Maternal and Child Health Policy Intern
Policy Team, Research and Policy Division, Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, Bureau of Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
$1,826 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position)
6 months, full-time
STAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
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 Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (GH/MCHN) serves as the Agency’s technical and policy lead on maternal and newborn health, child survival, immunization, nutrition and environmental health, with a focus on preventing child and maternal deaths. Cross-cutting activities managed by the Office in support of this goal, address private sector partnerships, social and behavior change communication, multilateral partnerships, gender, and monitoring and evaluation. MCHN provides leadership in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating maternal and child health and nutrition programs. This entails ensuring the technical integrity of USAID’s headquarters and Mission programs, providing global leadership in maternal and child health and nutrition policy and research, and supporting USAID Missions to work with partners, donors and other government agencies to accelerate progress towards the Agency’s goal of preventing child and maternal deaths. The Office comprises the following functional divisions: Maternal and Newborn Health Division; Child Health and Immunization Division; Nutrition and Environmental Health Division; and Research and Policy Division.
The Maternal and Child Health Policy Intern (Intern) will support the team on addressing USAID’s priorities in the area of maternal, newborn, and child health and the overall global policy landscape through engagement in policy-related activities involving teams across the Bureau for Global Health (GH) and support to relevant external engagements.
The Maternal and Child Health Policy Intern will be based in the Policy Team in the Research and Policy Division of MCHN and will work closely with the Policy Advisor, MCHN and receive technical guidance from the Senior Policy Advisor, MCHN, who will serve as his/her onsite manager.
By the end of the internship, the Intern will have gained experience and exposure to:
- Creation of professional quality policy materials (policy briefs, memos and presentations) to support institutional strategy and decision-making.
- Support the creation of policy documents and presentations on issues of priority for MCHN Office.
- Conduct ongoing research on global and/or country-specific policy issues in support of MCHN office strategy.
- Attend internal and external policy-related events and create summary memos for MCHN Staff.
- Support review of policy documents to facilitate effective USAID participation in key platforms (e.g. UNICEF Executive Board).
Anticipated learning outcomes
- Support Senior Policy and Policy Advisor with the management of a Public International Organization agreement with UNICEF.
- Work with the Policy Advisor to improve record keeping and analysis of UNICEF PIO agreement funding.
- Conduct historical analysis of past funding support to UNICEF PIO agreement; draft initial responses to agreement inquiries from USAID Missions.
- Organize and/or participate in regular coordination meetings/calls with the implementing PIO’s management team.
- Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need and/or the Intern’s own interests.
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 Health Policy and Maternal, Neonatal, and Child 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.
Additional skills (preferred):
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and proven ability to communicate quickly, clearly and concisely.
- Strong research and analysis skills, preferable in the field of global public health.
- Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with professionals of diverse backgrounds, including USG personnel and representatives of international partner agencies.
- Computer skills in MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Google Drive.
- 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.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
- Familiarity with global MCHN policy issues and broader development challenges in MNCH priority countries.
- Familiarity with policy research and analysis; basic understanding of U.S. Government and global MNCH institutions and platforms.
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 www.ghstar.org
, which allows you to create a profile and upload a CV/resume and cover letter. All online applications must be submitted by October 28, 2019 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.