Nutrition Research, Analysis and Knowledge Management Intern

Posting Number: #077-22

Position Title: Nutrition Research, Analysis and Knowledge Management Intern

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington, DC/Virtual

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INTERN TITLE: Nutrition Research, Analysis and Knowledge Management Intern

HOST ORGANIZATION:  Nutrition Team, Nutrition and Environmental Health Division, Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, Global Health Bureau, United States Agency for International Development

LOCATION: Washington, DC/Virtual

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:$1,915.39 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position)*FLSA


* Estimated start date: Late Fall /Winter 2022



Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a USAID-supported Global Health talent hub, offering paid fellowships and internships at all career levels. STAR provides participants with immersive experiences at global health organizations and institutions to build capacity and contribute technical expertise to address high-impact needs. STAR Fellows and Interns participate in learning activities to enhance knowledge and skills growth, expand professional networks and support career development. STAR is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI), implemented in partnership with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and the Aspen Management Partnership for Health (AMP Health).



The Bureau for Global Health (GH) is USAID’s primary provider of technical expertise, leadership and donor coordination for health, including programming and international policy development related to HIV/AIDS, malaria, other infectious diseases, maternal and child health, family planning, reproductive health, nutrition, and health systems strengthening.

Within GH, the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) is USAID’s technical and policy lead on maternal and newborn health, child survival, immunization, environmental health, and nutrition, with a focus on preventing child and maternal deaths. MCHN contributes significantly to the achievement of the Agency’s Multi-sectoral Nutrition Strategy and the Agency’s Global Food Security Strategy goals, as well as those laid out in the Water and Development Strategy.

Within MCHN, the Nutrition and Environmental Health Division (NEH) provides global technical leadership to USAID Missions, host governments, partners and stakeholders to improve nutrition strategies, policies and programming. The Division works with various USAID operating units and partners in the implementation of nutrition, health, and food security programs, in coordination with Feed the Future programming, and programs funded through the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance.


During this internship, the Nutrition Research, Analysis and Knowledge Management Intern (Intern) will provide technical, organizational, and analytical support to the Nutrition team within the NEH Division team responsibilities; multi-sectoral collaboration across the bureaus of Global Health, Resilience and Food Security, and Humanitarian Assistance; and interagency coordination with other U.S. departments and agencies that contribute to global nutrition priorities. The intern will gain.

Reporting structure:

The Intern will work closely with the Nutrition Team and receive technical guidance from the Nutrition Team Lead, who will serve as their Point of Contact.


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

  • The latest evidence generation, programming initiatives at the country and global levels, and policies and trends in nutrition, food security, and other areas of health and international development.
  • In-depth understanding of and exposure to USAID priorities and programming in global nutrition, and mechanisms for coordinating across sectors, countries, and U.S. departments and agencies.
  • Contributions to improved knowledge management and internal and external analyses in public health nutrition programming.
  • A network of nutrition and global health professionals.

Essential Duties:

  • Develop online resources on USAID and U.S. government nutrition programming to promote knowledge sharing and collaborative efforts.
  • Assist with the drafting process for concept/position papers, correspondence/briefers/talking points, and other documentation related to nutrition.
  • Support and conduct internal analyses of nutrition investments to ensure transparency and accountability.
  • Participate in technical meetings and assist in reviewing implementation plans, program evaluations/assessments, reports, etc. related to efforts to advance emerging maternal and child health and nutrition priorities, for example, maternal nutrition, immunization and nutrition integration, breastfeeding, small and sick newborn nutrition, and primary health care.
  • Conduct research and analyses on improving localization, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility efforts in global health nutrition programming.
  • Participate in the design and implementation of nutrition-related knowledge-sharing events.
  • Engagement with other office, agency, and USG colleagues in collaborative efforts.
  • Keep informed of recent developments in global nutrition research and contribute to technical discussions.
  • Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need 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:

  • Increase knowledge and skills in strategy development that nutrition projects through maternal and child health and nutrition 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 candidate or completion of such within the past 12 months with a specialization in nutrition (preferred), public health or a related field.
  • Excellent written communication and knowledge management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and professionalism.
  • Ability to develop reports using Excel, PowerPoint, interactive visual tools and/or online platforms.
  • Ability to use Google suite of applications.
  • Familiarity with issues in global health and international development.
  • 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.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

Additional skills (preferred):

  • Language skills in French, Spanish, Portuguese, or others.
  • Previous international professional, intern, or volunteer experience.
  • Familiarity with USAID or other international development organizations.



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.



Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a condition of employment for all domestic based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.

New hires need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.



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.


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