WHO switches to a new recruitment portal

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The World Health Organization will begin using a new recruitment platform — Stellis — starting Feb. 6.

The U.N. health aid agency made the announcement on its employment page and is encouraging applicants or those wishing to apply for a vacancy within the organization in the future to download and save their profiles banked in its e-recruitment portal.

It’s unclear if the new portal will have the same features as the old one, allowing applicants to save their information for future opportunities within the agency. All uploaded personal history forms in the e-recruitment site will be available until the end of February.

As of mid-January, the WHO stopped posting new vacancies on the old site, but it will continue to process vacancies that have already been started in the current system.

Most of the vacancies currently advertised on the WHO site are fixed-term or temporary appointments. As part of its reform efforts and taking into account WHO’s financing challenges, the organization is no longer offering continuing appointments for those who joined since Feb. 2013. This is most visible in the organization’s recruitment policy for positions using polio funding to avoid additional liabilities when the polio program shutters.

Under the U.N. system, fixed-term contracts usually run for a year or two. The contracting agency may choose to extend on the basis of need or if funding allows, but it has no obligation to renew the contract once it expires.

The WHO is currently recruiting for individuals to be part of its surge capacity under a new health emergencies program. Recruited individuals will be part of the agency’s “emergency rosters” to be deployed when the need arises.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.