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Intern, Strategy

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: Gavi, Vaccine Alliance
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Internship
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  • Closing Date: 2021-09-21

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Within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Gavi’s new 2021-2025 strategy (‘Gavi 5.0’) will entail critical shifts of the Alliance’s goals with equity and sustainability becoming the core focus of all support, with enhancements of its operating model to better support countries going forward and maintaining, restoring and strengthening immunisation systems in the context of COVID-19 .

The Strategy Team leads the development and operationalisation of Gavi 5.0 Strategy. This includes, for instance:
  • Developing a strategy for Gavi’s approach to financial management to ensure a higher share of funds are channelled through governments rather than Alliance Partners and to build financial management capacity in countries;
  • Developing investment cases for Gavi’s engagement with strategically important countries, such as India;
  • Supporting and coordinating various workstreams across Gavi aimed at reaching zero-dose children across Gavi supported countries;
  • Designing a new model for portfolio management, introducing a simpler and more differentiated approach that is fit-for-purpose to deliver on Gavi’s priorities;
  • Working with the Alliance leadership and Gavi country teams to identify immunisation bottlenecks and develop specific country investment approaches to deliver on the Alliance’s strategic goals;
  • Coordinating various Gavi 5.0 operationalisation workstreams together with the Deputy CEO; and
  • Supporting Gavi’s performance management process to ensure it is fit-for-purpose.
Guided by a Manager, Strategy, the intern will support a subset of these initiatives by providing the analytical basis and generate key content elements. The intern will be an integral part of the project team with members across Gavi to develop an evidence base to inform Gavi’s management and will support the development of options and recommendations for the CEO’s and Board’s considerations, and support moving approaches into implementation.

As examples, the initiatives that the intern will support will tackle the following questions:
  • How can the Alliance accelerate immunisation progress and reach zero-dose children in fragile operating environments such as Nigeria? What are the implications for Gavi’s operating model?
  • What are the impactful and innovative investments that the Alliance should support to accelerate reaching marginalised children, and how to create the enabling environment in country to identify needs and scale them up?
  • What innovative interventions could we use to build financial management capacity in countries?
  • How can Gavi streamline its approach to portfolio management while achieving maximum programmatic impact and managing fiduciary risk?
  • What should be Gavi’s performance management approach to ensure smooth operationalisation of the new strategy and provide transparency on corporate and team level performance?
Note: The essential functions listed in this section are not exhaustive of the job responsibilities; other duties may be assigned consistently with the department needs.
  • Prior work experience in management consulting a requirement;
  • Experience in immunisation programmes or health systems a strong asset;
  • Experience in bilateral and multilateral aid environments an advantage.
  • Excellent analytical skills, including financial modelling using Excel (knowledge of VBA an asset);
  • Structured strategic thinking;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish working relationships with multiple teams.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English;
  • A degree in business administration, public health, medicine, public policy, economics or international development (if graduated, candidates must have completed the degree no earlier than 12 months prior to joining Gavi).
  • Gavi Secretariat.
For more information on the Gavi Internship Programme please visit:

Gavi is committed to diversity within its workforce and encourage applications from all qualified candidates.

Duration: ~4-6 months (start date flexible – 2021 September/October)

If you wish to apply, please provide a cover letter and resume through our Careers webpage and apply by clicking on “Intern, Strategy”. Deadline for applications is 21 September 2021.

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