Research Intern – Capacity Building Team

Job Title: Research Intern – Capacity Building
Reports to:
Start date : January 2020
End date : April, 2020 (can be discussed)

About the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

UICC is dedicated to taking the lead in convening, capacity building and advocacy initiatives that unite and support the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to ensure that cancer control continues in the world health and development agenda.

Founded in 1933 and based in Geneva, Switzerland, UICC is the largest and oldest international cancer organisation. With over 1,100 members and 56 partners across 170 countries, UICC features the world’s major cancer societies, ministries of health, research and treatment institutes, patient groups, and industry leaders.

About UICC's Capacity Building Team

UICC has more than 50 years of experience in providing training and capacity building across the field of cancer control. Our capacity building initiatives aim to promote greater equity in cancer control by supporting our member organisations in doing a better job tomorrow than they do today, and increasing their impact by scaling up relevance, reach, and sustainability in their own settings. The Capacity Building portfolio includes a range of activities such as grants and fellowships, leadership development opportunities, education and training, and regional engagement.

About the role

We are looking for an intern to join the Capacity Building team in Geneva, Switzerland to provide support in delivering our key projects. Specifically, the project of the intern will be to ‘Document impact of UICC’s capacity building activities on the cancer community’

Responsibilities will include, but are not necessarily limited to:

We are looking for a Communication & Research Intern to join the Capacity Building team in Geneva, Switzerland to provide instrumental support in delivering our key projects. Responsibilities will include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Carrying out desk reviews and phone interviews to gather data (quantitative and qualitative) to inform the team’s monitoring and evaluation framework and/or develop case studies of participants from UICC capacity building programmes
  • Drafting case studies regarding the experience of specific participants in capacity building programmes (e.g. cancer advocates, patient leaders, Young leaders, fellows, grantees, etc) 
  • Conducting literature review on key topics such as women’s cancers, digital health and other key topics for the cancer community.
  • Providing support on regionalisation of the capacity building portfolio (depending on the individual’s interest in and experience of specific regions, as well as language capability) 
  • Contacting and gathering feedback and testimonials from Cancer Advocates and other capacity building activities’ beneficiaries.
  • Collaborating with other UICC teams where needed 


The successful candidate will have the flexibility to work either part- and/or full-time hours (to be discussed during interview – minimum 20 hours) at the UICC office in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Currently studying or have experience in an area relevant to the job description e.g. communications, research, international relations, public health, etc.
  • Interest in global public health issues and working in an international non-governmental organisation environment
  • Native English Speaker - written and spoken; with French, Spanish and/or any other languages being a plus
  • Excellent oral and writing skills including the ability to synthesise information
  • Able to deliver quality results under time constraints in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to take initiative and work autonomously
  • Highly organised with a strong attention to detail
  • A valid permit to work in Switzerland

What we offer:

  • A paid internship opportunity
  • An international and multidisciplinary working environment
  • Interesting work with a variety of tasks, and with an experienced team ​

Application deadline:

8 December 2019: All applications must include a cover letter and curriculum vitae.
Please address your application to: careers@uicc.org

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted


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Last update: 
Thursday 28 November 2019