OVC/Pediatric-Adolescent Intern

Posting Number: #286-20

Position Title: OVC/Pediatric-Adolescent Intern

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington, DC

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INTERN TITLE: OVC/Pediatric-Adolescent Intern
HOST ORGANIZATION: Orphans and Vulnerable Children Branch, Priority Populations, Integration, and Rights Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau of Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
LOCATION: Washington, DC

SALARY: $1,869 bi-weekly


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 provides global technical leadership on HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment and monitors the impact of the Agency’s HIV/AIDS programs. USAID is a key partner in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and works closely with other USG agencies on this initiative. This position sits within the USAID Office of HIV/AIDS, in the Priority Populations, Integration, and Rights Division, Orphans and Vulnerable Children Branch. More about PEPFAR may be found at


The OVC/Pediatric-Adolescent Intern (Intern) will be assigned to the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Branch within the Priority Populations, Integration, and Rights (PPIR) Division of the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) within the Bureau for Global Health. OHA is primarily responsible for leading the Agency’s efforts within President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a multibillion, multifaceted approach to combating the disease around the world. A key area of focus for OVC programs is ensuring that children (and adolescents) living with HIV (C/ALHIV) are enrolled, retained, and supported while in life-saving HIV treatment services.

Reporting structure:

The Intern will work closely with both the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Branch and the Pediatric and Maternal Clinical Branch (PMB) within the Division of Prevention Care and Treatment. They will receive technical guidance from the Chief of the OVC Branch, who will serve as their Point of Contact alongside relevant technical advisors. OVC Branch Advisor will serve as primary OSM, and PMB Advisor will serve as secondary OSM.


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

  • PEPFAR strategies to identify, enroll, support, and retain children in HIV treatment programs.
  • Strategies to protect orphans and vulnerable children, including those living with HIV.
  • Implementation of PEPFAR programs through the review of quarterly data and improvement of country-level workplans.
  • Coordinating HQ-based team activities in pursuit of supporting PEPFAR program implementation.
  • Familiarity with USAID and PEPFAR programming.

Essential Duties:

  • Support the development and roll out of designated PEPFAR-supported interagency projects focused on HIV prevention, care and treatment among OVC, especially OVC living with HIV and other priority sub-populations
  • Support analytical work related to HIV clinical services and OVC support.
  • Support country specific quarterly PEPFAR data review.
  • Participate in HQ-based technical assistance to field teams, including logistics coordination, research and data analysis as needed to support the project.
  • Other technical and administrative tasks or responsibilities fitting team needs and Intern’s interests/goals.

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 HIV/AIDS programming and data analysis and application 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.
  • Demonstrated experience in research and analysis, with strong writing skills.
  • Ability to interpret and manipulate data and imagery charts using Excel and web-based applications.
  • Ability to participate in a field experience, which may involve domestic and/or international travel and overnight stays for up to 2 weeks, pending lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

Additional skills (preferred):

  • Fluency in French, Portuguese, or an African language preferred.
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS preferred.


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. All online applications must be submitted by XXX, 2020 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.

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