United States of America: Malaria Data Visualization Intern

Organization: Global Health Fellows Program
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 21 Feb 2017

Global Health Fellows Program IIMalaria Data Visualization Intern**

Malaria Division, Office of Infectious Disease, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development Anticipated timeframe: June 2017 – August 2017: Compensated 3 month internship

Location: Washington, DC/Arlington, VA


The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

GHFP-II’s goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by addressing the Agency’s immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement and support of diverse health professionals at the junior, mid and senior levels. These program participants include fellows, interns, corporate volunteers and Foreign Service National professionals. The program then provides substantial performance management and career development support to participants, including annual working planning assistance, and ensures that professional development opportunities are available.

Looking to the future, GHFP-II also seeks to establish a pool of highly-qualified global health professionals that will ensure the Agency’s ongoing technical leadership and effectiveness. This objective is supported by an extensive outreach program that brings global health opportunities and specialized career advice to a diverse range of interested individuals, with a particular focus on those underrepresented in the field of global health.


The Malaria Division under the Office of Infectious Disease (ID) within the Bureau for Global Health (GH) leads the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). PMI is a US Government (USG) effort, led by USAID and implemented together with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to reduce the intolerable burden of malaria and help relieve poverty on the African continent. Building upon the progress to date in PMI-supported countries, PMI will work with partners to reduce malaria mortality by one-third from 2015 levels in PMI-supported countries, reduce malaria morbidity in PMI-supported countries by 40 percent from 2015 levels, and assist at least five PMI-supported countries to meet the WHO criteria for national or sub-national pre-elimination, by 2020.

PMI’s strategic approach emphasizes the following five areas: (1) Achieving and sustaining scale of proven interventions (namely, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, indoor residual spraying with insecticides, intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women, and prompt use of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) for those who have been diagnosed with malaria); (2) Adapting to changing epidemiology and incorporating new tools; (3) Improving countries’ capacity to collect and use information; (4) Mitigating risk against the current malaria control gains; and (5) Building capacity and health systems. To learn more about PMI, please visit http://www.pmi.gov/about .


The Malaria Data Visualization Intern will work with the Communications Team on PMI’s external and internal communications, in order to document achievements and produce materials which reflect the Initiative’s core management principles of transparency and accountability. The focus of the work will be on data visualization. S/he will work closely with the Malaria Technical Advisors as his/her onsite manager.


  • Gaining skills in communicating PMI’s achievements to external audiences, especially using data visualization and social media platforms.
  • Gaining a greater understanding of malaria prevention and control programming needs, and key approaches to improving coverage of malaria control interventions that, in turn, contribute to reducing all-cause mortality rates in children less than five years of age.
  • Deepening skills in communication, collaboration and coordination within a complex organizational and implementation structure.


  • In coordination with OSM, contributing to the effort to develop data visualization for PMI, in collaboration with the US Global Development Lab’s GeoCenter and USAID’s communication contractor.
  • Supporting the implementation of social media strategy (e.g. Twitter)
    • Updating strategy to process documents.
    • Creating a tweet topic/schedule Google doc.
  • Assisting with the organization of PMI photos and other visual content and migration of photos to Flickr.
  • Revising stories submitted for the 11th annual report for posting on country pages on the website.
  • Assisting with development of 1-2 Country in Focus web pages.
  • Reviewing Mission websites for malaria-related content for cross-posting and coordinating with Development Outreach and Communications specialists, as appropriate.
  • Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need and/or the Intern’s own interests.


  • Currently enrolled Master’s or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate in public health, data visualization, statistics, or a related social or computer science field; or, completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Experience developing interactive data visualizations using standard visualization software (Tableau preferred).
  • Experience developing interactive data visualizations in D3 is preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to communicate quickly, clearly and concisely, with strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational, verbal communications and interpersonal skills to work effectively with a broad range of USG personnel and international partners.
  • Computer skills in MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Twitter, Facebook, Prezi, Flickr.
  • Skills in JavaScript, CSS, html preferred.
  • Demonstrated interest in working in developing countries, preferably in Africa, is desirable.
  • Working knowledge of French or Portuguese is highly desirable.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.


$1,826 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position).

How to apply:

Detailed information, including an online application and instructions, is available on our website at

www.ghfp.net. All applications must be submitted by February 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm eastern time.

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