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Internship : Health Systems Strengthening (HSS), Health Section PD, NYHQ, Requisition # 512705

New York City (United States of America)

To develop skills for conducting an internet based data management including tool development, data collection, data analyses and reporting. 2. To gain practical knowledge of national and sub national—health information systems and of-UNICEF's other health-related planning and programming priorities for global maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, with an equity focus.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

 For every child, hope.

The UNICEF Internship Programme offers qualified and eligible students at both Headquarters (HQ) and Country Offices (CO) the unique opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work and the United Nations system under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff.

UNICEF defines Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) as actions that establish sustained improvements in the provision, utilization, quality and efficiency of services delivered through the health system, and encourage the adoption of healthy behaviours and practices. UNICEF's approach focuses on the most disadvantaged. Activities are guided by a results-based approach, featuring situation analysis, identification of priorities and resolution of bottlenecks to effective coverage of health services.

The internship will contribute to the UNICEF HSS work plan in timely, completion and accuracy of the country baseline data from Global data base, (i.e. DHS, MICS), from civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS), and from other validated national sources, that will support the customization of country data base in EQUIST tool. It will contribute not only to the quantitative analysis but to the qualitative analysis, using any latest strategy planning documentation. Based on latest evidence, this will further support the preparation of country context adapted materials to support the application including capacity building exercise of national stakeholder (UNICEF colleagues, government and partners) in country. This will include liaising with other sectors than health to complete data base on social determinants impacting across sectors the well-being of the child and the mother, and that are resulting as well on the functioning of the health system.

Purpose:

  1. To develop skills for conducting an internet based data management including tool development, data collection, data analyses and reporting.
  2. To gain practical knowledge of national and sub national—health information systems and of-UNICEF's other health-related planning and programming priorities for global maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, with an equity focus.
  3. To develop skills relating to data compilation and summarization of research findings.
  4. To develop skills relating to analysis, planning, programming and its documentation such as country case studies and eventually peer-review papers.
  5. To develop skills relating to knowledge sharing and community of practices (develop a blog, newsletter, quarterly webinar, social media)
  6. Gain exposure to UNICEF's organizational and working environment, including with other institutions (UN and research, academic institutions).
  7.  

How can you make a difference?

1. Consolidate country data base in EQUIST tool

  • Collect baseline data from global data base (DHS, MICS), from national sources (HMIS, CRVS, other local survey or tools), from any other tool from other sectors already used in the country (i.e. One Health, WASH BAT, AIM, Fam 2020)
  • Verify and validate baseline data with Country stakeholders
  • Contribute to the global data base update in EQUIST

2. Support documentation on EQUIST application in a country or regional specific context.

  • Consolidate and verify data base and qualitative review for EQUIST application given the country context (i.e. National plans, country programme etc.)
  • Review literature
  • Develop key presentation for initiation and training on the EQUITY approach adjusted to the context
  • Develop draft Working Paper o Revise as needed, finalize Working Paper o Develop a draft paper for peer-review publication.
  1. Assist HSS team to plan for 2017-2018 technical support to country, in close collaboration with the LTA training academic institution
      • Update of user guide, technical notes and resource materials, including in different languages
      • Translation of key documentation.
  2. Support the community of practices around EQUIST (blog, newsletter, quarterly webinar, social media)
  3. Attend internal UNICEF seminars and meetings, as relevant, which provide an opportunity to meet leading public health experts and reflect upon issues, trends and strategies shaping contemporary global health policies and practice.

Location: The internship will be based in the NY headquarters office

Duration: This will be a full/part-time internship, the duration of the internship will be for a period of 26 weeks during an academic session and the actual period internship is likely to run through a full academic year from late August, 2018 to early May, 2019 and last two semesters Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

Salary/Payment:

In accordance to UNICEF’s guidelines, interns will be paid a stipend of US $1,500 per month (depending on budget availability). There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship. UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.

Insurance:

UNICEF will not be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the intern’s service, whether on or off UNICEF premises. Therefore, the selected candidate must provide proof of enrolment in a health/accident plan prior to start his/her work.

Living Conditions and Working Environment:

The intern will work at UNICEF House, New York.  S/he will work with the Nutrition Section and report to the supervisor of this internship.  S/he is not expected to travel out of this duty station during the assignment. A flexible workspace will be provided. The intern will be expected to participate in nutrition section meetings, as well as other UNICEF meetings of interest to the student, including the seminar series for UNICEF interns. Guidance will be provided on a regular basis.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…  

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. degree programme or have graduated within the past two years business or public administration, statistics, social sciences, education or related field. 
  • Should have an excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
  • Knowledge of relevant computer systems and applications; excellent knowledge of MS Office including MS Excel is required.
  • Knowledge of Statistical tools and various databases is required.
  • Experience in Child related work is an asset.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Fluency in English is required. Proficiency in other UN languages an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate…

 Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. To view our competency framework, please click here.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2018-05-15

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