GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance

The GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance was created in 2000 in recognition of the fact that vaccines and immunizations are a uniquely cost-effective way of protecting health and averting death, that existing vaccines were underused in and/or not adapted to the needs of developing countries, and that vaccines could be better provided through a global financing mechanism and improved coordination between public and private actors. Gavi provides legal risks analysis and supports the Gavi Secretariat and Board, as well as the other affiliated entities as appropriate, on all legal matters.

The Legal Team negotiates and drafts all agreements for Gavi and Gavie affiliated entities, as appropriate, including agreements with donors, Gavi partners, vendors, and consultants. The Legal Team also advises the Gavi Secretariat on matters concerning operations, employment, intellectual property rights, media and public relations, conflicts of interest, privileges and immunities, corporate policies, governance, and compliance with relevant laws and regulations in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Switzerland.

Nature of Work and Supervision

The extern will assist with the daily business of the Legal department, working directly with the different members of the Legal team, under the direct supervision of the Director of Legal. The primary role of the intern will be to assist with the timely review and preparation of contractual documentation of a varying nature (programmatic, goods and services, partner agreements, etc.). However, other tasks and research projects will be assigned on an ad hoc basis.

The work of Gavi is wide, ranging from public international law (including the right to health) to charities law, and from health public policy to corporate procurement and human resources. Taking into account the needs of the Team, the extern's interests will be considered in assigning work.

Important Information for Students

Externs should demonstrate the following:

  • An interest in international law and public health.
  • Prior experience working in an international and multicultural environment would be an advantage.
  • Excellent knowledge of English.
  • Working knowledge of French would be an advantage.
  • Interest in transactional work.
  • Excellent written skills.
  • Ability to work well in a team, particularly in a multicultural environment.

To learn more about the Gavi Alliance, please visit their website.