OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The Western Pacific Region (WPR), 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 regions of WHO, the Western Pacific constitutes some of the world’s least developed countries as well as the most rapidly emerging economies. 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 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 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 Safety4. Risk CommunicationDivision 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 the Lao People’s Democratic Republic4. WHO Representative Office in Malaysia 5. WHO Representative Office in Mongolia6. WHO Representative Office in Papua New Guinea7. WHO Representative Office in the Philippines8. WHO Representative Office in Samoa9. WHO Representative Office in Solomon Islands10. 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.
Education: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.
– Experience in research and in drafting reports would be preferred.- 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 may be useful- More specific experience such as on specialized computer programmes may be needed for some internship positions.
Essential: Interns should have a very good working knowledge of English (reading, writing and speaking).Desirable: Knowledge of the language of the duty station where the internship is taking place.