Strategic Partnership Engagement Intern, Washington, United States 151 views


INTERN TITLE: Strategic Partnership Engagement Intern HOST ORGANIZATION: President’s Malaria Initiative External Affairs Team, Malaria Division, Office of Infectious Disease, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development LOCATION: Washington, DC/Virtual due to COVID-19 POSITION LEVEL: Masters INT-P3-088SALARY: $1,868.66 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position) ANTICIPATED TIMEFRAME: 6 Months, full-time


Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). STAR is a Global Health talent hub. Through fellowships, internships, and strategic partnerships, STAR supports building the capacity of diverse global health professionals and organizations at all levels to make inclusive, collaborative, and innovative contributions to global health. STAR participants collaborate in the development of systems and tools that strengthen and sustain the local and global health response.



The US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is the US Government’s (USG) flagship global malaria initiative led by USAID and implemented together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Leadership, management, and oversight of PMI are carried out from the Malaria Division, within the Office of Infectious Disease (ID) in the USAID Bureau for Global Health (GH), under the leadership of the US Global Malaria Coordinator, as is the management of USAID’s malaria research investments (most notably vaccine, drug, and insecticide research programs) and USAID’s global partner engagement. PMI works in 24 focus countries in Africa and 3 countries in the Mekong Region of Asia. The External Affairs Team was established in 2018 under the direction of the US Global Malaria Coordinator.


This position will support the External Affairs Team to achieve its mission to leverage the assets and capabilities of non-traditional and underutilized private sector entities, faith and community stakeholders, and emerging donors to inspire action around malaria control and elimination in support of PMI’s and countries’ strategic priorities. To achieve this mission, the team works to 1) catalyze and leverage non-PMI resources, both financial and non-financial, in alignment with PMI and country-approved malaria priorities in PMI-supported countries; 2) provide leadership in extending the reach of malaria control by informing, inspiring, and creating connections between strategic partners and global and local influencers; and 3) communicate and coordinate with stakeholders internal to USAID and CDC to advocate for PMI’s priorities and respond to the requests of Agency and PMI leadership as they pertain to the team’s areas of focus.

Reporting structure:

The Intern will work closely with PMI’s External Affairs Team as well as receive technical and other guidance from the Malaria Division Chief, who will serve as his/her Point of Contact.


By the end of the internship, the Intern will have gained experience and exposure to:

Working with and analyzing data to inform strategic decision-making and malaria programming priorities.

International public health programs of malaria-endemic countries.

Enhanced technical expertise in malaria programming.

Enhanced understanding of USAID’s and PMI’s strategic partnerships.

A broad range of perspectives from diverse stakeholders in both the public and private sectors on how to strengthen health programming in PMI countries.

USAID governance and implementation of a broad international health initiative.

Essential Duties:

Provide technical support on the private sector, faith-based and community engagement to PMI HQ and USAID Missions.

Support the collection and analysis of data on PMI’s private sector, faith, and community partners to inform partnership strategies and new opportunities.

Assist the team in developing metrics to track the success of PMI partnerships over time.

Provide assistance to PMI countries for approximately one or two in-person visits or virtually for one to two weeks at a time.

Support the development and execution of a dissemination plan for a private sector engagement (PSE) resource package to strengthen the way PMI partners with the private sector on development objectives.

Support planning and implementation for priority PSE opportunities in PMI countries.

Create a framework to help evaluate the value delivered by one or more of PMI’s current private-sector partnerships.

Support the continued dissemination of a toolkit for community and faith leaders in PMI countries, including working with PMI countries to provide additional resources as requested.

Work with PMI countries, as requested, to design tailored country and/or regional workshops to implement the toolkit.



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Work with PMI countries, as requested, to support collaboration with local Rotary Clubs.

Manage the Rotary Club Malaria Project Tracker tool updating current and future malaria control collaborations across PMI-supported countries.

Contribute to team operations, such as conducting technical reviews of annual Malaria Operational Plans (MOPs).

Anticipated learning outcomes:

All STAR Interns will participate in learning activities (*approximately 10% time) during their internship. By the end of the internship, the Intern will be able to:

Gain exposure to data analysis and malaria programming 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.

Understand USAID mechanisms for program management and implementation.



Currently enrolled in masters or other post-bachelor’s degree program related to public health, business administration, economics/social science, international development or completion of such within the past 12 months.

Demonstrated interest in international development and global health issues.

Demonstrated interest in strategic partnerships/relationship management.

Motivated self-starter with excellent oral and written communication skills.

This position may require travel. Ability to participate in a field experience, which may involve domestic and/or international travel and overnight stays for up to 2 weeks, pending the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

Additional skills (preferred):

Experience working on malaria and/or other international health programs, particularly in Africa or Asia.

Direct knowledge of or experience working with a faith-based, community, or private sector organization.

Experience with quantitative or qualitative data analysis.

French and/or Portuguese and/or Spanish language skills are a plus, but not essential.


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.

The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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