Call for Internships at the WHO Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance


Here comes an opportunity for an internship experience at the WHO Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (IACG) at the Geneva Headquarters of the World Health Organization!!

This internship request is for a bright, enthusiastic and hardworking intern to join the WHO IACG Secretariat for a 2-4 month period between Mid-February and April 2018 and support elements of the IACG work plan during 2018. The objectives of this internship are as follows:

  1. To familiarize the intern with the constitution, history and work of the World Health Organization.
  2. To provide a general understanding about the work of the Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (IACG) and the International organizations within it.
  3. To introduce the complexity of efforts to control antimicrobial resistance through a global public health perspective to the intern in relation to the Global Action Plan on AMR from 2015


To provide practical guidance for approaches needed to ensure sustained effective global action to address antimicrobial resistance, including options to improve coordination, taking into account the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance

Through global coordination:

  • To raise awareness and support implementation of major global priorities, tools and standards for reducing AMR, including the Global Action Plan on AMR and supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • To coordinate mapping of actions being taken by UN agencies, other organizations and key stakeholders towards achieving measurable results, and identify opportunities for collaboration, as well as gaps, redundancies, and duplication.
  • To promote, plan and facilitate collaborative action to align activities so gaps are closed and resources are optimally distributed.
  • To explore the feasibility of developing global goals and ambitions related to AMR for UN agencies, component members, and, where appropriate, other stakeholders, for priorities set out in the declaration.
  • To regularly report on progress and on IACG meetings and to issue a full report to the UN General Assembly at its 73rd session, through the Secretary-General, keeping Member States, stakeholders and the governing bodies of WHO, FAO and OIE fully apprised of progress.

The intern will perform a range of tasks, which can include a selection from the below but are not limited to these:

  • Literature review on material relevant to the IACG and its subgroup (IPC, Surveillance, research pipelines etc.)
  • Assist in commissioning and collation of policy briefs and background documents (information notes, fact sheets and discussion papers) before, during and after the meetings of the working groups.
  • Support the review and update content of the IACG website and portal (under development); create and update relevant web pages.
  • Support the development of documents including background papers
  • Support the planning of events during IACG meetings, including country visits and stakeholder meetings
  • Assist in drafting reports

This Internship opportunity is open to students who are members of IFMSA National Member OrganizationsSuch a student:

  • Should be aged between 20 to 34 years’ old
  • Must be enrolled in a course of study (graduate or post-graduate) at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a formal qualification, preferably with a minimum of three years of study
  • Must have excellent oral and written skills in English (a necessary requirement)
  • Should have good understanding of the field of AMR
  • Should have the ability to produce results within deadlines and work well under pressure, be flexible and independent and possess problem solving skills
  • Should be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and social media
  • Must possess a passport of a WHO Member State

Please check all the requirements, eligibility criteria, and conditions at

Kindly note that WHO is not able to provide funding for or payment to interns. Below, find a full description of the terms of reference of this internship programme.
Interested applicants should submit the following to 
[email protected] before December 31st 2017 23:59 GMT: 

b. Motivation Letter (maximum 2 pages)
c. Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages)
d. Candidature Form signed and stamped by both the applicant and the NMO president certifying your membership in IFMSA (below)

Please put “[WHO IACG] Internship Application – Name of the applicant” as the subject of the e-mail. All application papers will be forwarded to the WHO department for screening and selection. Incomplete and late applications will be deemed invalid.

Only selected applicants will be informed, and follow-up will be done directly from WHO with support from our LOWHO. Only candidates shortlisted for interview will be contacted, therefore, no need to contact [email protected] to query about the status of your application.

Apply now! 

WHO Internship Candidature Form


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