Maternal and Child Health Policy and Programs Intern

Posting Number: #176-21

Position Title: Maternal and Child Health Policy and Programs Intern

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington, DC

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INTERN TITLE: Maternal and Child Health Policy and Programs Intern
HOST ORGANIZATION: Policy Team, Front Office, Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, Bureau of Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
LOCATION: Washington, DC/Virtual due to COVID-19 Restrictions
POSITION LEVEL: Masters level
SALARY: $1,868.66 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position)
ANTICIPATED TIMEFRAME: 6 months (full-time)
Estimated Start: July 2021


Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) Bureau. Its purpose is twofold: (1) Through individual fellowships, STAR will help strengthen the capacity of diverse American and low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) health professionals at all levels to make innovative contributions to global health (GH); and (2) STAR will create ground-breaking opportunities for both US and LMIC GH academic institutions and other groups, including professional associations, to create systems for open-access knowledge sharing, resulting in effective partnerships. STAR’s individual and institutional participants are contributing to the development of self-sustaining systems and tools that will produce global citizens with the full spectrum of relevant health competencies. STAR is managed by the Public Health Institute and implemented in partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).



The Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (GH/MCHN) serves as the Agency’s technical and policy lead on maternal and newborn health, child survival, immunization, nutrition, and environmental health, with a focus on preventing child and maternal deaths. This includes being one of the lead global health offices in charge of the Agency’s initial COVID-19 response and current COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Cross-cutting activities managed by the Office in support of this goal, address private sector partnerships, social and behavior change communication, multilateral partnerships, gender, and monitoring and evaluation.  MCHN provides leadership in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating maternal and child health and nutrition programs. This entails ensuring the technical integrity of USAID’s headquarters and Mission programs, providing global leadership in maternal and child health and nutrition policy and research, and supporting USAID Missions to work with partners, donors and other government agencies to accelerate progress towards the Agency’s goal of preventing child and maternal deaths. The Office comprises the following functional divisions: Maternal and Newborn Health Division; Child Health and Immunization Division; Nutrition and Environmental Health Division; and Research and Policy Division.


The MCHN Policy and Programs Intern (Intern) will support the Policy team on addressing USAID’s priorities around COVID-19, maternal, newborn, and child health and the overall global policy landscape through engagement in policy-related activities involving teams across the Bureau for Global Health (GH) and support to relevant external engagements.

Reporting structure:

The Policy and Programs Intern will be based in the Policy Team in the Front Office of MCHN and will work closely with the Health Development Officer/Policy Advisor, who will serve as their onsite manager. The Policy and Programs Intern will also support and receive technical guidance from the MCHN Senior Policy Advisor.


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

  • Creation of professional quality policy materials (policy briefs, memos and presentations) to support institutional strategy and decision-making.
  • Understanding of USAID program management principles and experience managing specific programs.

Essential Duties:

  • Support Senior Policy Advisor and Health Development Officer/Policy Advisor with the management of a Public International Organization agreement with UNICEF.
  • Organize and/or participate in regular coordination meetings/calls with the implementing PIO’s management team.
  • Conduct historical analysis of past funding support to UNICEF PIO agreement and draft initial responses to agreement inquiries from USAID Missions.
  • Conduct ongoing research on global and/or country-specific policy issues in support of MCHN office strategy.
  • Support review of policy documents to facilitate effective USAID participation in key platforms (e.g., UNICEF Executive Board).
  • Attend virtual internal and external policy-related events and create summary memos for MCHN Staff.
  • 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 (*approximately 10% time) during their internship. By the end of the internship, the Intern will be able to:

  • Gain exposure to Health Policy and Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health 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.



  • Currently enrolled masters or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate or completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and proven ability to communicate quickly, clearly and concisely.
  • Strong program management skills including attention to detail, strong copyediting and proof-reading skills, and ability to maintain up-to-date, complete program records.
  • Strong research and analysis skills, preferable in the field of global public health.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with professionals of diverse backgrounds, including USG personnel and representatives of international partner agencies.
  • Computer skills in MS Office, Gmail and the broader Google Platform. The ability to learn new software programs and databases, as needed.
  • Ability to telework during current Agency COVID-19 teleworking policy.
  • Ability to participate in a field experience, which may involve domestic and/or international travel and overnight stays for up to 2 weeks. (Currently on suspension due to COVID-19 Agency restrictions but that may change over the course of the internship).
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

Additional skills (preferred):

  • Familiarity with global MCHN programs and policy issues and broader development challenges in MNCH priority countries.
  • Familiarity with policy research and analysis; basic understanding of U.S. Government and global MNCH institutions and platforms.


  • 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, which allows you to create a profile and upload a CV/resume and cover letter.

The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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