Community Programming and Clinical Integration Intern
Posting Number: #124-21
Position Title: Community Programming and Clinical Integration Intern
Closing Date: Until Filled
Location: Washington, DC
INTERN TITLE: Community Programming and Clinical Integration Intern
HOST ORGANIZATION: Adult Clinical Branch, Prevention, Care and Treatment Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Global Health Bureau, United States Agency for International Development
LOCATION: Washington, DC/Virtual due to COVID-19
POSITION LEVEL: Masters level
SALARY: $1,868.66 biweekly (exempt, salaried position)
ANTICIPATED TIMEFRAME: 6 Months (full-time)
ESTIMATED START: June 2021
STAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and 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.
USAID remains at the forefront of the US Government’s response in providing health assistance to over 100 countries worldwide. The Agency is a key partner in the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest commitment ever by any nation for an international health initiative dedicated to a single disease. The Prevention, Care and Treatment Division (GH/OHA/PCT) provide 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.
Reaching epidemic control in the global HIV response has become the primary goal for PEPFAR and partners, to this end there is growing evidence that more concerted effort needs to be focused on the non-clinical interventions outside the health facility platforms. Focused and targeted community-based support for prevention, care and treatment interventions have been shown to facilitate desired clinical outcomes across the treatment cascade supported by the ambitious global goals of reaching the UNAIDS 95-95-95. However, a lot of work has to be done to quantify and verify attribution to the non-clinical and community-based interventions, enabling the creation of subjective evidenced-based measurements and metrics for community-based programs that support:
(a) reaching, finding, testing and identifying new PLHIV
(b) linking into care and facilitating ARV and treatment initiation
(c) supporting adherence and continuation in treatment for viral load suppression.
Clearly delineating the critical role of community-based programs in achieving epidemic control is necessary to ensure its continued and sustained funding across the board in the global HIV response particularly in these times of increasingly scarce resources. PEPFAR programs are beginning to focus on ensuring the existence of objectively verifiable indicators for showcasing the nonclinical contributions towards sustained epidemic control. USAID is historically an international development agency that prioritizes community programming and leads the way in ensuring that HIV community programs are validated and duly recognized.
The Community Programming and Clinical Integration Intern (Intern) will be placed in the Adult Clinical Branch of the Prevention, Care, and Treatment Division, Office of HIV/AIDS within the Bureau for Global Health. The branch applies technical expertise, both clinical and social science research findings to support the design and implementation of strategies to optimize treatment outcomes for PLHIV, whilst reducing the risk of further transmission by facilitating the achievement of viral suppression through focused patient support across the community and facility settings. The intern will support USAID’s further development and implementation of community programming approaches and HIV services, primarily in providing research assistance. They may also carry out other Global Health Bureau-wide duties and collaborative research with other analysts in the Bureau.
The Intern will work closely with the Adult Clinical Branch team and receive technical guidance from the Prevention, Care and Treatment Division Chief, who will serve as their Point of Contact.
By the end of the internship, the Intern will have gained experience and exposure to:
• Development and roll-out of various PEPFAR-supported inter-agency projects and processes focused on integrated HIV community programming services and critical support issues along the cascade of HIV prevention, testing, linkage to care, treatment initiation, retention/adherence support and uptake of viral load services.
• Preparation of literature reviews and other analytical work as requested.
• Dialogues with multilateral partners and relevant stakeholders working in community program settings.
• Attendance at program-related events within and outside USAID as requested.
• Assistance in providing technical assistance to missions, virtually or in-person as needed.
• Analyze HIV community programs-related data for USAID and PEPFAR programming to inform technical decision-making and planning.
• Perform literature reviews to compile and communicate best practices and fill key knowledge gaps for USAID and PEPFAR programming and policy.
• As part of a baseline/landscape analysis, compile and adapt tools currently used within PEPFAR and other programs to measure existing community programs and how they impact current indicators.
• Present findings of literature review and landscape analysis to various technical clusters within the Office of HIV/AIDS and in various divisional/branch meetings as appropriate.
• Support program planning and translate knowledge to guide country programs on community program implementation best practices.
• Participate in providing country support, with countries to be assigned based on experience and interest.
• Support USAID Office of HIV/AIDS priority activities as requested including assisting in convening implementing partner meetings, engaging in interagency technical work, supporting online platform development and providing technical assistance as needed.
• Provide support to OHA community cluster activities – including but not limited to coordinating calendar for meetings, ensuring communications update for all members, any relevant cluster tasks assigned.
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:
• Gain exposure to Community Programming and Clinical Integration and HIV/AIDS and PEPFAR projects through global health programming.
• Apply effective communication skills across a broad network of peers and advisors within global health to support learning and professional development.
• Develop a global health-focused career plan with a mentor.
• Currently enrolled masters or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate or completion of such within the past 12 months.
• Academic or professional experience with HIV and community programming and/or global health programs.
• Ability to analyze data from different sources/databases utilizing multiple data analytic platforms, e.g. DHSI2, STATA, SPSS, Tableau, GIS, etc.
• Experience with data visualization and an ability to 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.
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
• 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 the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.
• US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
Additional skills (preferred):
• Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese will be very useful.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
- The Public Health Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including learning programs.
- All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at recruitment.ghstar.org, which allows you to create a profile and upload a CV/resume and cover letter.
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