Project Officer – Internship (flexible start date, one Position available)

Interns should have a sustained interest in sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention. Interns should have, at least a Bachelors 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.
Additionally, Interns are expected to have cross-cultural sensitivity, computer literacy, and good writing and communication skills.

Basic Requirements and Potential Tasks:
The intern will fill the position of project officer, working closely with and reporting to SWAASL’s Programme Coordinator. The intern will be responsible 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.

This placement will be based in SWAASL’s head office in Freetown, Sierra Leone, but the intern will spend at least 25% of her or his time in the field, with partner organisations and with SWAASL-supported groups in the Western Area and in the provinces.

Care and Support Intern (flexible start date, one position available)

Interns should have a sustained interest in sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention. 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. 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.

Basic Responsibilities and Potential Tasks:
The intern will assist in developing and providing counseling services to people affected by HIV/AIDS and to their families. The intern will also 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. The intern will also attend monthly meetings of the People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) support groups. Finally, the intern will assist in proposal writing, report writing, and Monitoring and Evaluation activities.

Public Health – Community Advocacy Intern, Sierra Leone (flexible start date, 2 positions available):

The Health For All Coalition (HFAC) is a Civil Society Network Organization with a specific focus on health and related issues. HRAC advocates for health care services that are accessible, available, affordable, and of high quality. It does this through monitoring, advocacy and community education. They are involved in community mobilization, creating demand for services, building awareness of community needs and also helping health services to reach vulnerable communities. As an organization, they seek to foster innovative approaches to community health planning and monitoring. Currently the Coalition has over 380 community volunteers in districts, Chiefdoms and wards to monitor free healthcare drugs and supplies, healthcare service delivery, mobilization and sensitization of communities on health issues.

Interns are expected to have, at minimum, a sustained and reflected (via the CV and cover letter) interest in some or all of the following areas: Community Development Studies with Speciality in Health or experience in Monitoring and Evaluation, Advocacy, and Community Mobilization. Interns should be working towards (or have completed) a Bachelors degree (or equivalent work experience) in a field related to Public Health, Global Health, International Development, Health Programming and Administration, or within the Medical field as a community health activist. Applicants pursuing a Masters degree focused on Global Public Health or Community Health are preferred. Interns should be proficient with Excel and have a basic understanding of website operations and social media. Interns are required to bring their own laptop. HFAC’s offices have broadband internet access, air conditioning, printers, photocopiers, and refrigerators.

Basic Requirements:

1. Work closely with identified HFAC staff to provide on-the-job capacity development and transfer of skills

2. Support HFAC to programme advocacy priorities, develop implementation plans and execute its advocacy programme for 2012/2013

3. Support HFAC in identifying potential development partners and negotiating support/funding agreements

4. Develop and propose community advocacy systems and procedures for HFAC

5. Identify opportunities for HFAC to participate in District level health structures and mechanisms as a way of broadening its community advocacy

6. Develop and implement training programmes for Head Office and field staff

7. Support HFAC in developing and implementing training programmes for communities in order to strengthen community-led advocacy

8. Compile regular reports

9. Any other duty as assigned

Youth Centre Counseling Internship Opportunity (flexible start date, 2 positions available)

Interns are expected to have experience working with youth in mentoring or counseling relations. Applicants pursuing degrees in Education, Youth Development, Counseling, or another related field will be 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.

Interns must be fluent in English, especially enough to tackle cross-cultural interpersonal communication. Interns are expected to be a skilled addition to the PPASL team, and should be able to work well under pressure.

Interns may also be asked to travel to the provinces, in which case transportation will be arranged and paid for by PPASL.

Basic Job Requirements and Potential tasks

1. Conduct promotional education on sexuality issues to both in and out of school adolescents and youth

2. Counsel clients on teenage pregnancy, unsafe abortion and gender-based violence.

3. Conduct sensitization on adolescents reproductive health in the communities.

4. Organize talk shows for peers

5. Promote safe sex options.

6. Counselling for STI / HIV risk reduction and promoting healthy life styles.

7. Make referrals for HIV testing and other reproductive health needs.

Certified Midwife in a Sexual and Reproductive Clinic- Internship
(Flexible start date, two positions available)

Planned Parenthood Association of Sierra Leone (PPASL) was established in 1959.

