WHO Employment

Required qualifications

Professional positions

Do you have:

  • A university degree as well as a postgraduate specialization in a health- or management-related field, relevant to WHO's work?
  • Experience at the national and international levels in your area of expertise?
  • Good analytical skills, an understanding of policy issues and a keen interest in public health?
  • A proficiency in English and good working knowledge of a second UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish)?
  • Effective teamwork and communication skills?

Here is an indicative list:


Grade N° of years / relevant experience Minimum qualifications
P1 1 year First university degree or equivalent professional training or self-study/work experience
P2 2 years First university degree or equivalent professional training or self-study/work experience
P3 5 years First university degree. For WHO staff only, equivalent professional training of self study/work experience
P4 7 years Master's level university degree
P5/P6 10 years Master's level university degree


General Service Positions

Level Experience Education Language qualifications
G3 Usually 2 years Secondary, technical or commercial school Usually require a very good command of one official language and a working knowledge of a second. Knowledge of a third would be an advantage. The language requirements depend on the duty station.
G4 Usually 2-4 years
G5 Usually 5-7 years
G6 Usually 8 years
G7 Usually 10-15
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