Internship, Maternal Syphillis

Evidence Action
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About Evidence Action is a global nonprofit organization with an approach distinctive in international development – we exclusively scale interventions that are backed by strong evidence and can be delivered with exceptional cost-effectiveness. Our programs have grown since our founding in 2013 to reach over 280 million people annually. We deliver high impact for every dollar spent, as recognized by GiveWell, The Life You Can Save, and Charity Navigator.We do development differently. We take a data-driven approach to identifying, scaling, and continuously improving programs which deliver immense impact, ensuring these solutions measurably improve the lives of millions. Our Deworm the World Initiative has helped governments in Africa and Asia deliver over 1.4 billion childhood deworming treatments, improving health, education, and incomes. Dispensers for Safe Water provides sustained safe water access to over 4 million people in rural Africa, preventing childhood illness and deaths.We drive innovation: Our Accelerator builds the next generation of exceptional programs, taking an approach most similar to a venture capital model. We are ruthless in exiting programs which do not meet our criteria; those that advance deliver outsized impact for millions of people.We are global. Across eight countries in Africa and Asia, our 400+ people are united by a tremendous passion for our mission and impact. We are strong because of our diversity of experience, geography, and background – with over 90% of our people in the countries where our impact is focused.We have big ambitions. Our goal is to double our impact by 2024, to fulfill our vision of a world where hundreds of millions of people in the poorest places have better opportunities and their lives are measurably improved. We believe in bold and urgent action – because poverty doesn’t wait, and neither should we.We need great people. Our success to date is due to the collective work of our amazing staff. To achieve our ambitious goals, we are looking for people who share our passion for evidence, cost-effectiveness, and scale. We seek individuals who take an entrepreneurial approach, enjoy tackling hard problems, and have a bias to action and results. If our vision and approach excite you as much as it does us, we invite you to join us.

About the Maternal Syphilis team

One of Evidence Action’s newest initiatives is the Maternal Syphilis (MS) Screening and Treatment Program in which we partner with Ministries of Health to increase syphilis screening and treatment among pregnant women in an effort to prevent mother-to-child transmission of syphilis. Without effective and timely treatment, syphilis infections in pregnancy carry a significant risk of stillbirth, neonatal death, and cognitive and physical disability. Across the globe, syphilis infection in pregnancy leads to over 200,000 stillbirths and neonatal deaths – more than is attributed to mother-to-child transmission of HIV – and over 100,000 instances of disability in newborns. Our aim is to close syphilis screening gaps via introduction of HIV/syphilis dual testing and to close treatment gaps by implementing strategies to address context-specific treatment barriers for women who test positive for syphilis. We launched our maternal syphilis program in Liberia in 2020 and are now expanding the program to Zambia and Cameroon.

Our paid graduate student intern will support the work of the Maternal Syphilis program as Evidence Action continues to expand its program activities. We are seeking candidates for Fall (part-time, beginning October 2022). Start and end dates will be determined on a case by case basis, but we expect candidates to be available for up to 8- 12 weeks.

The position can be remote for the duration of the internship. Interns may work from one of our major offices, if candidates can hold legal work authorizations from those locations.

Activities in this role may include:

-Analyzing and synthesizing incoming health data from the Zambian and Cameroonian national data systems to inform baseline program data;
-Reviewing current national data reporting tools in Zambia and Cameroon to identify gaps that would pose barriers to program implementation, specifically taking note of current practices for syphilis screening and treatment indicators;
-Working with Evidence Action’s MLE team on developing strategies to analyze program data across key performance indicators during the course of program implementation;
-Troubleshooting and suggesting improvements on internal databases that house program data.

-Currently pursuing a Master’s degree or PhD in international development, public policy, health, economics, business, or related field, preferably with some familiarity with development economics;
-Experience in synthesizing data, background research, and managing stakeholder perspectives to inform program design and drive decision making;
-Excellent work planning, task management, and organizational skills;
-Ability to manage multiple ongoing projects simultaneously;
-Be strongly aligned with Evidence Action values; committed to evidence-based programming in the development field.
-Strong performance during an internship with Evidence Action does not guarantee future employment with the organization. However, we do hope this will be an opportunity for the organization to get to know the capabilities of individuals who may be strong candidates for full-time roles, and likewise, an opportunity for individuals to get to know Evidence Action.

Evidence Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.