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What is WHO and its functions:

Its no new information that WHO is universally the biggest organization concerned with public health. Its an agency under the umbrella of United Nations that is responsible for health for all. The main objective is to ensure attainment of the highest possible level of health by all people.” Its headquarters is located in Geneva,Switzerland where in it has six semi-autonomous regional offices along with 150 field offices worlwide.

WHO’S broad directives include advocating for universal Healthcare, monitoring public health, coordinating responses to health emergencies promoting human health and well being. It has been helping countries by providing technical assistance to tackle health issues,it sets international health standards and guidelines and also collects data on global healthissues through the World Health Survey. Its very own publication- The World Health Report provides insight and expertise on global health topics and health statistics of all nations. It also serves to be a forum for summits and discussions that shape healtjcare worldwide. The most notable achievements of WHO has been the eradication of smallpox, the near eradication of polio and the development of the vaccine for ebola virus. Currently its working towards achieving excellent management of communicable diseases- particularly HIV/ AIDS,Ecolab,malaria,and tuberculosis, non-communicable diseases like heart disease and cancer other than these it is also aiming to achieve a goal 8n healthy diet,nutrition and food security,occupational health and substance abuse. WHO is also a leading organization involved in the global coordination for mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

WHO has set four strategic priorities in India which account to the health problems specific to the nation which are:

  1. Accelerating the progress on Universal Health Coverage.
  2. Promote health and wellness by explaining in brief about the determinants of health.
  3. Better protection if the population against health emergencies
  4. Enhance India’s global leadership in health

Job Opportunities in WHO:

The details of every post available under different fields at: https://careers.who.int/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl

How to get into WHO:

Most jobs available at the WHO organization require and deal with field work, analytical skills for comprehensive comparison and operational efficiency and efficacy of established measures in medicine. These jobs are on contractual basis for one or two years. People with firsthand experience are mostly the suitable ones to chip in. A graduate in medicine (MBBS) could join their internship program. An must specialize in any one of the mentioned field field to be able to join WHO and have an experience of 1-2 years in PUBLIC HEALTH. MD Community Medicine graduates are usually posted as TB SMOs with good remuneration on contractual basis. If you are really committed, you could either : get a PhD or DPhil in so,etching clinical/scientific or get an MD or equivalent and focus on epidemiology , infectious diseases or what we used to call ‘tropical medicine’ . The best way is to get a MD/DNBin preventive and social medicine or a post graduation in public health from an overseas university. Initially positions may be given out in slow developing countries , be always ready to work overseas.MBBS graduate could be roped in at WHO as “Surveillance Medical Officer “. They are posted in low performing states such as UP, Bihar, Jharkhand etc. You must specialize in any one of the mentioned field field to be able to join WHO and have an experience of 1-2 years in PUBLIC HEALTH. MD Community Medicine graduates are usually posted as TB SMOs with good remuneration on contractual basis. If you are really committed, you could either : get a PhD or DPhil in so,etching clinical/scientific or get an MD or equivalent and focus on epidemiology , infectious diseases or what we used to call ‘tropical medicine’ . The best way is to get a MD/DNBin preventive and social medicine or a post graduation in public health from an overseas university. Initially positions may be given out in slow developing countries , be always ready to work overseas.

The process of application requires for a forum to be filled first. There might be a wait month of one or two months before your application receives a response. Once shortlisted an application, you will be called for an interview where in two department heads and one HR personnel shall be asking you questions. Its necessary to know that if you do not get a reply within one to three months then your application is automatically canceled. Keep an eye on conferences. Events are an opportunity to meet people. UN volunteer group enable you to gain relevant experience so does the UNOPS opportunities and UN Young professionals programs.keep checking for options to apply to be an intern and reach out to the people who already work there as consultants. The best way is networking. Alot of positions they put online are just to fulfill the application qouta while your best bet maybe to find someone who is already working there and could introduce you. The more titles you have, rans the more credibility is added to you worth and it then gets easier to network once you’re already working there as there are millions of presentations and you should.sp your titles all over everything. A great CV and or experience, fitted around their needs can you there. If you can arrange for financial resources, consider taking up internships or you could volunteer with one of their programs. Even if you fail to procure one of the positions , you would still be benefitted as you would get a rough idea of what and who these organizations want and you can build your skills Round these aspects in order to become more like their “ideal” candidate. Take a look at WHO’S current global strategies and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to understand what areas these organizations are going to expand into. The very competitive selection process is expected and its usually not possible to secure a job directly unless you have a stellar track record e.g if you have a record of founding and running a NGO since the age of 15 that has been either national or regional in influence or you could try building a Rich prior work history with onevof their affiliates or common working partners. Applying for WHO/ UN projects shall also help you build a list of places to apply to that also operate in national/global public health sector. If younRe lucky you may even get picked out to do consultations and conferences with the WHO/UN which will help you to raise your profile and mode importantly, network. Here’s a link to the WHO’s recruitment page: https://www.who.int/careers/process/en/

Who WHO requires?

Required qualifications for Professional positions;

A university degree and postgraduate specialization in a health- or a relevant management-related field. National or international level of experience in your speciality Good analytical skills, understanding of policies and a keen interest in public health. An English proficient and good working knowledge of a second UN language Good communication skills and dedicated team worker

Pros:

Cons:

  • Professional satisfaction
  • Employee morale low
  • Depending on the position, international travel to work with partners
  • Serious financial difficulties
  • Multi-cultural environment
  • No longer any job security
  • Global workplace
  • Lack of transparency by the Organization in personnel processes.
  • Opportunity to meet “leaders in their field”
  • Professional Development
  • Compensation and benefits

WHO maintains transparency in the recruitment process, it has specially designed job portals where you can screen up to your preferences and apply as per your area of interest. A thorough review of all applications is essential BY WHO and it takes a long time for the entire recruitment process to occur as a number of steps are involved some of which are screening, written tests, interviews and assessments. You can find various advertisements regularly on their website on careers at WHO and in case one writes to them ,they also help you explore options available to you legally in a country. All posts are filled according to WHO’s competency model.

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