Humanitarian Health Action

Analysing Disrupted Health Systems in Countries in Crisis

Participants’ profile

The course is open to all interested and motivated candidates who meet the minimum entry criteria below:

  • a degree in medicine, public health, social sciences or related disciplines;
  • at least five years' work experience in humanitarian action or health systems development, preferably in complex emergencies;
  • willingness to complete 15 to 20 hours of pre-course assignment;
  • proficiency in oral and written English is essential. The selection panel may request a phone interview to assess a candidate's English language proficiency.

Participation in the course is not by nomination but through an open, competitive selection process. Candidates must meet the minimum entry criteria and submit a complete application package including:

  • A fully completed application form (available on-line at the link below)
  • A motivational letter of not more than 300 words

A selection panel consisting of representatives from IRC, Merlin and WHO will review applications and select only the strongest candidates based on the above criteria. The maximum number of participants is 30, to allow for meaningful interaction among participants and between participants and trainers.

A detailed curriculum vitae should not be sent. However, it may be requested by the selection panel later in the selection process.