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Internship - Strategic Initiatives & Innovative Financing @ Stop TB Partnership , Multiple positions

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Innovations for Sustainable Development
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Gender-based violence
    • Economics
  • Closing Date: 2020-07-15

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Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS hosts the Stop Tuberculosis Partnership Secretariat (STBP) as of 1 January 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland. The vision of the Stop TB Partnership is to realize the goal of elimination of Tuberculosis (TB) as a public health problem and, ultimately, to obtain a world free of TB by ensuring that every TB patient has access to effective diagnosis, treatment and cure; stopping transmission of TB; reducing the inequitable social and economic toll of TB; and developing and implementing new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic tools and strategies. The Stop TB Partnership is uniquely positioned to support the development and further implementation by partners of the current and future Global Plan, acting as a coordinator and catalyst for the range of partners engaged in the fight against TB.

The Stop TB Partnership is a unique and innovative global health organization that brings together partners, expertise, funding, commodities, and people-centered services in our shared mission to transform the tuberculosis (TB) space and end TB by 2030. 

Founded in 2001, the Stop TB Partnership is a United Nations (UN) hosted organization that takes bold and smart risks to serve and amplify the voices of the people, communities, stakeholders, and partners from countries affected by TB. 

The Stop TB Partnership is guided by three strategic goals to: 

  1. Advocate, catalyze, and facilitate sustained coordination and collaboration among partners; 

  2. Support the development, replication, and scale-up of innovative approaches and tools; and 

  3. Facilitate global, equitable access to TB diagnostics and medicines. 

The organization’s comprehensive range of strategic and technical expertise and our willingness to push boundaries are crucial factors in reaching the targets agreed upon by Heads of States and the TB community-at-large to end TB by 2030.

The Stop TB Partnership’s External Affairs & Strategic Initiatives (EASI) Team supports the organization primarily by:

  1. Catalyzing and securing sustainable financing from the public and private sector for the Secretariat and country programes;

  2. Engaging with both the public and private sector to elevate and enhance the Secretariat and the organization’s mandate on global agendas; and

  3. Conceptualizing, designing, rolling-out, and implementing business-minded approaches and projects to address systematic barriers in the TB and global health space. 

The intern will work on the SIIF team to support the implementation of critical activities related to a4i.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of  the Head of EASI, the intern will perform the following tasks as part of her or his internship learning experience: 

  • As an internship project: Lead the landscape analysis of the next generational health technologies for communicable and non-communicable diseases.

  • As part of the team and “learning by doing”: Support the development of concept notes, pitch decks, project work plans and budgets, policy documents, grant proposals, operating guidelines, and other materials.

  • In support to the head of the team: Carry out research assignments and assisting in the production of agreed outputs including articles, policy reports, and other materials.

  • As part of the team and more into operations: Provide various project administration and coordination support to the Team Leader and Strategic Initiatives Specialist, as needed.

Training components and learning elements

Offers experience working within the global health/international organization space, engagement between the public and private sector, and innovative financing sector.

The supervisor will allocate dedicated time in order to improve the intern’s understanding of the functioning of Stop TB Partnership and the UN development agency world in general.

Participation in missions or training courses

Participation in meetings with senior level decision-makers and policy-makers.

Looking for candidates with:

  • Common sense;

  • Humility;

  • Willing to figure things out even if they do not know the answer right away;

  • Takes full ownership of their work;

  • Thrives in a start-up like culture; and

  • Passionate about changing how we do business in global health.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


To be eligible for this internship, the incumbent needs to be enrolled in a University Degree Bachelors, Masters, Ph.D. or have graduated within the last three years at the moment of the application.


While previous professional experience is not required for this internship. Experience working in international, humanitarian or health organizations would be considered an advantage. 

two prior internship-related experience in the private sector, particularly in consulting, economics, and/or finance would be considered an advantage. 

Language Requirements:

To be eligible for this internship, the incumbent needs to be fluent in English. Knowledge of another UN official language would be considered an advantage. 


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration - Internship

Contract type: Internship
Contract level: N/A
Contract duration: 2 to 6 months - Possibility to extend up to 12 months in total.

Given the current situation with COVID19, the internship may have to start remotely. It will depend on the travel advise of the host country. 

This internship is not designed to lead to a staff position with UNOPS. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of the internship.

Interns will be eligible for a monthly stipend  from UNOPS provided that they do not receive funds from other institutions. The monthly stipend will be a total of 1242 USD per month. Further, UNOPS may provide a one time travel lumpsum (amount to be determined depending on the distance traveled). However, they must make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and necessary visa arrangements. Lastly, since the internship is to be based in Switzerland, once the intern settles in the country, s/he will have to purchase a Swiss Based Health Insurance. UNOPS will reimburse 120 USD a month for the cost of this insurance - upon showing proof of a valid policy. 

For more details about UNOPS internships please follow this link:

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Please note, interns based in Switzerland, will have to declare themselves to the tax and social security authorities of the country. Additionally, they will have to purchase a Swiss Based Health insurance to cover the period they are on internship. UNOPS will reimburse 120 USD a month for the payment of the insurance - upon show of proof of valid policy. 
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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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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