Roster for Junior Public Health Professional At World Health Organization (WHO)




Overview of the programme

The Junior Public Health Professional (JPP) Programme in WHO South-East Asia Region (WHO-SEAR) is operational since 2011. Its primary goal is to offer young public health professionals under 35 years of age from South-East Asia Region (SEAR) Member States a valuable opportunity for hands-on learning and leadership development.

The program aims to enhance technical and management skills in implementing targeted health programs and expose participants to methodologies and strategies used by WHO, inter-governmental organizations, and other international health development partners in providing essential support to nations.

To ensure equitable capacity building across SEAR Member States and attract young talent in key public health areas, opportunities are proposed to be provided through a JPP roster mechanism.

JPP opportunities are available in the following technical areas:

  • Digital health 
  • Primary health Care 
  • Maternal and reproductive Health 
  • Child and Adolescent Health 
  • Gender, Equity and Human Rights 
  • Public Health Programme Planning and Monitoring 

Terms of Reference

Under the overall guidance of the supervisor, the JPP will provide support in one of the six technical areas mentioned above through the following tasks:

  • Conduct systematic review of the latest scientific evidence. 
  • Support in undertaking situational and landscape analysis. 
  • Support to develop South- East Asia Regional strategies and action plans based on evidence, including support for monitoring and evaluation. 
  • Support to strengthen Regional Health forums and platforms to advocate health agenda. 
  • Support in capacity development initiatives for Member States and other stakeholders. 
  • Support in advocacy, information dissemination and knowledge management including contributing to drafting technical briefs, talking points and remarks. Advertisement
  • Collaborate with different units/departments in the regional office and country offices in planning and organizing periodic meetings, documenting key discussions and support in reporting. 
  • Any other technical tasks as assigned by the supervisor. 

Job specific Terms of Reference will be developed in due course in consultation with respective supervisors.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Age: Below 35 years of age 
  • Be a National of South-East Asia Region Member States i.e., Bangladesh, Bhutan, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand or Timor-Leste? 



  • Bachelor’s Degree in the specific technical area relevant to the candidate’s application. 
  •  Desirable: 
  • Master’s degree in public health 
  • Certified training in the specific technical area relevant to the candidate’s application. 



  • Two years of work experience with at least one year in the specific technical area relevant to the candidate’s application at national, sub-national or regional level. 


  • Evidence of publication in a scientific journal in the specific technical area relevant to the candidate’s application. 
  • Knowledge of developing course / training materials in the specific technical area relevant to the candidate’s application. 
  • Demonstrated experience of public health program implementation at field level. 

Skills required for the assignment:


  • Fluent in written and spoken English. 
  • Computer literacy in standard software applications. 
  • Ability to coordinate, plan and implement projects. 
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural team which includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of different opinions and views. 

WHO competencies required for the assignment:

1.    Teamwork

2.    Communication


3.    Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

4.    Producing results

Additional Information

  • Please note applications should be submitted through WHO online recruitment portal. Please visit to complete an online profile and to apply for this vacancy 
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review. 
  •  Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.The WHO is committed to achieving gender parity and geographical diversity in its staff. Women, persons with disabilities, and nationals of unrepresented and underrepresented Member States ( are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • A written test and/or an asynchronous video assessment may be used as a form of screening. 
  • The purpose of this vacancy notice is to invite qualified national professionals from of countries of South-East Asia Region (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand or  Timor-Leste). 
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  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity. 
  • An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice. 
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco. 
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of short-listed candidates. 
  • Please note that WHO’s contracts are conditional on members of the workforce confirming that they are vaccinated as required by WHO before undertaking a WHO assignment, except where a medical condition does not allow such vaccination, as certified by the WHO Staff Health and Wellbeing Services (SHW). The successful candidate will be asked to provide relevant evidence related to this condition. A copy of the updated vaccination card must be shared with WHO medical service in the medical clearance process. Please note that certain countries require proof of specific vaccinations for entry or exit. For example, official proof /certification of yellow fever vaccination is required to enter many countries. Country-specific vaccine recommendations can be found on the WHO international travel and Staff Health and Wellbeing website. For vaccination-related queries please directly contact SHW directly at