Consultant – Technical development of the guidance for community engagement in clinical trials

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Purpose of consultancy

To contribute to the development of the guidance for community engagement in clinical trials and related training materials.


At the World Health Assembly in May 2022, World Health Organization’s Member States passed resolution WHA75.8 on strengthening clinical trials to provide high-quality evidence on health interventions and to improve research quality and coordination. The resolution recognized the importance of strengthening the global and national clinical trial ecosystems to advance: 1) equitable clinical trial capacity development; 2) health outcomes related to burden of diseases at national and regional level; and 3) to provide functional capacities that can pivot in times of emergencies.

To forward these goals, a WHO Guidance for best practices for clinical trials has been developed with a 16-member Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and in consultations with global experts and all relevant stakeholders in clinical trials, including Member States, patient and community engagement organizations, funders, researchers, ethicists, regulators, and representatives from industry. The Guidance outlines key ethical and scientific considerations for well-designed and well-implemented clinical trials. A series of regional and global consultations, including the first WHO Global Clinical Trials Forum, took place in 2023, where stakeholders agreed to a vision of collective efforts in improving clinical research infrastructure and capabilities in countries and globally, and call for actions to enhancing engagements with patients, the public and communities throughout the clinical trial process.

To advance the implementation of the WHA75.8 and operationalize the vision agreed upon at the Global Forum, the Secretariat seeks a consultant who would provide technical expertise in developing the guidance for community engagement (referred to as ‘guidance’ hereafter) in clinical trials that will be part of the WHO Guidance for Best Practices for Clinical Trials. In addition, the consultant would provide input to the training materials development to operationalize the best practices for community engagement integral to the WHO online training course for best practices for clinical trials.


  • Task 1: Draft the guidance in collaboration with internal and external experts, such as the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for Clinical Trials. This includes:
    • Review relevant guidance, scientific publications and grey literatures on the relevant technical topics;
    • Synthesize recommendations and analyze their relevance for the guidance;
    • Develop draft guidance ready for internal and external review and consultations.
      • Deliverable 1.1: Draft guidance ready for review and consultation.
  • Task 2: Facilitate expert reviews and stakeholder consultations for the draft guidance. This includes:
    • Setup review objectives, processes, platforms, and relevant communications;
    • Consolidate and analyze review responses, and propose for revision;
    • Setup and facilitate (virtual) stakeholder consultations;
    • Draft consultation report with recommendations;
    • Revise the draft normative guidance according to the review and consultation outcomes.
      • Deliverable 2.1:Report with consolidated review responses and consultation outcomes.
      • Deliverable 2.2: Final draft of the guidance expected by 31st October 2024.
  • Task 3: Draft training course materials based on the final guidance. This includes:
    • Draft the PowerPoint slide deck outlining key recommendations as in the guidance;
    • Collate relevant case studies to support the delivery of key recommendations to use in the training;
    • Participate in external review meetings of the draft materials and contribute to the discussions with external reviewers;
    • Revise the slide deck and case studies integrating the review comments and suggestions.
      • Deliverable 3.1: Draft slide deck and case studies for the training.
      • Deliverable 3.2: Final slide deck and collation of case studies for the training.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


  • Advanced university degree (Masters) in clinical trials, behavioral science, biomedical sciences, or any related field.


  • Advanced university degree (PhD) in one of the above-mentioned fields.



  • Over 10 years of experience in clinical research, with a focus on patient, participant and/or community engagement in clinical research.
  • At least 5 years of experience working in low-or middle-income settings.


  • Experience working with WHO or other international agencies on consensus building, convening or norms and standards development.


  • Technical knowledge and skills in patient, community and public engagement in clinical research.
  • Technical knowledge and skills in norms and standards development methodologies.
  • Expert knowledge in writing technical documents.
  • Excellent communication skills, including presentations and reporting.
  • Ability to integrate, synthesize, and communicate ideas from various stakeholders’ perspectives.

Languages required:


Expert knowledge of English.


Off site: Home-based.


The consultant is not expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


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):


Expected duration of contract:

11 months – part-time at 50%.  Remuneration will be pro-rated accordingly.

Additional Information

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