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WHO is the United Nations’ specialized agency for Health. It is an inter-governmental organization and works in collaboration with its member states usually through the Ministries of Health. WHO’s objective is the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health. WHO's Secretariat is staffed by health professionals, other experts and support staff working at headquarters in Geneva, six regional offices and country offices.

Post : Intern

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations system. WHO has 194 Member States and more than 7000 people working in 150 country offices, in 6 regional offices and at headquarter in Geneva. WHO offers internships globally in our country and regional offices, as well as at headquarters.  The WHO internship programme has three objectives:
(a) to provide a framework for assigning students from diverse academic backgrounds to WHO programmes, where educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments;
(b) to expose students to the work of WHO and
(c) to provide WHO programmes with the assistance of students specializing in various fields. Most students are placed in health-related programmes, although placements in other area of work like for example communication, external relations, finance or human resources are also possible.

Job Description
Under the supervision of a technical expert in the respective area, interns are assigned a project based on agreed terms of references and in line with their skills set. These terms of references typically include some or all of the following responsibilities:
• Review literature and conduct literature surveys
• Undertake web research and data collection on specific subject area
• Organize data and documents
• Participate in the development of tools and guidelines
• Assist in drafting, formatting and editing policy briefs, tool kits, guides/manuals, hand-outs, brochures and reports
• Assist in organizing workshops, meetings, conferences, events
• Participate in on-going departmental projects

Candidate Profile
Have completed three years of full-time studies (bachelor's level or equivalent) at a university or equivalent institution prior to commencing the assignment; AND be enrolled in a course of study at a university or equivalent institution leading to a formal qualification (applicants who have already graduated may also qualify for consideration provided that they start the internship within six months after completion of their formal qualification).

Core competencies
• Team work
• Respecting and promoting individual and cultural difference
• Communication

All interns should be able to demonstrate the following skills in line with the WHO core competencies:
• Communicating effectively orally and in writing
• Showing willingness to learn from mistakes
• Producing and delivering quality results
• Working collaboratively with team members

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Depending on the area of interest, the below experience may be needed and/or would be an advantage.
• Experience in research and/or in drafting reports
• Experience in the subject area through academic work or research
• Field and/or developing country experience
• Experience with data analysis, statistical packages and interest in the design of graphical display and analysis of health information in an international comparative perspective, such as for health system performance assessment
• More specific experience such as specialized computer programmes

• Fluency in one of WHO's working languages (reading, writing and speaking). WHO official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish
• Knowledge of the local language in some duty stations can be an asset

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.
• 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 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.
• If selected for a WHO Internship, you will be required to provide certified copies of proof of enrolment in a course of studies, a medical certificate of fitness for work and proof of personal medical insurance (illness) coverage.

Primary Location: Multiple locations

Last Date : Jun 30, 2018, 11:59:00 PM


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