Category: Fellowships

Quality Improvement Intern at Global Health Fellows Program II

January 29th, 2015 in Fellowships

Global Health Fellows Program II

Quality Improvement (QI) Intern

Office of Health Systems, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development

Anticipated timeframe: April 2015 – July 2015: Compensated 16 week internship

Location: Washington, DC/Arlington, VA

INT-P4-043

 

The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year 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:

Since 1990, USAID has supported a series of centrally-managed projects to adapt modern quality improvement (QI) approaches to the needs of USAID-assisted countries. The most recent of this series is the Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) project, a 5-year, $185 million cooperative agreement awarded in September 2012. ASSIST draws on the experience of earlier projects in this series, as well as state-of-the-art approaches developed in high income countries. Like QI approaches used in the US, ASSIST focuses on helping health systems measurably improve the processes used to implement health care.

 

Improvement strategies focus on changes in processes, rather than the provision of resources, to bring about better health and development outcomes. A major type of process that often needs improvement is the degree to which providers follow national guidelines for basic services. A review of the results from recent USAID projects in this series specifically focused on provider compliance with such guidelines, and found that the application of modern QI approaches produced impressive levels of improvement across the sample studied.

 

INTRODUCTION:

The field of QI is growing, and many people would be interested in learning about QI through well-written stories based on actual experiences. However, no detailed descriptions of QI in low-resource settings have been published. Although many health professionals around the world know about good results from QI, few of them know the details of how QI teams do their work.

 

The QI Intern will be assigned to the Office of Health Systems. S/he will focus on supporting the development of a book of case studies that will be submitted for publication. The book will feature QI case studies from low-resourced countries. The Intern will receive day to day guidance from the Quality Improvement and Human Resources for Health Technical Advisor who will serve as his/her onsite manager.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Gaining a greater understanding of the field of QI and its application in low-resourced countries.
  • Gaining experience in supporting the documentation of how QI activities are implemented and how QI Teams function in low-resourced settings.
  • Gaining a solid understanding of how QI approaches can be used to strengthen health systems.
  • Deepening skills in collaboration and coordination within a complex organizational and implementation structure.

 

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assisting with the review of submitted case studies for inclusion in the case book.
  • Providing support to case study submitters on drafting, editing and revising case study submissions, which may include supporting the collection, transcription and interpretation of qualitative data.
  • Coordinating logistics of manuscript development process to ensure that manuscript aligns with publisher’s submission requirements.
  • Providing technical support to authors writing commentary sections of the case book.
  • Reviewing, editing, and providing feedback on submitted commentary.
  • Participating in technical discussions with the Case Study Review Team and case study authors.
  • Ad hoc help with literature reviews related to case book, if required.
  • Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need. and/or the Intern’s own interests.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Currently enrolled master’s or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate in public health, international development, or a related field; or, completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Strong writing and analytical skills and the ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated experience in working in low-resourced settings, research and analysis, and conducting literature reviews.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in one or more of the global health technical areas such as tuberculosis, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and infectious diseases.
  • A basic understanding of QI approaches and the field of health systems strengthening in global development.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

 

COMPENSATION:

$1,680 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 Monday, February 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm eastern time.

 

Exciting Summer Internship Opportunities at USAID through Global Health Fellows II

January 6th, 2015 in Fellowships, Practicums/Internships

Global Health Fellows II has several summer internship opportunities available, and are accepting applications through January 8th. A few of the various availabilities to highlight are:

  • Gender and HIV intern
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Intern
  • Family Planning Resources Intern
  • Population and Reproductive Health Communications Intern

Click here to find the list of opportunities and apply.

Fully-funded, Global Investigative reporting fellowship available through the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Applications accepted through March 18th!

January 5th, 2015 in Fellowships, Practicums/Internships

Application Deadline: March 18, 2015
Decision: By end of March
Starting Approximately: June 1, 2015

The BU Center for Global Health and Development (CGHD), School of Public Health (SPH), and the College of Communication (COM) have an ongoing partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (http://pulitzercenter.org/). The goal of this collaboration is to exchange knowledge and resources on global health and crisis reporting with the ultimate objective of providing BU students in SPH and COM with the opportunity to hone their global health and crisis reporting skills under close mentorship from Pulitzer Center journalists. During this 6-8 week practicum, outstanding BU students will have the opportunity to work in Washington, D.C.,  at the Pulitzer Center headquarters and to travel internationally (likely to a developing country) on a 2-3 week reporting trip mentored by professional journalists.

Goal: There is a symbiotic relationship between journalists and health workers.  In crises, health workers need journalists to communicate accurate news to the appropriate audiences and journalists need health workers to provide them with news and opportunity to learn about the issues of concern.  By building a stronger collaboration between the two professions, we hope to provide more accurate reporting, and increase awareness about global health topics.

