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Roster of consultants – Cervical cancer elimination strategies with focus on national cervical cancer planning and policy development

Multiple locations

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: Consultancy - International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2023-12-13

Purpose of consultancy

To respond to Member States requests and provide technical expertise in the areas of implementation and scale up of national cervical cancer elimination strategies, with particular emphasis on implementation driven national plan development and policy adoption at country level.


Cervical cancer is preventable and curable, as long as it is detected early and managed effectively. Yet 2108 data show it is the 4th most common form of cancer among women worldwide with 680,000 new cases and the disease claims the lives of more than 300 000 women.

Few diseases reflect global inequities as much as cancer of the cervix. Nearly 90% of the deaths in 2018 occurred in low- and middle-income countries. This is where the burden of cervical cancer is greatest because screening and treatment for the disease have not been widely implemented and/or services are inaccessible. In May 2018, the WHO Director-General announced a global call for action to eliminate cervical cancer, underscoring the political will to make elimination a reality and calling for all stakeholders to unite behind this common goal. In August 2020 the World Health Assembly adopted the Global Strategy for cervical cancer elimination and an ambitious, concerted and inclusive strategy followed to guide the elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem, setting the threshold of 4 per 100 000 women-years for achieving elimination.

The targets to be met by 2030 shape the approach to put countries on the path towards cervical cancer elimination:

  • 90% of girls fully vaccinated with HPV vaccine by age 15 years.
  • 70% of women are screened with a high-performance test by 35 years of age and again by 45 years of age.
  • 90% of women identified with cervical disease receive treatment (90% of women with precancer treated, and 90% of women with invasive cancer).


  • Deliverable 1: Contribute to the formulation, updating and implementation of CCEI national strategies and related action plans.
    • Deliverable 1.1: Draft national CCEI strategies, related action plans and supporting guidelines or policies.
    • Deliverable 1.2: Provide technical expertise to country teams in the areas of co-creation of monitoring and evaluation framework for national CCEI strategies and related documents in partnership with national stakeholders.
    • Deliverable 1.3: Draft documents that illustrate best practices and facilitate sharing with partners and knowledge sharing platforms.
  • Deliverable 2: Produce guidance material and best practices in the formulation, costing, financing and/or monitoring of CCEI national strategies and related action plans.
    • Deliverable 2.1: Draft guidance material on best practices national CCEI strategies.
    • Deliverable 2.2: Participate in and/or mentor national stakeholders in the costing of CCEI national strategies and related action plans.
    • Deliverable 2.3: Draft documents for development agencies and/or funders to support the financing of CCEI national strategies and related action plans.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


  • Advanced university degree in public health, medicine, nursing, midwifery.


  • Degree or credentials in public health or public policy.



Band level B:

  • 5 to 10 years’ experience working on developing of national plans on reproductive health, cancer or non-communicable diseases prevention and control programs in low- and low-middle-income countries.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of national plans.

Band level C:

  • Over 10 years’ experience working in program management or development of national policy.
  • Demonstrated experience in national policy development and monitoring in developing countries.


  • Exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of ethics and human rights principles under sexual and reproductive health and cancer.
  • Ability to manage time and prioritize work appropriately.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, across cultures.
  • Expertise in adult learning and coaching methods.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and data interpretation skills.

Languages required:


  • Expert knowledge in English.


  • Expert knowledge of other WHO languages.


Off site: Home-based.


The consultant is expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


Band level B - USD 7,000 - 9,980 per month.
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:

Up to a maximum of 6 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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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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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