A top United Nations medical official will lead a seminar to Israel next month to meet with medical professionals as the global body seeks qualified people to fill the ranks of its peacekeeping forces, Israel’s mission to the UN said in a statement Tuesday.
The UN has a particular interest in Israeli doctors because of their field and medical experience, according to Israel’s ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, who organized the mission.
“Israel’s security forces and medical first responders provide a source of desirable human capital for such positions,” the statement said.
Jillan Farmer, the medical director of the UN, will head the seminar, which aims to provide an opportunity for United Nations officials to meet potential candidates.
In particular, the UN is looking for female candidates to serve with the peacekeeping forces, the statement noted. UN representatives will explain to candidates the various positions available and the application process.
“The human capital in Israel is the secret to our success as a nation and we are proud of the many women leaders in this profession,” Danon said in the statement. “The UN understands and values the contributions made by Israeli doctors to the world, and we are pleased that the UN is looking for Israelis to fill these important positions.”
Last November, the UN’s World Health Organization recognized the Israeli army’s field hospital, which is regularly sent abroad to provide aid at natural disaster sites, as “the number one in the world.” In a ceremony at the time it classified the IDF its first and only “Type 3” field hospital, according to its commander, Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Ofer Merin.
In 2013, WHO created a set of criteria to classify foreign medical teams in sudden onset disasters, on a scale from 1 to 3. Israel is now the only country to receive the top mark.
Israeli disaster relief delegations have been some of the first and largest to arrive at the scenes of natural disasters. Teams from the IDF Medical Corps and Home Front Command provided rescue and medical services after an earthquake in Turkey in 1999, an earthquake in Haiti in 2010, a typhoon in the Philippines in 2013 and, most recently, an earthquake in Nepal in 2015.
Potential candidates for the UN medical teams should have a medical degree and more than five years of experience, as well as English or French language skills. Among the most sought-after specialties are emergency medicine, trauma specialists, pediatricians and psychiatrists.
Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.