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Applicants may search for vacancies related to polio eradication at the employment sites of the following spearheading partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, using the keyword "polio" in their search. 




Summer internship 2015


The Global Polio Eradication Initiative of the World Health Organization is currently accepting applications from students and recent graduates interested in spring/summer internships in 2015.

The deadline for submission is 30 April 2015.

Available Internships

Research and Product Development (RAP) Team:
The Polio Research, Policy and Product Development Team (RAP) implements a research agenda in support of both accelerating eradication as well as understanding, reducing, and managing the risks of polio for the post-eradication era. RAP equips the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the essential tools and information to improve immunogenicity, close susceptibility gaps and strengthen surveillance.

Position: Coordination of global public health case study on development of bivalent OPV 
The development of bivalent OPV would make an interesting and relevant public health case study to showcase effective examples of global health deliveries. A public health case study on the development of bivalent OPV would be immeasurable in terms of profiling the work of the GPEI and provide public health students globally a highly relevant case study in global health delivery.


RAP/GPEI is seeking an intern to coordinate the finalization of a public health case study on the development and licensing of bivalent OPV. The case study would provide:


• A brief overview of GPEI and progress towards eradicating polio worldwide
• A summary of key challenges of eradicating wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) and wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) simultaneously
• A review of drawbacks of trivalent OPV and monovalent OPVs, with residual transmission of either WPV1 or WPV3 at any given moment
• A clear need for a new vaccine, a bivalent OPV, to simultaneously target both poliovirus strains
• RAP’s initiative to develop bivalent OPVs
• Impact of bOPV in epidemiology
• Key success factors in bOPV development


The successful candidate would work closely with RAP/GPEI colleagues as well as counterparts at key partner agencies to compile all available quantitative evidence and facilitate and coordinate interviews with key individuals who had been intricately involved in the development of bivalent OPV. The candidate would develop guidance for interviews, help arrange logistics for each interview, develop summary reports and finalize dissemination of each summary report. The candidate would subsequently develop an initial draft of the case synopsis, based on existing data and the conducted interviews.


The successful candidate should:

• Be proficient in data analysis
• Be thorough and detail-oriented
• Have excellent written communication skills
• Be currently enrolled in (or have completed) an advanced degree in public health, epidemiology, data analysis or similar field

Programme Operations and Cluster Management (PCM) Unit:
To provide management and administrative direction, support and capacity building and ensure accountability for the use of resources in support of polio eradication for WHO (at all levels) and across the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

Position: Finance Intern
The Finance intern will work with members of the cluster management team to strengthen reporting, improve capacity and assist in the collection and preparation of financial data. In addition, the intern will work with PCM team members to develop ad hoc reports on an as needed basis.


A candidate should:

• have extensive knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Excel
• have good knowledge of iNet Soft would be an advantage
• be well-organized, thorough, and persistent, particularly in locating and compiling data
• be currently enrolled in (or have completed) an advanced degree program in business administration, public health with undergraduate degree in business administration, or a similar field

Internship Terms

• Internships are completed at WHO's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The intern will be supervised by, and work closely with, specific team members.
• Interns are in charge of a specific project, performing qualitative and quantitative analysis, and summarizing findings to develop recommendations on assigned topics.
• Internships last for a minimum of four weeks to a maximum of three months.
• The Organization or the intern may end the internship before its completion, normally with one week's notice.
• An intern may participate only once in the WHO internship program.
• An intern must be a minimum of 20 years of age and enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral program as of Summer 2014, leading to a formal qualification.
• Persons related to a WHO staff member are not eligible for internships.
• An intern cannot be remunerated by WHO; he/she is responsible for all costs, including the costs of and arrangements for return travel to the office of assignment, visas, and accommodation, as well as related living expenses.


How to Apply

Interested applicants should e-mail their resume and a cover letter describing relevant experience and expertise to: with subject line: “Summer Internship 2015: (name of internship position)”.

• Applicants interested in multiple positions are asked to kindly send one email for each internship position they are interested in.
• Selected candidates will be contacted for further interview and assignments.
• Due to a large number of applications, we will contact only those candidates selected for interviews.
• Please, no calls or e-mails regarding the status of an application.

For further information, please also see WHO intern