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RHD Action Intern

Reporting to: Policy & Advocacy Officer, WHF and Deputy Director, RhEACH
Location: Geneva
Start date: March
Duration: 5 months (full-time)

Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) is a neglected disease of poverty that exerts a huge burden of morbidity and mortality among the most vulnerable and underserved. RHD Action was formed in 2014 as a partnership between the World Heart Federation, RhEACH and Medtronic Philanthropy, alongside inaugural demonstration projects in Uganda and Tanzania and the wider RHD community. We are looking for a focused and committed intern to join the RHD Action Team working in Geneva, Switzerland. We offer experience in a high-achieving, international environment, with opportunities to engage with the World Health Organization and other UN Agencies.

The role will support the development of a patient-self management tool for people living with RHD and other projects at the country and global level.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Undertake a systematic desk review of published and grey literature on clinician and patient resources for chronic disease self-management in low- and middle-income settings.
  • Identify and review existing patient self-management tools for RHD and other chronic diseases across a range of settings.
  • Coordinate the internal writing committee that will be established to draft the tool
  • Contribute to the drafting of RHD Action research papers, advocacy publications and communications articles.
  • Attend RHD Action team meetings, external meetings and webinars, taking notes as required.
  • Provide logistical support for events and meetings, such as the WHO Executive Board and World Health Assembly.
  • Contribute to preparation and drafting of content for RHD Action website.
  • Any other appropriate task, as agreed upon by the supervisor.

Application Information


  • Experience in review and synthesis of research evidence
  • Recently completed undergraduate Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in a relevant field, with excellent results.

Essential Skills:

  • Demonstrated interest in global health and development.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills in English.
  • Excellent team-working and collaborative skills.
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative, willingness to innovate, and flexibility.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural setting.
  • Proficient in MS Office, advanced internet literacy.

Stipend: 1,250 CHF per month

Contract: The RHD Action Intern will join the team for 5 months at 40 hours/wk.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter (max. 1 page) and CV (max. 2 pages) to Mr Alastair White (Policy and Advocacy Officer) at alastair.white@worldheart.org by 16 March 2018.

Due to visa limitations, we regret that only Swiss or EU applications will be considered.

Deadline: 16 March 2018