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Internship Public Health Section, Division of Programme Support and Management, Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva (Switzerland)


Organizational Unit: Public Health Section, Division of Programme Support and Management

Duty station: Geneva, Switzerland

Duration of the internship: 5 months

Expected start date: 15 August 2018

Background information/Organizational Context:
Standardized Health Information System supports public health decision-making by providing accurate and timely data on Public Health, WASH and nutrition for UNHCR. The aim is to improve the health status of people of concern to UNHCR, through evidence-based policy formulation, improved management of health programmes and, ultimately, direct actions that improve refugee health. The aim of the assignment is to review and revise the balance score card to make it useful, up-to-date, flexible and adaptable to the various settings and user friendly to the operations.
UNHCR is in the process or revamping its health information system, from a paper based to an intuitive electronic/web-based system to improve quality, timeliness and usability of the date across its programs globally. Go-live date for the new system is set for March 2018.

Duties and Responsibilities
The purpose of the assignment is to support development of draft user/training manual for the new HIS system that will be used to train field staff. Additionally, the Intern will support improvements in data visualization to improve its use, as well as support the team in producing global reports.
- Support the development of draft documentation and training materials for the new HIS application, in coordination with the HIS Officer.
- In coordination with the HIS Officer and the system developers, support refinement of data visualization for health data incorporating feedback from the field users.
- Support the HIS Team in completion of Annual Global Public Health reports and ad-hoc analysis for specific reporting requirements.

Minimum qualifications required
In order to be considered eligible for this internship, the following criteria must be fulfilled:
- Degree in Public Health, Information Systems, Data Management (or currently undertaking studies in a University programme towards a relevant degree).
- Very strong writing and editing skills.
- Experience in computer applications/IT Systems.
- Flexibility, adaptability, team working skills, professional and personal integrity.
- Ability to work independently, when necessary.
- Excellent oral and written English skills. Knowledge of French is an asset.

In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
¿ Recent graduate (those persons who completed their studies within one year of applying)  or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO; and
¿ Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of the Organization.

Interns who do not receive financial support from an outside party will receive an allowance to partially help to cover the cost of food, local transportation and living expenses.

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. Please note that the closing date for this advertisement is Friday 10 August 2018 (midnight Geneva time).

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: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-10

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