WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office Fellowship

Deadline: 7 August 2019
Open to: candidates below the age of 35
Benefits: monthly fellowship stipend and official travel


This vacancy announcement will be used to create a roster ([email protected]) which the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (WHO/EMRO) will be advertising twice a year. In completing your profile, you will be able to choose up to 3 different work areas of interest.


WHO is the directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations system. WHO has 194 Member States and more than 7000 people working in 150 country offices, in 6 regional offices and at headquarter in Geneva. This programme offers fellowships in the offices of the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

The [email protected] programme has three objectives: (a) to provide a framework for assigning students from diverse academic backgrounds to EMR programmes, where educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments; (b) to expose fellows to the work of WHO and (c) to provide WHO/EMRO programmes with the assistance of fellows specializing in various fields. Most fellows are placed in health-related programmes, although placements in other area of work like for example communication, external relations, finance or human resources are also possible.


Under the supervision of a technical expert in the respective area, fellows are assigned a project based on agreed terms of references and in line with their skills set. These terms of references typically include some or all of the following responsibilities:

  • review literature and conduct literature surveys
  • undertake web research and data collection on specific subject area
  • organize data and documents
  • participate in the development of tools and guidelines
  • assist in drafting, formatting and editing policy briefs, tool kits, guides/manuals, hand-outs, brochures and reports
  • assist in organizing workshops, meetings, conferences, events
  • participate in on-going departmental projects


  • Postgraduate studies or degree in public health, health or social field related to the technical work of WHO postgraduate studies or degree will be an asset;
  • All fellows should be able to demonstrate the following skills in line with the WHO core competencies;
  • Fellows need to be familiar with commonly used computer programmes, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Knowledge of specialized computer programmes, for example, statistical software such as XLStat may be an advantage;
  • Depending on the area of interest, 2 years of the below experience is required and/or would be an advantage;
  • Fluency in English (reading, writing and speaking);
  • Knowledge of Arabic  or knowledge of the local language in some duty stations can be an asset;
  • Candidates below 35 years old are eligible for the programme;
  • Only applications from nationals of the low and middle income member countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region will be considered: Afghanistan, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Somali, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen.


Entitlements include monthly fellowship stipend and official travel depending on the placement.

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