Internship @ Stop TB Partnership – Strategic Initiatives & Innovative Financing

By UNOPS Organization: UNOPS
Closing date: 21 Oct 2018

Background Information – Job-specific

The numbers speak for themselves. In 2017 alone:

  • 1.6 million died from tuberculosis (TB);
  • Over 10 million people fell ill with the disease; and
  • Nearly 600,000 developed multidrug resistant-TB (MDR-TB).

As such, TB is the world’s leading infectious disease killer (surpassing both HIV and malaria) and a global health security matter. If we are actually serious about ending TB by 2030, as set forth in the Sustainable Development Goals, substantial innovation is required across the whole spectrum of TB diagnosis, treatment, adherence, and prevention.

Stop TB Partnership (STBP) is a global multi-stakeholder partnership hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The organization’s day-to-day operations are managed by a Secretariat based in Geneva, Switzerland. STBP was established by the World Health Assembly in May 2000, following the Ministerial Conference on Tuberculosis and Sustainable Development in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The organization comprises over 1500 partners (including civil society, communities, and countries affected by TB, non-governmental organizations in developed and developing countries, donors, foundations, multilateral agencies, private sector companies, technical agencies, etc.) and 10 working groups acting together to end TB by 2030.

STBP’s vision is to end TB by 2030 by ensuring that every patient has access to effective diagnosis, treatment and cure; stopping the transmission of TB; and reducing the inequitable social and economic toll of TB. The organization has three (3) strategic goals, which include:

  1. Advocate, catalyze, and facilitate sustained collaboration and coordination amongst a broad spectrum of key partners, including civil society, communities, and the private sector, in order to achieve the targets set forth in the Global Plan to End TB, 2016-2020: The Paradigm Shift and End TB Strategy;
  2. Support the development, replication, and scale-up of innovative approaches to overcome systemic barriers in the fight against TB; and
  3. Facilitate world-wide, equitable access to TB medicines and diagnostics, including new tools, across public and private sectors.

STBP has expanded its breadth and scope by creating a new team, Strategic Initiatives & Innovative Financing (e.g., SIIF), which leads the development, roll-out, and implementation of ground-breaking initiatives and projects to bring the “Silicon Valley” mindset and innovations to the high burden countries and leverage multi-sectoral collaboration to address systematic barriers in the TB and global health space.

One such effort include the Accelerator for Impact (a4i), a synthetic venture capital fund/mechanism for the TB and global health space, which aims to catalyze the rapid roll-out of new TB and AMR products and technologies in high burden countries by:

  1. Working together with innovators to navigate the TB market;
  2. Creating a network of key partners and operating teams to drive efficient product launches;
  3. Financing critical activities to catalyze demand in 3-5 early adopter countries; and
  4. Achieving a return on investment.The Analyst Intern will work on the SIIF team supporting the implementation of critical activities related to a4i.

1. Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the evaluation of new TB and AMR innovations that find, detect, and treat the “missing cases.”
  • Support the development and update of country-tailored profiles to introduce new TB and AMR innovations, and help disseminate profiles for unrestricted use and access.
  • Support the update of the web-based critical pathway for new TB and AMR innovations as a public good, and help disseminate pathway for unrestricted use and access.
  • Support the enabling of multi-sectoral collaboration between innovators, country decision makers, civil society actors and communities, and key partners on the roll-out of new TB and AMR innovations.
  • Support the development of concept notes, pitch decks, project workplans and budgets, policy documents, grant proposals, operating guidelines, and other materials.
  • Carry out research assignments and assisting in the production of agreed outputs including articles, policy reports, and other materials.
  • Provide various project administration and coordination support to the Team Leader and Programme Analyst(s), as needed.

2. Training components and learning elements

Offers experience working within the global health/international organization space and development finance sector.

3. Participation in missions or training courses

Potential participation in missions to high-TB burden countries, engagement with senior level decision-makers and policy-makers, and participation in key opinion leaders/stakeholders meetings and calls.

4. Additional comments

  • Strong analytical and conceptual thinking.
  • Highly organized, pro-active and pragmatic with strong process/project management skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and work under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Well-honed interpersonal skills and proven ability to develop rapport with senior level decision-makers.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team and operate in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Distinctive oral and written communication skills in English, including ability to structure and synthesize complex issues.

Education

Applicants must be enrolled in a university degree such as a Bachelor, Masters, or have graduated within three years prior to the application date of the internship.

The preferred candidate would have a degree in or pursuing studies in the areas of finance, admin, communications, international relations, economics, business, engineering, health or other related areas.

Experience

While no previous experience is required, experience in the private sector, particularly in consulting, economics, and/or finance would be considered an asset.

Languages

  • Fluency is English is required.
  • Knowledge of another UN official language would be considered an asset.

Competencies

Strategic Perspective – 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).

Integrity and Inclusion – 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.
Leading Self and Others – 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.

Partnering – 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).

Results Orientation – 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.

Agility – 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.

Solutions Focused – 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.

Effective Communication – 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: 6 months
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 may be eligible for a monthly stipend from UNOPS provided that they do not receive funds from other institutions. Further, UNOPS may provide a one time travel lumpsum of 500 USD. However, they must make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and necessary visa arrangements.
For more details about UNOPS internships please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Internships-and-volunteering.aspx

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • 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.
  • 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.

Diversity

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.

How to apply:

https://jobs.unops.org/Pages/ViewVacancy/VADetails.aspx?id=16551

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