INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR MIGRATION HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT
BAKHTAR DEVELOPMENT NETWORK
in collaboration with
THE UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA
University of Geneva students are fortunate to live in a city where they are surrounded by international organizations, non-governmental organizations, governmental missions and think-tanks. However, in order to break the 'glass ceiling' between cycles of unpaid internships and entry into meaningful employment in the international sector, students of international development and international affords need internships and traineeships that provide them with the necessary hands-on experience, knowledge of the field, networks and contacts to act as a springboard into this highly competitive yet rewarding field. For this reason, the International Center for Migration Health and Development (ICMHD) and Bakhtar Development Network (BDN) have teamed up to design a specialized, practical 3-month internship program in international development and public health for undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Geneva.
ICMHD and BDN have the ideal combination of experience in order to successfully implement an internship program that provides Genevan university students the ideal practical knowledge and networking opportunities necessary to maximize their employability on graduation from their studies. ICMHD is a non-profit NGO established in Switzerland in 1995. It is a research, training and policy organization with a mandate to provide governments, UN agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders with evidence, training and advocacy on which health-related policies and programs can be developed, monitored, and evaluated. ICMHD has been designated four times as a WHO Collaborating Centre and is also a UNFPA implementing partner. Since 1995 ICMHD has also worked with other UN agencies such as UNDP and UNICEF, and has received funding from all of these for particular designated projects. It thus has an extensive network of experts and high-level stakeholders among UN agencies and NGOs in Geneva, which it can draw upon to provide valuable inputs to this project.
BDN brings to this project a unique field perspective from working extensively on development projects in Afghanistan, a post-conflict country with unique development challenges and opportunities. BDN was established in 2001 and since then has assisted the Afghan community to achieve its own development goals through the provision of the official packages of health and hospital services in 6 provinces of Afghanistan through 150 health facilities covering 3 million people. BDN continuously collaborates with the community to seek new and innovative ways to extend their reach and the accessibility of its health services to the more vulnerable including pregnant women, nomads, the mentally ill and the disabled. BDN‘s extensive knowledge in the implementation of community-based development, health and education projects in Afghanistan over the last 10 years, including providing capacity-building support to start-up Afghan organizations in financial and administrative areas, can provide a more localized perspective to development work, as well as specialized public health knowledge and access to field contacts and networks.
The ICMHD and BDN plan to run a collaborative internship program in Geneva for 10 undergraduate students over a 12-month project period (2 intakes of 5 interns each time). This will rapidly strengthen the capacity and understanding of these students when it comes to future employment in the public sector (government, NGOs, international organizations), in public health and health-related fields, or in international development more broadly.
The 10 students will work on-site at the Geneva-based office of BDN for 12 hours per week (hours to be determined based on university class schedules). Students will apply for the internship through their university careers service, and 5 candidates will be selected for each internship intake. Students will be solicited from the sociology, economic and social history, political science, socio economics, and international relations faculties at the University of Geneva, as these students will possess the necessary background and skills to contribute to the work of ICMHD and BDN. Ideally, those candidates selected will be in the final year of their degree to ensure that they have the background knowledge and experience to successfully complete this internship.
POUR PLUS D'INFO ET POUR POSER UNE CANDIDATURE, CONTACTEZ M. ORIS: Michel.Oris@unige.ch