Management Sciences for Health Technical Publications Intern in Medford, Massachusetts

The Integrated Health Project Plus (IHPplus) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a three-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The project began in June 2015 and currently ends in June 2018. IHPplus is implemented by MSH and Overseas Strategic Consulting, Ltd., under a subcontract with the Evidence to Action (E2A) Project.

IHPplus has two components--“Services” and “Other Health Systems”-- designed to create better conditions for, and increase the availability and use of, high-impact health services, products, and practices in 126 target health zones in nine health provinces: 1) Kasaï; 2) Kasaï Central; 3) Lomami; 4) Kasaï Oriental; 5) Sankuru; 6) Haut Lomami; 7) Lualaba; 8) Sud Kivu; and 9) Haut Katanga.

The project provides direct support for service delivery and health systems strengthening activities. The service component includes increased use of high impact family planning, maternal, newborn, and child health (FP/MNCH), nutrition, malaria, tuberculosis (TB), water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services and products, and the adoption of healthy practices in targeted health zones.

Please note:

  • Internship candidates must be full- or part-time students earning university credit for their internship.

  • This is an unpaid internship and candidates are responsible for their own housing and transportation.

  • Collaborate with project staff to revise project technical documents (11 2-page fact sheets and 5 8-page innovation briefs) with updated technical strategies, background information, and results. These project staff will includethe DRC-based Communications Manager, monitoring and evaluation advisors, and technical advisors; and the U.S.-based Senior Technical Advisor and project support team members.

  • Assist with development of new project technical publications, including two new innovation briefs, using existing reports and available data.

  • Work on other project communications documents as opportunities arise, including technical presentations and project success stories.


  • Student in a Master of Public Health program, preferably with a concentration in Communications

  • Proficiency in written and spoken French (required)

  • Experience in the use of software programs including Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe Acrobat, and Google applications (particularly Gmail and Google Drive)

  • Excellent written communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Experience studying or working abroad, or working with colleagues from diverse cultural backgrounds

Student learning outcomes:

  • Fundamental understanding of ten technical areas of a large integrated health project, including results-based financing; Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health; malaria; tuberculosis; nutrition; and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)

  • Understanding of the different roles that comprise an international health project, and how teams work together to fulfill the project’s needs

  • Ability to present technical information and results in written format to a broad audience in a professional, understandable, and engaging way

  • Increased written French skills and intercultural communications skills through working with field-based staff

  • Project coordination and management skills through seeking and incorporating input from various specialists and reviewers into documents

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

Senior Principal Technical Advisor for Maternal and Newborn Health

ID: 13-9917

Group/Office: HPG

Dept/Unit: GEN (General)

Project/Program: A208 - DR Congo E2A/PROSANI

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