IIP Placements in St. Lucia
Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), formerly Caribbean Environmental Health Institute
Location: Castries, St. Lucia
CARPHA--at present in formation stage--is a single public health agency for the Caribbean that will integrate the functions and administration of the existing five Caribbean Regional Health Institutions, the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre, the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute, the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute, the Caribbean Regional Drug Testing Laboratory, and the Caribbean Health Research Council. The proposed agency will rationalize the functions of the current Regional Health Institutions and have a more comprehensive mandate in addressing the public health needs of the wider Caribbean Region. CARPHA has a mandate to identify cost effective solutions to environmental health problems in the 16 Member States. The Environmental Health/Environmental Management Unit in St. Lucia is equipped with a full service analytical laboratory providing capacity for a number of testing procedures. In addition, CARPHA is actively involved in a number of environmentally related issues, such as fresh water resources, biomedical waste and environmental surveillance capacity building. In 2014, CARPHA St. Lucia is looking for IIP candidatess with laboratory and website/communications experience to assist in field and laboratory analyses; and promoting and sharing the technical information generated by the organization. An appreciation of environmental issues through coursework and other experience would be useful. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. Here are the details of each placement:
- Communications placement: The IIP intern will assist the CARPHA team in the promotion of environmental and environmental health issues relevant to the Caribbean. Initiatives will target various groups and organizations on a regional, country, local and community level, and will be aimed at advancing environment and environmental health practices and procedures. As directed by the Marketing and Communications Assistant responsible for Information Management, this IIP intern will be expected to: assist in the on-going development and implementation of CARPHA’s public awareness and education programs aimed at the improvement of environment and environmental health in the region; participate in the preparation of the Institute’s promotional material and informational products; assist in production of the Institute's newsletter, prepare news releases and news articles/features; participate in the preparation of environmental and environmental health educational material, including audio/visual feature; assist in updating the Institute Web site to act as an on-line source for environmental and environmental health information on the Caribbean; and perform related duties as required. IIP candidates with an academic background and/or work experience in environmental and environmental health issues, excellent communication skills and cross-cultural understanding, advanced knowledge of publishing software, self-motivation, flexibility and adaptability and who are comfortable delivering public presentations are encouraged to apply.
- Laboratory Team placement: The IIP intern will assist the laboratory team at CARPHA with implementation of in-field sample collection processes and provision of effective environmental related laboratory services. Best practices in relevant laboratory procedures will be analyzed and potential application opportunities will be identified. As directed by the Laboratory Manager, the IIP intern will be expected to: actively plan and implement in-field sample collection activities; actively participate in various laboratory procedures respecting good laboratory practices; observe and implement quality management systems; plan, develop and implement analytical techniques using various equipment; present best practices and analyze potential applicability in St. Lucia; and perform related duties as required. IIP candidates with an academic background and/or work experience in environmental health issues and laboratory equipment and procedures, academic background in environmental health and laboratory techniques, excellent communication skills and cross-cultural understanding, self-motivation, flexibility and adaptability and who are comfortable delivering public presentations are encouraged to apply.
This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application). View a Powerpoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.