Find a Job
There are many different career pathways in global health and literally thousands of different organisations which you can choose to work and volunteer with. The resources below will introduce you to some job networks and provide a selection of organisations you may wish to explore.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Think about what knowledge and skills you need in your ‘global health ‘toolbox’ – read more in the Study section.
- Make the most of your colleagues and friends – personal contact with others involved in global health is often the best way to find a job!
- Looking for a job right now? Browse dozens of jobs from organisations in Australia, New Zealand and around the world on the Jobs Board.
Global Health study video – Global Health with Greg Martin
The job network sites listed below contain opportunities with organisations working in a range of aid and development sectors all around the globe. If you cannot find a job that would suit you, look for Organisations that offer similar job opportunities and contact them directly. Specific job opportunities are posted on the Jobs Board.
Key Australian & NZ Job Networks
- AusAID Volunteers (for International Development) – This is the new central database of all AusAid supported volunteer posts. This includes volunteer opportunities from: Red Cross Volunteers, Austraining Volunteers (previously Volunteers for International Development, VIDA), and Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD).
- ACFID Job Network – ACFID is the peak council for Australian aid and development NGOs and has lists of current vacancies from Australian NGOs working in various development sectors.
Other Health and Development Networks
- Aid Workers Network – A practical site which gives advice on finding your first job, as well as highlighting current openings for aid practitioners.
- DevelopmentAID – The one-stop-information-shop for the developmental sector, DevelopmentAid.org is a membership organization that brings together information for developmental professionals, NGOs, consultancy firms and donors.
- The Development Executive Group (Devex) – Devex is a social enterprise bringing efficiency to international development through recruiting and business information services.
- Global Health Career Ladders – An online tool from John Hopkins University helping you find your next global health opportunity.
- Indevjobs – A leading development job portal making jobs available online to the development sector professionals in India and other countries.
- People in Aid – People in Aid produce a very useful Resource Sheet on Recruitment for International Staff.
- RedR Australia – RedR Australia has a Register by which specialist personnel are selected and trained, and made available at short notice for overseas humanitarian operations.
- ReliefWeb – This international site includes a large number of global humanitarian positions.
Other Volunteer Networks (and related)
- Australian Business Volunteers (ABV) – ABVs are experts in their fields who share their work skills to help build up micro, small and medium sized businesses in the developing countries of SE Asia and the Pacific.
- Conservation Volunteers – Conservation Volunteers is Australia’s leading practical conservation organization, with volunteers involved in various conservation projects for the betterment of the Australian environment.
- Engineers without Borders (EWB) – EWB works in partnership with developing communities both within Australia and overseas, assisting them to gain access to the knowledge, resources and appropriate technologies they need to improve their livelihoods.
- Fidesco Australia – FIDESCO International sends volunteers to various countries throughout the world where skills are needed in the service of development projects and other humanitarian activities.
- GAP Australia – This agency offers 17-20 year olds the opportunity to live and work in another country and culture, usually the year after leaving high school.
- Indigenous Community Volunteers (ICV) – ICV is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation that links Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with skilled volunteers. ICV works in partnership with communities to provide access to the skills and knowledge that communities request, and also recruits volunteers to complete appropriate community development projects.
- Online Volunteers – These are volunteers who offer a variety of on-line service support to overseas projects without having to leave their homes/communities!
- Trans Remote – Trans offers a recruitment and selection service dedicated to remote Aboriginal community organisations. Ideal for jobseekers wishing to consolidate their skills and interests in community development within remote environments.
- UN Volunteers Programme – This supports around 5,000 volunteers globally who work overseas as UN Volunteers overseas. The organisation also coordinates the http://www.worldvolunteersweb.com/ website.
- Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) – An international development charity that works through volunteers from an increasing range of countries, backgrounds and ages. Australian & NZ volunteers can now enroll on VSO assignments through AVI (Australian Volunteers International).
- World Service Enquiry – Information and advice about working and volunteering overseas in the developing world; it also produces the monthly Opportunities Abroad.
- World Volunteer Web – this supports the global volunteer community by producing a one-stop shop for information, resources and organisations committed to volunteerism.
There are so many organisations involved in Global Health work it is impossible to provide a definitive list. A few key organisations are featured here. You can also search for jobs through health and development Job Networks. Specific job opportunities are posted on the Jobs Board.
- AUSIMAT – a partnership between Australian health workers and their counterparts in Sri Lanka.
- Australian Volunteers International (AVI) – an Australian development organisation working in community projects in health & education, human rights & gender equality, and environmental protection.
- CDC – US agency gives advice to WHO and other international organisations on specific health issues globally.
- ENN – organisation working in emergency food and nutrition interventions.
- Fred Hollows Foundation – an international development organisation, focussing on blindness prevention and Australian Indigenous health.
- International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies – leading humanitarian organisation recruits health workers for a variety of roles in areas of humanitarian interest around the globe.
- Interplast – provides surgical and allied health services in developing countries in the Asia Pacific.
- Kind Cuts for Kids – an Australian paediatric surgical organisation that works in the Asia-Pacific.
- Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) – Recruits health professionals and logisticians as volunteers for overseas humanitarian assignments around the world.
- Oaktree Foundation – Australia’s first entirely youth run international aid organisation, Oaktree’s Research & Project Development Team offers young people the opportunity to work on the development of its overseas projects through research and project proposal contributions.
- Oxfam – an international development organisation involved in a huge variety of projects including community health and development, advocacy and education.
- PALMS Australia – This Catholic agency places a large number of Global Mission participants in a wide variety of overseas cross-cultural situations.