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Interns at Population Council in Nairobi – Kenya Jobs, Careers and Vacancies


The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. Established in 1952, the Council is governed by an international board of trustees. Its New York headquarters supports a global network of regional and country offices.

Weak and inefficient health systems sustain inequities in access to and use of essential services. New strategies to improve facility efficiency include alternative healthcare financing (RH Vouchers) and new task shifting practices (Integra). With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Population Council is undertaking a number of comprehensive evaluations to generate evidence for governments and their development partners to decide whether to scale up these programs.

Overall aim
The main aim is give the next generation of Kenyan social scientists and researchers early career experience with a world-leading reproductive health research institution. Selected interns will assist with qualitative and quantitative data analysis depending on skills and aptitude. Datasets include interviews, focus group transcripts, household surveys, health facility assessments, and facility utilization data. Interns will be mentored by senior analysts and gain experience in operations research in the social sciences and reproductive health. Interns who have completed their coursework but not yet graduated are invited to use data for a thesis or similar academic research. Interns are expected to report full time to the Population Council.

For graduate students:
Objective: To produce a cogent, concise analysis of a public health research question by end of the internship.

For undergraduate students:
Objective: to produce a cleaned dataset, analysis plan and preliminary results by end of the internship.

Interns should be highly computer literate, have solid experience using spreadsheets (undergraduates) and data analysis software packages (graduates). For graduate students, R and Stata are preferred although individuals with SPSS experience will find it helpful when learning Stata.

All applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in data management and research methods. Successful applicants will be responsible for reviewing basic Stata commands in the first week, identifying a research topic early in their internship, and work closely with their mentor to identify appropriate research agenda.

Enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree from a reputable university or evidence of completed coursework (only the thesis remaining to write) in applied informatics, public health, epidemiology, economics, demography or similar social science program.

Apply for this position:
If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please send your CV and covering letter to the Population Council at [email protected] (Nairobi office).

Deadline: 15 Aug, 2011

1 Comment on this Article

  • Jimmy Akali Aug 11TH, 2011

    great opportunity for those eager to get experience.

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