INTERN TITLE: President’s Malaria Initiative Private Sector Engagement Intern
HOST ORGANIZATION: President’s Malaria Initiative, Malaria Division, Office of Infectious Disease, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
LOCATION: Washington, DC
POSITION LEVEL: Masters level
SALARY: $1,832 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position)
ANTICIPATED TIMEFRAME: 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 Malaria Division under the Office of Infectious Diseases 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 to work with partners in significantly reducing the burden of malaria (morbidity and mortality) in 70% 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:
Achieving and sustaining scale of proven interventions.
Adapting to changing epidemiology and new tools.
Improving countries’ capacity to collect and use information.
Mitigating risks against the current malaria control gains.
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. These countries are located sub-Saharan Africa, where malaria remains a significant public health problem, as well as in Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand, where PMI is supporting regional efforts in the Greater Mekong Region in Asia. While launching these five new country programs, the U.S. 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/ to learn more about PMI.
The PMI Private Sector Engagement Intern (Intern) will primarily assist the team in gathering, analyzing and disseminating information on private sector engagement activities in PMI supported countries. They will also assist with build on the landscaping tool already developed to assist the external affairs team lead with engaging with complex multi-partner alliances that include: philanthropists, trusts and foundations, emergent donors (e.g. China, South Africa, and India), country-specific private sector actors, faith-based and community-led organizations, and multilateral development banks. The intern will follow the USAID private sector engagement policy and assist the EA team lead in contextualizing it for malaria activities.
The Intern will work closely with the PMI External Affairs Team and receive technical guidance from the External Affairs Team Lead who will serve as their onsite manager.
The Intern will deliver a landscape analysis and tools assessment for private sector engagements-related priorities (e.g., tracking progress of selected countries and/or the rollout of new/revised guidelines) across PMI countries and present results to the PMI Team and in-country stakeholders.
Program and Policy:
Support the PMI External Affairs Team in extracting, analyzing, and reporting on private sector data from MOPs, quarterly reports, or other data sources, which may include interacting with PMI headquarters and country staff, as appropriate.
Learn about the country-specific malaria control programs by participating in country team calls as well as planning and participating in one or more temporary duty technical visits (TDY) to support implementation of activities.
Attend program meetings and other program-related events with select PMI interagency teams, implementing partners, and other stakeholders to better understand project management and technical concepts.
Communications and Knowledge Management Support:
Contribute to reports, briefings, publications, trainings, and other means of promoting wide understanding of improved knowledge and methods with regard to private sector engagement in malaria.
Provide support in researching and identifying best practices by private sector actors engaged in malaria and crafting new partnerships that will advance PMI objectives. Participate in the analysis of efforts underway across other donor agencies, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and private sector actors.
With the guidance of the EA team lead, consult with the relevant staff within PMI and missions in order to document the broader PMI needs and requirements within emerging partnerships. Attend in-person and telephone consultations organized by the EA team as needed with other federal agencies to identify synergies and areas of further leverage.
Anticipated learning outcomes: *required 10% time
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 PMI and malaria 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.
Masters: Currently enrolled masters or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate or completion of such within the past 12 months.
Experience in business administration, economics/social science, international development, or a related field with a public health focus.
Demonstrated interest in international development and global health issues.
Motivated self-starter with excellent oral and written communication skills.
This position may require travel. 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.
Additional skills (preferred):
Background experience in public-private partnerships.
Experience working on malaria and/or other health programs in developing countries, ideally in Africa, is preferred.
Experience with quantitative or qualitative analysis a plus.
Experience with French or Portuguese useful but not required.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
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 February 10, 2020 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.
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