactory performance.

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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  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • Consultants shall perform the work as independent contractors in a personal capacity, and not as a representative of any entity or authority. The execution of the work under a consultant contract does not create an employer/employee relationship between WHO and the Consultant.
  • WHO shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any taxes, duties, social security contributions or other contributions payable by the Consultant. The Consultant shall be solely responsible for withholding and paying any taxes, duties, social security contributions and any other contributions which are applicable to the WHO shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any taxes, duties, social security contributions or other contributions payable by the Consultant. The Consultant shall be solely responsible for withholding and paying any taxes, duties, social security contributions and any other contributions which are applicable to the Consultant in in each location/jurisdiction in which the work hereunder is performed, and the Consultant shall not be entitled to any reimbursement thereof by WHO.
  • Consultants working in Switzerland must register with the applicable Swiss cantonal tax authorities and social security authorities, within the prescribed timeframes (Guidelines issued by the Swiss Mission are available at: (link)-onu-geneve/en/home/manual-regime-privileges-and-immunities/introduction/Manuel-personnes-sans-privileges-et-immunites-carte-H/Non fonctionnaires et stagiaires.html

For roster VNs: The purpose of this vacancy is to develop a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in this advertised roster. All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) upon conclusion of the selection process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently may be selected for consultancy assignments falling in this area of work or for similar requirements/tasks/deliverables. Inclusion in the Roster does not guarantee selection to a consultant contract. There is no commitment on either side.

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