Internship Programme - Health & Nutrition Intern (Three months - for Afghan Nationals Only), Bamyan- Afghanistan
Under the direct supervision of the Health Officer and guided by the Head of Outpost.
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Afghanistan has one of the world highest rates of stunting in children under the age of five: 41 per cent. Stunting is a sign of chronic under nutrition during the most critical periods of growth. It prevents children from reaching their potential. Stunted children are more likely to contract diseases, less likely to get basic health care, and do not perform well in school.
The rate of wasting in Afghanistan is also extremely high. Wasting, as its name suggests, is literally wasting away to skin and bones. The crushing result of acute malnutrition, it poses an immediate threat to a child survival.
Chronic nutritional deficiency in Afghanistan is largely the result of poor feeding. For example, only half of Afghan babies are exclusively breastfed in their first six months, and their exposure to contaminated liquids or foods places them at a greater risk of life-threatening illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia.
Inadequate dietary diversity and insufficient amounts of food, coupled with poor hygiene, also contribute to health risks and deaths of older children. When mothers have inadequate diets, a harmful cycle is created malnourished infants grow up to become stunted mothers, generation after generation.
Despite impressive improvements in the past decade, Afghanistan health system still faces a number of challenges. Nutrition services remain limited and healthcare providers lack training to assess and offer counselling and treatment. When nutritional issues go undetected, rates of stunting, wasting, severe acute malnutrition, and micronutrient deficiencies appear lower in statistics and receive much less focus than they should.
Purpose of the internship:
UNICEF Bamyan Outpost is a working under CR and is responsible to coordinate all health and nutrition activities with counterpart and partners to ensure timely disbursement of fund for the projects implementation and implementation of development projects are on time with quality results for children as well as adequate response to sudden and chronic emergencies in the province. The Outpost as a part of its TOR coordinates response, the humanitarian response as per the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action, and particularly within the cluster and sectorial coordination structure at regional level.
Key Duties and Tasks:
Under the direct supervision of the Health Officer and guided by the Head of Outpost, the intern will:
- Support the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of Health and Nutrition programs activities in the province.
- Support information flow to and from the IPs regarding the health, Nutrition and WASH programs and support to be provided in terms of budgeting, drafting action plans and follow up of missions action points with IPs
- Support in developing, maintaining and updating humanitarian response tracking, supplies and logistics tools and formats.
To qualify as a champion you will have:
Current enrolment in, or recent graduation from an undergraduate or master's program within the last two years in Health, business or public administration, international law, international relations, social sciences or related field.
Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
Language: Fluency in English as well as Pashto/Dari is required.
For every Child, you demonstrate:
- Respect for and adherence to UNICEF core values of Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, and Integrity
- Excellent communication, interpersonal and team working skills and capacity to work in a multicultural environment
- Strong drive for results, setting high standards for the quality of work
- Interest in learning and researching, gathering comprehensive information to support decision making
Conditions of Intern:
- Expenses: Please note that Internships at UNICEF are unpaid. However a small stipend may be available inclusive of transport cost.
- Health/Medical insurance: Intern is required to hold valid health/accident insurance. UNICEF accepts no responsibilities for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship whether on or off UNICEF premises.
- Employment: There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.
How to apply:
- If you recognize yourself from the above and wish to make a difference for every child; you are requested to apply through this online system by 14 January 2019. When you apply, please attach the following:
- your CV and a cover letter in English to state the majors/areas of your study and the reason for application;
- include two letters of recommendation (can be from employers, internships, university professor, etc.)
- attach a proof of excellent academic performance/transcript through recent university or institution records.
Duration: Three months
Duty Station: Bamyan
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.
Only qualified applicants will be short-listed and notified for further screening and interview.