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Position: Trainee in the project “End Review of ACT!2030 Phases 1-4: Youth-led, data driven accountability of the Sustainable Development Goals”
Institution: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Department: Swiss Centre for International Health (SCIH)
Location: Basel, Switzerland
Duties: The primary objective of the evaluation is to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the ACT!2030 initiative with special consideration for the relevant gender and human rights issues. The review will cover all twelve countries in which ACT!2030 has been implemented, with particular emphasis on two country case studies to allow deeper understanding of the project’s impacts
Requirements: We are looking for young persons between 20-24 years old who wants to join our small and dynamic team. The trainees shall have the following background, skills and expertise: Be engaged in either a Bachelor’s or Master’s level studies. Knowledge of key issues related to international health and the Sustainable Development Goals. Experience coordinating young people conducting research, trainings or events. Experience in qualitative data collection including interviews and focus group discussions. Experience in working internationally and cross-culturally. Well organized. Reliable and committed. Enjoy working with a team. Flexibility required as some of the youth consultants coordinated will be located in different time zones. Located in Switzerland with the opportunity to come to Basel for at least two visits. Good writing and editing skills (including MS Office)Fluency in English, and working knowledge of French is an asset. HIV and Human Rights knowledge is an asset. Knowledge related to accountability mechanisms and youth movements is an asset
   
Text: The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute is a public institution with the mandate to contribute to the improvement of the health of populations internationally and nationally through excellence in research, services, and teaching and training. The Swiss Centre for International Health (SCIH) of the Swiss TPH conducts consultancy, project management, training and applied research work in international health. The Department is seeking a young person between 20-24 years old who wants to join our small and dynamic team as a Trainee (ca. 12 hours per week) in the project “End Review of ACT!2030 Phases 1-4: Youth-led, data driven accountability of the Sustainable Development Goals” 1. Context The world has more young people than ever before, but progress on key aspects of the health of young people has, to date, been slow, with little overall improvement in rates of adolescent pregnancy, HIV infection in adolescents, child marriage, and the harmful practice of female genital mutilation. As a result, recent international development frameworks have placed increasing emphasis on meeting the needs of young people and the Sustainable Development Goals recognise young people as a previously neglected group whose needs must be addressed. ACT!2030 directly responds to this context by placing young people front and centre in using data to advocate for their own sexual and reproductive health and rights. The project was initiated in 2013, with the objective of increasing youth participation in negotiations for the post-2015 development agenda. The initiative now focuses on accountability for implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, with the current phase of the project emphasising data and evidence, advocacy for youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health / HIV indicators, communication and global exchange. 2. Task Swiss TPH has been contracted to review and evaluate the UNAIDS project ACT!2030. ACT!2030 (formerly ACT!2015) is an innovative initiative which supports youth-led social action and advocacy for data-driven accountability around the Sustainable Development Goals https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs and other sexual and reproductive health and rights agreements and frameworks. Supported by the PACT, UNAIDS and IPPF, and implemented together with national youth alliances in twelve countries, the current phase of the project focuses on indicator advocacy, evidence gathering communications, and global exchange in order to identify, assess and address key barriers to young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. The review will evaluate the ACT!2030 project http://www.act2030.org/ (Phases 1-4, September 2013 - December 2017) with a particular focus on Phase 4 (September 2015 - December 2017). The primary objective of the evaluation is to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the ACT!2030 initiative with special consideration for the relevant gender and human rights issues. The review will cover all twelve countries in which ACT!2030 has been implemented, with particular emphasis on two country case studies to allow deeper understanding of the project’s impacts. The review will be forward-looking and utilisation focussed, with emphasis on four key areas: Achievements of the ACT!2030 project during Phases 1 - 4 and identification of how these results were achieved; Implementation challenges; Lessons learned. 3. Team composition The review was mandated to the Swiss Centre for International Health at the Swiss TPH https://www.swisstph.ch/en/ under the direction of Dr. Adriane Martin Hilber as the team leader of this review and Leah Bohle as the Project Manager. They will be supported by a small technical team at Swiss TPH. The evaluation team will include young people on the evaluation team to ensure the perspectives of young people are reflected in this review. A total of two country case (Mexico, Zimbabwe) and 10 desk studies will be conducted by national youth consultants coming from each of the 12 countries including a document review and limited data collection. The country level youth consultants will be coordinated and supported by two youth trainees based in Switzerland. 4. Objectives of this training period A total of two trainees, located in Switzerland, shall support the Swiss TPH team in Basel. The trainees will coordinate the national youth consultants in the 10 countries, and the respective country desk studies including limited data collection and document review. The two trainees will ensure that the tools provided to the national youth consultants are well used, that milestones are met and that a final desk review report is delivered on time and of highest quality. 5. Approach/activities The youth trainees will be expected to do the following tasks.: - Attending team meetings with the Swiss TPH team in Basel for coordination, planning and reporting of activities. This may require travel to Basel. - Providing backstopping (via Skype and WhatsApp) with the designated 5 national youth consultants from selected countries (each trainee based in Switzerland will coordinate 5 national youth consultants each). - Guide, support and supervise the national youth consultants in conducting a national level literature review, a stakeholder mapping, identifying key informants to interview, conducting of focus group discussion/key-informant interview partners, and reporting on the data gathered. - Coordinate the overall process of the desk reviews, including regular communication and support to national youth consultants and timely submission of deliverables. - Proof-read and edit and help finalize, if necessary, draft country desk study reports drafted by the national consultants. - Share draft reports with the Swiss TPH team and finalize reports in close collaboration with the national youth consultants, based on the feedback received. 6. Profile We are looking for young persons between 20-24 years old who wants to join our small and dynamic team. The trainees shall have the following background, skills and expertise: - Be engaged in either a Bachelor’s or Master’s level studies - Knowledge of key issues related to international health and the Sustainable Development Goals - Experience coordinating young people conducting research, trainings or events - Experience in qualitative data collection including interviews and focus group discussions - Experience in working internationally and cross-culturally - Well organized - Reliable and committed - Enjoy working with a team - Flexibility required as some of the youth consultants coordinated will be located in different time zones - Located in Switzerland with the opportunity to come to Basel for at least two visits - Good writing and editing skills (including MS Office)Fluency in English, and working knowledge of French is an asset - HIV and Human Rights knowledge is an asset - Knowledge related to accountability mechanisms and youth movements is an asset The trainees requires to have their own laptop with MS Office and Skype installed, a headset and internet connection to conduct phone calls through mobile phone and Skype. The trainees are currently not involved in the ACT!2030 initiative (or affiliated organizations) and have not been involved in the initiative in the past. 7. Timing, place and duration The trainees shall be available from 15 January 2018 to 31 March 2018 for 12 hours per week (preferably 1 ½ defined days per week or specific pre-defined hours per day). The trainees will be home-based including few travels to Swiss TPH Headquarters in Basel. 8. Reporting The trainees need to ensure to receive all filled in data collection tables (including stakeholder mapping, document review and qualitative data collection grids) by the national youth consultants as well as a final draft desk case study report at a pre-defined date. Desk case studies require finalization by the national youth consultant in collaboration with the trainees and based on the feedback received from the Swiss TPH team by a predefined date. The two trainees are responsible for timely submission of all deliverables and of highest quality. We would aim to have the successful candidate in place as soon as possible. If you are interested, please submit your application online via the link provided below, in English with CV, and the names of 3 references (please use our standard CV whenever possible). Note that we can only accept applications via our online recruiting tool. Applications via email will not be answered. Thank you for your understanding. Did we catch your interest? Then we are looking forward to receiving your complete Online application . » Back to the job market
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