Official Swiss JPO positions with World Health Organization

Official Swiss JPO positions with WHO

Swiss JPO positions, reserved for Swiss nationals aged 32 and under, are one of the best springboards for career success in multilateral organisations such as the World Health Organization.

Currently 1 vacancy with WHO:

WHO at a glance

The World Health Organization is building a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Its primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system. The main areas of work are health systems; health through the life-course; noncommunicable and communicable diseases; preparedness, surveillance and response; and corporate services.

WHO staff are united in a shared commitment to achieve better health for everyone, everywhere.

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WHO staff are united in a shared commitment to achieve better health for everyone, everywhere

Swiss JPOJunior Professional Officer positions

Swiss JPO positions are one of the best opportunities for Swiss nationals who aspire to a career with WHO, another UN organisation or an international financial institution (IFI), and can avail themselves of a Master's degree and at least 3 years' relevant professional experience. 

After 2 or 3 years of assignment, JPOsJunior Professional Officers are expected to remain in the UN system (e.g. get a P-3 level staff position).
More about the Swiss JPO programme in the UN

One of the best springboards for career success in multilateral organisations

Profiles sought-after

JPOsJunior Professional Officers working with the World Health Organization serve at headquarters or in regional offices. JPOs are involved in various phases (identification, design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation) of the programmes, and those in the field work with both international and national staff.

The job titles of former and current Swiss JPOs at WHO illustrate the usual work areas, and therefore expected professional backgrounds:

  • Technical Officer (Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health)
  • Technical Officer (Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health)
  • etc.

In addition to technical expertise and hard skills, JPOs must show a commitment to high ethical standards as well as interpersonal and intercultural communication skills. These competencies are important because professionals interact and collaborate on a daily basis with a broad range of contacts. Since almost all the of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are directly related to health, or will contribute to health indirectly, JPOs at the World Health Organization consider the SDGs as a driving force.

Almost all the of 17 SDGs are directly related to health, or will contribute to health indirectly. They are a driving force for JPOs at WHO

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  • Be on the lookout: Swiss JPOJunior Professional Officer vacancies are advertised for a few weeks only. Visit this page regularly, follow cinfo on LinkedIn and Facebook and sign up to cinfo's tailor-made jobletter and newsletter
  • Don't focus solely on WHO: you can find Swiss JPO vacancies in several other UN organisations and IFIsInternational Financial Institutions . All vacancies are advertised here
     

Frequently asked questions

The Donor's and cinfo's role

The Swiss JPO programme is funded by the Swiss Confederation:

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  • promoting the programme
  • publishing and publicising all vacancies
  • processing applications
  • conducting interviews with candidates
  • pre-selecting and recommending candidates
  • preparing the selected JPOs for their assignment
  • offering career advice and follow-up during JPO assignments

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