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UK Programmes Intern

Job Title: UK Programmes Intern

Department: Programmes Unit

Hours: 20 hours per week [0.5 FTE]

Reports to: Humanitarian Representative

Location: London

Duration: 6 months fixed term contract

Salary: London Living Wage - £10.55 per hour


An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the MSF UK Programmes Unit as an intern (part time). The Programmes Unit supports MSF’s humanitarian medical work through analysis, research and advocacy here in the UK. Based in our friendly London office you’ll be responsible for supporting our current activities, through providing monitoring, reporting and organisational support for various ongoing work streams.  These streams include country specific files where MSF operates, health policy files (eg TB) and Humanitarian files (eg Global Health Security). The position is particularly targeting any budding humanitarians as part of a “first step” and “first exposure” to the world of humanitarian operational/health policy, advocacy and practice.



Please apply on our website through the online application system, by submitting a copy of your CV together with a detailedletter of motivation including your suitability for this particular role (please upload as one document) by the closing date. 



Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) provides life-saving emergency relief and longer-term medical care to some of the most vulnerable and excluded communities around the world. As an international medical humanitarian organisation, we deliver care based only on need, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, religion or political affiliation.

MSF has around 40,000 local and international staff working in over 70 countries, in some of the most challenging places in the world. Our medical humanitarian projects are supported by teams in 32 countries, including the UK, spread across Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Australasia. 

​At MSF UK, we support MSF's operations by building relationships with our supporters, increasing awareness of our work, raising funds, providing specialist medical expertise, catalysing change on medical humanitarian issues and recruiting field staff. MSF UK personnel are dynamic, hard-working, enthusiastic and committed to MSF's values and aims. 



UK Programmes Unit supports MSF’s humanitarian medical work and our teams on the front line through representation. reflection, analysis, research and advocacy. UK Programmes is a vital link for MSF’s humanitarian and health policies and practice to reach a UK audience. It is the vehicle for MSF’s representation and advocacy to the UK Government and other key UK-based health and humanitarian actors. UK Programmes also works in support of internal / intersectional dossiers that require facilitation and analysis. 



MSF UK Programmes has a full programme of activities in 2019, and requires monitoring, reporting and organisational support for various ongoing work streams.  These include country specific files where MSF operate, health policy files (TB, AMR, Vaccine) and Humanitarian files (Global Health Security, Emergency Response, Climate Change and Attacks of Healthcare)


Summary of primary tasks:

  • Monitor what is happening in Parliament, Whitehall, Think Tanks, Foundations, Media (Social Media, Press, Bloggs) - highlighting opportunities and trends.
  • Compile the Programmes Unit’s internal bulletins and updates.
  • Practical organisational tasks for meetings, seminars, events or campaign related coordination (eg writing letters).
  • Attending external meetings as an observer and providing feedback to team members. 


Specific activities 2019: ​

Compile and produce our “weekly review”: A UK government and parliament internal dispatch summarising key events, debates, and mapping key developments as relevant to the Programmes Unit.

Assist the PU in producing a quarterly internal bulletin/sitrep summarising UK policies with potential to impact on MSF patients and projects; an update of the work done by the PU; and potential future opportunities.

Update the Programmes contact list and produce short background briefings on key interlocutors on request.

Support in the organisation of events for the PU including organising venue, attendance, subject matter for presentation, and follow up outputs.

Help to organise meetings: organising logistics and any administration, travel arrangements, participant support.

Write meeting minutes from internal and external meetings, as and when required.

Conduct literature reviews on Global Health Policy and Humanitarian topics on an ad hoc basis.


What you will learn ​

  • This role is an opportunity to explore the day to day operation of an NGO and to become acquainted with MSF operations.
  • You will get to know more about how policy, representation and advocacy work functions within a global humanitarian organization.
  • Insight into MSF and current topics in the health and humanitarian world.



  • An interest in humanitarianism/ global politics/ international health or related discipline.
  • Genuine interest in, and commitment to, the humanitarian principles of MSF.
  • Professional and efficient manner as well as strong communication skills – written and oral.
  • Willingness and ability to manage administration.
  • Adaptability and the capacity to help out at times when the rest of the team are very busy.
  • Some experience working with databases, online research, using MS Office, and social media (Twitter).
  • Fluency in written and spoken English (other languages are an advantage).
  • Some experience in organising meetings and events and working to a schedule.
  • A Bachelors degree is desirable.  


Candidates must hold an appropriate passport or permit to work in the UK.



Please apply on our website by submitting a copy of your CV together with a detailed letter of motivation including your suitability for this particular role (please upload as one document) by the closing date.


Application checklist

Please check that you have included the following in your application:

  • An up-to-date CV.
  • Letter of Motivation, which is a supporting statement demonstrating how you meet the key requirements of the role.


Recruitment timetable:

  • Closing date for applications: 17 January 2019, 11.59pm.
  • Interviews: week commencing 28 January 2019.