Monday, 18 January 2016

MSF HIV Policy Advocacy Intern 2016

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organisation that delivers aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made  disasters, or to people that are excluded  from access to health care. The organisation has health projects in more than 70 countries. MSF South Africa is located in Johannesburg with an office in Cape Town. MSF Southern Africa was founded in 2006 and is a section of the MSF international medical humanitarian movement. MSF SA is governed by the MSF Southern Africa Association, which is made up of more than 300 members from seven countries in the region.

MSF SA has the following organisational responsibilities:

  • Recruit medical and support staff to work internationally in MSF projects

  • Provide strategic  medical and technical support and training to MSF projects (especially  those focusing on HIV/AIDS and TB)

  • Communicate  to the public, collaborate with humanitarian, health, activist and academic organisations and institutions

  • Advocate on specific medical humanitarian issues including those related to health issues

  • Raise funds to maintain MSFs medical humanitarian work.

Job Description:

MSF Southern Africa is looking for an HIV Policy Advocacy Intern. The ideal candidate will have good planning and administrative skills, be flexible in terms of availability and in terms of tasks to be carried out and must have a demonstrated ability to work under pressure with competing priorities while delivering results.

With passion for humanitarian work, the Intern will assist the Regional HIV Advocacy Coordinator with tasks as they relate to:

Regular administrative duties including the organising meetings, conferences and advocacy events.
Updating HIV policy, guidelines; and
Other strategic information for all the countries of support.


1.    HIV Policy Analysis (30% of the time)

  • Assist the Regional HIV Advocacy Coordinator to conduct quarterly updates of ACCURATE key HIV figures, funding information, guidelines and policy information and other information and data for all countries (Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Kenya, DRC, Guinea, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Lesotho) of support and ensure this is regularly updated in an accessible format.

  • Assist the Regional HIV Advocacy Coordinator to update and maintain a regional and global stakeholder analysis and power mapping in terms of interlocutors that MSF engages with as well as country specific analysis.

2.    Meetings, Conferences and  Advocacy Events Organisation (20% of the time)

  • Assist with organising meetings, conferences and workshops and other key advocacy related events. Specifically, work with and support the MSF SA Events Coordinator with logistics and other info needed, including a written summary of the event or interaction.

  • Organise and facilitate Conference Call, Meetings, and Workshop which include drafting of the agenda and summary of notes and minutes reflecting the outcome and key decisions.

  • During key events as outlined, the intern will be required to manage the Regional HIV Advocacy Coordinators Twitter page (create Tweets, monitor and promote engagement with new and existing followers

  • Assist with creating blogs and other social media content during key events

3.    Administrative support (50% of the time)

  • Setting up of regular monthly Conference Calls with the Access Campaign, Southern African Medical Unit, Advocacy and Analysis Unit and Head of Missions/Medical Coordinators and Advocacy Teams in all countries of support in collaboration with the DNA.

  • Assist with the development of advocacy related materials by liaising with designers and printers

  • Develop and manage a system to coordinate the process of printing and distribution of advocacy related materials, reports etc. to Field Teams, HQ and other key contacts.

  • Create and maintain a good up to date electronic filing system that feeds into the DNA data base of key documents that can be shared and accessed by  MSF Field Advocacy Teams

  • Conduct regular media monitoring of print, online and broadcast outlets through online content monitoring service (News clip), newspaper subscriptions and online media alerts (e.g. Google Alerts) of key HIV related news and info.

  • Assist with the creation of an internal MSF no reply list serve for internal HIV monthly updates and information sharing

  •  Create and maintain an external MSF list serve to share key MSF HIV related reports, publications and information

  • Create and maintain a database of Key HIV related contacts (civil society organisations, donors, governments, International Organisations) in collaboration with the DNA.

  • Provide any other support as required


  • Minimum university graduate or post graduate student.

  • Preferably studying Public Health, Development Studies, International Relations or Political Science, or with demonstrable interest in working in the Health Policy Analysis and Advocacy field.

  • Knowledge of  regional health policy landscape, regional Health/HIV related organisations, Donors and civil society organisations

  • Interest in national and global health policy and organisations particularly related to HIV.

  • Knowledge of Word, Excel, Power Point essential

  • Professional telephone manner, tactful and excellent networking and negotiation skills.

  • Creative and highly flexible approach to work, and ability to work within a team, multi task and good stress management skills and ability to deal with high workload at specific times.

  • Creative social media skills

  • Previous MSF experience an advantage

Benefits to the Intern:

  • Experience of working within a dynamic unit within an international medical humanitarian organisation.

  • Will be supported to develop networking, policy analysis, advocacy and lobbying skills.

  • Will gain excellent exposure, and understanding of Global, Regional Health Actors as well as Civil Society organisations

  • Will gain good understanding of the HIV policy environment in different countries in the region.

  • Will be able to develop organisational and planning skills as well as abilities to prioritise and work under pressure.

Remuneration and Resources:

  • Resources needed such as working space, internet, stationery and other resources will be made available

  • The intern will be contracted as an intern and will receive an hourly stipend.


  • Length of commitment: 6 months

  • Estimated total hours:  24 hours/week (three days/week) during key moments, the Intern will be required to work 5 days a week depending on need and workload.


Please submit your application HERE, with your CV together with a letter of motivation by 29 January 2016.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications without motivation letters will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be considered.

This position will commence on the 15th of February 2016.

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