Reports to: HIV/TB Policy Advisor for the Access Campaign
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months
Location: New York City
Due to the volume of applications received, the HIV/TB Access Internship does not accept applications on a rolling basis. Please do not submit applications for the Spring internship until after December 23rd 2013, the Summer internship until after March 28th 2014, or the Fall internship until after of July 25th 2014. Any applications received before these dates will not be considered.
Objective: Provide administrative, communications and research support to the HIV/TB Policy advisor of the Access Campaign while gaining practical learning experience for an applicant interested in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, health policy advocacy and international affairs.
Overview: The Access Campaign undertakes research and advocacy to raise the importance of the issue of access to essential medicines internationally. The Campaign hopes to achieve sustainable solutions to reduce the price of essential medicines and stimulate medical research and development for diseases that primarily affect low income populations. The Campaign operates within the Program Department at MSF-USA.
The HIV/TB Access Intern will support the ongoing administrative, communications and research activities of the Access Campaign as necessary to scale up the work on HIV/AIDS and TB policy. This includes tracking the current issues relevant to the Access Campaign, providing research, communications and analytical support to the HIV/AIDS Policy Advisor of the Access Campaign, supporting the overall management of data and files, and assisting in preparation of information and materials for advocacy meetings,mailings, and other communications channels.
Candidates should have interest and some knowledge of global health policy and funding, with a particular focus on HIV and TB, and the current status of the international HIV/AIDS movement. Knowledge of US politics and congressional processes a plus. This internship is ideal for anyone with a particular focus on HIV/TB policy advocacy and the crisis of access to essential medicines in the developing world.
Duties: HIV/TB Access Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:
- Convene conference calls of internal networks' working groups and assists with preparation, note taking, and dissemination of key documents
- Coordinate communication between members of internal working groups and listservs
- Assist with drafting and editing memos, reports and various other communications materials
- Conduct research on current access topics, conferences, advocacy targets, and related NGOs
- Assist the HIV Policy Advisor with collecting information and maintaining a database on essential information and relevant HIV national policies
- Track HIV/AIDS Access Campaign related information in the media including online listserves
- Consistently disseminating MSF advocacy related information through our network of contacts
- Maintains a database of key literature/annotated bibliography
- Assist the HIV Policy Advisor in convening internal and external meetings
- Reply to requests for information and assistance from the public
- Provide general administrative support
- Other tasks as assigned
Skills: Applicants should have:
- Excellent writing skills
- Experience in HIV or TB advocacy and/or Masters Degree preferable
- Excellent attention to detail and proofreading ability
- An interest in medical humanitarian aid and the struggle for access to essential medicines
- Initiative and confidence to work independently and ask questions in a fast-paced work environment
- A working knowledge of MS Word and Excel