Research Intern, Opportunities at Partners in Health

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Position Title: Research Intern

Reports to: Project PI

Group/Department: School of Medicine, University of Global Health Equity (UGHE)

Location: Kigali with frequent travel to the data collection and research sites Rwanda, with occasional travel to Butaro and other study sites, Rwanda  

Position Overview

The Research Intern will work on a Research Programme entitles “Effects of maternal nutrition during pregnancy on perinatal and child nutritional outcomes in Rwanda: a birth cohort study” funded by Catholic Relief Services, Rwanda. The study is currently recruiting pregnant women in the 2nd trimester in 7 districts in Rwanda. The ideal candidate for this position is highly self-motivated and passionate about research, with attention to detail and organizational skills. S/he will work across multiple departments at UGHE and health facility within Rwanda and our study collaborators in Germany.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct scoping review on breast milk, birth cohort and child health research in Africa
  • Support and contribute to the development of data extraction template for a scoping review
  • Conducting quantitative data collection at designated data collection sites and as directed by the project PIs, including data entry and data quality assurance.
  • Provide support to the ongoing birth cohort study activities including recruitment of 2nd trimester pregnant women into the study and any add on study to the original study protocol.
  • Work closely with the PIs and study coordinator to ensure teams’ ability to meet contractual requirements, identify gaps and create plans to address them, and provide ongoing support to teams.
  • Writing project deliverables, such as reports
  • Preparing PowerPoint slides, report and poster presentations as required
  • Any other tasks as designated by the supervisor


  • MBBS/MD or BSc in health related field, MSc in Public Health or Global Health, or MSc in other health related programs
  • Practical knowledge and experience of review of literature including scoping reviews.
  • Demonstrated qualitative and quantitative research experience – minimum of 1 year
  • Demonstrable training in research methods, data collection, data analysis
  • Familiarity with qualitative and/or quantitative data collection and data quality assurance
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive
  • Ability to work under pressure, meet tight deadlines, and manage competing priorities
  • Proven ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively as part of a research team, and to meet research deadlines.
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Kinyarwanda required

To Apply  

Applicants should provide: (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter, (3) names and contact information of three professional references who can attest to work experience, and (4) copies of all degrees earned. Please upload your cover letter and copies of degrees as a single PDF file under “Additional Files” on the application page. 

Organization profile

The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is on a mission to radically change the way health care is delivered around the world. UGHE is a new university based in Rwanda that is growing the next generation of global health professionals—doctors, nurses, researchers, and public health and policy experts—into leaders and change makers who strive to deliver more equitable, quality health services for all. The University launched in Rwanda in September 2015 with the Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MGHD).

Through an academic experience uniquely rooted in the values of equity, students are empowered to both ease suffering at the bedside and drive transformational, systemic changes to the health system. UGHE is an initiative of Partners In Health (PIH), an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care.

In over nearly three decades of operating alongside public sectors in countries around the world, PIH has developed a model to deliver high quality healthcare to some of the world’s most marginalized communities. Nowhere has this impact been more profound than in Rwanda, where Inshuti Mu Buzima—PIH’s sister organization—and our government partners have driven innovation for a decade.  

Members of the UGHE community are tenacious and resolute in our drive to attain social justice, make common cause with those in need, listen to and learn from others, and operate with honesty and humility as we uphold academic integrity and intellectual curiosity. The UGHE team seeks individuals committed to these values to join the team. Partners In Health is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  

Commitment to Safeguarding and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual Harassment:  

At UGHE, we are committed to ensuring that those who benefit from our work- including community members – as well as our students, contractors, staff and visitors to our campus are treated with dignity and respect and protected from sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment and any form of systemic abuse, whilst reducing risk and vulnerabilities. A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with UGHE’s policy.

UGHE will request information from applicants’ previous employers about any findings of fraud, harassment, sexual harassment and any form of systemic abuse or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment.  By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures. Click Here for official Announcement

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