WHO Europe is currently looking for an international consultant with technical expertise in long-term care and deinstitutionalization in the European space, to support our country office in Ukraine (further details below or provided via email). We are hoping for a start in the next months (ideally June 2024) so we hope to identify and recruit a suitable candidate as early as possible. I would kindly ask that you think of any potential candidates and disseminate this call for interest in your professional networks. For further details please don't hesitate to write or to refer anyone interested to me (ilincas@who.int) and Gustavo Perez Reina (perezgu@who.int).

Technical assistant in long-term care and deinstitutionalization

 The purpose of this consultancy is to provide expert technical assistance and support the work of the WHO country office in Ukraine, in its collaboration with the Ministry of Social Policy, the Ministry of Health and other development partners to develop a national deinstitutionalisation strategy for Ukraine. The scope of work covers evidence generation, synthesis and analysis in support of policy reforms, technical guidance, promoting the transition of people supported in residential care settings towards home- and community-based care solutions.

Specific objectives

 1. Review, summarize and assess transferability of relevant international evidence under the guidance of technical officers and senior experts, on approaches to develop availability and accessibility of community-based care services, promote integrated and disability inclusive care models, and build capacity of human resources for care with particular attention to the EU space.

2. Provide technical assistance to the WHO and the Ministry of Social Policy to develop a national deinstitutionalization strategy for Ukraine, including an action plan for policy implementation, aligned with EU good practices and the requirements of the EU accession processes

3. Promote collaborative partnerships at local, oblast and national level, with implementing partners, to facilitate the correct understanding and implementation of deinstitutionalization policies.


  • Advanced degree in Public Health, Management, Social Science, Economics or related discipline.


  • Four years of combined national and international experience in long-term care in the WHO European Region and carrying out comparative long-term care system analyses;
  • Experience with evidence based public health approaches with long term care and/or deinstitutionalization
  • Proven track record of producing high quality analytical products on deinstitutionalization, community-based care and long-term care, especially as they relate to policy analysis at national and European level;
  • Proven track-record on providing policy advice to national/ regional authorities is a strong advantage;
  • Previous collaboration (including consultancies) with WHO, other UN agencies and international agencies is desirable;
  • Previous experience in engaging with key stakeholders and implementation partners is desirable.



  • Thorough knowledge of European Union processes, documents and guidance to support strengthening of deinstitutionalization and long-term care systems;
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills and ability to synthesize knowledge and effectively express ideas in writing;
  • Good understanding of main prospects and challenges related to strengthening community-based care at national and European levels;
  • Good understanding of work processes when interacting with ministries of social policy and other country level stakeholders, as well as with multilateral organizations and NGOs;
  • Ability to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary settings and excellent inter-personal skills.


Written and spoken fluency in English is essential.  Working knowledge of Ukrainian or Russian is an advantage.


On site: Kyiv, Ukraine


Remuneration will be aligned with WHO international consultant salary scales and determined based on the qualifications of the selected candidate.