Interns will be working in the Sexual and Reproductive Health clinic in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The clinic provides counseling and treatment on sexual and reproductive health and tropical diseases and has a delivery ward.

Interns are expected to have a certification as a nurse or specialization/concentration in Midwifery, to be sent in with application. Interns should be able to demonstrate that they are able to function with little supervision in the clinic. Interns should have a sustained interest in obstetrics, healthcare in developing countries, maternal health, pre/post natal care and/or sexual and reproductive health. Applicants with experience working as a Midwife in a developing country or with previous work in a sexual and reproductive health clinic in a developing country are preferred. The clinic also provides treatment for tropical diseases, and knowledge in this area is a plus. This internship is only open to female applicants, due to the nature and sensitivity of the internship environment and patients.

Interns must be fluent in English, especially enough to tackle cross-cultural interpersonal communication. Interns are expected to be a skilled addition to the PPASL team, and should be able to work well under pressure.

All essential medical equipment is available in the clinic, but interns are required to bring their own medical coat. Interns may also be asked to travel to the provinces or conduct medical health clinics, at which case transportation will be arranged and paid for by PPASL.

Basic Job Requirements and Potential tasks

Interns will be supervised by PPASL staff, and will receive reference guidelines and supportive/enabling supervision, particularly for the first week upon arrival.

  1. Provide care to individual women and their babies throughout their pregnancy, during childbirth, and postpartum with very little supervision from PPASL staff.
  2. Full antenatal care includes assessment, diagnosing, screening, and management of the pregnant woman.
  3. Identify cases for prompt referrals to hospitals.
  4. Monitor the mother and fetus during labour and conduct deliveries.
  5. Provide counseling and support to client and family in case of miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal abnormality and/or death.
  6. Manage and provide care for the newborn
  7. Document records of clients and management.
  8. Provide health education to the pregnant mother and family members during pregnancy, and postpartum.
  9. Serve as theatre nurse in case of CS/minor operative procedures.
  10. Conduct MVA for cases of incomplete abortion or retained placental tissues.
  11. Assist in report writing
  12. Interns will be expected to build capacity of existing staff as well as provide training for Sierra Leonean students coming in to complete their service trainings.

 

Public Health – Monitoring and Evaluation Intern, (Flexible start date, one position available):

The Health For All Coalition (HFAC) is a Civil Society Network Organization with a specific focus on health and related issues. HFAC advocates for health care services that are accessible, available, affordable, and of high quality. It does this through monitoring, advocacy and community education. They are involved in community mobilisation, creating demand for services, building awareness of community needs and also helping health services to reach vulnerable communities. As an organisation, they seek to foster innovative approaches to community health planning and monitoring. Currently the Coalition has over 380 community volunteers in districts, Chiefdoms and wards to monitor free healthcare drugs and supplies, healthcare service delivery, mobilisation and sensitisation of communities on health issues.

Interns are expected to have, at minimum, a sustained and reflected (via the CV and cover letter) interest in some or all of the following areas: Community Development Studies with Speciality in Health or experience in Monitoring and Evaluation, Advocacy, and Community Mobilisation. Interns should be working toward (or have completed) a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in a field related to Monitoring and Evaluation, Public Health, Global Health, International Development, Health Programming and Administration, or within the Medical field as a community health activist. Graduate degree candidates in these fields of study are preferred. Candidates should be well versed on Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks, and those with demonstrable specific coursework or experience in M&E will be given preference.  Interns should be proficient with Excel and have a basic understanding of website operations. Interns are required to bring their own laptop. HFAC’s offices have broadband internet access, air conditioning, printers, photocopiers, and refrigerators.

Basic Requirements:

1. Training of HFAC staff and monitors in monitoring and evaluation.

2. Supporting/supervising data collection.

3. Data management to ensure effective submission, storage and processing of data.

4. Data verification (data quality assurance).

5. Data analysis and development of the monitoring reports.

6. Monitoring and Evaluation including site visits and community outreach, designing effective surveying methods to support and measure inclusion of the local community in health programming and HRAC services.

7. Any other duty as assigned.

Many universities have given academic credit for our internships, and we will work with you in obtaining credit if you would like.