Deliverables: Students selected for this internship will be expected to work with Pulitzer Center headquarters staff for 2-4 weeks in Washington DC, and travel to the field mentored by Pulitzer Center journalists to research and write a narrative feature article or create a multimedia production, and maintain a global health reporting blog.  You can find the work by previous BU students who have worked with the Pulitzer Center at: http://pulitzercenter.org/campus-consortium/boston-university

Timing: The BU-Pulitzer Center Internship will take place between May and August 2015.

Funding Available: One student from COM and one from SPH will be selected for the 2015 program. Approximately $5,000 will be available per student to be used toward each intern’s international reporting trip to cover transportation, lodging and related hard costs, and toward living expenses in Washington, D.C.

Qualifications: Applicants must have some documented experience in both public health and journalism. This experience can be demonstrated through course work and instructor recommendations.   Preference will be given to students who meet these criteria:

COM Student Eligibility:

  • Graduate and upper-class undergraduate students from the Departments of Journalism, Documentary Film, and Public Relations
  • Enrolled in or already completed PH510 or PH511 on the Charles River Campus or a class at SPH Or demonstrated interest in/and or experience in global health or allied fields

SPH Student Eligibility:

  • Current student enrolled in any SPH concentration
  • Enrolled in or already completed a class in the Department of Journalism or some other documented experience with reporting

 How to Apply:

Click the link to submit an electronic application. The application should be submitted with the following ATTACHMENTS:

  • 250 word statement explaining your experience with and interest in global health reporting
  • 250 word statement proposing a story idea that might expand upon a Pulitzer Center reporting topic
  • One or two brief writing samples or link(s) to published work
  • Transcript
  • Resume
  • References

Selection Process: Applications will be vetted by faculty from COM, SPH, CGHD and the Pulitzer Center. The student must demonstrate interest in and a working knowledge of the principals of both global health and journalism. Previous international experience will be prioritized.

Panel on Racism and Discrimination: An interdisciplinary look at how they impact mental health

December 9th, 2014 in Fellowships

Thursday, December 11th from 5:00-6:00pm. 670 Albany St. Auditorium

Panelists include: Dr. Yvette Cozier (BUSPH, Epidemiology), Dr. Karla Damus (BMC) Sophie Godley (BUSPH, CHS), Dr. Hyeouk Chris Hahm (School of Social Work), Samantha Schneider (The Home for Little Wanderers)

Sponsored by: BUSPH Spotlight Office, BUSPH Student Senate, MCH in Action, Medicine and Public Health Association, &
Students of Color for Public Health

Arrive 10-15 minutes early for food!

ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship is Accepting Applications through January 29th!

December 8th, 2014 in Fellowships

ASPPH is pleased to offer recent graduates from ASPPH-member, Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited schools and programs of public health an exciting opportunity to gain global health experience at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Applications are currently being accepted for the 2015 ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship Program; the deadline to apply is Thursday, January 29, 2015.

In recognition of a career dedicated to improving the health of the world’s most vulnerable populations, ASPPH, with support from CDC, established a fellowship in honor of Dr. Allan Rosenfield, former dean of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The students selected as ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellows are expected to involve themselves, as Dr. Rosenfield did throughout his career, in all aspects of global public health. The fellowship is a unique training opportunity to learn from leading CDC experts in CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA, as well as various international posts.

The purpose of the fellowship program is to enhance the practice-based training of graduates from ASPPH members who have a keen interest in global public health. Fellowship assignments will emphasize a variety of training areas such as global surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, epidemiology, strategic information and program management, thereby accelerating the fellows’ careers as future leaders in global public health. Currently, ASPPH sponsors 48 ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellows assigned to various CDC offices worldwide.

“I have had a unique chance to work with the very first cohort of the newly implemented Field Epidemiology Training Program in Zambia—a public health workforce capacity building program,” said Ms. Ramya Kumar, an ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellow based in Zambia and focusing on epidemiology. “I have had so many opportunities to be involved in practical public health work such as: collaborating with Zambian government and local university officials, participating in outbreak investigations, developing new skills with EpiInfo and GIS, and writing manuscripts for publication with a team of scientists. The breadth and depth of projects available at CDC Zambia is very impressive, and I am grateful for the excellent mentorship I’ve received from several highly capable, dedicated leaders in global public in health.”

ASPPH is now accepting applications to fill multiple global health fellowship positions at CDC. Fellowship positions are full-time opportunities for a period of 12 months and will begin in September 2015. The fellowship features an intensive orientation arranged by ASPPH in consultation with CDC. The orientation will be held in Atlanta, GA prior to the start of the assignments, which is expected to occur in September.  Detailed program information, the Program Announcement, and all application instructions can be accessed here.

