The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) is a world-leading institute in global health with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Associated with the University of Basel, Swiss TPH combines research, services, and education and training at the local, national and international level. About 850 people from more than 80 nations work at Swiss TPH focusing on infectious and non-communicable diseases, environment, society and health as well as health systems and interventions.
The Swiss Centre for International Health (SCIH) of Swiss TPH provides policy advice, project design and management in the area of national and global health with the aim to strengthen health systems and improve health service delivery.
In our Health Systems Support Unit, we are offering an
Internship Opportunity on Hybrid Research Careers in Africa for Sustainable Development (60-70%)
A previous assessment of Swiss research institutions that actively pursue both academic research and services to support socio-economic development in LMICs has shown that major benefits can be gained from hosting both types of activities. Benefits were felt on four different levels: i) individual, owing to a high employability of double-competent (hybrid) persons in sectors outside academia; ii) project, due to higher quality standards and relevance; iii) institution, because of higher flexibility regarding funders and partners; and iv) the (sustainable) development level, because of higher quality and quantity of relevant work. While hybrid activities were perceived as mostly beneficial, some potential negative effects were flagged too – most notably the risk of decreasing research quality or the substitution of research and the blocking of implementation progress by uncompromising research demands.
Fostering such hybrid opportunities in its main priority countries for bilateral cooperation, would support Switzerland’s strategy on international cooperation 2021–2024 and its main objectives of contributing to sustainable economic growth, market development and the creation of decent jobs, addressing climate change and ensuring basic services.
The internship project therefore aims at identifying benefits, needs and challenges of supporting hybrid research institutions, positions and careers in African partner countries.
We are seeking an individual to conduct the internship project under SCIH mentorship and guidance. The candidate will support the literature search and will liaise with Swiss project partners (KFPE and Swiss TPH network) to identify hybrid institutions in Africa. Her/his main task will be to liaise with the senior representatives of the identified African institutions and conduct semi-qualitative interviews with them. He/she may also support the analysis of the outcomes. The candidate is expected to write a report on the findings and support the writing of a policy brief and potentially a research article.
Required qualifications and experiences:
- Experience with qualitative approaches and interview techniques
- Master’s Degree in social sciences, political sciences, public health or similar
- Excellent English language skills
- Experience in working in Africa would be beneficial but is not a precondition
The successful applicant will have the opportunity to gain insight into global and bilateral funding strategies, especially pertaining to the African–Swiss bilateral context. He/she will gain visibility within a high-level network of the African–Swiss research and development community and fine-tune research skills while supporting a research area that aims to shape the strategies and instruments of the main Swiss national funding bodies for research and development.
To apply, please e-mail your CV and cover letter by September 19th to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Hybrid Careers Africa Internship” as the subject line. Women, people from underrepresented backgrounds and applicants from LMICs are strongly encouraged to apply. We look forward to hearing from you!
The position can be based in Basel or elsewhere as all work can be done remotely. However, Swiss-based candidates that intend to continue working in the areas of research and/or services for (sustainable) development are likely to benefit the most from the networking opportunities that may arise. A certain flexibility will be demanded from the candidate, to accommodate interviewee’s availability, e.g. early mornings or evenings, depending on the time zone.
The position is open as of 18th October 2021 and limited to a period of approximately 3 months at ~65%, but duration/workload can be adapted for a suitable candidate.
 Policy Brief @ https://www.swisstph.ch/fr/research/research-governance/