Adult Clinical Branch Intern for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Posting Number: #253-21

Position Title: Adult Clinical Branch Intern for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington, DC

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INTERN TITLE: Adult Clinical Branch Intern for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
HOST ORGANIZATION: Prevention Care and Treatment Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Global Health Bureau, United States Agency for International Development

LOCATION: Washington, DC

This position is based in Washington DC, however, due to the pandemic, the work mode is currently virtual. Please note that PHI is authorized to do business in many, but not all, states. If you are not located in or able to work from a state where PHI is registered, you will not be eligible for employment. Please speak with your recruiter to learn more about where PHI is registered.



SALARY: $1,868.66 bi-weekly


*Estimated Start: November 2021


Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). STAR is a Global Health talent hub. Through fellowships, internships, and strategic partnerships, STAR supports building the capacity of diverse global health professionals and organizations at all levels to make inclusive, collaborative, and innovative contributions to global health. STAR participants collaborate in the development of systems and tools that strengthen and sustain the local and global health response.



The Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) is the focus of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for USAID and has primary responsibility for leading the Agency’s efforts within President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a $52 billion multifaceted approach to combatting the disease in more than 120 countries around the world since 2003. In cooperation with the US Department of State’s Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), other US Government (USG) partners, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations, USAID provides global technical leadership on the full range of issues related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment; manages numerous research and field support programs; and monitors the impact of the Agency’s HIV/AIDS programs. In this endeavor, USAID works very closely with a range of USG agencies involved in the fight against AIDS, such as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense and Peace Corps. More information about PEPFAR may be found at


The Adult Clinical Branch Intern (Intern) will be assigned to the Prevention, Care and Treatment Division of OHA within the Bureau for Global Health. OHA has primary responsibility for leading the Agency’s efforts within President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a multibillion, multifaceted approach to combatting the disease around the world. The Prevention, Care and Treatment Division (GH/OHA/PCT) provides medical, technical and programmatic expertise to support PEPFAR priorities and improve health outcomes. The Division delivers clinical and program expertise for quality HIV programming; designs and manages HIV service delivery activities; analyzes key programmatic data for effective service implementation; advances the medical and scientific knowledge base; and creates and sustains strategic partnerships.

Reporting structure:

The Intern will work closely with the Adult Clinical Branch Division and receive technical guidance from the Senior HIV Care and Treatment Advisor, who will serve as their Point of Contact.


By the end of the internship, the Intern will have gained experience and exposure to:

  • PEPFAR supported strategies to identify and address mental health and psychosocial disorders (MHPSS) in people living with HIV (PLHIV) in high-priority USAID HIV treatment programs.
  • Implementation of USAID’s HIV and MHPSS programs through the review of country-level work plans and other supporting documentation.
  • Programmatic approaches and tools for implementing and monitoring USAID’s MHPSS priorities (e.g. review of published literature and national guidelines to identify best practices; identify appropriate indicators to monitor the number of eligible PLHIV who get screened for MHPSS and who receive appropriate services; Monitoring key HIV and MHPSS related outcomes).

Essential Duties:

  • Assist in the analysis and presentation of quarterly global programmatic data for USAID HIV Care and Treatment programs, with a particular focus on MHPSS services among people living with HIV (PLHIV) to inform strategic decision-making for USAID and to prioritize technical assistance needs.
  • Assist in implementation and monitoring of MHPSS technical priorities, such as demand creation, MHPSS screening services and service delivery.
  • Assist in the review and/or development of work plans or other templates for HIV service delivery partners that will support aggressive partner management and program performance in USAID’s MHPSS programs.
  • Participate in the preparation of literature reviews, technical briefs and other analytical work related to MHPSS to facilitate communications to technical points of contact in the field and collaborating branches within OHA.
  • Participate in HQ-based technical assistance to field teams, including logistics coordination, research, and data analysis as needed to support the project.
  • Support OHA’s MHPSS activities, including assisting with convening of implementing partner meetings, engagement in Inter-agency technical work, and providing technical assistance as needed under USAID agreements and contracts.
  • Attend program-related events within and outside USAID as requested.
  • Possible assistance on in-country technical assistance visits as needed, pending resolution of COVID-related travel restrictions.
  • Other tasks or responsibilities fitting Intern’s interests/goals.

Anticipated learning outcomes:

All STAR Interns will participate in learning activities (*approximately 10% time) during their internship. By the end of the internship, the Intern will be able to:

  • Increase knowledge and skills in strategy development that supports mental health and psychosocial adult clinical branch support within HIV/AIDS program implementation.
  • Apply effective communication skills across a broad network of peers and advisors within global health to support learning and professional development.
  • Deepen understanding of USAID global health programming, policies and organizational culture.


  • Currently enrolled masters or other post-bachelor’s degree program or completion of such within the past 12 months, including nursing, physician assistant, or medical degree candidates.
  • Experience with HIV clinical programs, experience either studying or implementing HIV clinical treatment services.
  • Ability to analyze data from different sources/databases utilizing multiple data analytic platforms, including Excel, Powerpoint, and Tableau.
  • Ability to create and present data visuals.
  • Strong interpersonal, facilitation and team building skills, and ability to work cross-culturally with diverse teams.
  • Demonstrated innovative thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.
  • This position may require travel. Ability to participate in a field experience, which may involve domestic and/or international travel and overnight stays for up to 2 weeks (pending lifting of COVID-19 restrictions).
  • US Citizenship or US permanent residency required.

Additional skills (preferred):

  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS preferred.
  • Knowledge of mental health and psychosocial support preferred.


  • The Public Health Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including learning programs.


This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.


All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at, which allows you to create a profile and upload a CV/resume and cover letter.  The application will remain open until filled.

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