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High Impact Practices in Family Planning Research Internship

Posting Number: #151-21

Position Title: High Impact Practices in Family Planning Research Internship

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Virtual

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SUSTAINING TECHNICAL AND ANALYTIC RESOURCES

INTERN TITLE: High Impact Practices in Family Planning Research Internship
HOST ORGANIZATION: High Impact Practices, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Global Health Bureau, United States Agency for International Development
LOCATION: Virtual
POSITION LEVEL: Doctoral
INT-P3-097
SALARY: $2,242.35 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position)
ANTICIPATED TIMEFRAME: 3 Months (minimum 20 hours/week)

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.

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION

Background:

High Impact Practices (HIPs) are a set of evidence-based family planning practices vetted by experts against specific criteria and documented in an easy-to-use format. Endorsed by more than 30 organizations, HIPs help build consensus around our current understanding of what works in family planning (FP). HIPs are identified based on demonstrated magnitude of impact on contraceptive use and potential application in a wide range of settings. Consideration is also given to other relevant outcome measures including unintended pregnancy, fertility, or one of the primary proximate determinants of fertility (delay of marriage, birth spacing, or breast feeding). Evidence of replicability, scalability, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness are also examined.

Introduction:

The Research and Technical Utilization (RTU) Division of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) provides thought leadership in the area of Family Planning and Sexual and Reproductive Health.  Through its work with the High Impact Practices in Family Planning, RTU/PRH takes on some cutting-edge analysis of the literature to work with experts in Family Planning and Sexual and Reproductive Health.  It is important to capture various analysis underway in the peer reviewed literature to ensure these and future analysis help to strengthen not only HIP products and RTU/PRH research portfolio but also to strengthen the evidence base and inform the field more widely.

Reporting structure:

The Intern will work closely with the HIP Team and receive technical guidance from the PRH Division Chief, who will serve as their Point of Contact.

OUTCOMES

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

  • Significantly contribute to various peer reviewed articles. It is expected that at least three peer-reviewed journal papers will be submitted to journals for publication.
  • A better understanding of gaps in the family planning and sexual and reproductive health evidence base.
  • Exposure to work being implemented by the HIPs team.

Essential Duties:

  • Conduct data analysis as needed.
  • Develop paper drafts.
  • Conduct background literature reviews as needed.
  • Support the development of research articles that are in the pipeline, which may include: White paper on FP outcome measures and aspirational FP outcome measures needed to move the sexual and reproductive health field forward; Systematic review of norms interventions to advance family planning; Systematic review of couple communication interventions to advance family planning; the HIPs process: A new approach to disseminate knowledge; etc.
  • Secondary analysis using statistical or qualitative software.

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 High Impact Practices research and Family Planning 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.

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS

  • Currently enrolled doctoral degree candidate or completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Ability to use statistical analysis software (STATA, R, SAS, or other).
  • Understanding of research methods, some experience conducting literature reviews or systematic reviews.
  • Academic or professional experience writing/contributing to articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

Additional skills (preferred):

  • Understanding of sexual and reproductive health literature is desirable.

 SALARY AND BENEFITS

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

TO APPLY

  • 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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