OVC/PPIR Social Services Intern

Posting Number: #249-21

Position Title: OVC/PPIR Social Services Intern

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington, DC

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INTERN TITLE: OVC/PPIR Social Services Intern
HOST ORGANIZATION: Orphans and Vulnerable Children Brach, Priority Populations Integration and Rights Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Global Health Bureau, United States Agency for International Development

LOCATION: Washington, DC

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.

POSITION LEVEL: : Masters Level

SALARY: $1,868.66 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position)


*Estimated start: Fall 2021


Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) in partnership with 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 OVC/PPIR Social Service Intern (Intern) will work within the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Branch which is part of the Priority Populations Integration and Rights (PPIR) Division in the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) within the Global Health Bureau. OHA has primary responsibility for leading the Agency’s efforts within the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a multibillion, multifaceted approach to combating the disease around the world. The OVC Branch (GH/OHA/PPIR/OVC) provides technical leadership on policies and programs relating to children and caregivers.


The OVC Branch supports USAID field programs to scale up resources addressing child and family needs through positive development and systematic integration of family engagement for high quality programming across the continuum of HIV prevention, treatment, and support services. Branch activities include:

  • Review social service resources and activities available within US Government Departments, Agencies and partners – including The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Advancing Protection and Care for Children in Adversity (APCCA), and the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance (GSSWA).
  • Recommend and develop opportunities to strengthen their engagement.
  • Collect and promote resources associated with the social service workforce to US Government Departments and Agencies Organize webinars and other social service events for US Government Departments and Agencies Develop stories and other communication about social service achievements and recommendations.

Reporting structure:

The intern will work closely with the OVC Branch and receive technical guidance from the OVC Senior Technical Advisor, who will serve as their Point of Contact.


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

  • Enhanced technical expertise in social services and HIV/AIDS programming.
  • Familiarity with USAID, PEPFAR and other programming and activities associated with US Government Departments and Agencies.
  • Further engagement in government group meetings and activities.
  • Improved skills in the analysis, interpretation, and application of data.

Essential Duties:

  • Research and support management of information and initiatives related to Global Social Services (e.g., open-source research on social service workers at health facilities/collecting or synthesis of research on social service workers at schools).
  • Support management of  information, group meetings and independent meetings, collaborations, shared documents provided by colleagues within USAID, other areas within the US Government, and other US partners (e.g., Department of Labor, Peace Corps, CDC).
  • Assist with the development and roll out of social service and other designated PEPFAR-supported interagency projects focused on HIV and OVC across prevention, care, and treatment (e.g., Documents identifying what projects and resources have already been developing and what could be developed in the future).
  • Participate in HQ-based technical assistance to field teams, including logistics coordination, research and data analysis as needed to support the initiatives.

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 supports social services within HIV/AIDS and global health 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.
  • Demonstrated experience in research and analysis, with strong writing skills.
  • Ability to manipulate data and data imagery charts using Excel, Google Sheets, and web-based applications.
  • 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 (pending lifting of COVID-19 restrictions).
  • US Citizenship or US permanent residency required.

Additional skills (preferred):

  • Knowledge of Social Work preferred.
  • Knowledge of health and HIV/AIDS preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish, French, or Portuguese 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.  The application will remain open until filled.

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