Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
As an organization that celebrates and promotes diversity and inclusion, and which is committed to the ongoing work of racial equity and anti-racism, we welcome partners of all backgrounds. For this internship opportunity, CRS strongly encourages students from HSIs (Hispanic-Serving Institutions) and HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) as well as all students who identify as Latinx and/or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) to apply.Background:
The integration of WASH and nutrition is an agency priority and often is a requirement for CRS’ preeminent donors. WASH and nutrition are understood to be central to child survival and welfare. While there is a clear and marked association between improved nutritional status and water access and quality, access to improved sanitation and proper latrine use, and incorporating key hygiene behaviors such as hand washing at critical moments, recent studies (WASH Benefits and SHINE trials) indicate that additional evidence is needed to inform the design and programming of integrated WASH and nutrition programming.
Primary Outcomes/Learning Objectives:
The WASH/Nutrition intern will remotely support CRS technical experts in the development of the latest evidence-based guidance and learning materials for integrated WASH and nutrition programming. With the support and regular guidance from CRS’ technical experts in WASH, nutrition, and health, the intern’s primary objectives will be to:
1. Conduct a mapping exercise of CRS’ current and past (within the past 5 years) practices of integrated nutrition and WASH programming, including programming implemented in humanitarian/emergency and development contexts;
2. Review strategies, statements, and funding opportunities (RFAs, NOFOs, etc.) issued by key donor agencies (USAID, BHA, Gates Foundation, DFID, European Union, UNICEF etc.), and foundations, and determine their most current position and expectations regarding the integration of nutrition and WASH, and potentially interview key donor contacts (USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs and PRO-WASH);
3. Conduct a consultative inquiry as needed with CRS staff (country program staff, regional office staff, Program Impact & Quality Assurance (PIQA) and Humanitarian Response Department (HRD) staff, and/or with other key informants, and document their most recent methodologies/approaches and positions on integrated nutrition and WASH programming, including donor expectations, standards, and trends;
4. Familiarize her/himself with the most recent evidence on integrated nutrition and WASH (WASH Benefits, SHINE, studies supported by PRO-WASH etc.), identify imminent and/or ongoing research that CRS should be aware of;
5. Through desk reviews and interviews, identify and document the key activities and approaches utilized by prominent INGOs working on the integration of WASH and nutrition (e.g. ACF, Save the Children, MSF) and how they may be contributing to evolving standards and evidence;
1. A report that includes the following components:
• Capacity statement of CRS’ most recent (presently implemented and over past 5 years) integrated WASH and nutrition programming;
• Articulation of key donor positions and priorities on integrated WASH and nutrition investments with recommendations for CRS applications;
• Articulation of the most recent and conclusive evidence on impact of integrated WASH and nutrition interventions, key researchers working in this domain, and outstanding research questions and opportunities.
• Suggested gaps in CRS based on the findings and suggested opportunities
• Facilitation of an internal webinar for a CRS audience – Integrating WASH and Nutrition: Evidence, Trends, Donor Priorities, Gaps, and Informing a CRS Research Agenda.
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Senior Technical Advisor for Nutrition (PIQA), Senior Technical Advisor for WASH (HRD), Regional Technical Advisors for Nutrition
External: Contacts at donor agencies
Agency Wide Competencies:
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
• Continuous Improvement & Innovation
• Builds Relationships
• Develops Talent
• Strategic Mindset
• Accountability & Stewardship
This internship seeks a current graduate student seeking to obtain work experience that aligns with his/her studies in the field of water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition and/or to fulfill requirements for an academic course or degree.
• Bachelor’s degree required. Must be a current student working towards a masters or PhD in a related field (International Development, Public Health, Environmental Health, or another related discipline).
• Excellent communication and writing skills
• Analytical and able to synthesize information.
• Some interviewing experience
Physical Requirements/Environment: (Optional)
Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
NOTE: All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.
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