Internship – Data integration Department – WOAH HQ Paris, France

The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) was created on 25 January 1924. Its headquarters are in Paris. The WOAH comprises 183 Member Countries and is present on all continents through 12 (Sub-) Regional Representations. The WOAH is in charge of improving animal health, veterinary public health and animal welfare worldwide, as well as transparency of the global animal disease situation. The WOAH is furthermore recognised by the World Trade Organization as the reference organisation for intergovernmental standards concerning the sanitary safety of international trade of animals and products of animal origin and zoonoses.   Ensuring transparency of the global animal disease situation has been a core mission of WOAH since its creation. WOAH currently fulfils this mandate through epidemic intelligence activities, including spontaneous official reporting of data by Members based on WOAH standards, complemented by an active search for unofficial information. This activity aims to detect any signals that should have been officially reported and to contact the relevant authorities in case a gap is identified.  
In 2023, WOAH has started an assessment of the implementation of its notification standards by Members, in terms of completeness and timeliness. WOAH is now seeking to identify factors associated with this implementation.   
This analysis will enable WOAH and its Members to take stock of the successes and challenges of their transparency mission, and to propose concrete priority actions to support the efforts of the various stakeholders in a targeted way, and to improve completeness and timeliness of official notification.
Positioning and reporting  
The intern will be under the supervision of a Senior Veterinary epidemiologist in the Data Integration Department and in collaboration with relevant staff within the department and across other WOAH departments. Collaboration may also include interactions with experts selected from the WOAH network of Reference Centers.
Internship role and activities  

The Intern will participate in the activities related to the disease reporting transparency index project, directed by the Data Integration Department, specifically to:  
– Conduct a short literature review on the subject;
– Consult relevant stakeholders on the factors associated with the implementation of notification standards, in various ways (possibly surveys, interviews, etc.);
– Build a database of predictors associated with the implementation of notification standards;
– Built a statistical model to measure associations, considering the heterogeneity of different WOAH Members;
– Contribute to developing recommendations for the organisation and its members on the basis of the results
– Contribute to the writing of an article for publication in a scientific journal;
– Possibly contribute to the results communication strategy  

** Upon completion of the internship, the intern will provide a final report summarising activities undertaken and follow-up actions required.
Required Skills and Experience  

Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:
– Currently enrolled in a post-graduate academic programme;
– or Have graduated from a post-graduate programme or equivalent studies;
– Field of study: epidemiology, biostatistics, veterinary public health, One Health or related fields  

Technical skills  
– Good command, both written and spoken, of English;
– Good communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal);Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office;
– Working knowledge of statistics commonly used in veterinary public health;
– Analysis will be performed on R software. Therefore, experience with R will be considered an asset;
– Experience with conducting surveys will be considered an asset;
– Experience with modelling will be considered an asset.  

Additional language skills  
– French and/or Spanish is an asset.  

Technical Competencies  
– Analytical ability: problem definition and establishing research questions;
– Problem-solving.  

Behavioural Competencies
– Genuinely curious and engage in the work and mandate of the WOAH;
– 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 WOAH will provide a stipend in the amount of 614,25 monthly for full time work (35 hours per week);
This is a full-time internship based in Paris, France.
The maximum internship duration is 6 months (from 01 February-to-31 July 2024)
The intern must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan.  
Some of the results of this analysis will be confidential. The trainee will therefore be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement.
This will not prevent the publication of a scientific article and the writing of the internship thesis.  
General information  
The WOAH places high value on a multicultural and positive work environment.
The WOAH 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 2 January 2024 at the latest by clicking on the link below.