Malaria Case Management Intern
Posting Number: #270-20
Position Title: Malaria Case Management Intern
Closing Date: Until Filled
Location: Washington, DC
SUSTAINING TECHNICAL AND ANALYTIC RESOURCES
INTERN TITLE: Malaria Case Management Intern
HOST ORGANIZATION: Malaria Division, Office of Infectious Diseases, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
LOCATION: Washington, DC
POSITION LEVEL: Masters
SALARY: $1,832 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position)
ANTICIPATED TIMEFRAME: 6 Months
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.
The Malaria Division under the Office of Infectious Diseases in the Bureau for Global Health leads the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). With the passage of the 2008 Lantos-Hyde Leadership for HIV/AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act, PMI was authorized up to $5 billion. The goal of PMI is to work with partners to significantly reduce the burden of malaria (morbidity and mortality) in 70% of the at-risk populations of sub-Saharan Africa—or approximately 450 million people. After five years of intervention, all-cause child mortality has been reduced by 16% to 50% in the original 15 PMI countries. In February 2015, PMI launched a new six-year strategy that focuses on five strategic areas: 1) Achieving and sustaining scale of proven interventions; 2) Adapting to changing epidemiology and new tools; 3) Improving countries’ capacity to collect and use information; 4) Mitigating risks against the current malaria control gains; and 5) Building capacity and health systems towards full country ownership. With the addition of five new focus countries in 2017, PMI has programs in 24 countries in sub-Saharan Africa where malaria remains a significant public health problem, as well as Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand supporting regional efforts in the Greater Mekong Region in Asia. While launching these five new country programs, the U.S. Government remains committed to partnering with existing PMI focus countries to accelerate progress in malaria control and continue forward momentum towards elimination.
The Malaria Case Management Intern (Intern) will primarily assist the Malaria Case Management Team to gather, analyze, and disseminate information on malaria case management activities in PMI supported countries. They also will assist with supporting a large, complex, multi-country case management and service delivery contract that provides comprehensive technical support to USAID Missions and national government programs to expand high-quality diagnosis and treatment for malaria and other febrile illnesses. The Intern will further contribute to team operations such as conducting technical reviews of Malaria Operational Plans (MOPs), preparing updates for PMI leadership, reviewing case management data, and developing tools and guidance for country teams.
The Intern (Intern) will be based in USAID GH/ID/MAL in Washington, DC. They will work closely with the USAID PMI Case Management Team and receive technical guidance from the Branch Chief, who will serve as their onsite manager.
By the end of the internship, the Intern will have gained experience and exposure to:
- A broad understanding of malaria prevention and control activities, including programmatic issues and best practices related to PMI and the overall Malaria Operational Planning Process, and experience with malaria case management programs and policies.
- Competencies in process management, data extraction and analysis, collaboration,
planning and prioritization.
- An understanding of a country-specific malaria prevention and control approach through assisting with headquarters backstopping assignments.
- Skills in collaboration and coordination within a complex organizational and
- Assisting the PMI Case Management Team on tasks such as extracting, analyzing, and reporting on case management data from Malaria Operational Plans (MOPs), quarterly
reports, or other data sources, which may include interacting with PMI headquarters and country staff, as appropriate.
- Assisting in the development and review of project-related documents (e.g. annual country work plans, reports, and project deliverables).
- Supporting the development and finalization of the FY 2021 country-specific MOPs, including consolidation of comments, editing drafts, taking minutes at technical
- Learning about the country-specific malaria control programs, participating in country team calls, and providing remote support to one or more countries on case management
- Attending program meetings and other program-related events with PMI case management interagency team, implementing partners and other stakeholders to better
understand project management and technical concepts.
- Collaborating with other PMI teams (e.g., Surveillance/Monitoring and Evaluation, Communications, Supply Chain Management, Malaria in Pregnancy) to assist in joint
- Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming needs and/or the Intern’s own interests.
Anticipated learning outcomes:
All STAR Interns will participate in learning activities (*required 10% time) during their internship. By the end of the internship, the Intern will be able to:
- Gain exposure to case management and malaria programming 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 in public health, international health, international development, social sciences or a related field, or completion of such within the past 12 months.
- Demonstrated interest in international development and global health issues.
- Motivated self-starter with excellent oral and written communication skills.
- This position may require travel, pending lifting of COVID restrictions. Ability to participate in a field experience, which may involve domestic and/or international travel and overnight stays for up to 2 weeks.
- US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
Additional skills (preferred):
- Experience working on malaria and/or other health programs in developing countries, ideally in Africa, is preferred.
- Experience with quantitative or qualitative data analysis a plus.
- Knowledge of French or Portuguese useful but not required.
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. Position open until filled.
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