Welcome to PAHO'S Career Opportunities

Print E-mail

A Proud and Noble History

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) was founded in 1902 and is the world's oldest international public health agency working to improve the health and well being of people in the Americas. PAHO's mission is to provide technical cooperation and advice to its Member States and other partners in order to promote equity in health, combat disease and improve the quality of life of the peoples of the Americas. The Organization is committed to providing the highest level of technical support and leadership to PAHO Member States as they pursue their goal of Health for All. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Human Resources

In order to carry out its mission to strengthen national and local health systems, PAHO is continuously striving to enhance its human capital. The Organization invites applications from persons who meet not only the technical qualifications required for each position, but also have the ability to perform in a multicultural environment and share the Organization's values of excellence, integrity and teamwork.

Requirements and Qualifications

The nature of PAHO's work dictates a preference for candidates who are fluent in both in English and Spanish. Other official languages of the Organization are French and Portuguese. All professional positions require a university degree and, for more senior positions, a graduate or post-graduate degree from an accredited college or university.

Support personnel need a high school diploma and, ideally, post-secondary training in a field of work relevant to the position. Vacancies for administrative/support positions in Washington, D.C. must be filled by local candidates, i.e. candidates residing within the Washington Metropolitan Area (Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia) and who are legally allowed to work in the United States.

Employment Conditions

A career with PAHO promises the staff member a competitive pay and benefits package. Conditions of employment in the Organization conform to those established by the International Civil Service Commission for employment in the United Nations and its specialized agencies. Benefits include 30 working days paid annual leave, comprehensive health insurance coverage and participation in the United Nations Pension Fund. The conditions of employment, while not governed by national laws, promote gender equality, flexible work schedules (for many positions) and a supportive work environment.

Recruitment at PAHO

PAHO makes special efforts to recruit qualified women into its professional ranks. Women are represented at all levels of the organization, from its Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to 28 country offices and eight centers. The Organization also aims to achieve a broad representation of nationals from Member States and other countries. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis with the objective of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity.

{mospagebreak title=How to Apply}

How to Apply for PAHO Vacancies

All applications for employment in PAHO must now be made via the World Health Organization's (WHO) e-recruitment system. Before completing an application make sure that you have read the qualifications and requirements of the advertised position in which you are interested. All applicants must meet the minimum requirements of the advertised position or of the job category.

You should be aware of the following additional general requirements:

  • Technical skills: Good command of commonly used computer software and quantitative skills are required.
  • Personal qualities: Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as are diplomacy, tact, and the ability to work well in a team.
  • Medical clearance: Offers of appointment are contingent upon the candidate passing a pre-employment medical examination.
  • Language: Most of PAHO's position required that the candidate must be bilingual (English and Spanish)

Completing the application

You will be directed automatically to the WHO's e-recruitment system by clicking on a vacancy announcement on the PAHO Professional vacancies or PAHO General administrative/support vacancies pages. Once you have finished completing the requested fields in the e-recruitment form you can apply to vacancies online following the instruction provided within the application form.

When applying 

  • Please follow the instructions on the opening page of the electronic application.
  • Be sure to answer all questions completely. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

We receive a large volume of inquiries and applications and are only able to follow up on those that are of interest to PAHO.

Please check periodically for postings of new vacancy announcements.

PAHO/WHO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of PAHO/WHO and requesting the payment of a fee, please immediately contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . When applying for a PAHO/WHO vacancy by e-mail, please apply only through this site.

{mospagebreak title=UN International Vacancies}

UN International Vacancies


Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 11:24