By Juliana Restivo

Initiatives Inc. & Community Health Workers Central – Internship

October 23rd, 2017 in Practicums/Internships

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Internship to support CHW Central 

Initiatives Inc.
264 Beacon Street Boston, MA /

Are you interested in Global Health?  Good at research and writing?  Skilled in website design?

If so, Initiatives Inc. is looking for someone like you to help us further develop and promote CHW Central, an online community of practice that hosts 800 resources on research, training materials, practical tools, and up to date guidance to increase the use of best practices to support community health workers and CHW programs.

The world is facing a shortage of an estimated 7.2 million health workers (WHO 2014); Community Health Workers are helping to fill that gap.  CHWs supported the effort to contain Ebola, provide information on nutrition, ensure TB patients take their medications, remind and escort pregnant women to ANC and PNC clinics, treat children under 5 at home and care for families dealing with HIV.    In the US, CHWs help communities address chronic disease, navigate hospital bureaucracy and get services.


CHW Central is an online community of practice that provides up-to-date guidance to increase the global exchange of best practices and other information related to CHWs and CHW programs.  Managed by Initiatives Inc., a small women-owned business founded in 1987, and dedicated to improving the health and services provided to communities in the developing world.


We seek a motivated intern with an interest in developing skills in research, writing, and design to support Initiatives’ work in disseminating information on CHW issues, policies, and best practices to the global and local community. The intern will be an essential part of content development, promotion and interacting with known CHW experts.



  • Strong writing and organizational skills;
  • Desire to learn about the work, challenges, and practices of both domestic and international CHWs;
  • Understanding of website design and maintenance;
  • Experience with social media marketing and communication strategies;
  • Ability to monitor trends using Google Analytics or desire to learn;
  • Knowledge of graphic design and video production, along with familiarity with the Drupal platform a plus

Requirements:  CV and Writing Sample

To Apply
: Email your CV, cover letter and writing sample to

Work for One of Our Grads! Job Posting: Assistant Executive Director, Konbit Sante

October 2nd, 2017 in Jobs


The Assistant Executive Director works under the direct supervision of the Executive Director to promote and advance the Mission of Konbit Sante.  S/he is responsible for the management and day-to-day administration of the US Konbit Sante operations with particular focus on human resources, volunteer liaison, communications, development and fundraising, and procurement/logistics.




I.         Coordinates US-based activities with Executive Director and Haiti-based management staff.

II.         Supervises activities of US-based staff

III.         Develops and implements fundraising/development plans for KS, in conjunction with the Development Committee

IV.         Attends and participates in all KS Board of Directors monthly meetings, and leads and facilitates selected US-based committees to advance KS organizational and program objectives.

V.         Plans, develops, and coordinates the execution of organizational policy, procedures, and operations;

VI.         In the case of the prolonged absence of the Executive Director, the Assistant will assume the role and duties of the Executive Director, and will report directly to the President of the Board.

VII.         Performs miscellaneous job-related duties and special projects as assigned by Executive Director.


Human Resource Management

I.         Acts as the primary human resources manager of all US-based staff, responsible for hiring, promotion, and termination in accordance with the US Konbit Sante Employee Handbook.

II.         Manages the work flow in the US office; prioritizing, supervising, assigning and coordinating work of all US-based staff and volunteers.

III.         Ensures up-to-date job descriptions and performance evaluations, and sound human resource practices for US KS staff.

IV.         Monitors compliance with KS policies and procedures, as well as relevant regulations and laws.

V.         Plans, develops, and coordinates policies, procedures, and operations of volunteer component of KS’s work; promoting active and appropriate participation by volunteers in the organization's work.


Development & Communications/Public Relations

I.         Develops and implements fundraising/development plans for KS, in conjunction with the Development Committee

II.         Assists with preparing major donor requests in collaboration with the Executive Director and Program Director and at times represents the organization with major donors.

III.         Works with staff and volunteers to develop and maintain communications through website, social media, email blasts, annual reports, brochures, newsletters, volunteer guides, etc.

IV.         Assures that donor databases are maintained. Maintains official records and documents, and ensures compliance with federal, state and local regulations and major donor reporting requirements.



I.          Manages Konbit Sante’s supply chain program, including:

a.       Supervision of staff and volunteers involved

b.      Management of warehouse space

c.       Inventory procurement (donated or purchased), and stock management

d.      Logistics associated with shipping supplies

e.       Working with clinical staff and volunteers to determine materials and equipment needs


Financial Management

I.         Assists the Executive Director with the development of the Annual Budget.

II.         Works with the Executive Director, Treasurer, and Office Manager to maintain appropriate financial records and prepare budget reports.

