The Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) was established in 2009 to bring attention and support to the then under-appreciated and little-known work of malaria elimination in the Asia Pacific. APMEN was established by a group of 10 countries who had declared malaria elimination as their vision, along with some partner institutions working in the region on malaria elimination. The Network is now composed of 21 countries and 50 partner institutions. APMEN is a unique platform for regional collaboration for malaria elimination.
In its first ten years, APMEN has achieved recognition in the region for its efforts to bring elimination into the spotlight and has continually attracted the input of new countries and partners. APMEN’s strategic approach aims to complement the work of other elimination partners in the region, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA), among others. A key element of its mandate is to continually adapt to the changing malaria elimination needs of the Asia Pacific region, and of its member countries.
The Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) is an alliance of 23 Asian and Pacific heads of government formed to accelerate progress against malaria and to eliminate it in the region by 2030. APMEN has maintained a strong partnership with APLMA since 2013 to build momentum towards the 2030 regional malaria elimination goal. The partnership strengthens the potential to accelerate elimination efforts by harnessing APMEN’s technical expertise, partnerships and engagement with national malaria control programmes, and linking this with the political advocacy and multisectoral access of APLMA.
The APMEN Secretariat is co-located with the APLMA Secretariat in Singapore and plays a crucial role in coordinating the activities of the Network. There are currently three working groups within APMEN - Vivax Working Group (VxWG), Vector Control Working Group (VCWG), and Surveillance & Response Working Group (SRWG). APMEN is looking for highly talented, motivated and entrepreneurial individuals who have a strong interest in supporting APMEN to implement initiatives toward eliminating malaria in the Asia Pacific.
Objectives of the internship
- To contribute to the important work of malaria elimination in Asia Pacific
- To support the region’s human resource development by developing the next generation of communications professionals
- To support the APMEN Secretariat in delivering more robust support to partner countries and help them meet their malaria elimination goals
Development opportunities for interns:
- Career and professional development: Interns will get an opportunity to work with a range of APMEN partners - global, regional and national. Interns could get assigned to one or more APMEN Working Groups and obtain a ringside view to the work of malaria elimination. They will be able to work with and be guided by mentors from National Malaria Programs and reputed Partner Institutions from academia, research and implementation.
- Exposure: Interns will gain exposure to the operations of a regional public health network and get an opportunity to build their educational experience with practical assignments and projects. Interns can participate in relevant country- or regional-level meetings, trainings, or workshops.
- Educational: Interns have the flexibility to design the program to meet their specific academic requirements, provided it is aligned with the overall objectives and mission of APMEN. For example, the internship could include a research project which is mutually agreed upon and/or as a supplement to meet their credit requirements. We also offer an opportunity to contribute in reports produced by APMEN-APLMA.
Role and responsibilities
The APMEN communications intern will be expected to support the following activities, in addition to others that may come up:
- Support the APMEN Secretariat and Working Groups with ongoing tasks around desk and policy reviews, data synthesis and information collation to guide the workplan
- Support the APMEN websites upgrade, development and maintenance. (www.apmen.org and www.orene.org)
- Provide support in implementing the APMEN communications strategy including media engagement and digital content curation and development for APMEN social media
- Provide logistics and coordination support around the APMEN Annual meeting and other Working Group meetings
- Support the collation of articles for the APMEN newsletter, including coordinating with APMEN partners for necessary information
- Support continued engagement with priority country partners and partner institutions
- Participate in APMEN Secretariat and Working Group meetings and support the drafting of meeting minutes and reports with clear next steps and recommendations
- Enrolled in a master’s level program, ideally in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or other related fields
- Experience in Public Health is an asset
- Experience with coordination and project management, communications strategy, literature reviews, data collection and analysis
- Proficiency in oral and written English
- Knowledgeable in using MS Office applications
- Ability to work independently and within a team
- Demonstrate initiative and entrepreneurial ability to identify potential activities relevant to APMEN
- Ability to travel within the Asia Pacific region
3 – 6 months, depending on the final scope of work
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, updated CV and portfolio to Janice Apilado (firstname.lastname@example.org).