Intern, TRAction Technical Support
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TRAction Technical Support 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 Technical Support Intern to support the implementation of TRAction’s technical information dissemination strategy. The Intern will report to the TRAction Research Assistant/Writer, and will work closely with all members of the TRAction team.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Assist in identifying, developing, and editing content for dissemination to specific MNCH communities of practice engaged in health systems research.
  • Support TRAction staff in identifying relevant technical updates on MNCH program priorities, including upcoming global events, recent publications, news articles, or other resources.
  • Collaborate in identifying, developing, and managing new and innovative information dissemination tools, including discussion fora, blogs, interactive calendars, maps, social media outlets, etc., to encourage more interactive user involvement and improve the usability of available information.
  • Assist TRAction Research Assistant/Writer with literature reviews and other aspects of RFA development regarding the MNCH research projects.
  • Database management and organization of the literature, publications and other documents for each of the specific research projects.

Minimum Qualifications:

Required Experience & Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in communications, public relations, public health, international relations, the social sciences, or other related field; or Bachelor’s degree in a related field with 1-3 years post-baccalaureate experience.
  • Technical knowledge of priority MNCH issues (i.e., malaria, maternal and child health, indoor air pollution, performance-based financing, task shifting to community health workers, integrated community case management, etc.).
  • Capable of staying abreast of new and upcoming developments in the MNCH field.
  • Able to think creatively and strategically to identify the most effective methods for communicating information and promoting use of priority MNCH research.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with strong attention to detail.

Desired Experience & Qualifications
  • Experience writing for multiple audiences, especially in translating technical knowledge into common language.
  • Familiarity with use of social media sites as platforms for disseminating information and increasing interest.
  • Familiarity with conducting literature reviews
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Suite

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 Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet 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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