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The Africa Women Health Champions initiative will contribute to improving people’s health and well-being in the region, while also promoting gender equality on the continent.

Now recruiting UN Volunteers as Africa Women Health Champions

UNV and the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched an initiative to recruit early to middle career women professionals in Africa to promote health and boost gender equity across 47 countries in the region.  

In a region with some of the highest rates of disease in the world, the Africa Women Health Champions initiative will provide women with the opportunity to serve to improve the health and well-being of people in Africa.

UNV will recruit around 100 national and international UN Volunteers from around the world, with a special focus on the recruitment of female professionals, nationals from the African continent, who have at least two years of professional experience related to public health, epidemiology, health research, health emergency management, data management, statistics or other health related fields, as well as information management, innovation, communications or external relations.

Professionals with the qualifications and experience required are invited to register (or update) their profiles on UNV’s web application system and apply.


Candidates need to have at least two years of professional experience and be at least 22 years old for national UN Volunteer assignments, and at least 25 years old for international UN Volunteer assignments. This joint initiative targets nationals of the African continent and female professionals are particularly encouraged to apply. 


  • English and French for Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Guinea Conakry, Madagascar, Mali, Rwanda and Togo. 
  • English and Portuguese for Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe. 
  • French and Arabic for Algeria.
  • English for Eritrea, Eswatini, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.

Assignment information

  • Duration: 12 months (or until 31 Dec 2020, with possibility of extension)
  • Starting date: Any time during 2020, with ideally a large number of UN Volunteers taking up their assignment in July 2020
  • Conditions of service: monthly living allowance to cover housing, basic needs and utilities; settling-in-grant; life, health and permanent disability insurance; return airfares.
  • More details will be included in the specific descriptions of assignments and may vary depending on the volunteer category (national or international UN Volunteer; Specialist or Youth assignment). Check your entitlements here:

Important notice: Only complete profiles can be considered. Please make sure that you click on ‘Submit UNV Profile’ once you have created your UNV account and completed all mandatory information. As confirmation of your successful registration, you will receive an email with your UNV roster number.

Since 1973, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been partnering with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme to provide basic social services, primary health care and combat diseases through awareness and prevention. In the last 10 years, 439 UN Volunteers served with WHO, supporting its mission to promote health, keep people safe and serve the vulnerable.