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    Mary Anne Schwalbe Reproductive Health Program Internship (Summer 2011)

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    Since 1989, the Women's Refugee Commission has advocated vigorously for laws, policies and programs to improve the lives and protect the rights of refugee and displaced women, children and young people—bringing about lasting, measurable change.


    The Reproductive Health (RH) Program promotes quality, comprehensive reproductive health care for crisis-affected women, men and youth in the areas of maternal-newborn health, family planning, STI/HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence. The RH Program:

    • Ensures that reproductive health is on the agenda of humanitarian assistance organizations, development agencies, policy makers and donors.
    • Participates in the seven-member Reproductive Health Response in Crises (RHRC) Consortium and the Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health in Crises.
    • Advocates for the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health to be implemented in the earliest days of an emergency, and integrated into emergency preparedness plans.
    • Produces tools and field-friendly guides on the MISP, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, STIs, gender-based violence, emergency contraception and emergency obstetric care for humanitarian workers to better implement reproductive health activities in emergency settings.
    • Provides grants and technical assistance to local nongovernmental organizations in Thailand to expand and strengthen reproductive health services, particularly for adolescents.
    • Advocates for the international community to undertake a comprehensive multi-sectoral approach to firewood collection and sexual violence in displaced settings.


    This internship is suited to students of public health with the desire to obtain experience in a professional advocacy organization. It will provide the opportunity to work closely on reproductive health advocacy issues, attend internal organizational presentations as well as external meetings and contribute to the daily work of the RH Program. The RH Program makes every attempt to respond to the interests and educational goals of the intern.


    • Conduct background research and draft literature reviews and other written material for RH program priorities, including in maternal health, disaster risk reduction, family planning, new technologies and other areas as they arise.
    • Analyze funding flows to humanitarian emergencies to determine the level of funding for RH in crises.
    • Conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses for data gathered on RH program community-based pilot projects.
    • Work with webmaster to provide updates to the RHRC Consortium website (www.rhrc.org) on a periodic basis, including Facts/Stats and the IEC material clearinghouse.  
    • Attend relevant meetings and conferences.
    • Other tasks as required.

    Mary Anne Schwalbe Reproductive Health Interns:

    Mary Anne Schwalbe interns will be asked to organize a presentation on the Women's Refugee Commission's Founding Director, Mary Anne Schwalbe, providing staff the opportunity to reflect on how the Women's Refugee Commission's reproductive health program's work continues to honor her legacy.


    • Bachelors degree required, MPH student preferred;
    • Excellent research, data collection, analysis and writing skills;
    • Health-related and/or gender background;
    • Fluency in Spanish or French a plus;
    • Excellent computer skills, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
    • HTML skills a plus;
    • Excellent communication skills;
    • Certification in the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for RH required. Certification takes approximately 3-4 hours. Available here: http://misp/rhrc.org  


    Reports to:  Program Officer, Reproductive Health Program, Women's Refugee Commission

    Position:  Mary Anne Schwalbe Reproductive Health Intern – Summer 2011

    Location:  New York, NY

    Timeframe:  June 1 – August 26, 2011 (start and end dates negotiable)

    Deadline to Apply:  March 25, 2011


    To apply please submit a résumé and cover letter via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    For more information on our Reproductive Health Program,
    please visit http://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/programs/rh