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  • Women in Nepal

    Reproductive Health Program Intern (Fall 2011--Spring 2012)

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    The Women’s Refugee Commission works to ensure that displaced persons are safe, healthy and self-reliant by advocating 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 Women’s Refugee Commission is legally part of the International Rescue Committee, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Women’s Refugee Commission receives no direct financial support from the IRC. 


    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 reports and materials 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.
    • Assist with endline processes, data cleaning and write-up for RH program community-based pilot projects and other research.  
    • Develop universal IEC template on family planning for crisis settings for IEC template project.
    • Provide support to the Mama Facebook platform.  
    • 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. 
    • Analyze MISP test-taker data on a periodic basis to assess test-taker profiles.
    • Assist with planning for IAWG annual meeting.
    • Attend relevant meetings and conferences.
    • Other tasks as required.


      • 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 4 hours. Available here: http://misp/rhrc.org  
    • Availability for the academic year, with a minimum 20 hour/week commitment.

    Reports to:                    Program Officers, Reproductive Health Program, Women’s Refugee Commission

    Position:                        Reproductive Health Program Intern

    Location:                       New York, NY

    Timeframe:                    September 15 – May 31, 2011 (start and end dates negotiable)

    Deadline to Apply:        September 16, 2011


    To apply please submit a résumé, cover letter and 3-page writing sample via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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