Posted on 2 November 2016
From 15 to 17 November 2016, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) together with the United Nations (UN) and others is hosting a number of events in London, Birmingham and Durham aimed at encouraging British women to consider international non-academic jobs. These events will consist of panels, made up of representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Talent Outreach team, and former UN employees. Each event will consist of up to two hours of panel discussions and questions, and an hour of informal networking.
The organisers aim to encourage female postgraduates, early career researchers, and women in senior positions in the public sector to consider future career options in the UN and related agencies, including the WHO. Speakers from various UN agencies and offices will describe the range of possible opportunities, including permanent postings, secondments and part-time expert roles on specific missions. These positions can include field work, research, and policy application. Career opportunities in this field are rare and can be difficult to access externally.
Sarah Hartley is a third-year PhD student at the Centre for Global Health Histories. She has received one of only four invitations extended to doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and academics at the University of York. In particular, Sarah is interested in the interface between academic research and policy, and hopes that this event will help her to develop a better understanding of potential career options related to policy, as well as provide connections with policy makers with whom Sarah could work academically.
Sarah’s success in gaining this invitation comes swiftly on the back of a rare ‘Honourable Mention’ for her submission to the 2015 Medical History William Bynum Prize. This essay, ‘Internationalism and colonialism in conflict? The politics of nutrition in Fiji 1945-1965,’ relates to her ongoing doctoral research. You can read more about Sarah’s current work here.
The Centre for Global Health Histories congratulates Sarah on this recent success and wishes her the best of luck at this event. You can keep up to date on all CGHH PhD student news on our website’s news feed and through our social media.