Internships - WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific (Summer 2013)
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OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The Western Pacific Region (WPRO), 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 of the WHO regions, the Western Pacific constitutes some of the world's least developed countries as well as the most rapidly emerging economies. It includes highly developed countries such as Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and Singapore; and fast growing economies such as China and Viet Nam.

The WHO Regional Office 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.

The Internship and Volunteer Programme in the 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 offered in the different units of the Regional office as well as in some of the WHO country offices.

Competency Areas/Work Units:

General Program Management and Administration:

Administration and Finance
External Cooperation and Partnerships
Human Resource Management
Informatics and Communications Technology
Leadership and Governance
Public Relations and Communications
Donor and Partnership Engagement

Health Security and Emergencies:

Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Response
Emergency and Humanitarian Action
Food Security and Safety

Health Systems:

Health Care Financing
Health Information and Evidence for Policy
Health Service Delivery
Pharmaceutical and Health Technology
Human Resources for Health
Nursing and Midwifery
Equity, Gender, Human Rights

Communicable Diseases:

Expanded Program on Immunization
HIV AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections
Malaria, other Vector-borne and Parasitic Diseases
TB and Leprosy Elimination

Non-Communicable Diseases & Family/Community Health:

Child and Adolescent Health
Environmental Health
Health Promotion
Non-communicable diseases
Mental Health
Disability and Rehabilitation
Reproductive Health
Tobacco Free Initiative

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

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.

Additionally there are limited possibilities for students from disciplines such as Information Technology, Media Relations, Human Resouces, Business Administration and/or Public Administration.

Experience:
- Experience in research and in drafting reports would be preferred.

- Experience in the subject area through academic work or research would be an advantage.

- Field and/or developing country experience would be an advantage.

- 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 an advantage.

- More specific experience such as specialized computer programmes may be needed for some internships.

Languages:
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.

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