Deadline: June 26, 2015
Global Health Fellows Program II
The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
GHFP-II’s goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by addressing the Agency’s immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement and support of diverse health professionals at the junior, mid and senior levels. These program participants include fellows, interns, corporate volunteers and Foreign Service National professionals. The program then provides substantial performance management and career development support to participants, including annual working planning assistance, and ensures that professional development opportunities are available.
Looking to the future, GHFP-II also seeks to establish a pool of highly-qualified global health professionals that will ensure the Agency’s ongoing technical leadership and effectiveness. This objective is supported by an extensive outreach program that brings global health opportunities and specialized career advice to a diverse range of interested individuals, with a particular focus on those underrepresented in the field of global health.
Undernutrition contributes to 45% of under-5 deaths. Through the Bureau for Global Health (GH) and Feed the Future (FtF), USAID works to reduce stunting, and other nutritional deficiencies, and to end preventable child and maternal deaths by supporting country-owned programs to address the root causes of undernutrition and to improve the future potential of millions of people. Nutrition programs are integral to health and food security that are necessary to ensure mothers and young children have access to nutritious diets and quality health services.
In 2014, USAID released its first ever Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy 2014-2025 to strengthen and scale up USAID’s efforts in reducing malnutrition globally, with a focus on the critical 1,000-day period from conception to a child’s second birthday. Currently, a series of accompanying technical implementation briefs are being developed. These briefs will help guide country programs to use evidence-based approaches to improve nutrition outcomes for the most vulnerable populations.
As part of the roll-out of the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy, and as a broader effort by the Nutrition Division of the Bureau for Global Health, a communications and knowledge management strategy will be developed to improve dissemination of new evidence and tools as well as to facilitate exchange of experiences and knowledge sharing between country programs.
For more information on the Agency’s work in nutrition and food security, please see:
Global Health: http://www.usaid.gov/what-we-do/global-health/nutrition.
The Nutrition Communications Intern will be assigned to the Nutrition Division in GH’s Office of Health, Infectious Disease and Nutrition. The Intern will play a key role in developing the communications and knowledge management strategy. The Intern will work closely with the Communications Teams in GH and the Bureau for Food Security (BFS) and receive day to day guidance from the Nutrition Advisor as his/her onsite manager.
- Gaining a greater understanding of how USAID integrated nutrition and food security activities are implemented in a variety of settings.
- Gaining an understanding of the nutrition-related tools and approaches developed by USAID.
- Deepening skills in collaboration and coordination within a complex organizational and implementation structure.
- Gaining an understanding of overall communications strategies and approaches by USAID’s GH and Food Security bureaus.
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Reviewing existing nutrition-related communications efforts and needs within the GH.
- Contributing to the development of a communication strategy and dissemination plan related to the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy and its accompanying technical briefs.
- Supporting plans for a broader communications and knowledge management strategy for the Nutrition Division.
- Collaborating on preparations for a regional nutrition learning workshop in Africa (planned for the fall of 2015).
- Supporting preparation of technical communication pieces related to nutrition, public health, gender, poverty, private sector engagement, food security and nutrition policy as directed, and assisting in the presentation of findings to relevant audiences.
- Assisting in preparing background documents for future support for an external consultant to write the “History of Nutrition at USAID.”
- Attending internal and external events and meetings related to nutrition, knowledge management and communications for development.
- Working with the Communications Teams in GH and BFS to leverage fact sheets, briefers, talking points, and other materials to expand communication and advocacy materials and improve the presence of nutrition information on the USAID website.
- Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need and/or the Intern’s own interests.
- Currently enrolled master’s or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate in a program related to communications or journalism, preferably linked to international development, public health, nutrition, food policy, or a related field; or, completion of such within the past 12 months.
- Strong writing, data analysis and analytic skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently.
- Experience developing various web/print/social media and organizing events.
- Knowledge of nutrition and food security issues in developing countries.
- US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
$1,680 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position).
Detailed information, including an online application and instructions, is available on our website at www.ghfp.net. All applications must be submitted by Friday, June 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm eastern time.
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Global Health Fellows Program II
Nutrition Communications Intern
Nutrition Division, Office of Health, Infectious Disease and Nutrition, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
Anticipated timeframe: September 2015 – March 2016: Compensated 24 week internship
Location: Washington, DC/Arlington, VA