WHO Consultancy Roster - Suicide Prevention

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WHO Consultancy Roster - Suicide Prevention

Roster of consultants - Suicide prevention - (2304361)

Contractual Arrangement: External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 1 to 11 months

Job Posting: May 12, 2023, 9:38:37 AM

Closing Date: Jun 2, 2023, 11:59:00 PM

Primary Location: Anywhere

Organization: HQ/ADA Alcohol, Drugs & Addictive Behaviours

Schedule: Full-time

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications indicated above reflects your personal device's system settings. Purpose of consultancy

To contribute to the work on suicide prevention, including technical product development through to finalization and publication, systematic reviews, data and statistics, monitoring and evaluation, training, and engagement with and technical support to countries.


Suicide is a major global public health issue, resulting in more than 700 000 deaths every year across the world. One in every 100 deaths (1.3%) is the result of suicide; 8 in every 100 deaths in the age group 15-29 years. About 80% of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have made reducing suicide a key target for improving global health by 2030. The indicator of reducing the suicide rate is not only included in the UN SDG 2030 agenda, but also in the WHO Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2030 and in the GPW13. WHO is working with governments to integrate effective interventions into national strategies and plans. The WHO LIVE LIFE implementation guide for suicide prevention in countries details the practical aspects of implementing four key evidence-based interventions for suicide prevention (i.e. Limit access to means of suicide; Interact with media for responsible reporting of suicide; Foster life-skills among young people; Early identification and support for anyone affected by suicide), and six cross-cutting pillars (i.e. situation analysis, multisectoral collaboration, awareness raising and advocacy, capacity building, financing, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation) which are crucial for their implementation.


-Contribute to the compilation, analysis and presentation of data and statistics on suicide and self-harm.

-Provide technical guidance to countries in developing national suicide prevention strategies and in implementing, monitoring and evaluating LIVE LIFE suicide prevention interventions and pillars.

-Provide training related to LIVE LIFE suicide prevention interventions and pillars.

-Participate in policy dialogues with countries to advocate for suicide prevention.

-Contribute to communications tasks related to products, suicide prevention web pages and World Suicide Prevention Day.

-Compile evidence and conduct systematic reviews of the literature.

-Draft concept notes and proposals including for research and resource mobilization.

-Contribute to the development, peer review, and finalization of technical products.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages.

Educational Qualifications:


-For Band level B: First university degree in public health, epidemiology, mental health, psychology, social sciences, medicine, or related field.

-For Band level C: Advanced university degree in public health, epidemiology, mental health, psychology, social sciences, medicine, or related field.


-For Band level B: Training in suicide prevention.

-For Band level C: Post-graduate degree or thesis in suicide prevention.



For Band level B:

-Over 5 years cumulative working experience in mental health and/or suicide prevention. -Working experience in low- and middle-income countries.

For band C: -Over 10 years cumulative working experience in mental health and/or suicide prevention.

-Working experience in low- and middle-income countries.


-International experience as well as working experience with governments and the UN.

-Experience in working on at least one of the four key evidence-based interventions and at least one of the six cross-cutting pillars of LIVE LIFE.

-Experience in training and drafting communications materials.

-Experience in public health programme implementation and evaluation.

-Experience in writing and editing technical documents and policy guidance.



-Sound technical knowledge of suicide prevention in low- and middle-income countries.

-Excellent technical writing skills.

-Excellent communications and interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders across different cultures and technical sectors.

-Strong data analysis, data interpretation, data presentation and data visualization skills.

-Strong analytical skills.

-Excellent organizational and scheduling skills.

-Self-discipline with the ability to work with autonomy and as part of a team.

-Knowledge of technical tools for suicide prevention.

-Knowledge of surveillance systems for suicide and self-harm.

-Knowledge of international policies, laws and mandates as pertaining to pesticides suicides.

-Knowledge of national guidelines for the media for responsible reporting on suicide.

-Knowledge of school-based interventions for suicide prevention.

Languages required:


-Expert knowledge of English.


-Intermediate knowledge of at least one UN language.


-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): N/A

Expected duration of contract:

-1-11 months depending on the assigned tasks.

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 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-regi... fonctionnaires et stagiaires.html

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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