UN initiative to hire female professionals
BRAZZAVILLE: The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa and UN Volunteers (UNV) have launched the Africa Young Women Health Champions initiative to recruit early to middle career female professionals across 47 countries in the African region.
The institutions would jointly hire about 100 young African women as UN Volunteers, the WHO said. The recruitment would focus on female professionals in public health, epidemiology, health research, health emergency management, data management, statistics, or other health-related fields, information management, innovation, communications, administration and external relations.
In a region with some of the highest disease burden in the world, the Africa Young Women Health Champions initiative would provide women with the opportunity to serve to improve the health and well-being of people in Africa.
“We have committed to achieving gender parity among WHO staff and, although we are making progress, we still have work to do,” said teh WHO regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti.
Since 1973, WHO had been partnering with the UNV programme to provide essential social services, primary health care and combat diseases through awareness and prevention. In the past 10 years, 439 UN volunteers served with WHO, supporting its mission to promote health, keep people safe and serve the vulnerable.
“With the Africa Young Women Health Champions initiative we are opening the doors for 100 women professionals to join WHO offices across Africa as UN volunteers. WHO and UNV share the goal to empower women while helping countries on the continent to improve people’s health. And these new colleagues will be the agents of change and champions of Africa’s healthy future,” UNV deputy executive co-ordinator Toily Kurbanov said.