Roster of Consultants (Ethics, climate change and health)

World Health Organization (WHO)


Contractual Arrangement: External consultant
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 11 months
Job Posting: Apr 26, 2022, 6:35:06 PM
Closing Date: May 18, 2022, 6:59:00 AM
Primary Location: Anywhere
Organization: HQ/RFH Research for Health SCI
Schedule: Part-time

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Purpose of consultancy

To provide technical guidance and expertise to help develop a programme of work focusing on the area of ethics, climate change and health.


The implications of climate change on health are well documented. At the same time, there  is a growing body of literature that the effects of climate change are likely to exacerbate pre-existing health inequalities and raise many other ethical issues. This project first focuses on identifying initiatives,  policies and practices in public health and public health research that are responding to climate change to promote health for all. The longer term aim is to develop guidance, recommendations and/or a framework to promote equitable health outcomes under a changing climate, and to address related ethical issues.


  • Deliverable 1: Deliver a literature/scoping review which assesses the current work in this area, including relevant guidance, tools and frameworks – Expected by end July.
  • Deliverable 2: Develop Case Studies – Due bi-monthly, starting August 2022.
  • Deliverable 3: Contribute to the preparations/development of agendas, background papers and reports for bi-monthly expert meetings – Due Monthly starting August 2022.
  • Deliverable 4: Contribute to the preparations/development of  agendas, background papers and reports for stakeholder engagement consultations  –  for up to 4 consultations between September 2022 and November 2023.
  • Deliverable 5: Produce a draft of the ethics tools (guidance, recommendations, and/or framework) for priority setting in health research – by March 2024.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


Advanced university degree in Ethics, Law, Philosophy, Science or Medicine.    



For band level B: 5 to 10 years of  relevant experience in public health, bioethics or research-related field.
For band level C: Over 10 years of relevant experience in public health, bioethics or research-related field.


  • Specialized knowledge of climate change, ethics and health, including evidence of having published in the field.
  • Excellent communication, research, presentation and report-writing skills.
  • Ability to work in multidisciplinary and multicultural settings.
  • In depth knowledge of ethical issues in public health.

Languages required:


Expert knowledge of English


Off-site – Home based. 


Travel to the consultation meetings and potentially expert meetings (dependent on whether the consultation and expert meetings will be face to face meeting or online).

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


Band level B: USD 7,000 – 9,980 per month at 25% 
Band level C: USD 10,000 – 12,500 per month at 25%

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


Expected duration of contract: 

11 months. Additional contracts of 11 months 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: 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 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: fonctionnaires et stagiaires.html
  • 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.