Climate change and human health

Adaptation resources for health partners


Human resources for human health

A project that is well financed will not be successful unless there is also the Human Resources available to run the project. The links below provide information on how to get qualified staff for your project for free or reduced cost when you do not currently have the capacity in country.

Junior Professional Officer Programme (JPO)

The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme provides young professionals pursuing a career in development with hands-on experience in multi-lateral technical co-operation. JPOs are an important and valuable workforce for the participating organizations. Depending on the organizatio, JPO's they can represent 10-13% of their professional staff. JPOs are sponsored by their respective governments. Currently 25 donor governments participate in the Programme.

United Nations Volunteer Programme (UNV)

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Based in Bonn, Germany, UNV is active in around 130 countries every year. It is represented worldwide through the offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP Executive Board. Health and environmen aret included under the thematic areas of the UNV programme. The majority of UNV volunteer assignments are funded by UN agencies directly. However, a substantial number (19% in 2005) are funded partly or completely through contributions received directly from donors.

AusAid AYAD programme

The Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) Program provides skilled young Australians (18-30) the opportunity to volunteer overseas in Asia, the Pacific and Africa. The AYAD international volunteer program is an Australian Government, AusAID initiative supporting the Millennium Development Goals.

UK Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO)

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Health is included as one of the thematic areas of the VSO programme. VSO has Long-term volunteering, which range from one to two years for qualified professionals with at least two years’ post-qualification experience, and short-term volunteering which goes up to 6 months, for people with a minimum of 5 year's post-qualification experience. For further information on how to work in partnership with the UK VSO programme:

Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers

JICA dispatches volunteers eager to make use of their skills and experience acquired in Japan to developing countries to work together with local people. The four major types of volunteers are the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (ages 20 to 39), the Senior Volunteers (ages 40 to 69), and the Volunteers and Senior Volunteers for Japanese Communities Overseas. Health, water, disaster management, environment conservation and management, gender and south-south cooperation are included as thematic areas of support.

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