Consultancy opportunities

11 August 2017

Communications consultancy roster

The WHO Global Malaria Programme is building a roster of experienced freelance writers to support our external communications work. Assignments will range from short news-style feature stories to Q&A interviews, opinion pieces, brochures and advocacy reports. Consultants will work under the supervision of the department's lead communications focal point and in collaboration with technical experts across the Organization (at global, regional and country levels).

Planned timelines

  • Start date: September 2017
  • End date: September 2018

Work to be performed

  • Writing support for the launch of the 2017 World Malaria Report (this may include, for example, opinion pieces, country focused web features and fact sheets).
  • Writing support for World Malaria Day 2018 marked each year on 25 April (this may include, for example, opinion pieces, country focused web features and fact sheets).
  • Writing support to build visibility around other technical areas covered by GMP.

How to apply

Applications should be sent to Saira Stewart at by 15 September 2017 – they must include a CV, a cover letter and up to three writing samples (must be the applicant's own pieces).

Specific requirements

  • Qualifications: degree in journalism, communication or a related field
  • Experience: At least 10 years of experience as a writer or storyteller
  • Skills / technical skills and knowledge:
    • Excellent English-language writing skills
    • Ability to translate complex public health information and data into clear, concise language
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Ability to work efficiently under tight deadlines
  • Languages: English (required); French and Spanish (desirable)

Place of assignment

This is an off-site consultancy. Some travel may be required.*

Medical clearance

The selected Consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.

* All travel arrangements will be made by WHO – WHO will not be responsible for tickets purchased by the Consultant without the express, prior authorization of WHO. While on mission under the terms of this consultancy, the Consultant will receive subsistence allowance.
It is the Consultant’s responsibility to fulfil visa requirements and ask for visa support letter(s) if needed.