III.         Participates on the board Finance Committee, to assist with fiscal planning, development of financial policies, and strategic direction.

IV.         Oversees the fiscal and administrative aspects of contract management.



Success in this position requires a positive problem-solving attitude, the ability to work with others; business acumen and organizational skills; the skill to work productively with minimal supervision; and the experience to represent Konbit Sante well.  Other qualifications and requirements include:

·         Five or more years of experience directly related to a majority of the specified duties.

·         Masters of Non-profit or Public Administration, Public Health, or related field highly desirable.



Ability to work with high degree of independence and accuracy
Demonstrates excellent leadership, interpersonal, and supervisory skills
Demonstrates good organizational and coordination skills
·         Successful fundraising/development background highly desirable.

·         Demonstrates strong communication skills, both written and oral

·         Demonstrates strong financial planning and management skills

·         Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports using computers and related technology

Articulates a mission-oriented philosophy
Is comfortable working with diverse individuals and organizations; experience working in a different culture desirable
Flexible about time requirements (i.e. able to attend some evening meetings)
French or Creole proficiency highly desirable
Criminal background check
Konbit Sante reserves the right to waive any requirement or substitute for any requirement listed above if it is deemed to be in the best interests of the organization.


Contact: If interested, write to Nate Nickerson, RN, DrPH (Fall ’04 cohort), Executive Director of Konbit Sante, at

Consortium of Universities for Global Health – Call for Campus Representatives!

September 5th, 2017 in GH Announcements

Dear CUGH Member Institution,

We are reaching out as the Trainee Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Consortium of Universities in Global Health (CUGH) in an effort to engage and bring the voices of local student groups together who are involved in Global Health. We would like to further strengthen and harmonize the diverse efforts of those who share similar goals in Global Health across universities. The TAC is a group of trainees involved in Global Health and selected by CUGH to contribute to the work of the organization and provide a trainee perspective to the organization’s work. We seek to ensure that the CUGH programs benefit from the rich experiences of trainees through acting on their input, counsel, and products in order to build a more robust community. The committee is composed of trainees from undergraduate and graduate levels across disciplines who share an interest in Global Health and  bring the trainee perspective to aid in the advancement of the CUGH mission of building interdisciplinary collaborations in order to facilitate the sharing of knowledge to address Global Health challenges, create equity, and reduce health disparities globally.

In pursuit of these goals and to further elicit input from the broader community, we are announcing a call for Campus Representatives from each CUGH member institution. We are looking for Campus Representatives that will act as the liaison between TAC and the Global Health student body at their university. The Representative will be pivotal in reaching out to groups active in Global Health at their institution, playing a vital role in building a larger network for collaboration. The following describe the role of the Campus Representative:

Obligations of a Campus Representative:

  1. Be a liaison between your on-campus Global Health trainee-specific activities and CUGH TAC.
  2. Forward CUGH TAC communications and projects to local students interested in Global Health.
  3. Work on Global Health advocacy projects in collaboration with the CUGH TAC, serving as lead contacts and mobilizers of on-going advocacy work.
  4. Gather local students’ feedback about the roles of CUGH and TAC in Global Health and any modifications that may be warranted.
  5. Provide ideas for solutions to various Global Health issues.
  6. Understand and represent the voice of Global Health students from your member institution.
  7. Create and maintain a list of contacts of students and/or student groups interested in Global Health to facilitate information dissemination.


Benefits of a campus representative:

  1. Be the face of one of the biggest Global Health organizations to your campus.
  2. Possible involvement in organizing Global Health topic webinar series, either content-related or promotional activities.
  3. Network with students and professionals in Global Health on your campus and beyond.
  4. Access to CUGH Young Speaker Bureau.
  5. If your institution is not a CUGH member institution, each campus representative can join CUGH as individual member with membership fee waived during the service term.


Thus, Campus Representatives will serve a critical role in illuminating their institution’s Global Health activities, function as a link between their institution and the members of the CUGH community, and assist in the larger strengthening of the Global Health community. Through acquiring local input and perspective, we can achieve our mission of interdisciplinary collaboration across education, research, and service for mutually beneficial, long-term partnerships between universities in resource-rich and resource-limited countries. The Campus Representative will serve an important role in this capacity.

