Intern – MSF Access Campaign
Terms of Reference
MSF is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that intervenes in emergencies and crises, to relieve human suffering from unmet medical needs and to create a space for humanity. MSF works to provoke a social and political response that meets the essential needs, and respects and protects the dignity, of people in danger. MSF strives to innovate and incite change through its medical action, its “témoignage” and its active reflection on the situation of populations in danger. Respecting its Charter and shared principles, MSF is an independent movement of citizen associations that are integrated and open to their societies. In a spirit of volunteerism, acting in proximity to and in solidarity with assisted peoples, MSF’s members adhere to humanitarian principles and respect for medical ethics.
MSF has worked in India since 1999, providing free-of-charge essential healthcare to people in remote areas, and specialist care for people affected by HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, hepatitis C, tuberculosis, kala azar and sexual and gender-based violence. We also respond to natural disasters and other emergencies, provide mental healthcare and advocate for the development of more effective and affordable medicines to improve access to treatment for people everywhere. We currently run projects in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Manipur, and Telangana.
MSF has projects in more than 70 countries. MSF India is one of 24 institutional offices pooling funding, expertise and staff for MSF field operations worldwide.
MSF was awarded the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development in 1996 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.
MSF India is a people-focused humanitarian organization that offers a diverse, collaborative, and inclusive work environment. We believe this approach enhances our work and we are committed to equity in employment. We embrace diverse backgrounds of people working together to exhibit their passion in action for the social mission of MSF.
Médecins Sans Frontieres, as a responsible employer, invites persons with disability with an interest in the humanitarian area to apply for the internship.
Department of Access Campaign
The Access Campaign was started in 1999 and is an international project of Médecins Sans Frontières. It aims to improve access to, and stimulate development of, medicines, diagnostics and vaccines that could have a major impact on morbidity and mortality in contexts where MSF works. The Access Campaign has gradually expanded the scope of activities and advocacy priorities in India. At the same time, key medical dossiers within the Access Campaign, including TB, NTDs and HIV, have also become a focus in India. Medical issues of growing priority for MSF including immunization and hepatitis C, require increased attention within India. This position will support medical advocacy in India for the Access Campaign’s key dossiers as well as support key operational priorities in India.
The priorities of the Access Campaign are guided by the medical challenges faced by MSF’s operations. The aim is to improve medical practice in resource-limited settings by accessing new tools (drugs, diagnostics and vaccines) that can change the organisation’s medical practice.
Roles & Responsibilities
- To assist AC India team with organising meetings, workshops with different stakeholders including a network of local, regional and international actors (CSOs, patient networks, UN agencies) and authorities/ policymakers (State and National) involved in related medical activities.
- Assist team in regular update of address book of media, policymakers, CSOs, and Pharma contacts.
- Provide any assistance with regards to drafting or circulation of briefing documents, letters and advocacy strategies in line with Access Campaign priorities on medical dossiers including TB, HIV, viral hepatitis and vaccines.
- Coordinate blog, list-serves managed by Access campaign in India on TB and access related issues.
- Contribute to efforts to work with patient groups in India on access to treatment issues, including meetings related to treatment literacy.
- Assist the team with research (online) for data on different issues/ dossiers.
- Assist the team with in admin-finance related functions such submission of invoices, expense claim settlements etc.
- Bachelors degree in any subject
- Excellent written and spoken English.
- Basic computer skills
- Good communication, interpersonal and listening skill
- Flexibility to work beyond official working times
- Ability to work with a diverse group of people including people living with HIV,
- TB and Hepatitis
- Diligent and able to work independently but also be part of a team.
- MSF India intern will get a travel allowance of INR 9900 to be paid on a pro-rata basis for 22 days.
- A stimulating, professional environment in a reputed international organization.
- This role is an opportunity to gain experience in the professional learning of MSF Access Campaign and its activities. Also, there will be ample opportunities to learn about MSF work worldwide.
- Covered under personal accident insurance amounting to INR 500000/-.
- Covered under Group Medical Insurance amounting to INR 500000/- (including COVID-19 treatment).
- Complimentary lunch facility is provided in office, as and when we resume to normalcy.
- Any additional expenses must be approved and will be reimbursed on the submission of bills.
- Experience certificate for the served duration will be provided.
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Last Date of Application: 14th March 2021
Remarks: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted