Population and Reproductive Health Social and Behavior Change Intern

Posting Number: #043-21

Position Title: Population and Reproductive Health Social and Behavior Change Intern

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington, DC

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INTERN TITLE: Population and Reproductive Health Social and Behavior Change Intern
HOST ORGANIZATION: Policy, Evaluation and Communication Division, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Global Health Bureau, United States Agency for International Development
LOCATION: Washington, DC
POSITION LEVEL: Masters level
SALARY: $1,868.65 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position)
ANTICIPATED TIMEFRAME: 6 Months, full-time

Estimated start date: May 2021


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 Population and Reproductive Health Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Intern (Intern) will be assigned to the SBC Team in the Policy, Evaluation and Communications (PEC) Division. The Intern will assist the SBC Team in supporting GH’s flagship behavior change projects, Breakthrough ACTION and Breakthrough RESEARCH, and may also carry out other Bureau-wide duties in collaboration with other divisions within the Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) such as literature reviews of cross-cutting SBC issues, synthesis of input from field programs, analysis of emerging trends and documentation of successes and challenges. All work will be conducted with the purpose of supporting the two projects’ SBC activities worldwide, as well as supporting related program needs within the office.


The Intern will function as a member of a high-functioning team focused on advancing the application of evidence-based SBC, a cross-division technical priority area for PRH. They will collaborate with several other SBC technical staff in the Global Health Bureau.

Reporting structure:

The Intern will work closely with the SBC team and receive technical guidance from the PRH Senior Behavior Change Advisor and the PEC Division Chief, who will serve as their Point of Contact.


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

  • The field of SBC and the global landscape of SBC for health, with a particular focus in the areas of SBC programming in LMICs to achieve improved reproductive health outcomes, research and innovation.
  • Collaborating and coordinating within a complex organizational and implementation structure.
  • Writing for different forms of print and online communication and tailoring to specific audiences.
  • Professional development activities provided through USAID (e.g., via technical presentations, meetings, etc.) as agreed upon with on site-manager (5%).

Essential Duties:

  • Support the production of an introductory SBC training package, including SBC talking points, checklists, presentations, and briefing materials, for USAID use in supporting SBC programming with USAID Missions and other potential partners.
  • Support the gathering, analysis and visualization of data with guidance from USAID colleagues in order to assess current USAID programming needs in SBC.
  • Support USAID colleagues leading the first-line technical review of Breakthrough ACTION and Breakthrough RESEARCH outputs.
  • Conduct literature reviews to inform high impact practices briefs or case studies.
  • Research and synthesize Agency-wide investments in innovative approaches to behavior change, including human-centered design and behavioral economics.
  • Support in-depth interviews or focus groups with USAID staff to inform management reviews and internal process evaluations of SBC projects.
  • 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 data gathering, analysis and communication and Social Behavior and Change 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 a program related to public health, health communication, behavioral science, social marketing or social psychology, or completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Demonstrated professional or academic interest in social and behavior change and/or health communication in developing countries.
  • Strong web-based research skills, organizational and planning skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to produce content on tight deadlines.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google 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.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

Additional skills (preferred):

  • Coursework related to behavior change, health communication and/or health education is preferred.
  • Experience with at least one data visualization platform is 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.

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