Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Children of Fire Internships 2016

Children of Fire is an independent, nonpartisan organisation established to improve the lives of impoverished badly-burned children and young people through direct assistance. By conducting interdisciplinary research, it develops pragmatic solutions to Developing World problems that are the root cause of most of the injuries.It convenes experts, practitioners and policymakers to enable knowledge sharing. Through this work the charity aims to contribute to and strengthen the global framework for preventing and treating burns injury, improve living conditions that lead to injury, mitigate disasters and promote sub-Saharan medical excellence through the design of a specialist paediatric burns hospital with associated academic facility.

Children of Fire provides temporary opportunities for graduate/ recent graduate students. Recruitment takes place on a rolling basis each season. Children of Fire is a demanding and flexible work environment with an international and highly-motivated team. It is based in London and Johannesburg with outreach to different African countries.

Information about Internships
Children of Fire Johannesburg is currently recruiting suitable candidates for its 2016 Autumn/Winter Internship Program (11 January-8 July).

Duties and Responsibilities
Interns contribute approximately 45 hours per week to the Institute, and assist with the following tasks:

  • Project related research;

  • Drafting reports, policy briefs and other publications;

  • Organising expert meetings and providing support during events;

  • Hands-on assistance with the children

  • Medical mission preparations

  • Rehabilitation outreach

  • Disaster mitigation


  • Applicants must have an honours degree and ideally be enrolled in a Master's Programme in public health, human rights law, international relations, architecture, media or other related discipline at the time of the internship; OR have recently graduated from such a Master's programme;

  • Applicants would ideally be EU-citizens with permanent residence in South Africa OR already possess the necessary authorisation to live and work in both South Africa and the United Kingdom;

  • Demonstrate commitment to the mission and objectives of Children of Fire and a strong desire to work on improving healthcare for indigent Africans of all hues;

  • Excellent analytical and organisational skills;

  • Excellent communication skills;

  • Excellent knowledge of the English language and preferably one other significant African language, especially French.

Candidates should be available from 11 January-8 July 2016; some programmes might be extended to a full year.

Interns will receive a gross monthly stipend of R4000 (pro rata) for the duration of their internship. Additional costs such as housing, travel, living expenses and health care/insurance must be borne by the intern.

Application Process
Email firechildren@icon.co.za to submit your application package. You can only apply via email. Along with your name please indicate the programme of interest in the subject-line of your application email.
For example:

  • Media Great Fire 350 (MGF) - (your name)

  • Medical African Outreach (MAO) - (your name)

  • Human Rights and General Law (HRL) - (your name)

  • Architectural Hospital Design (AHD) - your name

If you wish to apply for more than one programme, then include the abbreviation of each programme in your subject line (e.g. MGF/MAO/HRL/AHD - (your name)).

The following documents should be included in your application package:

  • A Curriculum Vitae (resume) which includes the following details: Skype handle, residential address, mobile/cellphone number

  • A cover letter

  • A current writing sample (of 700 to 1000 words - it can be part of an academic assignment)

  • Two letters of reference

  • Police Clearance

Please confirm that you are eligible to work in the South Africa without restrictions. Preference will be given to people who are also able to work in the United Kingdom. Note that documents written in a language other than English will not be considered; please use UK English spelling.

Selection Process / Interviews
Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their application. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via Skype. The interview may take 20 to 45 minutes and will be followed by a one-hour writing assignment, which will be provided to you via e-mail after the interview. Children of Fire will begin interviewing candidates after 7 December.

Please note we are only able to contact shortlisted candidates. The deadline for submitting an application is 1 December 2015.

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