WHO Mental Health Unit (MHE) Consultant Roster Advertisement Update

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WHO Mental Health Unit (MHE) Consultant Roster Advertisement Update

*****For currently available urgent opportunities, please see the last section of this advertisement*****


Within the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Use (MSD), the Mental Health Unit is building a consultant roster of individuals at all levels of experience to support the Unit’s work.

The Mental Health Unit (MHE) contributes to the overall mission of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Use (MSD) through the following activities:

• Suicide prevention • Mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian and public health emergencies (e.g. COVID-19), including preparedness and recovery (“building back better”) from emergencies. • Mental health services and care across the life course (including supporting the WHO Special Initiative for Mental Health: Universal Health Coverage of Mental Health) • Workforce development for mental health, including competency testing and pre-services training • Integration of care of mental disorders in primary/general health care and disease/population-specific programmes and services (e.g. for TB, HIV, NCDs, GBV) • Innovation and research in psychological interventions, including task shifting and IT-supported care • Mental health at work/ the workplace • Mental health economics, including investment cases, UHC benefit packages, cost-effectiveness, and return on investment • Epidemiology of mental disorders • Advocacy for raising mental health on the international health, development and humanitarian political agenda

MHE is looking for candidates at various level of seniority wishing to learn more about WHO and to actively contribute to specific elements of MHE’s work on mental health. In doing so, there may be opportunities to participate in an array of brief and longer-term projects, meetings, research and/or public health initiatives.

Tasks and deliverables

Under the overall guidance of the MHE unit head and under direct supervision of MHE professional staff, consultants may be asked to engage in one or more of the following tasks:

• Writing and editing technical documents; including trainings and manuals • Reviewing and preparing funding proposals and project documentation (e.g., logical frameworks, project strategies, operational/implementation plans, project reports, presentations); • Providing support with the management of projects and their activities • Conducting desk and scientific reviews • Documenting outputs from technical meetings • Providing general support to projects.

Specific deliverables will be pre-defined for each consultancy.

Recruitment profile

The minimum academic and professional experiences required to apply for the roster are outlined below. The actual requirements for each individual contract will be determined in accordance with WHO guidelines at the time of contract issuance.

Academic training: Interested individuals should have at least a postgraduate degree in mental health, public health or a related discipline. A doctorate degree is desirable for consultancies involving research-related tasks.

Professional experience: Depending on the task, previous experience in low and middle income countries with WHO or various partners is desirable. A strong academic publication record is desirable for consultancies involving research-related tasks.

Languages: English fluency and excellent writing skills are essential; working knowledge of a second UN language is desirable.

Types of Opportunities

Opportunities exists for: • both paid and unpaid consultancies • both full and part time assignments • assignments of varying lengths of time (a minimum of 8 weeks is preferred)


For paid consultancies remuneration will be based on requirements outlined in the terms of reference that will be developed for each of the individual consultant contracts.

How to apply

If you are interested in pursuing such an opportunity, please (a) complete this brief questionnaire - http://bit.ly/consultantrosterMHE and (b) send your CV to Ms Evelyn Finger fingere@who.int. Shortlisted candidates for specific consultancies will be requested to resubmit their CV in WHO Stellis format.

People with lived experience of mental health problems are encouraged to apply.


For general information about MSD's work in the area of mental health, please see https://www.who.int/health-topics/mental-health#tab=tab_1


Enrolment to the roster is continuous without deadline. Yet, a number of urgent opportunities currently exist (see below).

Urgent openings

The unit is urgently looking for the following consultants: • An early or mid-career consultant (e.g. graduate student or working within 10 years of most recent post-graduate degree) with interest and previous experience in some or all of the following: development of psychological interventions; e-mental health solutions (including developing digital platforms); programme and research management. Available for a year either part or full time.

• Early career consultant (graduate student or working within 5 years of most recent post graduate degree) with interest and experience in workplace mental health; research or trial management experience; experience in coordinating surveys, interviews or syntheses of qualitative evidence is an asset. Available part-time for approx. minimum 9-12 months.

• Early career consultant (graduate student or working within 5 years of most recent post graduate degree) with interest in humanitarian settings. The consultant would be asked to conduct desk reviews, support costing and monitoring & evaluation of a minimum services package, supporting logistics and communication tasks (e.g. organizing expert meetings). Start date: Around 18 January 2021 for one day per week (for at least 6 months)

• Early career consultant (graduate student or working within 5 years of most recent post graduate degree) with interest and experience in child and adolescent mental health and evidence synthesis. The consultant would be asked to conduct scoping of the evidence, support programme management and communication tasks (e.g. organizing expert meetings and communication with youth advisory groups). Available for at least 6 months either part time or full time.

Currently, due to COVID-19-related physical distancing requirements, all assignments will be conducted remotely from the country where the person is resident. Travel is not envisioned at the current time.


It will not be possible for the MHE unit to reply to most enquires by potentially interested individuals. Roster applicants may be contacted at any time when a suitable opportunity arises. If you would like your name removed from the roster at any time, please email fingere@who.int.