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    Organization: International AIDS Society
    Country: Switzerland
    Closing date: 14 Jan 2019

    About the IAS:

    The mission of the International AIDS Society (IAS) is to lead collective action on every front of the global HIV response through its membership base, scientific authority, and convening power.

    Founded in 1988, the IAS is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals, with members from more than 180 countries working on all fronts of the global AIDS response. Together, we advocate and drive urgent action to reduce the global impact of HIV.

    The IAS is the steward of the world’s two most prestigious HIV conferences – the International AIDS Conference and the IAS Conference on HIV Science. These conferences have established a gold-standard meeting that convenes the world’s top scientists, civil society members and policymakers to jointly discuss the fight against HIV.

    We promote and invest in HIV advocacy and research on key issue areas through our strategic programmes, initiatives, and campaigns that advocate for urgent action to reduce the global impact of HIV, including increased investment in HIV cure research; optimizing treatment and care for infants, children and adolescents with HIV in resource-limited settings; preventing and treating HIV-related co-infections; and expanding access to prevention, treatment and care for key populations at higher risk for HIV – such as men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender individuals – including protecting their human rights by combatting punitive laws and discriminatory policies.

    More information on IAS can be found at

    Details of Internship:

    The IAS Governance and Membership Intern will be based at the IAS Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland and will report to the Director, Governance, Membership and Learning. The internship is full-time and will last five months, from 1 March 2019 to 31 July 2019.

    Purpose of the Internship:

    The IAS Governance and Membership Intern will support the Governance, Membership and Learning team in the day-to-day activities. These activities include supporting the preparation of member-related meetings and events in conjunction with the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) and regional conferences; assisting in the implementation of a new CRM system for IAS Members, in preparation for the 2020 IAS Governing Council elections; and supporting membership-related activities, including recruitment, retention and re-engagement efforts.

    Main Responsibilities:

    • Provide support to membership campaigns, including recruitment, retention and re-engagement efforts, as well as the #IASONEVOICE campaign:

    • Background research/benchmarking

    • Data sourcing and cleaning

    • Drafting stories

    • Transcribing audio/video files

    • Provide support to the development and implementation of IAS membership strategies

    • Conduct analysis of IAS membership in unrepresented regions

    • Provide a support to the development of new IAS membership tools and projects

    • Assist in the development of the data improvement project

    • Support the implementation of the new CRM system

    • Assist in the preparation of communication initiatives related to IAS membership

    • Participate in the development of planning and drafting of social media posts

    • Prepare a calendar with the latest news on HIV and AIDS

    • Prepare for the team’s participation in the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) in Mexico City on 21-24 July 2019 and other regional meetings and conferences:

    • Exhibition logistics

    • Preparation of materials for the IAS General Members’ Meeting and regional members’ meetings at IAS 2019

    • Member outreach prior to the events

    • Correspond with IAS Members on a daily basis by email/phone, and follow up on requests

    • Prepare statistics/reports/presentations for meetings, as required

    Perform any additional tasks as requested by the Director, Governance, Membership and Learning.

    Academic Qualifications:

    · Currently studying or recently graduated in social science, public health, development, international relations or a related field is favorable. Candidates expressing a keen interest in this area of work will also be considered.

    Experience: (previous internships)

    · Experience in administration, project management, communication, and event organization.

    · Experience working in a culturally diverse environment.


    · Highly organized and systematic, with meticulous attention to detail

    · A*bility* toanalyze and summarize largeamountsofinformation

    · Strong time management skills, and the ability to work efficiently under pressure and meet deadlines

    · Ability to work independently, and have an aptitude for multi-tasking

    · Strong diplomatic skills and customer service attitude

    · Strong writing skills

    · Advanced social media skills (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter)

    · Advanced computer skills in the Windows environment (particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)

    · Eager to learn, with a hands-on attitude.


    · Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

    · Advanced level of French, Spanish or Russian language is beneficial.

    Benefits from this internship:

    The intern can expect to gain skills and experience in the following areas:

    · Event planning

    · Member relations

    · Relationship building

    · Communications

    · Database management

    Stipend: 2’000.- CHF/month gross (full time).

    How to apply:

    This internship is ideally suited to a qualified, motivated and eager-to-learn graduate willing to prepare his/her professional life in challenging and dynamic settings, with high international exposure.

    Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and a cover letter, in English and by email only, torecruitment@iasociety.orgby Monday 14 January 2019. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    Only candidates from Switzerland, from an EU/EFTA country or candidates already having a valid Swiss working permit will be considered.

    IAS employees are evidence-based, human rights-focused, inclusive and accountable partners in the HIV response. Candidates should display genuine commitment to IAS values (learn more here).

    The IAS is committed to recruiting and sustaining a skilled, effective, diverse and gender-balanced secretariat, and to the greater involvement of people living with HIV (GIPA) in all aspects of its work. People living with or affected by HIV are strongly encouraged to apply.

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