World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations’ system. Its main tasks are the following: providing leadership on matters critical to health and engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed; shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge; setting norms and standards and promoting and monitoring their implementation; articulating ethical and evidence-based policy options; providing technical support, catalysing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity; and monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends.

Working with WHO

WHO employs more than 7'000 people in 150 countries. More than 150 nationalities are represented.

Sought profiles

WHO recruits staff on fixed-term or temporary contracts. The required qualifications for professionals are:

  • A university degree and a postgraduate specialisation in a health- or management-related field of relevance to WHO's work
  • Domestic and international experience in the individual area of expertise.
  • Good analytical skills, an understanding of policy issues and a keen interest in public health.
  • Proficiency in English and a good working knowledge of a second UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).
  • Effective teamwork and communication skills.

Regularly sought profiles: health specialists, medical doctors, scientists, epidemiologists, people with expertise in administration and finance, information systems, economics, health statistics as well as emergency preparedness and response.

Opportunities for students and junior professionals


WHO offers internships of between six and twenty four weeks. Candidates must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Be at least twenty years of age at the time of application.
  • Have completed three years of full-time studies (bachelor level or equivalent) at a university or equivalent institution prior to commencing the assignment; or
  • Be enrolled in an advanced degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree, equivalent, or higher) at the time of application; or
  • Possess a first degree in a public health, medical or social field related to the technical work of WHO or a degree in a management-related or administrative field, and are applying for an internship within six months of graduation.
  • Be fluent in the working language of the office of assignment (English or French for WHO Headquarters).
    Further information

Junior Professional Programme (JPOJunior Professional Officer )

WHO offers positions for JPOsJunior Professional Officers at country offices, regional offices and at the headquarters.
Further information

Geneva, Switzerland

Fields of activity
Development cooperation, health

Countries of operation
150 countries

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