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Malaria Case Management Intern
Washington, DC, DC US
INT-P7-005
Closed/Reviewing applications
12/04/2017

Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in master's or other post-bachelor's degree candidate in public health, international health, international development, social sciences, or a related 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?

Summary

Global Health Fellows Program II

Malaria Case Management Intern           

Malaria Division, Office of Infectious Disease, 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

INT-P7-005

 

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.   

 

BACKGROUND:

The Malaria Division under the Office Infectious Disease in the Bureau for Global Health leads the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). With the passage of the 2008 Lantos-Hyde Leadership for HIV/AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act, PMI was authorized up to $5 billion and extended until 2014. The goal of PMI is to work with partners to halve the burden of malaria (morbidity and mortality) in 70 percent of the at-risk populations of sub-Saharan Africa—or approximately 450 million people. After five years of intervention, all-cause child mortality has been reduced by 16% to 50% in the original 15 PMI countries. In February 2015, PMI launched a new six-year strategy that focuses on five strategic areas: 1) Achieving and sustaining scale of proven interventions; 2) Adapting to changing epidemiology and new tools; 3) Improving countries’ capacity to collect and use information; 4) Mitigating risks against the current malaria control gains; and 5) Building capacity and health systems towards full country ownership. With the addition of five new focus countries in 2017, PMI has programs in 24 countries in sub-Saharan Africa where malaria remains a significant public health problem, as well as Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand supporting regional efforts in the Greater Mekong Region in Asia. While launching these five new country programs, the US Government remains committed to partnering with existing PMI focus countries to accelerate progress in malaria control and continue forward momentum towards elimination. Please visit http://www.pmi.gov/about to learn more about PMI.

 

INTRODUCTION:

The Malaria Case Management Intern (Intern) will primarily assist the Malaria Case Management Team to gather, analyze, and disseminate information on progress in scaling-up malaria case management in PMI supported countries. S/he also will assist with providing technical and analytical support to USAID staff in the Division in support of a large, complex, multi-country case management and service delivery contract that provides comprehensive technical support to USAID Missions and national government programs to expand high-quality diagnosis and treatment for malaria and other febrile illnesses. The Intern will further contribute to team operations such as assisting in technical reviews of Malaria Operational Plans (MOPs). S/he will work closely with the Malaria Technical Advisor as his/her onsite manager. 

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Gaining a greater understanding of malaria prevention and control programming needs, and approaches to improve coverage of malaria case management and control interventions that, in turn, contribute to reducing all-cause mortality rates in children less than five years of age.
  • Gaining experience in the field of process management, data extraction and analysis of trends, collaboration, planning and prioritization.
  • 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%).

 

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assisting the PMI Case Management Team on tasks such as extracting, analyzing, and reporting on data from MOPs or other data sources, which may include interacting with PMI headquarters and country staff, as appropriate.
  • Assisting in the development and review of project related documents (e.g. annual country work plans, reports, and project deliverables).
  • Supporting the development and finalization of the FY2019 country-specific MOPs, including consolidation of comments, editing drafts, taking minutes at technical meetings, etc.
  • Learning about the country-specific malaria control programs, participating in country team calls, and planning temporary duty technical visits (TDY) for USAID staff to support implementation of activities.
  • Attending program meetings with implementing partners, PMI technical team meetings, and program related events to better understand project management and technical concepts.
  • Collaborating with other PMI teams such as the Communications, Supply Chain, or Malaria in Pregnancy (MIP) to assist in joint activities such as updating the case management section of the website or other relevant projects.  
  • Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need and/or the Intern’s own interests.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Currently enrolled in master’s or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate in public health, international health, international development, social sciences, or a related field; or, completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Experience with quantitative or qualitative analysis a plus.
  • Experience working on malaria and/or other health programs in developing countries, particularly in Africa, is preferred.
  • Demonstrated interest in international development and global health issues.
  • Motivated self-starter with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • French or Portuguese language skills preferred.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

 

COMPENSATION:

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

 

TO APPLY:

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

 

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