Call for consultants in communication, advocacy, behaviour change, public health

The Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization programme (VPI) of the Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security and Environment (DCE) in the WHO Regional Office for Europe is seeking consultants for project-based work during 2016 in the above-mentioned areas. 

The timing, duration and terms of contracts will be based on the needs and the experience and availability of consultants. 

Consultants who apply may become part of a WHO roster and may be invited to take part in consultant trainings. 

Task description

Assignments may include technical assistance to Member States, development of strategic guidance documents, journalistic work and/or project coordination. 

Specific tasks may include the following: 

  • Provide technical support and guidance to national immunization programme (NIP) teams, e.g. on
    • raising awareness of immunization, addressing vaccine hesitancy or changing health-seeking behaviors; 
    • planning and implementing or analysing epidemiologic or behavioural science studies; 
    • conducting advocacy and resource mobilization for immunization to ensure sustainable financing of immunization programmes;
    • planning crisis communications and responding to vaccine safety-related events. 
  • Develop and disseminate guidance materials and tools to be applied by NIP teams, e.g. on behavioural and social determinants of health and tailoring immunization services to underserved population groups; on advocacy and resource mobilization; or on preparedness and response to vaccine safety-related events and crises.
  • Plan, prepare and conduct training workshops and other capacity building activities for NIP managers and staff. 
  • Conduct country missions as needed and required, including to review country behavioural and communication needs, priorities and resources. 
  • Build partnerships and coordinate with global and regional stakeholders to ensure mutual exchange of good practices and experience and to collaborate on further development and application of initiatives and materials. 
  • Plan, develop and implement regional immunization awareness activities, e.g. on polio eradication, measles and rubella elimination or in relation to the annual European Immunization Week, including regional debate events, web news items or articles, commentaries and op-eds through scientific journals and the media. 
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of evaluation activities.

Qualifications

To be considered, candidates must have a good understanding of communications and public health and at least 5 years (and preferably more) of relevant working experience. Candidates with a public health, behavioural science and/or communication background are preferred, but other profiles may be considered as well.

Candidates with the following qualifications will have an advantage: 

  • working experience within vaccines and immunization 
  • Russian language skills 
  • experience with WHO or another United Nations agency. 

To apply

Please send your curricula vitae and a short letter of interest describing your qualifications and availability and, if relevant, your preferences in terms of areas of work or assignments to vaccine@euro.who.int. Applications are being considered on an ongoing basis.