Consultant in Cancer Management

The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) is seeking a full-time Cancer Consultant for the year 2020.

The position requires working for one year with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland on WHO projects done in collaboration with ESMO.

The consultant should be a medical oncologist who is an ESMO member in good standing, with experience in public health and global oncology. The position requires excellent English oral and written communication skills, very good computer skills, and Internet search capabilities.

The ESMO consultant will be identified through an open application process conducted by ESMO with input from WHO.


ESMO is an organization in official collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), and is partnering with WHO on cancer projects resulting from the 2017 WHO Resolution on Cancer Prevention and Control.

Scope of work

Under the supervision of the WHO Technical Officer for Cancer Control the ESMO Consultant will support the following WHO projects done in partnership with ESMO:

  1. Support the WHO oncology health workforce project and policy dialogues, in collaboration with the WHO Department of Health Workforce, by assisting in the development of the policy dialogue tools and workshops, including attending the workshops, contributing to the workshop reports, and preparing related publications.
  2. Assist in development and promotion of a WHO national cancer control plan prioritization and costing tool, including the review of published literature, consolidation of expert input for data elements such as treatment impact, and support the development of the online platform, an investment case report and country in-training workshops, as well as related publications.
  3. Attend technical meetings and support the WHO Global Childhood Cancer Initiative, the WHO Eliminate Cervical Cancer Initiative, the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines, and the WHO-IARC Global Report on Cancer, as well as related publications.
  4. Submit monthly reports to ESMO with updates on activities and work performed.
  5. Contribute as requested to ESMO Congress sessions as a speaker on topics related to the Consultant’s work on public policy.


The ESMO Consultant will receive a forfeit remuneration to cover the consultant’s full expenses. The consultant is responsible to abide by all laws and regulations in his/her home country as well as Switzerland and to pay any taxes or fees due regarding the consultancy work and contract. At the end of the consultancy contract, ESMO has no further commitment or financial obligation towards the consultant.

Work permit

The consultant will be responsible to obtain the necessary Swiss work permit.

To apply, please provide by 4 November the following documents by email, and in English only, to Jovica Ljubojevic (, HR coordinator:

  • A motivation letter of maximum one page (including notice time for any leave of absence from current position)
  • A CV of maximum one page, including a recent photo, email address, and telephone number
  • A letter of recommendation from the candidate’s department head/mentor or supervisor

The ESMO Public Policy Steering Committee in collaboration with the WHO will select the candidate, with notification as soon as possible.