The nomination form can by filled out by CUGH Institution Representatives:

We would greatly appreciate it if we could receive your nomination by Sept 15, 2017.



CUGH Secretariat

CUGH Trainee Advisory Committee

TA Needed ASAP! – HS440 Qualitative Research for Global Health

September 5th, 2017 in Jobs

Interested in teaching and qualitative research? Professor Susie Foster is looking for a current MPH student to be the TA for HS440, Qualitative Research for Global Health. The course meets from 11-2 pm on Fridays in KCB106 (Near Kenmore Square).

The role would entail attending class, meeting with students and helping with their team projects, some grading of short papers and of the presentation, and taking attendance. Interest or experience in qualitative research would be a plus, but not essential. If you would like to hear more, please contact Susie Foster at ASAP for more information. Include your resume and a paragraph or two indicating why you would be a good choice for this position.

Part-time Administrative Assistant position available (Department of Global Health/Center for Global Health & Development)

June 19th, 2017 in Jobs

The Department of Global Health/Center for Global Health & Development at SPH is now hiring a MPH student for a part-time Administrative Assistant for the summer starting in the end of May. This is a great opportunity for students to join a vibrant team and get further involved with the Department & the Center.

This position is central to the functionality of the whole office. In addition to managing daily and weekly priorities and tasks, it also entails trouble-shooting and fielding questions or needs for faculty, staff, and visitors to the department.


  • Assist in event and meeting management, including booking rooms, setting up, providing audio-visual assistance as needed, food and drink ordering, and breaking down
  • Assist in communications, including composing emails, making flyers, website design and upkeep
  • Manage calendars and communal technology equipment for conference rooms in the department
  • Greet visitors and callers, handle their inquiries, and direct them to the appropriate person according to their needs
  • Responsible for maintaining overall office tidiness in copy area, communal kitchen, conference rooms
  • Assist Department/Center faculty and staff with administrative, research and course related needs
  • Operate and troubleshoot office equipment such as fax machines, copiers, printers, computers and phone systems
  • Problem solve and respond quickly to requests
  • Conduct searches to find additional information for general office or specific faculty/staff member requests
  • Work closely with the Assistant Director of the Department/Center and the Events and Communications Specialist of the Department/Center
  • Take on additional office projects as needed


  • Ability to work as a part of a larger team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to interface with other departments, individuals, and vendors via face to face, phone, and email communication.
  • Proficiency in time-management and multi-tasking
  • Discretion in handling confidential information
  • Attentive to detail, particularly in financial projects
  • Experience with WordPress, Microsoft Outlook Calendars, Microsoft Office
  • Current MPH student at SPH
  • Ability to work with a flexible schedule during the summer months

Hours: Monday and Tuesday from 8:30-5:00pm for July & August 2017

Preference will be given to applicants who are interested in possibly continuing in the position through Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 with hours flexible depending on your schedule.

Apply by June 30th:

Email your cover letter and Resume/CV to with the subject DGH/CGHD Admin Position – Your name


Global Nursing Caucus (GNC) Coordinator Position

May 11th, 2017 in Jobs


Global Nursing Caucus (GNC) Coordinator Position

The Global Nursing Caucus is looking for an organized and efficient coordinator to join our growing team of nurses across the world. This individual will report directly to GNC directors in Boston and work with other team members to support and maintain our growth. We are a mission driven organization committed to advancing the role of nurses in global health practice, education, and policy through advocacy, collaboration, engagement, and research.


1. Manage budgets and banking. Responsible for recording all financial transactions and preparing documentation for tax filing

2. Solicit and coordinate contributions for the GNC newsletter. Distribution of the newsletter to GNC members

3. Maintain membership lists

4. Coordinate with executive directors to organize logistics for meetings

5. Support the coordination, logistics and publicity of the various GNC meetings and conferences.

6. Manage website and social media presence

7. Ability to work remotely, with some presence for meetings/events/conferences

Qualification and Skills:

1. Strong written and oral communication skills; experience in writing grants and proposals will be viewed favorably

2. Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines

3. Knowledge of and experience in fundraising

4. Competence in social media (Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn) and website maintenance; experience with WordPress recommended

5. Computer skills in MS Office, accounting software and databases

6. Education or experience in finance/accounting

7. Demonstrated ability to work independently

8. Enjoys working with diverse groups of people

9. Strong interest in public health and global health issues

Working Hours and Conditions:

1. This position is 4-6 hours per week initially with the possibility of more in the future

2. This position is remote and requires access to a computer

3. Compensation for this position is $17/hour with no benefits

If interested, send your CV and cover letter by May 30th, 2017 to Be sure to include “GNC Coordinator Position” in the subject line.

For more information about the GNC please visit: 

Executive Assistant (EA) to a Global Health Advocate and Founder of Care 2 Communities

May 11th, 2017 in Jobs

Executive Assistant (EA) to a Global Health Advocate and Non-profit Founder


The EA will work directly with Elizabeth Sheehan, a social entrepreneur, founder and president of a nonprofit (Care 2 Communities), and impact investor.

 Areas of Elizabeth’s focus are:

  1. Strengthening global health systems at the base of the pyramid, with a focus on women and children in Haiti
  2. Fostering and growing philanthropy networks that drive impact investing into global health solutions
  3. Building a platform for engagement with and promotion of global health issues through attending conferences, speaking at events, and establishing an online presence
  4. Convening activists in the local community to address current political issues


Position Summary

The EA will play an instrumental role in Elizabeth’s multiple work streams. Activities include:

  • Develop and update core speeches, visual presentation content (PowerPoint or Keynote), remarks, and talking points for Elizabeth as the founder of C2C, a high-impact woman philanthropist, and an impact investor in health solutions
  • Draft and maintain professional email correspondences and phone calls on Elizabeth’s behalf with C2C staff, prospective partners, Women Moving Millions (WMM) members, and philanthropists
  • Monitor and flag relevant daily news channels, articles, institutional calendars and events, and contributions from other leaders in field
  • Research and prepare briefing documents for key events, reviewing and vetting meetings, conferences and speaking opportunities
  • Expand Elizabeth’s social media and online advocacy through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and WordPress

The EA Position is multi-faceted and equal time will be dedicated to:

  • Research, development, and editing of speech and presentation content
  • Curation of an online library (Google Drive) of relevant briefing material on key subject matter
  • Provide ongoing editorial support for op eds, bios and other relevant writings
  • Support the Executive Director of C2C and other staff to coordinate fundraising efforts, scheduling of calls and meetings with donors and partners, and other logistics as needed; manage executive presence through communication with C2C staff and board on materials, speeches, meetings, and identification of key influencers
  • Coordination of local political and philanthropic events
  • Scheduling of travel plans and other logistics as requested


The ideal candidate will have a high degree of professionalism, discretion and flexibility, as well as the ability to think strategically and connect dots, synthesize and distill information from C2C, Women Moving Millions and other organizational work, and deliver editorial excellence. Ideally, s/he will be collaborative, efficient, highly organized and have the ability to work independently.


  • Bachelor’s degree with 1-3 years of experience working as executive assistant to an executive, entrepreneur, or political/advocacy leader (Master of Public Health students strongly encouraged to apply)
  • Prior experience in executive communication, speech writing, correspondence, or content development
  • Exceptional listener and effective written and oral communicator with high attention to detail and ability to synthesize many different ideas and create rich content
  • Familiarity with global health, poverty, and/or social enterprise and impact investing fields.
  • Superior research and analytical skills
  • Skilled in social media engagement, content and tactics
  • Professional, poised, and discrete.
  • Flexible availability—alternative hours occasionally. Begin at 20-25 hours and may increase to full-time.
  • Must be able to work in US and travel to Sherborn or Wellesley, MA once or more a week

Please email with a cover letter and resume.



Global Maternal and Child Health Research Data Manager

May 4th, 2017 in Jobs


Global Maternal and Child Health Research Data Manager

Boston Children's Hospital
Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health
Dept. of Global Health and Population



Summary and Overview

The Data Manager will lead data coordination, data management and data analysis for global maternal and child health research projects.  We are working on several newborn and child survival projects focused on the discovery of interventions to improve child health and the delivery of care in underserved settings. The research is conducted jointly between the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital.  The Data Manager will report directly to the program manager and PI and be responsible for:

  1. Developing, implementing, and managing large databases and data quality procedures
  2. Performing statistical analysis and reporting of clinical, research, and laboratory data
  3. Supervising data entry staff on data collection, entry, cleaning, and data analysis


Principal Duties and Activities:

