Careers at WHO

"WHO's work is about serving people, about serving humanity. Most importantly, it's about fighting to ensure the health of people is a basic human right." - Dr Tedros

Together for a healthier world

WHO’s work is founded on the principle that all people, everywhere, should enjoy the highest standard of health. We seek talented professionals looking to contribute to this important mission as members of our international workforce. WHO offers a dynamic work environment, opportunities for professional development and a competitive pay and benefits package. We are committed to achieving a diverse, multicultural and gender balanced workforce with broad representation from our Member States.

Are you 1 in a billion? Can you imagine by 2023 one billion more people with access to health services, one billion more kept safer from outbreaks and emergencies, and another billion living healthier? WHO and our partners can. Join us on the drive to provide health for all.


The WHO environment

Our values, our DNA


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Trusted to serve public health at all times

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Professionals committed to excellence in health

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Persons of integrity

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Collaborative colleagues and partners

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People caring about people

WHO provides a safe environment, cares deeply about employee well-being and is committed to providing a work environment that respects the inherent dignity of all persons. WHO has a responsibility to take all appropriate steps to prevent and respond to harassment, including sexual harassment, discrimination and abuse of authority in the workplace.

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WHO's policies and hiring practices are grounded in diversity, equity and inclusion. We continue to strive for gender balance throughout the organization. WHO encourages applications from unrepresented and underrepresented countries, people with disabilities, younger applicants and women. 

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…it was pure fate that my application to WHO was successful. It was as though everything had been leading to this.

Tuan Nghia Ton
Technical Officer

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I can contribute to this area of work, and in an organization like WHO it means I can have a lasting impact on the lives of so many people.

Maria Intan Josi 
Health Research Assistant

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...I believe that real wealth is measured by the health of our communities


Mahmoud Sabra
Logistics Assistant

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...I am on an exciting journey, and exactly where I need to be today, supporting WHO’s mission and I will continue to grow wherever I go.

Moreblessing Moyo
Programme Management Officer

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WHO job areas

WHO acknowledges the needs for a strong workforce to achieve the vision of improving the health and well-being of people everywhere. Each day, our teams meet the emerging challenges in all the areas of the Organization, from senior leaders to emergency administration staff, and from health specialists to data managers. 


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Public health

We are proud of our public health experts. They are results oriented and drive programmes in all areas of health and emergencies. They are agile and work at the countryregional and headquarters levels to achieve the highest standards of health through evidence based programmes and goals.

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Management and leadership

WHO’s pillar of accountability is held by senior leadership roles. They are our driving force and our face to the public. They are committed to upholding WHO’s role in our changing world and inspiring the next generation of leaders. The stronger our leaders, the healthier our world will be.

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Our administration is dedicated to business strategy and innovative practices. WHO recognizes the importance of a strong management administration structure, committed to enabling people to work to the best of their ability and to optimizing the resources available throughout the organization.

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At any one time, the WHO workforce is actively responding to dozens of infectious disease outbreaks and natural disasters around the world. WHO staff have an essential role to play in supporting Member States to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies with public health consequences.

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WHO categories

The WHO workforce is our most important resource. WHO offers job opportunities under three kinds of staff categories as well as other contractual arrangements.


International Professional staff

Our internationally recruited staff serve in health technical, operational, managerial and leadership roles, across the world. They are committed to mobility and are employed to work according to their expertise and WHO’s programmatic needs.

National Professional Officer

Our National Professional Officers are professional level staff, often employed for their local knowledge and expertise in the country of their nationality. They work in diverse areas across the world and fulfill a wide range of responsibilities.

General Services staff

Our programmes and professional staff are supported by local residents or nationals, employed in the general service staff category. They are essential for our success, have a wide range of skills and are valued by our teams across the organization.

Consultants and other contractual arrangements

WHO contracts subject matter experts to provide time-limited, project-focused professional level support to attain specific programme deliverables. These are not employment contracts and remain outside the scope of the WHO Staff Rules and Regulations.

WHO staff can apply to fixed term or temporary appointments and successful candidates will receive an attractive salary and benefits package. Some staff are part of our agile workforce mobility programme and all staff are employed under WHO’s Rules and Regulations.

Depending on your duty station, you may benefit from different health and well-being programmes and services.

WHO has opportunities at different levels of responsibility and experience. We seek motivated individuals in all categories of work that meet our educational and work experience requirements.

WHO also advertises other contractual arrangements for specific programme needs and offers competitive rates.

WHO Talent Programmes

Help us reach our Triple Billion targets by joining us through one of our talent programmes.


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Junior Professional Officer Programme

The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme allows young professionals to gain practical experience in multi-lateral technical co-operation at an early stage in their career. Positions are available at our headquarters and at our regional and country offices.


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Internship Programme

WHO's Internship Programme offers a wide range of opportunities for students and recent graduates to gain insight into our technical programmes and administration; to acquire knowledge in specific areas and benefit from hands on work experience.


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UN Volunteers Programme

WHO offers opportunities for UN Volunteers in many areas of expertise to strengthen capacity at the country and regional levels. UN Volunteers support WHO by contributing their skills to help reach our Triple Billion targets.


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Young Professionals Programme

This WHO programme offers young professionals from a specific list of “Least Developed Countries” structured opportunities to engage in WHO’s work and build skills and competencies in key public health areas and incorporates exposure at country level.



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Lifelong learning and career development

The WHO Academy

WHO Academy: To be established in mid 2021, the WHO Academy will provide opportunities for high quality lifelong learning in health for millions of people around the world. Within WHO, the Academy will be the smart school for all WHO staff to help them learn, grow and progress in their career paths.

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Learning and personal growth

The Career Management and Development team aims to support staff and encourage their growth at all stages of their careers with WHO. The team provides training, tools and assistance to help staff meet their potential, for both their personal benefit and to contribute to an organization of excellence. All training and workshops are delivered globally.

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