About the organization
SIGHT was established in January 2017, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. SIGHT’s purpose is to promote an interdisciplinary approach, to strengthen and bridge Swedish research and education, and to provide a scientific basis for national and transnational collaborative policy work, in the field of global health.
At the invitation of The Lancet, SIGHT is hosting a new international, independent, and interdisciplinary Commission to examine the interlinkages between the Sustainable Development Goals for good health and well-being (SDG 3), gender equality (SDG 5), and peace, justice, and strong institutions (SDG 16). Chaired by Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland, and co-chaired by Zulfiqar Bhutta, Peter Friberg, and Catherine Kyobutungi, the Commission includes experts from academia, multilateral institutions, and research, development, and government organizations.
The Lancet-SIGHT Commission aims to generate evidence and mobilize action on how improved health and gender equality can create more peaceful societies – that is, societies that are absent from war and have the presence of harmonious, trustful, and cooperative relationships between entities and non-violent means of conflict resolution.
The intern will serve as a member of the SIGHT Secretariat team, assisting the project manager of the Lancet-SIGHT Commission and working closely with SIGHT’s leadership. The intern’s responsibilities will include:
(1) Commission meeting preparation: The Commission will have an in-person meeting during Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 (date to be determined), with an estimated 25 participants. The SIGHT Secretariat is responsible for hosting this meeting, which requires significant strategic and logistical planning and teamwork. The intern will be responsible for managing the logistics, including booking of travel arrangements, working with hotel and restaurants to make bookings, managing venue details, preparing information packets, etc. The intern will also participate strategic planning meetings and contribute to the development of the meeting agenda and background materials.
(2) On-going coordination and communications support: The Secretariat is responsible for ensuring communication across the 24 Commission members and Working Groups. The intern will help to schedule meetings, conference calls, and webinars for Commissioners to share their work, working under the constraints of Commissioners with very busy schedules, based across many time zones. The intern will take notes for distribution and draft a summary of meeting takeaways/action points. The intern will also support updating the web content for the Commission website and will support other press and media outreach preparations.
(3) Desk research to support Secretariat functions and Commission-related analyses: The Secretariat conducts research to support a number of activities, including partner engagement, donor outreach, presentations, and Commissioner analytic activities. Most of the research activities are relatively rapid – e.g., to understand the results of a partner institution’s related work, or to identify a potential donor’s priorities and strategies. The intern will conduct research and prepare summaries of findings to help the Secretariat in its work.
The intern should be interested in global health issues generally, and in matters relating to peace and gender inequality in particular. As SIGHT and the Lancet-SIGHT Commission take pride in working with people from different disciplines, the areas of studies are numerous. This may include political science, law, economics, sociology, public health, etc. The intern should have strong research and analytical skills in their field of work, such as experience conducting quantitative and/or qualitative analyses and literature reviews. The intern should also have excellent writing and communication skills.
- The intern should be a student studying at master level.
- Experience from fragile contexts would be seen as an asset.
- Previous pro bono /volunteering work besides studies would be desirable.