Global Fund (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute)

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored with the Harvard GHI, and therefore you should apply through the HGHI-IOP funding source in CARAT. Applications will be accepted until February 4th, 2018 at 11:59PM.

The Global Fund is a 21st-century partnership organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. Founded in 2002, the Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases. The Global Fund raises and invests nearly US$ 4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need.

Website: www.theglobalfund.org

Summer Project:

The Global Fund has advancing gender equality as one of the four pillars of the strategy 2017-2022. In order to make real on commitments to address gender related disparities and advance gender equality,  we would like to have an understanding of where and how we are implementing programs at country level in key intervention areas. These include interventions on addressing gender based violence and life skills for adolescents.

Responsibilities:

  • Refine and finalize a draft methodology to undertake a qualitative review of the Global Fund investments in the intervention areas of gender based violence and life skills for adolescents.
  • Conduct a qualitative assessment of Global Fund grants for investments in GBV and life skills, and produce a final report that answers key questions.

Qualifications:

  • Background in public health, gender and qualitative research methodologies would be helpful.
  • The person also needs to have strong research and writing skills, and able to synthesize information in a compelling way.
  • Other characteristics: independent worker, intellectually curious and detail oriented.   

The Global Fund is a 21st-century partnership organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. Founded in 2002, the Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases. The Global Fund raises and invests nearly US$ 4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need.

Website: www.theglobalfund.org

Summer Project:

The Global Fund has advancing gender equality as one of the four pillars of the strategy 2017-2022. In order to make real on commitments to address gender related disparities and advance gender equality,  we would like to have an understanding of where and how we are implementing programs at country level in key intervention areas. These include interventions on addressing gender based violence and life skills for adolescents.

Responsibilities:

Refine and finalize a draft methodology to undertake a qualitative review of the Global Fund investments in the intervention areas of gender based violence and life skills for adolescents.
Conduct a qualitative assessment of Global Fund grants for investments in GBV and life skills, and produce a final report that answers key questions.
Qualifications:

Background in public health, gender and qualitative research methodologies would be helpful.
The person also needs to have strong research and writing skills, and able to synthesize information in a compelling way.
Other characteristics: independent worker, intellectually curious and detail oriented.   

 2017 Intern Reflection: 

This summer, I had the opportunity to work with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in Geneva. The Global Fund is a partnership that raises and invests billions of dollars in programs run by local experts in-country to fight these epidemics. I worked in the Community, Rights, and Gender department, which focuses on engaging vulnerable groups and civil society in Global Fund activities. I reviewed assessments that were completed in multiple countries on gender-related risks and barriers to care for TB. I analyzed these assessments comparatively across the countries to examine trends in TB and synthesize recommendations for programmatic responses to these barriers. My sociology courses at Harvard were a good foundation to understand inequalities and apply research skills to this analysis. I learned a lot about the role gender plays in the TB epidemic, and the critical thinking necessary to effectively address these issues with interventions. I enjoyed focusing of on a few main project deliverables to complete, while also learning about other projects ongoing at the company.  

The Global Fund is a rapidly evolving company with an exciting, dynamic, and flexible office culture. There are many work streams across  departments from country grant management to technical assistance. I am particularly interested in the intersection of medicine and public health, and I reached out to advisers at The Global Fund who had medical degrees and was able to talk with them. There are also brown bag lunches on cross-cutting topics periodically, offering opportunities to learn more about new issues. I am inspired by my colleagues' and the company's commitment to ending the epidemics. I would recommend The Global Fund to anyone who is passionate about global health and saving lives efficiently, and wants to learn about effective strategies to do this.

Sarah Rahman '18 

 This summer I am interning with the Global fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB), and Malaria. The Global Fund is a funding organization which raises and invests in health programs in communities in need around the world. As an intern I am supporting the Monitoring and Evaluation Country Analysis team within the Strategy, Investment and Impact Division. I am researching factors associated with HIV, TB, and malaria epidemic resurgence in order to provide critical insight for future health policies and disease prevention, as well as contribute to critical databases. This consists of evaluating past cases studies of epidemic resurgence, analyzing trends, organizing and evaluating collected data, participating in funding application review processes.

This project is quite broad, but I am collaborating with others (many of whom work at the World Health Organization(WHO)) to produce the most helpful report possible. I have my own desk within a shared room with other interns, which is nice for meeting other people within the office. It should be noted that the Global Fund is smaller than the WHO or UN so there is not the same type of large intern community, but you do have the opportunity to get to know your colleagues and people working within the other departments! My project is individualized and flexible and I have been given a lot of freedom in direction and format. My background is in anthropology and global health, but a solid understanding of statistics, data management, evaluation theory, and technology would be beneficial for this internship. This internship provides experience in research and statistical analysis as well as exposes you to how various fields work together (from politics, finances to health). 

Sophia Kaufman '18 

Geneva, Switzerland
Public Health, Research, International