Junior project consultant at WHO – University of Copenhagen

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14 July 2017

Junior project consultant at WHO

Purpose of the position

In the WHO European Region, the roll-out of Health 2020, the European policy framework for health and well-being, has initiated a shift towards a values base that emphasises a life-course perspective, multisectoral and interdisciplinary engagement, as well as a whole-of-society approach. The policy has reintroduced well-being as a central concern for WHO, a move which is re-engaging public health with the full complexity of the subjective, lived experience, and which has opened the doors to a more systematic engagement with culture and health.

The Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation (DIR) at the WHO Regional Office for Europe has therefore launched an innovative initiative which seeks to put evidence for health and well-being in context (EHC). With financial support from two major grants (one from the Wellcome Trust, and another from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), the EHC initiative includes two projects. The first project aims to enhance the way in which WHO monitors and reports on Health 2020 targets and indicators, using qualitative approaches from the humanities and social sciences. The second project on the cultural contexts of health (CCH) seeks to improve public health policy-making through a nuanced understanding of how cultural contexts affect health and health care.

A junior consultant is now being recruited to provide technical support to the HEC initiative for 12 months (full time). This is a unique opportunity for a consultant with a humanities or social science background to join one of WHO’s exciting new initiatives. The consultant will help with the implementation of key activities across both the CCH project and the project on enhancing Health 2020 monitoring and reporting (EHM). The deliverables during the entire 12 month period can be grouped into three core duties.

  • Assist with the preparation and delivery of four expert group meetings. This will include preparing draft background documents (such as the scope and purpose, provisional programme, and list of participants); liaising with expert group members who are presenting at the meetings; assisting with the logistics of the meeting (both before, during, and after); and supporting the production of the meeting report.
  • Contribute towards conceptualising, preparing, and delivering a number of workshops and seminars. This will mean helping with the development of workshop content; proposing relevant speakers; preparing briefing notes; promoting the event to the relevant channels; evaluating the workshop/seminars and proposing ways for improving them.
  • Maintain relevant academic networks. This will require drafting biannual CCH newsletters, updating the CCH and EHM project websites, liaising with WHO collaborating centres (WCCs), and maintaining a database of contributors and experts from the health related humanities and social sciences.

Description of Duties

  • Produce two CCH newsletter and disseminate to stakeholders
  • Assist with the development of background documents for two CCH expert group meetings and a further two EHM expert group meetings
  • Assist with the smooth running of all expert group meetings (two of which will physical, while two will be virtual, using WebEx)
  • Liaise with the meeting rapporteurs and expert group members, in order to deliver publishable meeting reports for each of the four meetings
  • Assist the University of York WCC on Global Health Histories (GHH) in planning and advertising and delivery two GHH seminars
  • Update and maintain the action plans for 2017/18 for both the CCH and EHM projects
  • Assist with the preparation of a workshop on qualitative information for health to be held at the European Health Form Gastein (EHFG) in 2018
  • Working with colleagues from the EVIPNet team, assist with the delivery of a multi-country stakeholder workshop which will feature a CCH component

Required Qualifications

Education Essential: An academic degree in a humanities or social science discipline with a demonstrable focus or specialisation on health (such as medical anthropology, medical humanities, history of medicine, philosophy of science with a focus on medicine or health, etc.)

Experience Essential: A track record of research in the health related humanities or social sciences
Experience of organizing meetings, workshops, and/or seminars
Familiarity with producing reports

Desirable: Previous experience of project based work as part of a team (desirable)
Relevant work experience with governmental or non-governmental organizations (desirable)

Use of language skills Essential: Excellent knowledge of English
Desirable: Good working knowledge of a second WHO official language (French, German or Russian).

Skills Specific skills required: Excellent academic grounding in health related humanities or social sciences research (preferably Medical Humanities)
Outstanding project managements skills
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, with a knack of producing copy quickly for both academic and non-academic audiences
Very good computer literacy, with an aptitude for learning new applications
Ability to work under pressure and solve problems creatively and quickly


WHO's consultancy remuneration band rates are calculated in US dollars.
Daily remuneration range: 198-349 (gross amount, subject to tax) depending on duties and experience.

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