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Social health protection (social health insurance and national health services)

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Procurement
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-22

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Grade: Internship 

Publication date: 11 October 2019
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 22 October 2019

Vacancy no.: INTERNROSTER/2019/2/GENEVA/55 

Job ID: 1922 

Department: SOCPRO 
Organization Unit: SOC/POLICY 
Location: Geneva, Switzerland  
Duration of contract: 3 to 6 months (starting on the 1st or the 15th of a given month)

You are applying to the ILO generic internship roster, which is published several times per year. The roster will be made available to all departments and field offices, which will then select and directly contact suitable candidates only.

ILO Internship Programme provides an opportunity for talented individuals to:

(a) increase understanding of relevant issues at the international level by involving them directly in the work of the Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies;

(b) gain practical experience with the ILO directly related to their field of study.

The internship programme is not intended to lead to a career in the ILO. There should be no expectation of further employment at the end of the internship.

**Please note that you can apply to a maximum of three internship profiles during the current application period. If you apply to more than three internship profiles, your application will not be considered for any profile.** Note that you may withdraw your candidature at any time via the Jobs Applied section of your profile.

It is highly recommended that you submit your application as soon as possible to avoid last minute technical issues or delays. Late applications will not be considered.

The ILO values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, particularly those with disabilities and from non - or under - represented member States. If needed, reasonable accommodation will be provided in the recruitment phase as well as during the internship to promote equality of opportunities.

Please only apply for an internship if you fulfil the following two criteria:

(1) You have no close relative serving in the ILO.

(2) This is your first internship with the ILO (only one internship is permitted).


The ILO strategy towards universal access to health care addresses the gaps in coverage and financial barriers to access through the development of efficient and effective social health protection systems. This aims to ensure that persons in need will not face hardship and an increased risk of poverty due to the financial consequences of accessing essential health care. The ILO strategy is founded on the human rights to health and social security, and emphasizes the significance of social health protection with regard to work and employment. Since its creation in 1919, the ILO has actively promoted policies and provided assistance to countries to supply adequate levels of social protection to all members of society guided by international social security standards adopted by its tripartite constituents, in particular its flagship Convention concerning Minimum standards of social security, 1952 (No. 102) and the Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202).

The ILO Social Protection Global Technical Team, including the Social Protection Department in Geneva and the social protection officers and specialists at country level, provides ILO member States with tools and assistance to achieve and maintain the human right to social protection, including social health protection. The Policy Unit of the Social Protection Department develops, in collaboration with technical cooperation projects on social health protection, research and tools for the extension of social health protection to all.

Learning areas

As an intern on social health protection, you will be exposed to a whole range of areas related to social health protection, and in particular: the rights to health and social security within human rights and international labour standards, the extension of health coverage to the informal economy, health financing within social protection systems, and the role of social protection systems, including floors, for achieving health outcomes.

You would be gaining experience in working with specialists who are involved in the conception and implementation of technical cooperation projects and the development of research and tools on social health protection in headquarters and in the field. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the Health Protection Specialist, on the following main tasks:

  • Data collection;
  • Data analysis;
  • Background research;
  • Draft of research material and tools;
  • Support to project components formulation and implementation;
  • Support to coordination of joint work items on social health protection between specialists located in different duty stations;
  • Draft of communication material;

Any other task assigned by the supervisor in support to the team working on social health protection.

Required profile

Master’s degree in health economics, health financing, social protection, public health or social science, specialization directly related to social health protection a plus. The candidate should be enrolled in their final year of graduate degree programme or should have completed such a programme no longer than 1 years ago


experience with research work (Master’s thesis, research assistant job) and familiarity with research methodologies (quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis) a plus; experience working with developing countries on health access and financing issues a plus.


working (both oral and written) knowledge of English, other ILO official languages (French, Spanish) a plus


adaptable to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment, interested in action-oriented and applied research, good communication skills and be able to work independently and as part of a team.

How to apply:

1. Search for an internship profile via the page on ILO Jobs 

2. Select the internship profile you would like to apply for, and create a profile on ILO Jobs 

3. Complete your candidate profile and apply to the internship profile

4. Be sure to attach a cover letter in the last section of the application, as applications without a cover letter will not be considered and you cannot attach a cover letter after the deadline. 

Selection process:

Following a first screening by the Human Resources Development Department (HRD), hiring departments will short-list applicants. You will be directly contacted should an internship opportunity match your profile. If you have not been contacted by any department within six months after your application, you can consider that you have not been selected by any department for this roster. If still eligible, you may apply to the next roster. 

If shortlisted, you may be contacted by the hiring department for a written test and/or interview. The ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.


As an intern in Geneva, you will receive a stipend of 2245 CHF per month from the ILO, unless you receive funding through another institution (for example your university or a foundation). If you receive partial funding, ILO will cover the difference to ensure you receive 2245 CHF per month. Your travel to Geneva will be at your own expense.


Please note that the ILO does not take responsibility for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship. You will be responsible for your own insurance coverage for illness and accidents for the duration of the internship at the duty station (whether Geneva or the field).

Fraud warning:

The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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