Consultant - Social and clinical epidemiology of tuberculosis

WHO - World Health Organization

Open positions at WHO
Logo of WHO

Application deadline in 3 days: Monday 4 Dec 2023 at 22:59 UTC

Open application form

Purpose of consultancy

To deliver key products to assist countries to implement policies on social protection of tuberculosis and management of lung co-morbidities.


The Global TB Programme aims to advance universal access to TB prevention and care and to end the TB epidemic, eventually. Specifically, it (1) provides global leadership on TB prevention and care through the WHO End TB Strategy; (2) develop evidence-based policies, strategies and standards for TB prevention and care, and monitor their implementation; (3) jointly with six WHO regional and country offices, provide technical support to Member States, catalyse change, and build sustainable capacity; (4) monitor the global TB situation, and measure progress in TB care and financing; (5) shape the TB research agenda and stimulate the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge; and (6) facilitate and engage in partnerships for TB action. The 2020 UN Secretary-General progress report includes priority recommendations to accelerate the TB response and reach targets through ensuring “social protection measures including essential benefit packages and subsidization schemes are fit-for-purpose, so that no one affected by TB faces catastrophic costs”. Furthermore, the political declaration of the 2023 United Nations High Level Meeting on TB (UNHLM) includes a pledge by member states to social benefits to all people with tuberculosis. In this context, social protection is a key component of the WHO End TB strategy for which there is need for WHO to provide member states with key products to to enable implementation of the policy.


  • Develop an advanced training module on social protection for people affected by TB by Q2 2024.
  • Develop TORs for WHO’s Working Group on TB social protection by Q1 2024.
  • Ensure that three countries have a TB social protection plan resulting from the social protection baseline assessment completed during 2023 through Global Fund support and agreed with the relevant regional offices by Q1 2024.
  • Conduct six webinars, each for the WHO regional offices, to promote the dissemination and uptake of the social protection guidance across country offices and NTPs by Q1 2024.
  • Conduct one webinar involving social protection institutions and organisations (such as ILO, WFP, UNDP) to promote the dissemination and uptake of the WHO’s social protection guidance by Q1 2024.
  • Conduct a systematic review on models of multisectoral collaboration across the health and social protection sector by Q2 2024.
  • Develop a draft of the TB-associated pulmonary disability guidelines by Q3 2024.
  • Develop a protocol for operational research on the management of pulmonary co-morbidities contributing to TB-associated impairment and disability by Q3 2024.
  • Present a Webinar on TB and climate change with key stakeholders by Q4 2024.
  • Develop a Policy brief on TB and climate change by Q4 2024.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


  • Advanced university degree in health, social or policy sciences in health, or other relevant field.


  • Advanced training in quantitative research methods.



  • Over 10 years relevant experience in public health and social science health-related research and/or implementation projects (ideally on TB and/or HIV) at international level.


  • Previous collaborative work at global level with WHO or other UN agencies, or relevant multilateral or bilateral organizations.
  • First-hand experience of working with TB high burden countries in WHO regions.


  • Knowledge of WHO mandate and strategies, including the GRADE methodology adopted by WHO to develop guidelines; sound knowledge of WHO policies and guidelines on TB, especially the components of pillar two of the End TB strategy.
  • Knowledge of global policies on social protection and disability.
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills demonstrated in at least three publications in top peer-reviewed journals in health and/or social sciences,
  • Good project management skills, organizational and coordination skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal, networking and diplomacy skills.
  • Ability to work as a team member, and sensitivity to working in a multi-cultural environment.

Languages required:


  • Expert knowledge of English.


Off site: Home-based.


The consultant is expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


Band level C - USD 10,000 - 12,500 per month.

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


Expected duration of contract:

9 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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • For information on WHO's operations please visit:
  • The WHO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The WHO recruits workforce regardless of disability status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, race, marital status, religious, cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, or any other personal characteristics. The WHO is committed to achieving gender parity and geographical diversity in its workforce. Women, persons with disabilities, and nationals of unrepresented and underrepresented Member States ( are strongly encouraged to apply for WHO jobs. Persons with disabilities can request reasonable accommodations to enable participation in the recruitment process. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be sent through an email to [email protected].
  • An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. 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 short-listed candidates.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • Consultants shall perform the work as independent contractors in a personal capacity, and not as a representative of any entity or authority.
  • WHO shall have no responsibility 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 each location/jurisdiction in which the work hereunder is performed, and the Consultant shall not be entitled to any reimbursement thereof by WHO.
  • Please note that WHO’s contracts are conditional on members of the workforce confirming that they are vaccinated as required by WHO before undertaking a WHO assignment, except where a medical condition does not allow such vaccination, as certified by the WHO Staff Health and Wellbeing Services (SHW). The successful candidate will be asked to provide relevant evidence related to this condition. A copy of the updated vaccination card must be shared with WHO medical service in the medical clearance process. Please note that certain countries require proof of specific vaccinations for entry or exit. For example, official proof /certification of yellow fever vaccination is required to enter many countries. Country-specific vaccine recommendations can be found on the WHO international travel and Staff Health and Wellbeing website. For vaccination-related queries please directly contact SHW directly at [email protected].
  • In case the recruitment website does not display properly, please retry by: (i) checking that you have the latest version of the browser installed (Chrome, Edge or Firefox); (ii) clearing your browser history and opening the site in a new browser (not a new tab within the same browser); or (iii) retry accessing the website using Mozilla Firefox browser or using another device. Click the link for detailed guidance on completing job applications: Instructions for candidates.
Added 11 days ago - Updated 1 hour ago - Source: