Malaria Commodities Intern with the Global Health Fellows Program

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March 20th, 2014

Global Health Fellows Program II

Malaria Commodities Intern

Malaria Division, Office of Health, Infectious Diseases, and Nutrition, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development

Location: Washington, DC

Anticipated timeframe: June 2014 – December 2014: Six Month Compensated Internship

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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:

The Malaria Division under the Office of Office of Health, Infectious Diseases, and Nutrition (HIDN) in the Bureau for Global Health (GH) leads the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).  With the passage of the 2008 Lantos-Hyde Leadership for HIV/AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act and the launch of the Global Health Initiative in 2009, PMI was authorized up to $5 billion and extended until 2014. The goal of PMI is to work with partners to halve the burden of malaria (morbidity and mortality) in 70 percent of the at-risk populations of sub-Saharan Africa-or approximately 450 million people. PMI will achieve this goal by expanding coverage of four highly effective malaria prevention and treatment measures to the most vulnerable populations: pregnant women and children under five years of age. These interventions include insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs), indoor residual spraying (IRS) with insecticides, intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women (IPTp), and prompt use of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) for those who have been diagnosed with malaria. Please visit http://fightingmalaria.gov/about/index.html to learn more about PMIS

INTRODUCTION:

The Malaria Commodities Intern will primarily assist the Malaria Commodities Team to provide support for a large, complex, multi-country supply chain contract (DELIVER Malaria Task Order) that procures non-IRS malaria commodities (ITNs, ACTs, SP, RDTs and other related pharmaceuticals) as well as provides technical assistance for strengthening supply chain systems. The Intern will also assist the Malaria Commodities Team by contributing to team operations such as conducting technical reviews of Malaria Operational Plans (MOPs). S/he will work closely with the Malaria Technical Advisor as his/her onsite manager.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Gaining understanding of malaria prevention and control programming needs, and approaches to improve coverage of malaria control interventions that, in turn, contribute to reducing all-cause mortality rates in children less than five years of age.
  • Developing an understanding of technical issues and best practices related to PMI programs, including the overall process of the FY2015 MOP.
  • Deepening skills in collaboration and coordination within a complex organizational and implementation structure.
  • Strengthening competencies in process management, qualitative and quantitative analysis, collaboration, planning and prioritization.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Providing support to the PMI Commodities Team on tasks such as responding to taskers, commodity questions, participating in meetings and collecting commodity data.
  • Assisting in the development and review of project related documents (e.g. annual country work plans and project deliverables).
  • Supporting the development and finalization of the FY15 country-specific MOPs, including consolidation of comments, editing drafts, taking minutes at technical meetings, etc.
  • Learning about the country-specific malaria control programs and participating in country team calls.
  • Attending management meetings with implementing partners, PMI technical team meetings, and program related events to better understand project management and technical concepts.

·        May travel internationally to gain an understanding of project implementation and provide commodities support functions, as needed.

Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need and/or the Intern’s own interests.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Currently enrolled in master’s or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate in public health, international health, international development, social sciences, or a related field; or, completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Experience working on malaria and/or other health programs in developing countries, ideally in Africa, preferable.
  • Demonstrated interest in international development and global health issues.
  • Ability to serve as a motivated self-starter with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to travel internationally.
  • French or Portuguese language skills a plus.
  • 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 Friday, March 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm eastern time.

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