Apply for the HIV Health Internship
Deadline: 22 February 2021
Location: Home-based (Geneva, Switzerland)
About the HIV Health & Development Group Internship
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 177 countries and territories, working with governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners that can bring about results.
HIV, Health and Development Approach
UNDP is a founding cosponsor of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), a partner of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and a co-sponsor of several other international health partnerships. UNDP’s work on HIV, health and development leverages the organization’s core strengths and mandates in human development, governance and capacity development to complement the efforts of specialist health-focused UN agencies. UNDP delivers three types of support to countries in HIV, health and development.
First, UNDP helps countries to mainstream attention to HIV and health into action on gender, poverty and the broader effort to achieve and sustain the Sustainable Development Goals. For example, UNDP works with countries to understand the social and economic factors that play a crucial role in driving health and disease, and to respond to such dynamics with appropriate policies and programmes outside the health sector. UNDP works to help countries respond to the evolving burden of disease by promoting a health-in-all sectors approach, with a recognition that what happens in sectors such as labour, finance and education may have as much bearing on health status as the levels of investment in the health sector itself.
Second, UNDP works with partners to address the interactions between governance, human rights and health responses. Sometimes this is done through focused or specialized programmes, such as promoting attention to the role of legal environments (law and access to justice) in facilitating stronger HIV responses, including the use of flexibilities in intellectual property and human rights law to lower the cost of drugs and diagnostics and to increase access to HIV-related treatment. Beyond these focused efforts, UNDP plays a key role in ensuring attention to HIV and health within broader governance and rights initiatives, including support to district and municipal action for development, strengthening of national human rights institutions and increasing access to justice for marginalized populations.
Third, as a trusted, long-term partner with extensive operational experience, UNDP supports countries in effective implementation of complex, multilateral and multisectoral health projects, while simultaneously investing in capacity development so that national and local partners can assume these responsibilities over time. The UNDP-Global Fund partnership is an important part of this work, facilitating access to resources for action on SDG 3.4 by countries that face constraints in directly receiving and managing such funding. UNDP partners with countries in crisis/post-crisis situations, those with weak institutional capacity or governance challenges, and countries under sanctions. When requested, UNDP acts as interim Principal Recipient in these settings, working with national partners and the Global Fund to improve management, implementation and oversight of Global Fund grants, while simultaneously developing national capacity for governments or local entities to be able to assume the Principal Recipient role over time.
To provide support to the Global Fund Health Team, HIV, Health and Development Group in the UNDP Geneva Office.
Duties and Responsibilities
The intern will undertake the assignments outlined below:
Support to the UNDP-Global Fund Partnership:
- Contribute to the team’s support to UNDP country offices implementing Global Fund grants.
- Track Global Fund policy developments and produce policy briefs and analysis for the Team and for UNDP Country Offices.
- Contribute to portfolio tracking, processing and analysis of portfolio and other data, results collection, reporting and visualization, impact analysis, surveys, etc.
- Provide assistance in carrying out research and in developing and facilitating knowledge products (brochures, case studies, thematic reports).
- Support the organization of events (meetings, workshops, etc.).
- Attend meetings with relevant Geneva-based international organizations such as the Global Fund, the World Health Organization, GAVI, UNAIDS, preparing briefs and reports accordingly as requested.
- Undertake related tasks as assigned by the team.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP.
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
- Strong track record of research and writing skills.
- Knowledge of international public health, gender and/or human rights.
- Experience with data visualization.
- Editing skills are helpful.
- Expertise in health and development issues.
Conditions of the Internship:
- As of 1 January 2020, Interns may be given a stipend according to the UNDP Internship Policies, if is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme,
- Due to the current situation related to COVID-19, internships are currently home-based. This will be reviewed during the year.
- Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of the internship. UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
- The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
- Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
- Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
- The purpose of the HIV Health Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship;
- The intern will be evaluated at the end of the contract and due recognition of work will be issued in writing.
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In case an applicant is successfully selected for the HIV Health internship, s/he will be requested to provide electronic versions of the following documents:
- Copy of the applicant’s most recent resume or curriculum vitae;
- Letter from his/her university confirming current enrollment and graduation date;
- Letter of recommendation from a professor;
- Copy of his/her school transcript;
- Copy of passport;
- Completed UNDP internship application form (to be provided upon selection);
- Signed UNDP Internship Agreement (to be provided upon selection);
- Medical Certificate of Good Health (to be provided upon selection);
- Proof of medical insurance (to be provided upon selection).
The intern will report to the Policy Specialist (Geneva), working on support to the UNDP-Global Fund Health Team, as well as broader work on health and development as necessary.
Applicants available for a minimum of three months and up to six months are preferred. Applicants must state their availability.
Required Skills and Experience
Degree programme in public health, international relations/development studies or other relevant fields.
Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
- Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
- Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
- Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
- Familiarity with the UN system, and/or other international organisations;
- Background in international development, global health, or other relevant field;
- Experience in public Health is an advantage;
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment;
- Experience with web-based applications, data visualization software, Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook).
- Fluency in English (written and spoken);
- Knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.
This is a general call for internships for 2021. In your application, please:
- State in one paragraph why you would like to be considered for the internship.
- Indicate your preferred start and end date, as well as your availability timeframe in 2021 (3 to 6 months).
- Submit your CV/Resume.
Please Combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.
Please Note that only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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