Internships - WHO the Western Pacific Region (2016)

Multiple locations

The Western Pacific Region (WPRO), one of the six regions of the World Health Organization, is home to approximately 1.8 billion people, more than one-fourth of the world's population. It stretches over a vast area, from China in the north and west, to New Zealand in the south, and French Polynesia in the east. One of the most diverse of the WHO regions, the Western Pacific constitutes some of the world's least developed countries as well as the most rapidly emerging economies. The WHO Regional Office is committed to building future leaders in public health. A competent and dynamic health workforce is essential in advancing health and in achieving global health goals. Countries need to have a pool of health professionals who are trained and exposed to the systems and processes in the health sector and understand how stakeholders interplay within the arena of health. For more information on WPRO please visit this link: Internship and Volunteer Programme in the Western Pacific Region provides opportunities for graduate and postgraduate students to gain an insight into the work of the Organization, while enriching their knowledge and experience in the field of health, thereby contributing to the advancement of population health.Objectives of the Internship Programme:a) To provide a framework for assigning students from diverse academic backgrounds to WHO programmes that can enhance their educational experience through practical assignments;b) To expose students to the work of WHO;c) To provide WHO programmes with input from students specializing in various fields.Internship positions are non-paid and are offered in the different units of the Regional office as well as in some of the WHO country offices. Only shortlisted candidates will be informed.Divisions/ Units WHO Western Pacific RegionOffice of the Regional Director1. External Relations and Partnerships2. Public Information Office3. Information Products and ServicesDivision of Programme Management1. Programme Development and Operations 2. Country Support Unit 3. Editorial Services Division of Administration and Finance 1. Budget and Finance 2. Human Resources Management3. Information Technologies and AdministrationDivision of Communicable Diseases 1. Expanded Programme on Immunization2. Malaria, other Vectorborne and Parasitic Diseases3. HIV, Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections4. Stop TB and Leprosy EliminationDivision of Noncommunicable Diseases and Health through the Life-Course1. Noncommunicable Diseases and Health Promotion (incl. Public Health Law)2. Tobacco Free Initiative3. Mental Health and Substance Abuse4. Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health5. Health and Environment6. Violence and Injuries7. Disabilities and Rehabilitation8. NutritionDivision of Health Systems1. Health Policy and Financing2. Integrated Service Delivery3. Essential Medicines and Health Technologies4. Health Intelligence and Innovation5. Equity and Social DeterminantsDivision of Health Security and Emergencies1. Emerging Disease Surveillance and Response2. Disaster Risk Management for Health3. Food SafetyDivision of Pacific Technical Support (based in Fiji)1. Health Security and Communicable Diseases2. Health Systems3. NCD and Health through the Life-CourseCountry Offices WHO Western Pacific Region:1. WHO Representative Office in Cambodia2. WHO Representative Office in China3. WHO Representative Office in Malaysia 4. WHO Representative Office in Mongolia5. WHO Representative Office in Samoa6. WHO Representative Office in Solomon Islands7. WHO Representative Office in the Lao People's Democratic Republic8. WHO Representative Office in Papua New Guinea9. WHO Representative Office in the Philippines10. WHO Representative Office in the South Pacific (Fiji)11. WHO Representative Office in Viet NamCountry Liaison Offices WHO Western Pacific Region:1. WHO Country Liaison Officer in Kiribati2. WHO Country Liaison Officer in Federated States of Micronesia3. WHO Country Liaison Officer in Tonga4. WHO Country Liaison Officer in VanuatuAdditionally there are limited possibilities for students from disciplines such as Information Technology, Media Relations, Human Resources, Business Administration, Public Administration and Public Health Law and International Relations. Minimum of three years university studies, ideally a first degree, in medical or social science or a field related to the work of WHO. The intern must be a student during the internship. Applicants who apply for an internship within six months of completion of their formal qualification may also qualify for consideration. Additional Information: Please note that internships at WHO are very competitive and only a small number of applicants will be accepted every year. Only successful candidates will be contacted.- Interns must be minimum 20 years of age and be enrolled in a course of study leading to a formal qualification (graduate or post-graduate) to be eligible for the programme.- All internships at WHO are unpaid and full-time.- Internship duration at WHO Western Pacific Region is between 6weeks to 3months only.- WHO accepts no responsibility for medical insurance of interns or costs arising from illness incurred during an internship.- Interns are NOT eligible for appointment to any position in WHO for a period of three months following the end of the internship.Notes:All applications for WHO Internships are acknowledged when received and are made available to technical units for review. The internship assignment can start anytime between 01 January and 31 December 2016. If selected for a WHO Internship, you will be required to provide certified copies of proof of enrolment in a course of study and proof of personal medical insurance (illness) coverage.An important reminder: WHO Internships are not paid. Living abroad is expensive and finding accommodation can be challenging. All intern candidates should be aware of these factors before they consider applying for a WHO Internship. WHO does not provide financial support and interns are encouraged to seek funding from other external sources. Please note: WHO does not charge for internships. Additional information on the Interns and Volunteers programme can be accessed here: This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level. INTERVIEWS MAY BE USED AS A FORM OF SCREENING Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures. Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. Internships
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: L-5, International Limited
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date: 2016-11-30

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