Vacancy for Advocacy Intern in Geneva, Switzerland


The World Heart Federation is a global health NGO based in Geneva, focusing on cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke. We are a small organization creating a big impact in global health, leading an ambitious drive to achieve a 25% reduction in premature CVD by the year 2025. Currently, we are looking for a focused and committed Advocacy Intern to join our dynamic Advocacy Team. We offer experience in a high-achieving, international environment, with opportunities to engage with the World Health Organization and other UN Agencies.

The role will support the delivery of the 2017 Advocacy Strategy, including the following tasks:

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the preparation and drafting of WHF policy and research papers, briefs, consultation responses, advocacy publications and communications articles.
  • Synthesize reports and summarize documents for internal distribution.
  • Attend WHF team meetings, external meetings and webinars, taking notes as required.
  • Provide logistical support for external events and meetings, such as the WHO Executive Board and World Health Assembly and engagement with WHF member organizations.
  • Provide administrative support in maintaining advocacy team contacts database.
  • Support ongoing WHF rheumatic heart disease initiatives, including project work.
  • Contribute to preparation and drafting of content for RHD Action website.
  • Any other appropriate task, as agreed upon by the supervisor.

Application Information

Essential Skills:

  • Demonstrated interest in non-communicable diseases (NCDs), global health and development.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills in English (additional languages a valuable asset).
  • Excellent team-working and collaborative skills.
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit, willingness to innovate, and flexibility.
  • Ability to conduct research independently with a keen eye for detail.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural setting.
  • Proficient in MS Office, advanced internet literacy.

Experience

  • Recently completed undergraduate Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree achieved, with excellent results.
  • Talented applicants with an academic background in both humanities and sciences will be considered.

Stipend: 1,000 CHF per month

Contract: The Advocacy Intern will join the team for 6 months at 40 hours/wk, starting from 09 January 2017.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter (max. 1 page) and CV (max. 2 pages) to Ms. Joanna Markbreiter (Policy & Advocacy Manager) at joanna.markbreiter@worldheart.org by 05 December 2016. Due to visa limitations, we regret that only Swiss or EU applications will be considered.

Interviews will be conducted from 07-09 December 2016.