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Public Health & Nutrition Intern


  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Pretoria
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date:

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.

An individual whose father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister is a staff member of UNHCR, including a Temporary Appointment holder or a member of the Affiliate Workforce, is not eligible for an internship. Duties:

- Follow up with countries that report into the Integrated Refugee Health Information System (IRHIS) to set up timely reporting mechanism. Review, clean and confirm the quality of data collected
- In consultation with the country health focal points, map the existing national health data systems per site and current operational data sharing arrangement from government counterpart to UNHCR to facilitate UNHCRs¿ catalytic role, where refugee health data is directly reported into national health systems
- Follow up with country operations to ensure Balanced Scorecard Assessments are being rolled out in selected health facilities and compile the findings
- Work closely with country programs to update their site-specific outbreak response plans

- Follow up with country health teams closely to ensure  updating health strategies and other core strategies in line with UNHCR Global Health strategy 2021-2025 and UNHCR Southern Africa Strategic Health Action Plan.
- Follow up with country operations to ensure they follow up the decisions made during the regional pharmacy training (Pharmacy monitoring, consumption monitoring)
- Collect country pharmacy monitoring reports and samples of consumption monitoring reports and archive and compile summary gaps and recommendations as part of the oversight
- Follow up with country operations to ensure updating the key Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)  as per the map of SOPS .
- Update the status of blanket supplementary feeding programs, Moderate and Severe Malnutrition management programs of country operations monthly in consultation with the county health teams
- Join the Regional Health and Nutrition coordination meetings and follow up with country operations regarding the follow up action points
- Extract the key findings and recommendations from SENS and JAM reports pertinent to health and nutrition and generate summary reports with visualizations
- Support preparing communication and advocacy content on the health and nutrition situation of populations of concern to UNHCR where required
- Support and carry out key public health assessments such as Health Access and Utilization Surveys (HAUS) where required.
- Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

Education & Professional Work Experience
- Be a recent graduate or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO in Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, or any relevant field.
- Advanced knowledge in MS Office.
- Experience in health assessments, data collection, data visualization, statistical analysis and report writing.
Language Requirements:
- Good working knowledge of English. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset. Food and Transportation Allowance:

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 which is 10% of DSA (Daily Subsistence Allowance) for Pretoria per day up to maximum of 30 days in a month payable in local currency.

Working Hours and Location:

It is a full-time role with working hours starting from 8.00am to 5:00pm Monday to Thursday and 8:00am to 1:30pm on Friday. The location will be Pretoria however is dependent upon the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic in both the applicant¿s home country and at the duty station.

Submission of Applications:

¿ Interested external applicants need to apply online and complete the mandatory motivation letter. For technical issues with logging in to the MSRP External Portal, or with online applications, please contact the HR Unit well before the deadline to allow sufficient time for any technical problem to be resolved. External vacancies are posted on the external UNHCR website and applicants who do not have internal status must apply through the external UNHCR website. ¿ Careers ¿ Career opportunities ¿ Other Opportunities ¿ Vacancies ¿ sort by Location or search by Job Opening number.

¿ Applications will be accepted only via the online portals. Please do not send application via email.

¿ Not signed, incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written test and do a competency based oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).

¿ The evaluation of applicants will be conducted based on the information submitted during the application. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

¿ UNHCR strongly encourages qualified female applicants to apply. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. UNHCR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms gender, disability, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

¿ UNHCR has a zero-tolerance policy against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). SEA is unacceptable behavior and prohibited conduct for UNHCR personnel. It constitutes acts of serious misconduct and is therefore grounds for disciplinary measures, including dismissal. Any concerns or suspicions about a possible case of SEA should be reported immediately to the Inspector General¿s Office (IGO) at [email protected] or through the online complain form at or by confidential fax: +41 22 739 73 80.

¿ For any technical problems encountered during the online application, please send an email to the below email address titled ¿Online VA Query-your name and surname¿. Human Resources Pretoria [email protected]
See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== Operational Context:

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a full-time internship for the functional area of Public Health and Nutrition for the Operations Support Section at UNHCR Regional Bureau for Southern Africa in Pretoria, South Africa.

Established in December 1950, UNHCR is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for asylum seekers, refugees, returnees, internally displaced communities and stateless people. Every year, millions of men, women and children are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution. UNHCR currently operates in over 130 countries, using its long expertise to protect and care for millions.

The UNHCR Regional Bureau of Southern Africa covers South Africa (RBSA), Namibia, Botswana, Congo D.R, Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Angola, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho, Comoros, Mauritius, and Seychelles. We are looking for an intern to assist ongoing Public Health, Reproductive Health/HIV, and Nutrition program support functions extended to above countries covered by the UNHCR-RBSA.

The intern will work under the supervision of the Senior Public Health Officer of UNHCR-RBSA, in close coordination with the other colleagues of the Operations Support Section.
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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.