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Internship : Health economics and financing, Nairobi, ESARO

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Internship : Health economics and financing, Nairobi, ESARO


Job no : 518644

Work type : Internship

Categories : Health

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UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

The UNICEF Internship Programme offers qualified and eligible students at both Headquarters (HQ) and Country Offices (CO) the unique opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF’s work and the United Nations system under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff.

For every child, hope.


How can you make a difference?

Most low and middle-income countries have relied and continue to rely on donors’ support to finance health budgets including vaccines and immunization service provision.

Strong planning and budgeting for health is viewed as one of the most important foundations for ensuring financial sustainability especially in countries transitioning from donors such as the GAVI alliance and the Global Fund support.  Ensuring that the financial needs are well estimated and presented in the right format to country decision makers and their donors, is a critical step on the road to financial sustainability. Health financing has become a focus of the health section in UNICEF Eastern and southern Africa for the next years.

You can make a difference by contributing to this piece of work.


Purpose :

UNICEF Vaccine Financing team is currently offering an internship position to support its ongoing work around Immunization Financing and Sustainability, universal health coverage (UHC), health insurance etc… Specifically, this work complements other ongoing works on health budgeting and planning in the selected countries. The results will inform health system decision making at country-level and donors in their respective investments.

During the internship period, the main tasks include tasks in analytics of health and immunization data :

  1. Support the ongoing health financing related analyses in the region ;
  2. Support health and immunization investment cases being developed ;
  3. Support GAVI transition-related work in Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Zambia and other countries as needed ;
  4. Map Gavi financial resources for Health System Strengthening (HSS) to countries in Eastern and Southern Africa and assess alignment, complementarity and overlap with other sources of HSS support including World Bank (WB), and Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).

Duty Station : UNICEF offices in Nairobi -Kenya 


Qualifications and skills :

  • Being a graduate student in a master degree with a major in health economics, health financing, public financial management (PFM), health modelling ;
  • Training or Experience in immunization, health and budgeting ;
  • Specific skills in modelling in Excel, literature review, analysis of financial information, data visualization, will be helpful ;
  • Languages needed: English required, any other language is desired ;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills and a strong team player. 


Do you have?

  • Respect for UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, and Integrity ;
  • A drive for good quality results ;
  • Strong interpersonal and team working skills and capacity to work in a multicultural environment.

If you recognise yourself from the above and wish to make a difference for every child, apply online through The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 December 2018

 UNICEF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.


Conditions of Internship:

Interns with UNICEF may be remunerated with a living allowance, depending on the specific conditions. Preferably the costs associated to be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements to take on this assignment.


Applications must include :

  • Cover letter ;
  • CV, and Academic Transcript.


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