To qualify for this fellowship, candidates must have received their masters or doctorate degree from an ASPPH-member CEPH-accredited school or program of public health prior to the beginning of the fellowship (no later than August 2015) or within the previous five years (no earlier than May 2010) and also be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (Green Card). Preference will be given to candidates with a Certification in Public Health (CPH).

A full list of CEPH-accredited, ASPPH-member schools and programs can be accessed via the ASPPH website here.

Questions may be directed via email to ASPPH Graduate Training Programs at trainingprograms@aspph.org.

Follow Up Information from today’s Job Talk: Opportunities at the CDC for MPH Students

December 4th, 2014 in Fellowships, Jobs, Practicums/Internships

Here is information from today’s talk with Research Assistant Professor, Stephen Ko, about opportunities for MPHers at CDC:

 

Partners in Health seeks Technical Advisor to lead a mobile depression screening program in Haiti

December 1st, 2014 in Fellowships, Jobs

Job: Mental mHealth Technical Advisor

Location: Mirebalais, Haiti

Position Overview and Responsibilities: The Mental mHealth Technical Advisor will act as the on-the-ground technical lead and program manager for the design and initial pilot of the mHealth component of the project. This person will be twinning with a ZL employee in order to build local capacity and ensure sustainability of the project.

Here you can find the full job description and details about applying: PIHZL-MobileMentalHealthJD

RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS IN SOUTH AFRICA

November 24th, 2014 in Fellowships

The Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE²RO) in Johannesburg, South Africa has openings for 12-month Quantcorps Research Fellows.  HE²RO is CGHD’s partner in South Africa.  It conducts applied research and evaluation on HIV, TB, and noncommunicable diseases in South Africa and generates evidence-based information for the South African government and other stakeholders.  Quantcorps Fellows serve as all-purpose research assistants and study coordinators for the senior scientists at HE²RO, gaining hands-on experience in field-based public health research.  Strong quantitative skills in epidemiology and/or health economics are required.  For further information, please see the attached flier.  Applications for a winter 2015 placement will continue to be considered through the end of 2014.

Read a full descriptions of the fellowship here: HE2RO-QuantCorps-Fellowships-2015

DC-Based, Spring Internship with Global Health Fellows: Population and Reproductive Health Communications-Apply by December 1st!

November 19th, 2014 in Fellowships, Practicums/Internships

Global Health Fellows Program II
Population and Reproductive Health Communications Intern
Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
Anticipated timeframe: February 2015 – May 2015: Compensated 12 week internship
Location: Washington, DC
INT-P4-004

The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year 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.

INTRODUCTION:
USAID advances and supports rights based voluntary family planning and reproductive health programs in more than 45 countries across the globe. As the largest bilateral donor, USAID’s work in family planning is highly visible throughout the United States Government (USG) and international community. USAID’s public affairs and communications efforts are, therefore, a critical component of USAID’s involvement. They inform internal and external audiences – including key decision makers like the U.S. Congress – about USAID’s objectives and progress.

The Population and Reproductive Health Communications Intern will be assigned to the Front Office of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH). The PRH Office provides technical leadership, strategic direction, implementation oversight and support to field missions, as well as partner coordination and performance tracking for the family planning component of the USG’s Global Health Initiative. The Intern will coordinate with technical teams across the office and draft success stories, fact sheets, and blog posts related to USAID’s family planning programs. These documents will be featured on www.usaid.gov and used for external events. The Intern will also have the opportunity to craft content and strategize new ideas for engaging audiences on USAID’s social media channels. This position receives day to day guidance from the Senior Technical Advisor for External Affairs as well as the Communications Advisor as his/her onsite manager.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
• Gaining a greater understanding of how to communicate successes in family planning and reproductive health programs.
• Gaining experience in communicating technical terms and ideas in easily understandable language.
• Gaining a better understanding on writing for different forms of print and online communications.
• Deepening skills in collaboration and coordination within a complex organizational and implementation structure.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Working with USAID technical teams and partner organizations to gather materials and write success stories and fact sheets.
• Organizing visual elements (photos, b-roll) for use on social media and future projects.
• Assisting in documenting, organizing, and managing knowledge/content generated.
• Working with key USAID staff to review content.
• Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need and/or the Intern’s own interests.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Currently enrolled senior in a bachelor’s degree program; or, completion of such a program within the past 24 months.
• Demonstrated experience working in communications and/or global health programs is preferred.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office Programs and managing social media channels (Twitter, Facebook).
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to travel internationally.
• US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

COMPENSATION:
$15.52 per hour (non-exempt, hourly wage 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 Monday, December 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm eastern time.

Fully-Funded Global Summer Fellowship Opportunity: Investigative Reporting with the Pulitzer Center

November 12th, 2014 in Fellowships, Funding, GH Announcements, GH Events

Pulitzer Event