Consultant (Children’s Environmental Health)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Home-based/Remote

Contractual Arrangement: External consultant
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 11 months
Job Posting: Mar 22, 2022, 2:57:40 PM
Closing Date: Apr 6, 2022, 12:59:00 AM
Primary Location: Anywhere
Organization: HQ/ECH Environment, Climate Change and Health
Schedule: Full-time

Purpose of consultancy

To contribute to the development of the WHO Training Package on children’s environmental health for Health Care Providers which should be carried out through the update of WHO training and related materials, updates of WHO implementation plans with UNICEF.  

To contribute to the implementation of the WHO initiative on e-waste and child health through drafting and reviewing short specific publications, preparation and organization of the meetings, providing updates of the CEH website.

Background  

WHO has developed the WHO Training Package on children’s environmental health for Health Care Providers https://www.who.int/teams/environment-climate-change-and-health/settings-populations/children/capacity-building . The package consists of a collection of modules with internationally harmonized information and peer-reviewed materials to enable health care (healthcare) workers to be trained, and also to become trainers of their peers and colleagues. WHO is currently updating selected modules of the WHO Training Package, implementing training plans with UNICEF and other stakeholders for their use, including through e-learning platforms. There is now a need to finalize the update of WHO training materials, related materials and support the implementation plans. 

In order to protect children from emerging exposures, the WHO initiative on e-waste and child health is currently undertaking a number of activities both at global and country level, to build the capacity of the health sector for better protection of children through exposure reduction and working with other sectors and agencies to implement policies and actions that reduce harmful exposures. 

Deliverables

  1. Contribute to the update(s) of WHO CEH training materials and implementation of training with UNICEF through research reviews, update of materials, editing and proof-reading, preparation and organization of working meetings, development and preparation of an article. 
  2. Contribute to CEH communications and advocacy, CEH Collaboration Centers network virtual events and website updates
  3. Contribute to WHO e-waste and child health initiative through development, editing and proof-reading of short information materials and articles on current pilot projects and WHO’s global initiative. 

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential:

  • Minimum first university degree in life sciences or developmental studies. 
  • Post graduate studies in health promotion, public health, development studies or related field 

Desirable:

An advanced university degree in health promotion, public health, development studies or related field

Experience

Essential:

A minimum of 2 years’ experience in Children’s environmental health (CEH)

Desirable:

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience of writing/editing in CEH including e-Waste and child health.
  • Experience in health advocacy and training. 
  • Experience working with international organizations.
  • Experience working in developing countries. 

Skills/Knowledge:

Essential: 

  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English. 
  • Ability to write and make presentations. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences. 

Desirable:

  • Familiarity with CEH, e-waste issues and WHO’s work in this field.
  • Skills in writing/editing of texts related to children’s environmental health and e-waste with emphasis on knowledge transfer in clear language, and /or fulfilment of similar tasks.
  • Good knowledge of children’s environmental health.

Languages required:

Essential:  

Expert knowledge of English

Desirable:

Intermediate knowledge of any additional official UN language, particularly French, to follow up with materials from PAHO and AFRO.

Location 

Home based – Off-site. 

Travel 

No travel is expected

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):

Remuneration:

Pay 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):

N/A

Expected duration of contract: 

11 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: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • 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 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: https://www.eda.admin.ch/missions/mission-onu-geneve/en/home/manual-regime-privileges-and-immunities/introduction/Manuel-personnes-sans-privileges-et-immunites-carte-H/Non fonctionnaires et stagiaires.html
     

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