Research Internship - European Advocacy Officer Legal Report
CONTEXT OF THE INTERNSHIP
Médecins du Monde Belgique (MDM BE) is a medical NGO member of Médecins du Monde's international network. MdM carries out actions in various foreign countries as well as in Belgium where the association cares for people excluded from health care on a daily basis.
As Association of International Solidarity, MdM testifies to the obstacles to access to healthcare, human rights abuses and dignity. Particularly, MdM BE with other MdM European Chapters is implementing a project aiming at reporting on health vulnerabilities in 4 European countries. This project called the "European Observatory" delivers some advocacy activities, one of which consists of updating and editing the "legal report", an advocacy tool that MdM wrote in the previous "European Observatory project" but remains outdated for 2 years and lacks proper editing. In order to cover this specific work, Médecins du Monde is looking for a Research Intern who will help update the legal framework in collaboration with other MdM partners of the project.
The "European Observatory", is a consortium project co-funded by the Open Society Foundation and the European Platform for the Integration of Migrants/EPIM, that brings 4 MdM chapters together (Belgium, Germany, Sweden and the UK). Our goal is to contribute to reduce health inequalities in Europe by advocating on the right to timely access to affordable preventive and curative health care of good quality. This objective will be supported by several tools including the landmark Observatory report that will be published in Fall 2019 but also a research study aiming at explaining the legal frameworks dealing with access to health care in the countries where an MdM works: the "legal report". Legal analysis is indeed needed when it comes to understand and challenge legal provisions (and their actual implementation) in order to define better access barriers.
This report should address four aspects: coverage (who is entitled to healthcare, what share of the population), depth of coverage (what basket of care people are entitled to), affordability (the level of co-payment for care and treatment) and availability (healthcare workforce, accessibility, timeliness etc.) with a specific focus on effective access to care. Actually, the theoretical legal framework has to be compared to the actual situation in practice. Access barriers are linked to the patients' administrative status and so the legal reports should study the entitlements of refugees/asylum seekers, and undocumented migrants including EU mobile citizens. Children (including unaccompanied minors) and pregnant women should also be reflected in the analysis. Last, affordability of care and treatment, especially for destitute / homeless patients should be transversally present throughout the chapters.
Under the supervision of the European Advocacy Officer, to update the MdM legal report on access to health care
1. Orientation, briefing and appropriation of the programme objectives
2. Setting the method of the report review with the EU advocacy officer and the national advocacy focal points
3. In close collaboration with country partners, reviewing (rewriting if necessary) the reports sections. Decision has to be taken on how many country profiles should be updated (how many countries beyond the 4 partner countries).
4. A new editing has to be worked out. In particular linked to the advocacy targets. This will be done in collaboration with programme partners with the technical support of the MdM Belgium Communication department.
The analysis should include:
• A systematic review, screening and check of information related to access to healthcare in each specific country, from reliable sources (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights/FRA, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants/PICUM, the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, the COMPAS (University of Oxford) project on "Service provision to irregular migrants in Europe", MIPEX, etc.)
• A systematic screening of relevant national scientific literature published since the last publication of the report
• A systematic screening of relevant European law, case law and change in the law.
• The hierarchy of norms should be reflected in the work. We must specify the legal source (decree, ordinance, circular, regulation, law, or the national constitution).
• All sources must be systematically footnoted in an appropriate scientifical format.
• Information need to be confirmed by HC professionals on the field and from the state. MdM chapters focal points will eventually validate the information and the analysis.
• Internship with a mandatory internship agreement
• Studies: Master degree in Law, European Studies (or similar);
• Language: Proficiency in written English is mandatory. Other languages from the programme partners (Dutch, French, German and Swedish are strong assets);
• Sense of organisation, rigour, pragmatism, strong autonomy, adaptability, sense of initiative;
• Strong writing and synthetic skills;
• Strong commitment to Doctors of the World values;
• Candidates should at least be available for 3 months (but longer periods are possible).
• Possibility to work on a Master thesis with a subject related to the internship;
• Nice working environment in which internship coaching is taken seriously – learning points and internship goals to be discussed during recruitment.
• Learning from an international solidarity NGO
• Integration into a team of enthusiastic professionals
Please send your application (CV and motivation letter) using the form below:
Only taken on applicants will be contacted. MdM thanks you for the interest in our organization and wishes you every success in your career experience.
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