Sexual and Reproductive Health and Youth Outreach Internship (flexible start date, one positions available)

Interns will be working within the PPASL main offices in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in communities and mobile clinics, and in the main Sexual and Reproductive health clinic of PPASL. PPASL provides counseling and treatment on sexual and reproductive health and tropical diseases and has a delivery ward. Interns should have a sustained interest in obstetrics, healthcare in developing countries, maternal health, pre/post natal care and/or sexual and reproductive health. The clinic also provides treatment for tropical diseases, and knowledge in this area is a plus. Interns are expected to have experience working with youth in mentoring or counseling relations. Interns are expected to have a certification as a nurse or specialization/concentration in Midwifery, to be sent in with application. Applicants pursuing degrees in Public Health, Health Education, Youth Development, Counseling, or another related field are preferred. Applicants with experience working with youth in the region, with hospital experience or a nursing degree will also be preferred. Experience in facilitating drama and/or theatrical expression is an advantage. This internship is only open to female applicants, due to the nature and sensitivity of the internship environment and patients. Experience in facilitating drama and/or theatrical expression is an advantage. This internship is only open to female applicants, due to the nature and sensitivity of the internship environment and patients.

Tasks include (but are not limited to):

  • Provide care to individual women and their babies throughout their pregnancy, during childbirth, and postpartum with very little supervision from PPASL staff.
  • Full antenatal care includes assessment, diagnosing, screening, and management of the pregnant woman.
  • Identify cases for prompt referrals to hospitals.
  • Monitor the mother and fetus during labour and conduct deliveries.
  • Provide counseling and support to client and family in case of miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal abnormality and/or death.
  • Conduct outreach activities school adolescents and youth.
  • Counsel clients on teenage pregnancy, unsafe abortion and gender-based violence.

 

HIV/AIDS Care & Support Internship (flexible start date, one position available)

Interns will be working with the Society for Women with Aids in Africa (SWAASL) in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The role of the Care and Support Intern will be to assist the SWAASL counselling service in line with the activities of the Multipurpose Centre, and increase accessibility of the services to people living with HIV. Interns should have at least a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in a field related to Public Health, Global Health, International Development, or have experience as a community health activist and community development work. Interns are expected to have experience with counselling. Experience taking basic medical exams, administering drugs and general nursing experience is a plus. Tasks include (but are not limited to):

  • Assist in developing and providing counseling services to people affected by HIV/AIDS and to their families
  • Help to manage the day-to-day running of the SWAASL Multipurpose Centre and to coordinate training programmes and classes within the multipurpose centre for SWAASL service users
  • Attend monthly meetings of the People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) support groups
  • Assist in proposal writing, report writing, and Monitoring and Evaluation activities.

 

Project Officer Internship (flexible start date, one position available)

Interns will be working with the Society for Women with Aids in Africa (SWAASL) in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The role of the Project Officer will be to provide program support in all of SWAASL’s programming and to support the activities of SWAASL’s project interventions. Additionally, the intern will assist in developing and marketing funding proposals.

Interns should have at least a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in a field related to Public Health, Global Health, International Development, Health Programming and Administration, or have experience as a community health activist and community development work. Interns are expected to have experience in Advocacy, Proposal writing and resource mobilization and training and facilitation. Experience in counseling with people in vulnerable positions (i.e. special needs, living with HIV/AIDS, orphans, sex workers etc.) is a plus.