Internship — Accountability for Decolonising Global Health Research

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    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    UTC +8
    Open until position is filled

    About UN University

    For the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on the pressing global problems of human survival, conflict prevention, development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 13 countries, UNU’s work spans the full breadth of the 17 SDGs, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change. UNU maintains more than 200 collaborations with UN agencies and leading universities and research institutions across the globe.

    United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)

    The United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) is one of 14 research and training centres that comprise the UNU system. As a UN think tank, the mission of UNU-IIGH is to build knowledge and capacity for decision-making by UN agencies, programmes, and Member States about global health issues. The aim of UNU-IIGH is to contribute to the development and strengthening of health services policy frameworks and management actions, particularly for people in developing countries, and to support implementation of promotive and preventive approaches to human health. UNU-IIGH’s research and capacity building in global health relates specifically to informing the policy debates and directions that ensure that, in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “no one is left behind”.

    Convening is a core component of UNU-IIGH’s work in translating evidence into policy. Combining its position in the UN with access to the academic community, UNU-IIGH can convene a broad set of stakeholders; communicate and disseminate recommendations, and where appropriate, support implementation.

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    Project description

    This project is part of the broader programme on decolonising global health and health futures by UNU-IIGH. Our purpose is to spark a global conversation on how to shift the polemics about decolonising global health research into pragmatic solutions through the dimension of accountability. We aim to answer the following: (a) What does accountability mean in the context of decolonising global health research? (b) What are the accountability mechanisms for the “key gatekeepers” of the global health research system? and (c) how should the future of accountability look like to decolonise global health?

    The intern will support this project and gain hands-on experience in research and convening, engage fellow interns, scholars, and staff, and familiarise oneself with the activities of UNU-IIGH.

    The key tasks of the intern will include:

    • Research: with supervision, perform literature and desk reviews, transcribe interviews, and analyse quantitative and qualitative data
    • Writing: draft policy briefs, research manuscripts, and website blog articles
    • Coordination: provide administrative and technical support for convening and related activities
    • Other tasks as requested by the supervisor, the pillar lead, or the UNU-IIGH Director

    Required qualifications and competencies

    Required qualifications and competencies include:

    • currently enrolled in, or recently completed, a graduate programme (Masters level) in global or public health, health policy, health sciences, or other related disciplines
    • demonstrated ability in performing literature reviews and data analysis (quantitative and qualitative)
    • proficiency in English, with excellent written and oral communication skills
    • proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint; familiarity with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Zotero, and Covidence is desired
    • team player with strong interpersonal skills; Malaysia-based or remote interns will be considered


    This internship is for a minimum of three (3) months to a maximum of six (6) months. UNU-IIGH provides a stipend for both in-person and remote interns. Starting date is as soon as possible.

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