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Fistula and Postabortion Care Intern
Washington, DC US


  • Currently enrolled master's or other post-bachelor's degree candidate in global health or a related social science field; or, completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Willingness to relocate to the Washington, DC metropolitan area for the duration of the internship if you do not already reside there.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
  • If selected, would you be available to start your internship full-time as early as mid-May?


Global Health Fellows Program II

Fistula and Postabortion Care Intern     

Service Delivery Improvement Division, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development

Anticipated timeframe: May/June 2018 – August/September 2018: Compensated 3 month internship
Location: Washington, DC/Arlington, VA



The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).


GHFP-II’s goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by addressing the Agency’s immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement and support of diverse health professionals at the junior, mid and senior levels. These program participants include fellows, interns, corporate volunteers and Foreign Service National professionals. The program then provides substantial performance management and career development support to participants, including annual working planning assistance, and ensures that professional development opportunities are available.


Looking to the future, GHFP-II also seeks to establish a pool of highly-qualified global health professionals that will ensure the Agency’s ongoing technical leadership and effectiveness. This objective is supported by an extensive outreach program that brings global health opportunities and specialized career advice to a diverse range of interested individuals, with a particular focus on those underrepresented in the field of global health.   



The Service Delivery Improvement Division (SDI) of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) in the Bureau for Global Health (GH), has as its mission to improve access to and quality of reproductive health and family planning (FP/RH) services and information by introducing, promoting and helping scale up effective, evidenced based service delivery models for all women with unmet needs and a focus on equity and reaching the most vulnerable groups.  SDI provides leadership in service delivery high impact practices development, implementation and scale-up.  PRH provides technical leadership, strategic direction, and implementation oversight, support to field missions, partner coordination, and performance tracking for USAID’s global family planning (FP) activities.



The Fistula and Postabortion Care Intern (Intern) will be assigned to the Service Delivery Improvement (SDI) Division within the Bureau for Global Health’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health. The SDI Division co-manages the Fistula Care Plus Project and the Postabortion Care Family Planning Project, together with the Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) Office.


The Intern will primarily provide support to the SDI Team, and may also carry out other Bureau-wide duties, such as participation in meetings and trainings. S/he will work closely with the entire SDI Team and the two project management teams, including colleagues in the MCHN Office, and will report directly to the Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) for the Fistula Care Plus and PAC-FP Projects, who will serve as his/her onsite manager.



  • Gaining experience in the field of population and reproductive health, including fistula and postabortion care.
  • Gaining a greater understanding of USAID’s Fistula and Postabortion Care programs.
  • Deepening skills in collaboration and coordination within a complex organizational and implementation structure.
  • Participating in professional development activities provided through GHFP-II and USAID (e.g. via technical presentations, meetings, etc.) as agreed upon with on site-manager (5%).



  • Supporting the SDI and MCH Divisions in the ongoing management of the Fistula Care Project and Postabortion Care Family Planning Project and provide support to USAID mission-managed health activities.
  • Supporting the documentation of programming models and project activities through participating in meetings with the implementing partners, in coordination with OSM.
  • Conducting first level review of draft project publications, for further review by OSM.
  • Preparing draft materials for review, such as charts, briefing memoranda, position papers, correspondence and other analytical work, as requested.
  • Completing online e-learning courses on family planning and maternal and child health topics.
  • Reviewing research findings for postabortion care to support the drafting of an article (e.g., related to youth-friendly PAC services or community mobilization for PAC) with the PAC champion for publication in an international peer-reviewed journal.
  • Attending programmatic-related events within and outside USAID as requested.
  • Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need and/or the Intern’s own interests.



  • Currently enrolled master’s or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate in global health or a related social science field; or, completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Experience conducting literature reviews.
  • Qualitative and quantitative research and analysis experience.
  • Strong research and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in global health, particularly in population and reproductive health and/or maternal and child health.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.



$1,826 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position).



Detailed information, including an online application and instructions, is available on our website at All applications must be submitted by December 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm eastern time.


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