Category: Fellowships

Boston-Based, full-time Research Fellow needed for Maternity Homes Alliance in Zambia

April 24th, 2015 in Fellowships, Jobs

POSITION: Research Fellow – Maternity Homes in Zambia Project
REPORTS TO: Dr. Nancy Scott, Principal Investigator
Appointment term: Anticipated June 1, 2015 start date, one-year appointment with annual renewal for up to three years, conditional upon continued grant funding and good performance.
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
SUMMARY OF PROJECT
The Maternity Homes Alliance (MHA) – a partnership between Government of the Republic of Zambia, MSD for Mothers, implementing partners working in collaboration with academic institutions, an evaluation advisor, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and ELMA Foundation- seeks to help women overcome the “distance problem” by implementing MHs, with the hypothesis that offering women access to quality maternity homes will bring women closer to quality, facility-based delivery and postpartum care, ultimately improving health outcomes. Through implementing and evaluating maternity homes in Zambia, the MHA will generate rigorous evidence to help decision makers

Read the full job description here: MHZ RF job posting 2015

Partners In Health – Rwanda seeks Director of Monitoring and Evaluation

April 8th, 2015 in Fellowships, Jobs

New employment opportunity with you at Partners In Health-Rwanda: We are accepting applications for the head of the monitoring and evaluation department at Partners In Health-Rwanda. The M&E Director reports to the Chief Knowledge Officer, and is responsible for leveraging routinely collected M&E data to inform IMB programmatic and organization-wide strategic planning.

The ideal candidate would have a strong technical foundation in monitoring and evaluation or a quantitative public health discipline, and two-three years of management experience in a resource-limited setting.

The job posting can be viewed here. If you or any friends are interested in applying, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Four Global Health Fellows II internship opportunities just opened; deadline to apply is April 8th!

March 30th, 2015 in Fellowships, Practicums/Internships

The following four (4) Global Health Fellows Program II internships have just opened.  All internships are located in Pretoria, South Africa.

Health Systems Strengthening Intern (INT-P4-044)

Health Office, United States Agency for International Development/Southern Africa

Location: Pretoria, South Africa

Anticipated timeframe: May 2015 – August 2015: Compensated 12 week internship 

HIV/AIDS Prevention Intern (INT-P4-045)

Health Office, United States Agency for International Development/Southern Africa

Location: Pretoria, South Africa

Anticipated timeframe: May 2015 – August 2015: Compensated 12 week internship

Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Intern (INT-P4-046)

Health Office, United States Agency for International Development/Southern Africa

Location: Pretoria, South Africa

Anticipated timeframe: May 2015 – August 2015: Compensated 12 week internship

Strategic Information and Monitoring & Evaluation Intern (INT-P4-047)

Health Office, United States Agency for International Development/Southern Africa

Location: Pretoria, South Africa

Anticipated timeframe: Compensated 24 week internship

Detailed information, including an online application and instructions, is available on our website at http://recruitment.ghfp.net/.

 

All applications must be submitted by April 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm eastern time.

Current MPH student Abhishek Sharma’s paper “Catch Them Young for Health Future” has been published in the Indian Journal of Community Medicine

March 24th, 2015 in Fellowships, GH Announcements

Congratulations to our current MPH student Abhishek Sharma! Read the published article here:  IndianJCommunityMed_2015_40_2_141_153887

Fellowship Opportunities in Zambia

March 3rd, 2015 in Fellowships

I wanted to pass along a training opportunity announcement for individuals interested in working at CIDRZ in Zambia: http://www.cidrz.org/healthcorps-fellowship-2015-16/. CIDRZ offers opportunities in program implementation, laboratory sciences, implementation science (HIV program outcomes measurement, TB in prisons, diarrheal disease prevention, PMTCT, maternal health, etc), clinical trials (HVTN, AERAS, TB alliance, etc), and public health data analysis of large HIV, TB and other databases. Please consider sending this around to your networks at BU and elsewhere and referring any outstanding students or recent graduates who might be interested in working with us in Zambia.

Fully Funded Summer Internship Through the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting – deadline to apply is March 18th!

February 23rd, 2015 in Fellowships, Practicums/Internships

Pulitzer Flyer

2015 APS Nicaragua-U.S. Partnered Research Program

February 11th, 2015 in Fellowships

Read the full job description here: APS Nicaragua-U.S. Partnered Research Program_Final concept paper_2.2015

Fill out the application here: APS Nicaragua-U.S. Partnered Research Program_Final application outline_2.2015

 

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.