Job DescriptionInternship Description
HR Directions is seeking a candidate for its client, RTI International, for a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adapting (MERLA) Intern to support our work in global health within the International Development Group. The MERLA Intern will work primarily to support MERLA activities of Global Health Division (GHD) projects globally. The MERLA Intern will be responsible for a wide range of operations, administrative and technical tasks and also support business development work as needed. This position will be based at RTI•s headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C., or in RTI•s Washington, D.C., office.
The successful candidate must demonstrate through work products and references/feedback the following:• an exceptional ability to plan and organize work, develop tools, prepare and summarize reports and other materials, and follow through on agreed upon actions, while maintaining a positive and productive attitude with other team members in a fast-paced and demanding environment.• S/he must be energetic and show initiative, demonstrate a willingness to take on challenges, while at the same time appreciating the scope of the position and the role within the team.•
- Support proposal development efforts, including conducting desk review, landscape analysis and research on technical areas, countries, and competitors, preparing job descriptions, project performance reviews (PPRs) and corporate capability statements;
- Liaise with and coordinate support services from corporate business partners as appropriate;
- Work with GHD/IDG Communications staff to solicit and manage photos, descriptions, credits, etc.•to be used for project briefs, websites, and annual reports;
- Support MERLA team technical assistance for monitoring and evaluation plans, frameworks and tools Support -as needed- design, visualization (graphics, etc.) and write-up of M&E/MEL plans, Performance Management Plans (PMPs), logframes and results frameworks, as well as relevant narrative sections in GHD and IDG proposals. Support other RTI staff to conduct evaluations, comparative analyses, qualitative studies, acceptability studies, and other MERLA tasks in support of projects.
- Contribute to the development of technical publications and ensure tracking, documentation, visualization and publication (where appropriate) of project MERLA best practices and lessons learned.
- Support additional MERLA initiatives on a needs-basis
- Support proposal and project teams to conduct desk reviews, landscape analyses and background research as required
- Support project implementation and operational research activities, e.g. development of curricula, procedures and training documents, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and pilot research;
- Support write-up, presentation and dissemination of project outputs, e.g. peer-reviewed manuscripts, project presentations, visuals/graphics, reports, blogs;
- Currently enrolled as an undergraduate student (with one year of related experience) or graduate student (with three years of related experience) in a social sciences field, or have received a degree in a social sciences field within the last calendar year.
- Proficient administrative support and organizational skills and abilities with attention to detail
- Knowledge of project management practices and/or proposal development in international development desirable
- Proven excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).
- Strong data analytics skills (experience with STATA, SPSS, R, ATLAS.ti or other statistical software is preferred).
- Data visualization skills (experience developing graphics, charts and other visuals)
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines under pressure.
- Excellent soft skills, including include strong interpersonal and communication skills, a problem-solving attitude, and being a self-starter who works both independently and as a collaborative team player.
- Language skills in French or Spanish highly desirable.
- Prior experience working, studying, or traveling in developing countries a plus.
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