  • Lead data coordination and management for studies
  • Develop case report forms, data management and quality study protocols
  • Develop analyses plans, generate analysis files and conduct statistical analyses
  • Design, develop, and validate databases using application software suitable for supporting research investigations, including large databases and web-based systems
  • Report with regular data reviews, quality control checks, and interim and final analysis
  • Design solutions to resolve queries in the field or laboratories
  • Develop and implement systems to continuously improve study implementation and data quality
  • Provide educational support and training on data management and quality to study staff for the development and implementation of research studies
  • Build research capacity with local partners and conduct workshops and data management/analysis courses
  • Supervise data management staff and provide project management support
  • Serve as credible expert/leader for data management best practices. Collaborate with partners to establish priorities and strategies for resource development and core goal setting, and develop data sharing policies
  • Contributes to scientific portions of manuscripts and presentations, including writing descriptions of statistical methods to analyze data, and preparing tables and graphs of study results
  • Contributes to grant writing, including sample size calculations and methods sections, following guidelines from sponsors to federal government, foundations, and research agencies.


All activities will be conducted in close collaboration with investigators and study personnel in Boston and Addis Ababa.




  1. Master’s degree in health science, public health, epidemiology, or closely related field, including course work in biostatistics or computerized analytic techniques.
  2. Two years of data management experience and analytic methods, preferably in international settings, and prior experience in supervisory/leadership role in research
  3. Knowledge of study design, sampling methods, and statistical methods, including longitudinal data analysis, multi-level modeling, survival analysis, and causal inference
  4. Analytical skills to resolve complex problems requiring the use of scientific, mathematical, or technical principles and in an organized, accurate and timely manner.
  5. Knowledge of and proficiency in a range of data management and statistical software (e.g. STATA and web based electronic data capture system such as REDCAP and Open Data Kit).
  6. Proven capability of attention to detail and accuracy on complex analytical data management.
  7. Knowledge and adherence to ethical conduct in research, FDA regulations and GCPs guidelines.



  • Excellent communication, verbal, writing, and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently, under supervision, and as part of a team with collaborators, stakeholders, and research staff
  • Excellent analytical, computer, organizational, and problem solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail, excellent time management, goal and detail-oriented work style, and meticulous and consistent follow through on projects

Working conditions

  • Full-time with occasional evenings and weekends
  • Long term commitment preferred

To apply, please submit your cover letter, CV, and three references.



Global Health Dept. Summer Send Off Ice Cream Social

April 20th, 2017 in GH Events

Global Health Dept. Summer Send Off Ice Cream Social - RSVP HERE

Wednesday, April 26th 5-6pm CT-305

YOU'RE INVITED to the end-of-year Global Health Department Summer Send Off Ice Cream Social to celebrate the soon-to-be graduates, send off everyone going abroad for their practicum, reconnect with your current classmates and to connect with faculty and staff members in the department. RSVP Here! summer send off

HEAAL Project: A community-based mental health collaboration with an African faith community in Lowell, Massachusetts

April 13th, 2017 in Practicums/Internships

HEAAL Project: A community-based mental health collaboration with an African faith community in Lowell, Massachusetts

Anticipated Start Date: Spring/Summer/Fall 2017

Time commitment: 10-20 hours/week, but flexible

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Christina Borba


The BMC Department of Psychiatry recently received a second round of funding to continue a community-based mental health initiative entitled, “Health and Mental Health Education and Awareness for Africans in Lowell” or the HEAAL project. The first phase of this project included a mixed-methods (qualitative and quantitative) needs assessment research initiative conducted in collaboration with Christ Jubilee International Ministries, a nondenominational Christian church in Lowell, Massachusetts that serves a largely African immigrant and refugee congregation. The goal of this needs assessment was to better understand the landscape of mental health needs and barriers to care in this community, in order to inform the development of community-specific mental health resources and interventions. The needs assessment has been completed and the data have been analyzed. The current project is to use these data to develop, implement and evaluate community-informed intervention(s) for this community in Lowell. The Practicum student would be involved in the development and implementation of this community-based intervention. The mental health intervention itself is yet to be defined, as researchers in our department are actively collaborating with our partners at the church to identify the most feasible, practical and desirable intervention for this community, based on the findings of the preceding needs assessment. We anticipate that this intervention will be developed over the course of the spring/summer and implemented in the late summer/fall 2017. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via email to Claire Oppenheim, Research Program Manager for Dept. of Psychiatry at Please indicate the specific practicum opportunity for which you are applying in your application email.