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    Reproductive Health Program Intern, Spring 2010

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    The Women’s Refugee Commission works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children and adolescents. As an advocacy organization, the Women’s Refugee Commission is dedicated to bringing about systemic changes that lead to greater respect for the rights of uprooted women, children and adolescents. The organization strives to effect policy change with broad, worldwide impact.

    About the Reproductive Health Program:

    The Reproductive Health (RH) Program promotes quality, comprehensive reproductive health care for refugee and displaced 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 Conflict (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.
    • Produces tools and field-friendly guides on the MISP, 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.

    About the Internship:

    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.

    Specific Activities:

    • Develop tools (survey and focus group discussion guide) for the revised Reproductive Health in Refugee Situations: An Inter-agency Field Manual field review process
    • Conduct background research, literature reviews and prepare RH-related primers as necessary.
    • Continue beneficiary accountability project through collecting and cataloging RH-related information, education, communication (IEC) materials for displaced persons on the RHRC Consortium website (www.rhrc.org) and managing field review process to improve existing IEC materials on the MISP objectives.
    • Work with webmaster to provide updates on Facts & Stats on the RHRC Consortium website on a periodic basis.
    • Assist with event planning, such as the IAWG annual meeting.
    • Assist with dissemination and follow-up of the MISP distance learning module and communicate with local partners in the field about trainings and use of resources materials.
    • Attend relevant meetings and conferences.
    • File organization and maintenance.
    • Database updating and report distribution.
    • Other tasks as required.


    • Bachelors degree required, MPH student preferred;
    • Excellent research, data collection, analysis and writing skills;
    • Experience with qualitative/quantitative data collection methods preferred;
    • 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. Available here: http://misp/rhrc.org

    Reports to: Program Manager, Reproductive Health Program, Women’s Refugee Commission
    Position: Reproductive Health Intern – Spring 2009
    Location: New York, NY
    Timeframe: January-May 2010 (start date negotiable)
    Deadline to Apply: Until position is filled

    To apply please submit a résumé and cover letter via email to:
    Mihoko Tanabe, Program Manager
    Email: 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 www.womensrefugeecommission.org/programs/rh.

    The Women’s Refugee Commission considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.
    The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer.