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INTERN TITLE: Social and Behavior Change Intern
HOST ORGANIZATION: Policy, Evaluation and Communication Division, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Bureau of Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
LOCATION: Washington, DC
SALARY: $1,826 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position)
Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) Bureau. Its purpose is twofold: (1) Through individual fellowships, STAR will help strengthen the capacity of diverse American and low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) health professionals at all levels to make innovative contributions to global health (GH); and (2) STAR will create ground-breaking opportunities for both US and LMIC GH academic institutions and other groups, including professional associations, to create systems for open-access knowledge sharing, resulting in effective partnerships. STAR’s individual and institutional participants are contributing to the development of self-sustaining systems and tools that will produce global citizens with the full spectrum of relevant health competencies. STAR is managed by the Public Health Institute and implemented in partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) advances and supports voluntary family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs in more than 45 countries across the globe. Since the mid-1960s, USAID has been the leading donor in international family planning – both in terms of financial resources and technical leadership. With more than 225 million women worldwide with an unmet need, increasing access to FP is vital to safe motherhood and healthy families. The Policy, Evaluation, and Communication Division (PEC) under the Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) in the Bureau for Global Health (GH) creates the enabling environment for sexual and reproductive health and works with partners within USAID and externally to: (Policy) Promote effective sexual and reproductive health advocacy, policy, financing, and governance; (Evaluation) Collect, analyze, and evaluate data for evidence-based decision making; and (Communication) Develop and implement social and behavior change efforts to influence attitudes, norms, and behaviors. The PRH Office provides technical leadership, strategic direction, implementation oversight, field mission support, partner coordination, and performance tracking for the family planning.
The Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Intern will be assigned to the SBC Team in the PEC Division. The Intern will assist the SBC Team in supporting GH’s flagship behavior change projects, Breakthrough ACTION and Breakthrough RESEARCH, which are both entering Year 3 of their five-year project timelines in October 2019. As the projects are reaching their mid-points, the SBC Intern will be responsible for supporting the development of detailed Scopes of Work for two mid-term assessments, which will include inter-office consultations and multiple rounds of review and revision.
All work will be conducted with the purpose of supporting the two projects’ SBC activities worldwide, as well as supporting related program needs within the PRH office and within Missions supported by PRH. As such, the SBC Intern will support the design of a 5-day Introduction to SBC Training Package for USAID Mission staff to gain a deeper understanding of SBC programming theory, as well as best practice in design, monitoring and management of SBC programming in the context of USAID programming. The SBC Intern will also support the SBC team to assess its progress against PRH’s SBC priority area and facilitate an update of the strategy and expected outcomes.
The Intern will function as a member of a high-functioning team focused on advancing the application of evidence-based SBC, a cross-division technical priority area for PRH.
Reporting structure:
The Intern will receive technical guidance from the Senior Behavior Change Advisor and will collaborate with several other SBC technical staff in the GH Bureau. The SBC Team Lead will serve as their onsite manager.
Internship Output:
By the end of the internship, the Intern will have gained experience and exposure to:
·        Support a mid-term assessment of Breakthrough ACTION.
·        Support a mid-term assessment of Breakthrough RESEARCH.
·        Support the development of presentations and other resource materials to support a five-day Introduction to SBC training package for USAID Mission staff.
·        PRH’s progress report against its SBC Priority Area and updated strategy statement.
Essential Duties:
·        In collaboration with the SBC Advisor and SBC team, support the development of scope of work for two mid-term project assessments. 
·        Support gathering, analyzing, and visualizing of SBC project data with guidance from USAID colleagues to prepare background resources for assessment teams and strategic planning.
·        Support USAID colleagues leading the first-line technical review of Breakthrough ACTION and Breakthrough RESEARCH outputs.
·        Support in-depth review of documents, interviews or focus groups with USAID staff to inform design of mid-term assessments, management reviews and internal process evaluations of SBC projects.
·        Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need and/or the Intern’s own interests.
Anticipated learning outcomes:
All STAR Interns will participate in learning activities (*required 10% time) during their internship. By the end of the internship, the Intern will be able to:
·        Identify and describe the core attributes of the STAR global health competencies; defined as development practice, cross cultural awareness, communication, capacity strengthening, ethics of public health, health equity, gender equality and global burden of disease.
·        Gain exposure to family planning and reproductive health through global health programming.
·        Apply effective communication skills across a broad network of peers and advisors within global health to support learning and professional development.
·        Develop a global health focused career plan with a mentor.
·        Currently enrolled masters or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate or completion of such within the past 12 months
·        Ideally completing a program related to public health, health communication, social marketing, or social psychology; Coursework related to behavior change, health communication, and/or health education is preferred.
·        Demonstrated interest in social and behavior change and/or health communication
·        Strong web-based research skills, organizational and planning skills.
·        Excellent oral and written communication skills.
·        Ability to produce content on tight deadlines.
·        Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google applications. Experience with at least one data visualization platform is preferred.
·        Ability to participate in a field experience, which may involve domestic and/or international travel and overnight stays for up to 2 weeks.
·         US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
The Public Health Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including learning programs.
All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at, which allows you to create a profile and upload a CV/resume and cover letter. All online applications must be submitted by July 26, 2019 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.
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