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M&E Internship at UNAIDS Country Office in Cambodia

Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, through sending a cover letter and updated resume under the subject line `M&E Intern' to Cambodia(at)unaids.org by 31 March 2011.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and references will be required before appointment.

Type of assignment: Intern (Monitoring & Evaluation)
Duration: minimum of 6 months
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Preferred starting date: as soon as possible
Host agency: Cambodia UNAIDS Country Office
Application deadline: 31 March 2011

An internship opportunity in Cambodia has opened up and I think it would be a great opportunity for a Humphrey student -- especially students also enrolled in a public health program. Unfortunately, the student is responsible for securing funding. See below.

Todd M. Anderson, Senior Analyst, International Affairs and Trade
Government Accountability Office
+1 202 512 5560

Background:
In Cambodia the national response to HIV and AIDS is coordinated by the National AIDS Authority (NAA) and implemented according to a five-year multisectoral National Strategic Plan (NSP). Considerable progress has been made in recent years under the leadership of NAA's Department of Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (PMER) with the development of one single, well integrated national M&E system and its various sub-systems.

A new costed NSP for 2011-2015 (NSP III) has recently been produced by the NAA which includes a comprehensive multisectoral M&E framework. Progress towards objectives will be measured against indicators and targets included in the M&E framework which is described in the National HIV and AIDS M&E Guidelines. The guidelines are currently being revised to reflect the updated M&E framework.

A lot of valuable HIV and AIDS related data has been gathered over the years through routine monitoring systems as well as surveillance and other surveys. New data is now becoming available from the latest biological and behavioural surveys and from Cambodia's 2010 Health and Demographic Survey. These data will be utilized to produce new HIV and AIDS estimates and projections, to complete a data triangulation exercise and to refine the Situation and Response Analysis and the costed NSP III.

Global Fund Round 9 involving a major M&E system strengthening component is about to start. The main sub-recipients for this work are the NAA and the HIV/AIDS Coordinating Committee (HACC) who will implement a number of activities including M&E capacity assessments and training. The strengthening of systems to routinely monitor HIV prevention among key affected populations is a major activity that will be taken forward in 2011. This like other M&E activities are strongly supported by UNAIDS and other partners.

Assisting the NAA and other key stakeholders in the fields of M&E and research is an important task of the UNAIDS Country Office (UCO). Assistance is provided through technical advice as well as leadership and support to facilitate the use of data for policy making and strategic programming and to strengthen the coordination among different stakeholders who are involved with the national response (e.g., government, civil society, UN agencies, private sector).

This internship assignment offers incumbents a good opportunity to acquire practical work experience in M&E and in the field of HIV and AIDS more in general. The Intern will be based at the UCO and work under a UNDP internship contract. It is a requirement to be still enrolled in studies.

The Intern must either be fully self-financed or all costs related to the assignment (e.g., travel, accommodation, living expenses) must be borne under a scholarship or other financing secured directly by the incumbent.

Description of Duties:
Under the overall supervision of Cambodia's UNAIDS Country Coordinator and the direct supervision of the UNAIDS M&E Advisor the incumbent will work in close collaboration with UCO and NAA staff to assist with the following tasks:

• Compilation and analysis of data form different sources
• Update of Cambodia's Situation and Response Analysis and of the national M&E indicator framework included in the National Strategic Plan
• Revision of the national HIV/AIDS M&E framework and guidelines
• Data audits and data triangulation initiatives
• Preparation of reports and publications
• Production of new HIV estimates and projections
• Participation in relevant meetings, workshops and conferences as required.

Expected Results:
• Revised Situation and Response Analysis and national M&E indicator framework of NSP III.
• Revised national guidelines to monitor and evaluate the multisectoral response to HIV.
• Meaningful assistance and efficient support with the above-mentioned tasks.

Qualifications/Requirements:
• University degree in Public Health, Social Sciences or related field.
• Proven data collection, processing, analysis and interpretation skills.
• Practical work and/or research experience in developing countries a major asset.
• Excellent oral and written proficiency in English and experience in report writing.
• Good understanding and/or genuine interest in HIV and AIDS issues.

Applicants must still be enrolled in a study programme.

Competencies:
• Computer skills: Strong computer skills, including Excel spreadsheets.
• Language skills: Excellent oral and written English skills.

• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
• Very good interpersonal and communications skills
• Experience in interacting with people from different cultures and backgrounds
• Excellent organization, communication and presentation skills
• Pro-active and independent individual who takes initiative and is an outstanding team player

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