Who we need

WHO staff in Afghanistan
WHO/Christopher Black

We are looking for talented and passionate people to work for health.

WHO is committed to achieving workforce diversity, aiming to achieve a broad representation of nationals of our member countries. Particular attention is paid to candidates from developing countries and gender balance. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis. All posts are filled in accordance with WHOs competency model.

There are two key categories of staff at WHO: professional (P) or directors (D) who are internationally recruited and general (G) or national professional (NPO) staff who are recruited locally for both fixed or short-term positions. We also run internship and opportunities for junior professional officers (JPOs).

Internationally recruited
(P or D)

Professional staff and directors are hired internationally and occupy leadership functions or positions that require a significant level of technical expertise. P or D staff are mobile and are expected to work across the globe.

Locally recruited (G or NPO)

General Service staff are hired locally at the respective duty station. Their main role is to work with and support internationally recruited staff in their roles and to assure the smooth functioning of all administrative matters.

National Professional Officers are nationals of the country in which they serve and perform functions of a professional nature requiring local knowledge, expertise and experience.

Junior professional officer programme

The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme provides young professionals at an early stage in their career with practical experience in multi-lateral technical co-operation. JPOs are sponsored by their respective governments: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

If you are interested in the JPO programme and you are a national of a donor country please visit the following web site:

Recruitment restrictions

Please note the following restrictions on recruitment:

  • Relatives of WHO Staff: Except where another equally well qualified person cannot be recruited, appointment shall not be granted to a person who bears any of the following relationships to a staff member: father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister.
  • Candidates under the age of 20 and above the age of 62 will not be considered for any vacancy.
  • Policy on Non-Recruitment of Smokers: WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or other tobacco users who do not indicate a willingness to stop smoking. This policy underscores the Organization's commitment to promoting a tobacco-free environment.


We offer internships for current students with educational background in public health, management or administration fields.