Innovation and Research Consultant - Tenders Global

Innovation and Research Consultant

World Health Organization




The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the application of genomic technologies in various aspects of public health. Genomic tools played a pivotal role in expediting the development of diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines while enhancing our understanding of epidemiology. Governments and organizations increased funding for genomic research, particularly in the context of COVID-19. This surge in funding supported a plethora of genomic research projects, expanded sequencing capacity, and spurred the development of novel genomic technologies in both developed and developing nations. The pandemic also served to elevate genomics to the forefront of public awareness. 

Recognizing the historic significance of genomics for public health and its heightened importance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO’s Science Council of experts designated genomics as the focus of its first report in 2022. The report, titled “Accelerating Access to Genomics for Global Health: Promotion, Implementation, Collaboration, and Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues: A Report of the WHO Science Council”, recognizes the applications of genomics in humans, animals, and agriculture across high-, low-, and middle-income countries, as well as the challenges in implementing genomic technologies, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). It makes recommendations for WHO and Member States to take actions and expand access to genomic technologies, particularly in LMICs.

To further these objectives and identify priority actions for the implementation of genomic technologies for the health of populations in the Western Pacific Region with a focus on less-resourced settings, WHO will convene an expert meeting aimed at facilitating discussions with both state and non-state stakeholders. Although the Science Council’s report encompasses a wide spectrum of genomic technologies, this meeting will primarily focus on human genomics for medical purposes, and biological and medical Research. Genomic areas outside this scope, such as microbial genomics, agriculture and aquaculture genomics, and other applications (e.g., ancestry and parentage assessment, environmental and ecological sciences, forensic science), will not be included in the meeting’s agenda.
The work shall be performed virtually and will require regular meetings with the technical unit. The service provider is required to: 

  • perform research and literature review as necessary to capture relevant information related to the programme agenda, key topics, themes, and issues to be discussed
  • communicate with potential participants and experts from different countries in the Region
  • prepare materials and information packages for the use of meeting 
  • arrange for documentation and recording of the meeting (e.g. photography, note-taking)
  • carry out follow-up activities including the meeting report development to summarize the meeting’s proceedings and outcomes
  • other related technical and logistical activities pertinent to the organization of the meeting
Qualifications, experience, skills and knowledge, and language:
Qualifications required:
  • The applicant should have a master’s degree in public health or other relevant field from a recognized university.
Experience required:
  • A least 5 years of work experience in global health agencies in positions with research and project management components.
Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:   
  • Demonstrated skills in project management
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proven track record for professional delivery of high-quality products
  • Demonstrated ability of working in a high-level environment at an international level, and ability to collaborate across different disciplines
  • Relevant work experience with WHO and/or UN agencies, governmental agencies and/or non-governmental organizations
  • Excellent writing skills in English, including for technical and general audience
Language requirements:
  • Written and spoken fluency in English (expert: read – write – speak)  




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