The World Health Organization (WHO) is searching for a consultant to help with updating estimates on the burden of foodborne diseases. 

The Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group, also with WHO, published the first report on this in 2015. The report indicated that foodborne diseases were the cause of 600 million illnesses and 420,000 deaths in 2010. 

Upon request of the World Health Assembly, WHO has been monitoring regularly, and reporting to member states on, the burden of foodborne and zoonotic diseases. This reporting will be done at national, regional, and international levels.

The World Health Assembly also asked WHO to prepare a new report on foodborne infections, with current estimates of global foodborne disease incidence, as well as mortality and disease burden in terms of disability-adjusted life years by 2025.

The consultant will support work to estimate global burdens of foodborne diseases and country-level activities to assess the national burden; assistant work in developing global food safety indicators; and support the organization of a technical consultation on new and novel approaches to accelerate data collection and analyses. 

Applicants interested in the position should send their resumes to, with a short cover letter, by April 9, 2021.

The consultant is required to have a college degree in public health, life science, food safety, or related areas. The position will start in May 2021 and will run through December 31, 2021. This is a remote position. For a full list of requirements for the position, click here.