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Population and Reproductive Health Data Intern

INTERN TITLE: Population and Reproductive Health Data 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
POSITION LEVEL: Masters Level  
SALARY: $1,826 bi-weekly
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 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 communication efforts to influence attitudes, norms, and behaviors. The PRH Office provides technical leadership, strategic direction, implementation oversight, support to field missions, partner coordination, and performance tracking for the family planning component of the United States Government (USG)'s Global Health Initiative.
The PRH Data Intern will support efforts in compiling, analyzing and synthesizing data as well as assisting in writing a strategy document based on the results.
Reporting structure:
The Intern will work closely with the Senior Demographer and Deputy Chief of the Policy, Evaluation and Communication Division who will serve as the on-site manager.
By the end of the internship, the Intern will have gained experience in and exposure to:
  • USAID’s data review and analysis processes as it develops evidence-based programming priorities
  • The development of high-quality population and reproductive health strategy based on available evidence.
  • The various learning and networking opportunities available through seminars, webinars and e-learning courses in PRH and GH.
Essential Duties:
  • Review documents and extract information from existing program sources and distill key patterns and trends, accomplishments and challenges.
  • Support production of report summarizing the results of reviews, as well as, new and existing data collected on recent trends, current state, and the future of the Evidence Cluster projects in PEC.
  • Produce graphs, charts, and tables to summarize and describe observed patterns and trends and develop them into a summary document.
  • Conduct small-scale surveys, focus group discussions, and key informant interviews to gather information from relevant USAID and non-USAID sources and assist in processing and summarizing the results.
  • Assist in convening technical meetings, preparing meeting summaries and disseminating them to relevant parties and ensuring follow through on agreed next steps.
  • Participate in regular Division and Office meetings and activities.
  • Other tasks or responsibilities that may be assigned based on organizational and programming needs 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 data analytics and demographics 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 in a master's or other post-bachelor's degree in sociology, demography, economics, epidemiology, public health or a related social science field; or, completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Experience in data/evidence collation, assessment, analysis and synthesis especially with secondary data in reviewing and summarizing published and unpublished work and assessing the strength of evidence as a basis for program and policy decisions.
  • Familiarity with data collection and data processing methods and tools.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Ability to create and deliver effective presentations and demonstrate online resources and tools.
  • Proficiency with Google and Microsoft Office applications. 
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
The Public Health Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including learning programs.
All online applications must be submitted by July 20, 2019 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.
Public Health Institute is proud to be an EEO/AA employer.