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Programme Intern (TI Health Initiative)

  • Role reports to the Director, Transparency International Health Initiative
  • Salary £19,201 per annum (pro rata)
  • 6 month internship (35 hours per week), with potential to become permanent
  • 25 days annual leave per year (in addition to public holidays) (pro rata)
  • Location: London, UK (EC4R)


About us 

Transparency International UK (TI-UK) is the country’s leading anti-corruption non-governmental organisation, and is part of a global coalition sharing one vision: a world in which government, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption. Further details of our work can be found here

The Transparency International Health Initiative is one of two global programmes that Transparency International UK hosts on behalf of the TI Movement.

The health sector is particularly vulnerable to corruption: there are power asymmetries between individuals, groups and industry; the products are complex; there are multiple stakeholders operating across different types of health systems and inequities between public and privately funded provision. And with global spending on health expected to increase to $18.28 trillion by 2040 the sums involved are massive. Meanwhile, corruption in health has become so entrenched and pervasive that it is often not recognised or excused or misrepresented as inefficiency. But ultimately it puts health and lives at risk by reducing access to healthcare, compromising healthcare outcomes, driving economic inefficiencies and undermining efforts to secure universal healthcare.

TI’s Health Initiative (TI HI) applies a rights-based approach where health is understood as a public good. We seek to safeguard citizen’s access to timely, available, accessible, acceptable, quality healthcare by identifying, mitigating and where possible preventing corruption along the health value chain. Our vision is to reduce corruption in the health sector for the benefit of all people in all contexts.

TI HI’s new Strategy concentrates on 3 priority areas: regulation of healthcare research and development, procurement and service delivery.

Our team is open and collaborative, and we offer excellent team spirit and an environment in which everybody contributes. Further details of our work can be found at http://ti-health.org/


What to Expect from the Role

We are looking for a paid intern to contribute to work across TI HI for six months. TI HI currently has one major restricted grant (from the Department for International Development) to facilitate the implementation of open contracting in the health sector in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. But over the next 6 months TI HI will be growing and seeking to broaden its funding base.

The candidate will report to the TI HI Director but work extremely closely with and support the staff delivering the Open Contracting for Health project. They are likely to gain experience of a range of skills from supporting improvements in administrative and management practice, to conducting short term research tasks and supporting delivery of publications and events.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing organisational training alongside their colleagues, who receive professional development training in areas such as: communications, advocacy, networking and writing style. They will also benefit from working with a highly dynamic, motivated and diverse team who have a wide range of professional experience which includes diplomacy, health, grant management, anti-corruption.

This is an exciting opportunity to explore the work of a leading INGO and to gain experience of working at the crossroads of health and corruption. You will not need previous NGO experience or specific skills, but will have a strong academic track record, be enthusiastic, ready to perform some routine tasks and to support the team with its priorities.


Key Duties

The exact focus of the role will be highly dependent on the week-to-week requirements of the team. Fundamentally it will be a supporting role for TI HI activities including significant administrative and project-based support to the OC4H team. This will involve basic administrative tasks, such as processing expenses claims, making travel bookings, organising meetings, collating committee papers. But you will also assist with narrative and donor financial reporting, the production of monthly and quarterly management information and reports, the collation of data for monitoring and evaluation, coordination with TI Chapters working on the OC4H project, some basic research and potentially fundraising proposal development. Although a level of self-reliance and initiative will be expected, you will be guided and supported throughout by experienced staff from a friendly and experienced team.


Experience and Knowledge

  • University degree, ideally in a relevant discipline, such as public health or international development.
  • Experience of volunteering and/or working in international development and/or Africa/Asia highly desirable.
  • Financially numerate, and able to manage basic financial processes.
  • Excellent people skills; including the ability to work effectively as part of a geographically dispersed team.
  • Fluent in English with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience of developing written reports/proposals/communication materials to a range of audiences.
  • Able to work proactively and supportively within a team.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Able to manage multiple and complex tasks and to work under pressure to tight deadlines.
  • Interest in anti-corruption and/or global health


Person Specification

  • A highly motivated individual who is willing to quickly assimilate new information and to manage their own workload and tasks within programme priorities and with minimum supervision;
  • Capable of demonstrating creativity in applying solutions;
  • Highly organised;
  • Committed to Transparency International’s core values: Transparency, Accountability, Integrity, Solidarity, Courage, Justice and Democracy;
  • No restrictions on right to work in the UK.


Application Process

  • The deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday 6 March 2019. Applicants should send the following three items, in one PDF file:
    • Cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements of the role and why you are applying (1 page max);
    • CV (2 pages max), with details of relevant experience;
    • The completed task. Please note that there might be an additional task on the day of the interview for short-listed candidates.
  • Interviews are likely to take place w/b 18 March 2019


The Senior Project Manager for the Open Contracting for Health Project, Julie Smith (fictional name), has asked you to draft a letter to the Nigerian Minister of Health. The purpose of the letter is to secure a meeting with the ministry to discuss the work of the Open Contracting for Health (OC4H) project with the ultimate goal of implementing the project in Nigeria. This letter should be presented as a formal final draft from the Director and should not exceed 500 words.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to jobs@transparency.org.uk

Please include your name and the role you are applying for in the subject line.

Please note that due to the very high volume of applications we receive, we greatly regret that we are unable to send personalised acknowledgements or give feedback on applications. Short-listed applicants will be notified by 15th March 2019. If you have not been notified by this date, you should assume that we do not wish to proceed further with your application. Please refrain from telephoning. Transparency International UK is an equal opportunity employer.

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