Summer Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Intern

Washington D.C., DC, USA
negotiable Expires in 2 weeks



The Summer Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Intern will provide technical support and input to the MERL work of the Department of Global Health (DGH) and provide organizational and coordination support to DGH’s MERL Technical Team.


What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)


The Summer Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Intern will provide technical support and input to the MERL work of the Department of Global Health (DGH) and provide organizational and coordination support to DGH’s MERL Technical Team. This work will include providing support with various MERL-related tasks across several global health projects. Examples of tasks include providing support for routine reporting, data analysis, documentation, and data visualization work; supporting the development and implementation of country offices’ MERL tools and plans; conducting desk and literature reviews; and supporting the design, implementation, and analysis for research and evaluation activities. Support to the DGH MERL Technical Team will include the development of a MERL resource database, development of an indicator bank, coordination of regular MERL team meetings, and other tasks as needed.

Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact


Department of Global Health MERL Program Support:

  • Assist with routine data reporting, data analysis (qualitative and quantitative), documentation, and data visualization work
  • Assist with development and implementation of country program M&E tools and plans
  • Conduct desk and literature reviews for reports or manuscripts
  • Technical inputs to the design, implementation, data analysis for research and evaluation activities

MERL Technical Team Support:

  • Liaise with DGH MERL staff to identify key MERL-related tools, resources, and other documents and coordinate their housing on the SaveNet MERL SharePoint site
  • Assist with the development of an indicator bank that can serve as a resource for the MERL team
  • Provide coordination support for MERL team meetings
  • Support the development of MERL-related guidance for project start-up procedures

Required Qualifications

  • Must be an actively enrolled Associate, Bachelor, Master or other post high school education program, or have graduated within 6 months of intern program start date
  • An interest in research, particularly monitoring and evaluation, as it relates to health and/or nutrition programs implemented in low and middle-income country settings
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member with all staff at headquarters and country field offices
  • Demonstrated organization and task completion skills; ability to effectively manage multiple priorities in a timely and comprehensive manner
  • Possess strong written skills and solid interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Motivated, committed to Save’s Mission and willing to learn
  • Currently eligible to work in the U.S.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Exposure to qualitative and quantitative data collection, data analysis and presentation, and development and communication of results.
  • Exposure to analytical software packages (e.g. SPSS, STATA)



What’s In It for You

  • Structured learning and development program
  • Meaningful work under the direct supervision of an experienced Save the Children staff member
  • Highly collaborative and innovative teams
  • Networking program with managers across the organization
  • Flexible schedule
  • A family friendly work environment
  • The knowledge that the work you are supporting is changing the lives of children all around the world


Classification:  Paid Intern

Part-time:  16-24 hours per week

Dates:  June 2, 2020 to August 7, 2020



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