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  • Added Date: Wednesday, 22 May 2019
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 14 June 2019


INTERN TITLE: HIV/AIDS Implementation Science Research Intern
HOST ORGANIZATION: Implementation Science Branch, Research Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development

LOCATION: Washington, DC

POSITION LEVEL: Doctoral level


SALARY: $2,152 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position)



Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) Bureau. Its purpose is twofold: (1) Through individual fellowships, STAR will help strengthen the capacity of diverse American and low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) health professionals at all levels to make innovative contributions to global health (GH); and (2) STAR will create ground-breaking opportunities for both US and LMIC GH academic institutions and other groups, including professional associations, to create systems for open-access knowledge sharing, resulting in effective partnerships. STAR’s individual and institutional participants are contributing to the development of self-sustaining systems and tools that will produce global citizens with the full spectrum of relevant health competencies. STAR is managed by the Public Health Institute and implemented in partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).



The Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) is the focus of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for USAID and has primary responsibility for leading the Agency's efforts within President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a $52 billion multifaceted approach to combating the disease in more than 120 countries around the world since 2003. In cooperation with the US Department of State's Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), other US Government (USG) partners, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations, USAID provides global technical leadership on the full range of issues related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment; manages numerous research and field support programs; and monitors the impact of the Agency's HIV/AIDS programs. In this endeavor, USAID works very closely with a range of USG agencies involved in the fight against AIDS, such as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense, and Peace Corps. More information about PEPFAR may be found at


The HIV/AIDS Implementation Science Research Intern (Intern) will work primarily in the Implementation Science Branch, which focuses on research and evaluations to improve PEPFAR’s HIV and AIDS prevention, care and support and treatment and cross-cutting programs. The Implementation Science branch manages a portfolio of implementing mechanisms that conduct research in the field; works with Missions on the design of projects that will conduct research; and provides technical assistance on research strategy and design. This internship position will support the work of the IS branch. The Intern may also carry out other Global Health Bureau-wide duties and participate in collaborative research with other analysts in the Bureau.

Reporting structure:

The Intern will work closely with Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor and appropriate technical and management staff in the Research Division and receive technical guidance from Implementation Science Research Branch Chief who will serve as their onsite manager.

Essential Duties:

· Conduct thorough literature review(s) and synthesis in programmatic or scientific areas of HIV prevention, care and treatment.

· Support manuscript(s) drafting for publication in peer reviewed journals, reports, and other documents related to HIV/AIDS implementation science.

· Participate in the planning and implementing of research activities supported by OHA (through our implementing partners) and coordinating with OHA technical staff, Mission staff, and teams of study investigators, as appropriate.

· In coordination with OSM, contribute to end of project activities for several implementation science studies, which may include participating in in-country dissemination meetings, develop communication materials such as briefers, and promote dissemination of results via social media.

· Attend program-related events within and outside USAID, as requested.

· Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need and/or the Intern’s own interests.


Internship Output/Deliverable:

· At least 2 internal and/or external meetings attended focused on HIV Implementation Science.

· Technical support provided to onsite manager in her role as subject matter expert for Surveillance, Research and Evaluation in PEPFAR’s interagency Epidemic Control Teams.

· Support manuscript development for publication in scientific journals related to research utilization of IS studies.

· Presentations or brief of findings developed to share with OHA, missions, and implementing partners. This may include literature reviews, landscape analyses, development of research briefs, presentations.

· Knowledge management database created.

Anticipated learning outcomes: *required 10% time

· Identify and describe the core attributes of the STAR global health competencies; defined as development practice, cross cultural awareness, communication, capacity strengthening, ethics of public health, health equity, gender equality and global burden of disease.

· Gain exposure to HIV/AIDS and implementation science 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.

· Published peer-reviewed publication.



· Currently enrolled doctoral degree candidate or completion of such within the past 12 months.

· Experience in conducting literature reviews (including using reference citation management software, such as EndNote) and data management and analysis.

· Strong verbal communication, writing and analytical skills.

· Ability to manipulate and analyze data.

· Ability to understand and translate complex research findings, resulting in the effective communication of research results to a wide range of policy, program and academic audiences.

· Demonstrated experience working with Google suite apps (gmail, docs, slides, sheets, etc.).

· Ability to participate in a 1-2-week field experience.

· US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

Additional skills (preferred):

· Previous research experience preferred, especially Implementation Science research.

· Familiarity with PEPFAR/USAID.

· Familiarity/work experience with HIV/AIDS 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. All online applications must be submitted by June 14, 2019 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.

Public Health Institute is proud to be an EEO/AA employer.

This vacancy is archived.

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