Intern, TRAction Project
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TRAction Project Intern

University Research Co., LLC (URC)
URC is a global company that works to improve the quality of health care, education and social services in the U.S. and around the world. We provide technical assistance and field research to strengthen health systems and service quality by empowering health workers to find and expand proven and locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. URC is dedicated to expanding access to high-quality maternal, newborn and child health services, preventing and reducing infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria; and improving family planning and reproductive health education.

Established in 1965, our work spans over 40 countries around the globe. Our mission is to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide. Please join us in carrying out our mission ( ).

Division & Project Overview
The Translating Research into Action (TRAction) Project ( ) is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). TRAction awards funding to research organizations, especially those from developing countries, to develop, test, and compare approaches to more effectively deliver, increase utilization, achieve coverage, and scale-up evidence-based interventions for priority health problems. Through implementation research, the TRAction Project addresses “know-do” gaps, or delays between the discovery of effective ways to combat the causes of poor health and the application of these proven interventions on a wide scale. TRAction research aims to close these “know-do” gaps so that each country’s Millennium Development Health Goals (MDGs) can be met in the targeted timeframes. TRAction emphasizes local ownership and partnerships in order to scale up equitable and sustainable efforts to “do what works.” TRAction is currently supporting research on: integrated community case management; malaria prevention and control; maternal, newborn, and child health in Bangladesh; disrespectful and abusive care of women during facility-based childbirth; performance-based financing; task shifting to non-physician providers; and indoor air pollution.

Roles and Responsibilities:
TRAction is seeking a part-time TRAction Project Intern to support the coordination of TRAction’s Project Management Team. The Intern will report to the TRAction Senior Project Coordinator, and will work closely with all members of the TRAction team.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Support the coordination of travel arrangements in compliance with USAID regulations
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date electronic and paper filing systems for assigned projects
  • Support deliverables tracking, review, file, edit reports.
  • Coordinate meetings, conferences, and scheduling for TRAction team; including invitations, material printing, note taking etc.

Minimum Qualifications:

Required Experience & Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in administration, business management; international development or related field; Master’s degree and/or 1-3 years post-baccalaureate experience preferred.
  • Strong financial skills and tracking actual expenditures against projections.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to ask questions when needed to get clarification on project assignments. Strong research skills.
  • Computer literacy is required. Advanced skills in Excel and MS Word a must.
  • Ability in other programs such as Access, and Power Point applications is strongly desired.

Desired Experience & Qualifications
  • Experience working in a federal contracting environment. Specifically, experience working with USAID- or CDC- funded programs in an organization focused on international development is desired.
  • Language fluency in English as well as a development language (French or Spanish preferred).
  • Able to work independently in a fast-paced organization by prioritizing and managing multiple priorities.
  • Microsoft experience, especially knowledge of Excel and Microsoft Project.

To Apply:

For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at .

Please cut and paste your cover letter and upload your CV where indicated. Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Bio-data Form 1420 as well.

Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.

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