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Gender and Communications Intern
Washington, District of Columbia US


  • Currently enrolled master's or other post-bachelor's degree candidate in international relations, international development, Gender and/or women's studies, political science, public health, communication or related fields; or, completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.


Global Health Fellows Program II

Gender and Communications Intern     

Policy, Evaluation and Communication Division, Office Population and Reproductive Health, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development

Anticipated timeframe: July 2017 – October 2017: Compensated 4 month internship

Location: Washington, DC



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 Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) in USAID’s Global Health (GH) Bureau recognizes the role gender dynamics play in influencing family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) outcomes and encourages family planning programs to actively promote gender equality and enhance women’s empowerment. PRH has prioritized three technical areas of work – reproductive empowerment, male engagement in family planning and gender based violence - to advance gender equality across the life cycle. The PRH Gender Team works to ensure that these priorities and other gender considerations are integrated into family planning programming.


The PRH Gender Team is based in the Policy, Evaluation, and Communication (PEC) Division, one of four divisions in the PRH Office. PEC creates the enabling environment for sexual and reproductive health and works with partners within USAID and externally to: Promote effective family planning advocacy, policy, financing, and governance; collect, analyze, and evaluate data for evidence-based decision making; and develop and implement communication efforts to influence attitudes, norms, and behaviors of beneficiaries and providers.



The Gender and Communications Intern (Intern) will be assigned to the PRH Gender Team, and assist with producing a set of communications materials on various topics, such as strategic guidance for male engagement in family, PRH gender priorities, and general information on gender and FP* for internal and external audiences. The Intern will receive technical guidance from the PRH Senior Gender Advisor, in addition to the team’s Gender Advisor, and will collaborate with several other family planning technical staff in the GH Bureau.



  • Gaining experience in communicating technical terms and ideas in easily understandable language.
  • Gaining a greater understanding of USAID functions as a donor agency, especially in FP, and more broadly in global health.
  • Gaining a greater understanding of the global landscape of family planning and reproductive health, with particular focus on gender and its influence on FP/RH outcomes.
  • Deepening skills in collaboration and coordination within a complex organizational and implementation structure.



  • Supporting the development of an advocacy and communication kit using content from recently developed guidance on how to engage men and boys in family planning programming. Materials will target specific audiences working in FP/RH within and outside USAID. Under this activity, the intern will work closely with gender and other PRH staff to:

o   Condense existing guidance on how to engage men and boys in family planning programming into smaller, more compact communications products.

o   Identify appropriate communications format for sharing content with selected key USAID and external audiences.

o   Support the development of communications products such as an advocacy brief, briefing slides, , and key talking points for use by staff.

  • Revising a set of communication briefs outlining priorities for gender integration in family planning. Priorities include working with men and boys, preventing and responding to gender based violence, mitigating child marriage, and promoting reproductive empowerment.
  • Supporting development of a gender and family planning information kit for USAID mission and external visitors using existing informational materials.
  • 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%).
  • 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 international relations, international development, Gender and/or women’s studies, political science, public health, communication or related fields; or, completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Demonstrated experience with an international, communications, public relations, social change, or policy focused organization.
  • Knowledge of gender, family planning, global health, international development, and/or social justice issues.
  • Experience with strategic use of web-based research and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Ability to distill complex and comprehensive technical content into concise, simple forms of information.
  • Demonstrated excellent communication, writing, editing and proofreading skills.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills with close attention to detail.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office, particularly PowerPoint.
  • Ability to produce quality content under tight deadlines.
  • Team oriented, flexible, and able to work independently, as well as in close coordination with peers and supervisors.
  • Ability to work in a highly diverse and collaborative, office environment.
  • Proactive, self-motivated, and able to prioritize in an environment with competing priorities.
  • 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 April 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm eastern time.


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