Internship on Wildlife Health in the Preparedness and Resilience Department

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This is an opportunity for someone, with relevant background and knowledge, to gain experience in international work, to contribute to a new and exciting area of work, and to expand their network by working with world leading scientists.
The World Organization for Animal Health was created in 1924. Its headquarters is based in Paris. It has 182 Member Countries and has a presence on all continents through 13 Representations. The OIE is the international standard setting body for animal health and zoonoses. Through a One Health approach, the organization works with partners, particularly WHO, FAO and UNEP, to improve animal, human, and environmental health.
Recognizing the need to better integrate wildlife health into animal health and One Health strategies, in 2020, the OIE has developed a Wildlife Health Framework in which concrete actions are described to achieve One Health while protecting wildlife health. This framework was adopted by all OIE Members through the passing of a Resolution (no.31) at the OIE General Session in May 2021.
The Intern will support the implementation of selected activities within the Wildlife Health Framework relating to One Health, multisectoral collaboration and capacity for wildlife health management, monitoring and surveillance systems.
Positioning and reporting
The Intern for international wildlife trade and biodiversity will learn and work under the guidance of the Chargé de mission (wildlife) of the Preparedness and Resilience Department. The Intern will be under the responsibility and line supervision of the Head of the Preparedness and Resilience Department.

Internship role and activities
The Intern will support implementation of the Wildlife Health Framework, in particular:

1- Provide general support to the Preparedness and Resilience Department in the implementation of the activities defined in the Wildlife Health Framework for the outcomes “One Health, multisectoral collaboration and capacity for wildlife health management, monitoring and surveillance systems Strengthened”;

2- Play an active role in developing guidance on reducing the risk of disease spillover events at markets selling wildlife and along the wildlife supply chain, by supporting preparation for and running of OIE’s ad hoc group meeting. The ad hoc group is a multidisciplinary group of world leading scientists tasked with developing such guidance for the OIE.
▪ Contribute to the logistic organisation, including coordination of invitations, documents, room-booking, virtual meeting arrangements and equipment preparation.
▪ Prepare background documentations, including literature review, concept papers, and agenda.
▪ Participate in the collection and drafting of meeting outcome reports.
3- Exposure to and engagement with the OIE Working Group on Wildlife (world leading scientists who advise the OIE on its wildlife programme) by supporting preparation for and running of their December meeting.
▪ Contribute to the updating of the implementation of the Wildlife Health Framework.
Upon completion of the internship, produce a final report, summarising activities undertaken, main achievements and follow-up actions required, and give a presentation to the Preparedness and Resilience Department.

Qualifications and Experience

Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:
• currently enrolled in a post-graduate academic programme or
• have graduated no longer than 1 year ago from a post-graduate programme or equivalent studies. Field of study: in zoology, disease ecology, ecology, environmental sciences Veterinary Sciences, Public Health, wildlife conservation, or socio-economy.

Technical skills
• Ability to work in English at a high level including excellent oral and written communication skills;
• Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office;

Additional skills
• Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an asset;
• Knowledge of wildlife health;
• Knowledge of international wildlife trade and wildlife disease management.

Interpersonal skills
• Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal);
• Courtesy, tact and ability to establish and maintain good working relations in a multinational and multicultural environment;
• ‘Can do’ attitude and ability to work within short deadlines;
• Ability to work well as part of a team.
• Adaptable and flexible.

Internship conditions
The OIE will provide a stipend in the amount of 633,75 € monthly for full time work;
This is a full-time internship based in Paris, France.
The post requires long hours in a seated position at a computer and may involve some teleworking (depending on the sanitary situation in France).
The intern will be expected to participate in virtual meetings, as well as other OIE meetings of interest. Guidance will be provided on a regular basis.
The intern is not expected to travel during the assignment.
The maximum internship duration is 6 months;
The intern must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan;

How to apply

General information
The OIE places high value on a multicultural and positive work environment.
The OIE is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications of all qualified candidates, irrespective of their ethnic origin, gender, opinions or beliefs.
If you are interested in this internship, please complete your application online by 9 August 2021 at the latest by clicking on the link below.