This internship is to participate in humanitarian projects directly with leading agencies, such as our ongoing analysis of health care facilities in collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) sections around the world with the objective of improving the implementation of projects.
Young professionals with a range of skills wishing to contribute remotely to humanitarian activities are sought to join a dynamic and diverse global team for full-time internships, although applications are welcome also from candidates who have some prior commitments but are available almost full-time. The reason for this is that we work in teams and it otherwise becomes difficult to arrange meetings across availability and time zones.
We are looking for passionate and motivated, well-organised, results-oriented professionals with a strong interest in the humanitarian sector. A general understanding of how health facilities are planned and function in the provision of care is desirable.
In addition to technical capability, teamwork, empathy, an ability to function and add value in overcoming challenges, is essential to join a dynamic and diverse global team. The successful candidate(s) will remotely join and support a talented and diverse multiskilled global humanitarian team.
Shelter Centre, www.sheltercentre.org, is a small international humanitarian NGO registered in Switzerland which does not implement operations alone, but instead collaborates with agencies in direct support of their operations, as well as building capacity in the sector. Shelter Centre is dedicated to supporting collaboration, consensus and capacity throughout the global technical humanitarian community of practice. We serve the global technical community of practice through regular global practitioners’ events and resources.
These voluntary positions are for those committed to a future career in humanitarian action, seeking experience and opportunities to inform their decisions in identifying directions. Our people are the foundation to our work and we offer weekly bilateral personal development opportunities. Giving the opportunity of professional growth, former volunteers have gone on to work with donors, UN agencies, the Red Cross Movement, INGOs and CSOs.
Additionally, volunteers are expected to contribute to an ongoing project in collaboration with MSF worldwide on analysis of their medical infrastructure projects, along with other projects where and when required.
Main responsibilities and tasks
Informed by preliminary feedback, the intern will participate in the development of the various projects mentioned. This may involve activities including, but not limited to:
- understanding the contexts and audiences, as Shelter Centre always recognises affected populations as the primary responders
- providing general inputs around provision of health care through medical infrastructure taking into consideration medical professionals, staff and receivers of care and their families
- desk review of health facility project documentation from a medical and user point of view
- participate in key informant interviews
- collaborate on report writing
- review of existing drafts and implementing revisions
- data and document management
- statistical data analysis using MS Excel
Applicants should also be flexible and motivated to work on other projects and activities, which may range from supporting operational technical work to collaborations with agencies.
Desired education, skills and experience:
- experience working in health facilities, including all medical and support activities
- experience working with child protection, people with special needs, trauma, the elderly and hospices
- experience working in areas such as public administration, human resources, logistics/procurement, finance, or related fields
- experience working in the construction industry such as contract management, environmental impact assessment, topography and quantity surveyors, electrical supply and distribution, HVAC, water supply and utilities
- experience at national level, around the world, in the private sector, humanitarian sector or civil society
- experience working within varied cultures around the world and in remote areas
- experience in project management
- ideally, a university (or accredited professional institution) degree
- knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research and analysis methods and ease with handling quantitative data and in statistical analysis
Required education, skills and experience:
- commitment to humanitarian action
- understanding of how health facilities operate
- sensitive to considerations regarding people management around people with special needs, gender and race within health facilities
- excellent research and writing skills, including methodologies and analysis
- strong organisational skills and demonstrated experience in project management, multi-tasking, prioritising and working accurately to set deadlines
- proven ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team of colleagues of varied cultural and professional backgrounds
- fluent spoken and written English (minimum Level C1 proficiency)
- general computer literacy, including in Microsoft Office and GoogleDrive
What do interns get?
Interns are the foundation to Shelter Centre’s work and weekly bilateral personal development opportunities are offered in exchange. The interns are further supported by their manager through a personal weekly mentoring session including the review of curriculum vitaes, cover letters, job opportunities, references and writing personal reports. The team also benefits from regular personal development events involving external speakers, conferences, celebrations and other activities organised by and at the request of the interns.
We are seeking full-time volunteers, to work remotely a total of 40 hours per week taking into consideration different time zones. Flexibility is a key consideration, bearing in mind that the collegial team is based and operates across multiple time zones to support our stakeholders and constituents from the disaster/conflict front lines to the headquarters of donors and agencies. Please ensure that you specify your core time availability, and any flexibility in your application. The availability sought is a minimum of three months.
The positions are virtual, meaning interns will work from home. Shelter Centre will only consider applications from individuals who hold or are likely to obtain a valid permit which allows them to reside and undertake internships in their country of work. Shelter Centre has been working online across the globe by developing a collaborative way of working for over a decade.
Successful candidates will bear their own insurance, accommodation and living costs. Travel is not required.
How to apply
To apply please send your CV and cover letter to email@example.com
Closing date: 15th August 2021 (midnight, Geneva time, CEST)