2018 World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) Africa Internship

Application Deadline: Applications should be submitted on or before 29th November 2017

Eligible Countries: Only African countries

Scholarship Country: Internship positions are offered in the different country offices and technical clusters in the African Region.

Award Info: The Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), based in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, is one of the six regions of the World Health Organization (WHO). AFRO is responsible for 47 of the 54 countries in Africa. The regional office plans and executes WHO’s work in these countries and supports Member States to attain the highest possible level of health for all people.

The Internship and Volunteer Programme in the African 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. Most students are placed in health-related programmes, although other disciplines can be considered as appropriate.

Field of Job: AFRO offers internships in the follow areas:

  1. Communicable diseases (HIV, Tuberculosis, Malaria, Neglected tropical diseases (NTD) and public health and environment programmes);
  2. Family and Reproductive Health (Health through life course, nutrition and immunization);
  3. Noncommunicable Diseases (prevention and management of NCDs (including risk factors), mental health, violence and injuries);
  4. Health systems strengthening (health policy, financing and access, integrated service deliver and health information and knowledge management, aiming at Universal Health Coverage);
  5. Health Security and Emergencies (disease surveillance, emergency risk assessment and management, outbreak and disaster response and laboratory support);
  6. Administration (Human Resources, IT etc);
  7. Corporate Communications;
  8. Country Relations.

Type: These are  Internships


  • Education:
    • Expected to have completed three years of full-time studies (bachelor’s level or equivalent) at a licensed university or equivalent institution prior to commencing the assignment; AND
    • Be enrolled in a course of study at a university or equivalent institution leading to a formal qualification (applicants who have already graduated may also qualify for consideration provided that they start the internship within six months after completion of their formal qualification).
  • Skills:
    • Should be aged at least twenty years of age on the date of application;
    • Able to work full-time and support his/herself financially during an internship placement (i.e. with no remuneration from WHO);
    • Not be related to a staff member (e.g. son/daughter, brother/sister or mother/father);
    • Have not previously participated in WHO’s Internship Programme;
    • Hold a valid passport of a WHO Member State.
  • Experience: Have completed 3 years of full time study in the relevant area.
  • Languages: Be fluent in either English or French, the working languages of AFRO.

Number of Awards: This is not specified

Value of Award: Note that Internship positions are not paid

Duration of Program: The duration of WHO internships is between six weeks and six months, depending on the requirements of the programme.

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