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Consultant - Data Analyst and Database Expert
World Health Organization (WHO)
HQ/DNA Data and Analytics
Chief and Senior Professional Consultancy
Job Expired 19 Jul 2022
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description



Purpose of consultancy

The consultant will perform the following tasks:

  • Manage and enhance a database in the World Health Data Hub (WHDH) – a cloud-based Data Lake.
  • Extend and maintain a library of R packages.
  • Provide data updates and dissemination of results working closely with DFI and technical programmes.

The consultant will work with other DNA colleagues to manage and improve upon existing infrastructure to measure the progress in meeting the triple billion targets and support the analytic needs of the group.


The Department of Data and Analytics (DNA) is located within the Division of Data, Analytics and Delivery for Impact (DDI). The Department is tasked with tracking WHO's Thirteenth General Programme of Work (GPW13) triple billions. The GPW13 triple billion targets are a headline objective of WHO and involve all levels of WHO including technical programmes, regions and country offices. The department manages the measurement framework. It assesses the global progress to meet the targets and supports the Department of Delivery for Impact (DFI) in its mission to deliver impact in countries. 


1. World Heath Data Hub (WHDH)
1.1 Contribute to data pipeline development including automated data ingestion, calculation of billions and data exports.

2. R Packages
2.1 Provide expertise for code developments in R and other languages for billion calculations, dashboards and outputs;
2.2 Develop, review and maintain online publicly available R code libraries ensuring code and underlying datasets remain up to date.

3. Triple Billion Outputs
3.1 Provide design and data updates for dashboard;
3.2 Develop and maintain quality graphical and summary documents needed for dissemination to countries and regions.


Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


University degree in science, statistics, computing, public health or related subject.


Advanced degree in data science/engineering, statistics, software development or related subject.



  • At least 5 years' experience in analysing and/or management and dissemination of data. 
  • At least 2 years’ experience in developing and managing complex data workflows following current best practices and including version control and automated processing.


  • Experience in database development including Extract, Load, and Transform (ELT) data lake implementations.
  • Experience in statistical modelling and high-quality graphical presentation of data. 
  • Experience working in global public health, international development, or humanitarian action.
  • Experience supporting a Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) workflow for dashboard deployment.



Proficient with R, particularly the tidyverse suite (dplyr, tidyr, rlang) and R package development. 


  • Expert knowledge of using R for quality graphical outputs (RShiny, ggplot2). 
  • Working knowledge of Azure or equivalent cloud platform for data pipeline development and maintenance

Languages required:


Expert knowledge of English.


Working knowledge of other official WHO languages.


Off-site: Home based


The consultant will not be required to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


Payband level B - USD 7,000 - 9,980 per month

Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):



Expected duration of contract (Maximum contract duration is 11 months per calendar year): 

11 months.

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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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  • 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 in each location/jurisdiction in which the work hereunder is performed, and the Consultant shall not be entitled to any reimbursement thereof by WHO.
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