Health Systems Delivery Internship at MSH. Deadline to apply is August 31!

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August 19th, 2014

Agency: Center for Health Services (CHS)/Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
Internship Location: Arlington, VA
Hours: 16 – 25 hour/week
Semester: Fall (September 8-December 19)
Vacancies: 1
Deadline to apply: August 31, 2014

Management Health Sciences (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policymakers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

The purpose of this internship is to provide support to the Health Systems Delivery (HSD) unit within the Center for Health Services (CHS). The intern will provide assistance to the Global Technical Lead (GTL) for HSD and possibly other technical staff. Additional opportunities may arise for the intern to provide support relating HSD to other technical areas, such as: health care financing, family planning and reproductive health; maternal, neonatal and child health; and chronic diseases.

The HSD unit is primarily responsible for developing center-specific HSD activities, as well as promoting and contributing to MSH-wide HSD strategy, development, and technical excellence.

Practicum Objectives:
a) Conduct research on technical issues, such as integrated service delivery, essential packages of health services, decentralization of health services, universal health coverage (UHC), linkages of HSD with healthcare finance (HCF) for health systems strengthening (HSS) and UHC (gathering latest recommendations, what countries and donors are doing, literature reviews, etc.); and other areas as needed.
b) Support internal development of HSD, e.g., by helping to organize brown bags and other meetings on HSD topics, participating in relevant internal meetings.
c) Support external development of MSH’s HSD work by working on promotional and presentation materials and campaign development.
d) Provide additional support to the HSD GTL as needed.

Practicum Outputs:
• Literature searches, web searches, outreach to relevant sources, and data synthesis
• Reports, technical briefs, and promotional and presentation materials (and/or contributions to these) on issues related to HSD, such as those noted above
• Contribute to internal knowledge exchange around HSD
• Contribute to internal HSD meetings conducted during tenure

• Knowledge of public health issues; knowledge of HSS or UHC helpful
• Self-starter who is able to work independently
• Organized; good multi-tasker
• Excellent inter-personal skills
• Excellent writing and verbal communications skills
• Computer skills essential: proficiency in MS applications

To apply submit CV, cover letter, availability and writing sample to Lem-Marie Chizungu