World Health Organization AFRO Internship Programme 2018

World Health Organization AFRO Internship Programme 2018

Deadline: November 29, 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) is accepting applications for Internship. WHO as the leader in global public health issues is committed to building future leaders in public health. WHO’s Internship Programme offers a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight in the technical and administrative programmes of WHO.

AFRO is 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:

  • 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 specializing in various fields. Most students are placed in health-related programmes, although other disciplines can be considered as appropriate.


AFRO offers internships in the follow areas:

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

Grade: No grade
Contractual Arrangement: Intern
Contract duration: 6 weeks – 6 months
Primary Location: Multiple locations
Organization: AF/GMC General Management
Schedule: Full-time

Internship positions are non-paid and are offered in the different country offices and technical clusters in the African Region. Only shortlisted candidates will be informed.


  • Have completed three years of full-time studies (bachelor’s level or equivalent) at a 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).
  • Have completed 3 years of full time study in the relevant area.
  • Be at least twenty years of age on the date of application;
  • Be able to work full-time and support oneself 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.
  • Be fluent in either English or French, the working languages of AFRO.


Please note that internships at WHO are very competitive and only a small number of applicants will be accepted each year. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Complete the online application here.

For more information, visit AFRO Internship.