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Internship and Voluntary Assignment – The World Health Organization / Regional Office for the Western Pacific Region (WHO/WPRO)

General information for all interns and volunteers:

Purpose of the position

The Western Pacific Region (WPR), one of the six regions of the World Health Organization (WHO), is home to approximately 1.8 billion people. 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 regions of WHO, the Western Pacific constitutes of the countries and territories with the largest and the smallest in the world in a range of climate. While some countries enjoy rapid emerging social and economic development, others isolated geographically struggle for advancing their commitment to sustainable development.

The WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific 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: http://www.wpro.who.int/en/

The Internship and Volunteer Programme (IVP) in the WHO Regional Office 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 and Volunteer Programme:

  • To provide a framework for assigning students from diverse academic backgrounds to WHO programmes that can enhance their educational experience through practical assignments;
  • To expose students to the work of WHO;
  • To provide WHO programmes with input from students from 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.

SPECIFIC INFORMATION FOR CURRENT INTERNSHIP
Current internship offer: Intern in the Disabilities and Rehabilitation Unit of the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO)


DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

  1. Assist the DAR unit to develop a Regional Action Plan on Rehabilitation and on Disability for the Western Pacific Region. Prepare background documents and provide assistance for an Expert Meeting in March and a Member State Consultation in April related to the development of a Regional Action Plan on Rehabilitation and on Disability for the Western Pacific Region; and
  2. Support the finalisation of country profiles and issue briefs related to disability and rehabilitation for countries in the Western Pacific Region;and
  3. Assist the Regional activities of the DAR unit to support Member States in their policy and programmes.



PERIOD OF ASSIGNMENT

  • Assignment 1: 1 February 2018 - 31 April 2018 (negotiable)
  • Assignment 2: 23 April 2018 - 20 July 2018 (negotiable)
  • Assignment 3: 16 July 2018- 19 October 2018 (negotiable)
  • Assignment 4: 15 October 2018 - 14 December 2018 (negotiable)



EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
Essential:

  • Minimum of three years full time university studies, in health, social sciences or a field related to the work of WHO for interns.
  • Volunteers are expected to have completed their education.


Desirable:

  • Post graduate qualifications in a rehabilitation profession (eg. Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, prosthetics and orthotics, psychology, social work)



WORK EXPERIENCE
Essential:

  • No work experience required for interns.
  • Minimum of one year related work experience for volunteers.


Desirable:

  • Experience working in developing countries
  • Experience working in rehabilitation services or with people with disability
  • Experience in research and in drafting reports
  • Experience in the subject area through academic work, research or field experience would be an advantage. Further, 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


LANGUAGE SKILLS
Essential:
Interns and volunteers should have a good working knowledge of English (reading, writing and speaking).

Desirable:
Knowledge of the language of the duty station where the assignment is taking place


APPLICATION INFORMATION
Please send a cover letter with your curriculum vitae to Ms Kaori Dezaki, email dezakik@who.int If you require further information, please email your queries to Ms Dezaki and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Applications open for the following period:

  • Assignment 1: 1-30 November 2017
  • Assignment 2: 1-28 February 2018
  • Assignment 3: 1-31 May 2018
  • Assignment 4: 1-31 August 2018



GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT WHO IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC REGION


Country Offices WHO Western Pacific Region: Cambodia, China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Pacific (Fiji) and Viet Nam.

Country Liaison Offices WHO Western Pacific Region: Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga and Vanuatu.

See the details


DEFINITIONS
WPRO Interns can be

  1. enrolled university students who have completed at least three years of full time studies
  2. recent university graduates who are still within six months after graduation
  3. masters and doctorate students

WPRO Volunteers are

  1. Individuals who have completed their studies and have at least one year of professional working experience

*Same administrative application procedures apply for both interns and volunteers.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR ALL INTERNS
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.

Please see the eligibility at: http://www.wpro.who.int/internship/requirements/en/

Please see Application, Recruitment, Selection and Support at: http://www.wpro.who.int/internship/procedures/en/

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: http://www.wpro.who.int/entity/internship/en/index.html

IVP supports gender balance, diversity and country health capacity building. We encourage applications from member states where we are receiving few applicants.


REMUNERATION
All internships and voluntary assignments at WHO are unpaid.

IMPORTANT: AFTER COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION IN THE WHO RECRUITMENT PLATFORM (STELLIS) APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO ALSO ANSWER THE SCREENING QUESTIONS IN A SEPARATE PAGE USING THIS LINK: http://extranet.wpro.who.int/datacol/intern


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