About Evidence Action
Evidence Action aims to be a world leader in scaling evidence-based and cost-effective programs to reduce the burden of poverty in some of the poorest places. Our large-scale, evidence-based programs are rigorously evaluated to ensure they reach the greatest amount of people in the most cost-effective ways. No matter what the position, each member of our team is motivated by the fact that the hard work we do makes its intended impact. Collectively, our at-scale initiatives measurably reach over 280 million people annually, and we continuously seek dedicated and mission-driven people to help advance this rare, and large-scale, global impact.
Background on the Program
Syphilis among pregnant women is a deeply neglected global health issue despite causing over 200,000 neonatal deaths and stillbirths each year. On top of this, more than 100,000 infants are born with congenital syphilis which leads to debilitating issues such as deformed bones, blindness, deafness, and meningitis. Nearly all of these adverse outcomes can be prevented – women can be easily tested for $1.20 or less and given a simple shot of penicillin costing less than $0.50. In Liberia, a country with one of the highest prevalence rates of maternal syphilis in Sub-Saharan Africa, less than 1 in 10 women currently get tested for syphilis. The development of a new technology – a point-of-care combined HIV/syphilis fingerstick test – gives governments the opportunity to piggyback on historical investment in HIV testing among pregnant women and finally address the challenge of maternal syphilis. Our ambitious program provides technical assistance to the Government of Liberia and National AIDS and STI COntrol Program (NACP) to scale this combined HIV/syphilis test nationwide, thereby enabling pregnant women to finally get the care they need.
Duties and Responsibilities
We are seeking an Graduate or Undergraduate Student Intern who is able to do data entry and analysis as part of our planning program monitoring and iterative program design processes. The ideal candidate has a strong background in excel and data analysis, is flexible in the face of changes in direction, and has robust problem-solving skills. Work streams may include:
- Creating databases to house program data
- Entering program data supplied via scanned reporting forms
- Accessing Government of Liberia national data systems to regularly download program data and integrating the data with the existing facility database
- Analyzing program data across key performance indicators and other process monitoring criteria to assess how successfully the program is being implemented and identify areas for improvement
- Analyzing program data and national data to identify facilities that are in need of additional mentorship
- Developing reports and presentations
- Creating batch files for mobile money payments for training activities
- Other tasks, as needed
- Currently pursuing an Graduate or Undergraduate degree in public policy, international development, health, economics, engineering, business, or related field
- Ability to work independently and effectively in a rapidly evolving, unstructured environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
- Experience applying data and quantitative analysis to drive decision making;
- Adaptable, self-motivated, inquisitive, and a team player who is interested in being part of a fast-paced, growing, and diverse team with a start-up atmosphere; and,
- A sense of humor and excitement to be part of an engaged and intellectually stimulating work environment.
Start and end dates will be determined on a case-by-case basis, based on the candidate’s availability. We anticipate most candidates to be available for the length of the Fall semester, approximately mid-Sep to mid-Dec, and will be able to commit 8-10 hours of work per week.