The Population Council (Research Intern)

The Population Council is an international, non-profit, non-governmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and help achieve a humane, equitable and sustainable balance between people and resources.
The Council’s major program areas ace HIV&AIDS, Reproductive Health and Poverty, Gender, and Youth. The Council conducts biomedical, social science and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. The Population Council works in collaboration with a broad range of Nigerian institutions.

Job Title: Research Intern (FGMC)

Job Description:
The Evidence to End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) Research Programmeis a five year DFID-funded project aimed at generating a global evidence base on the most effective and cost-effective approaches to ending female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) to inform policy and programming especially in countries where the practice is still very common, including Nigeria. The Population Council (PC) is leading this multi-country research consortium of partners working in several African countries.

PC Nigeria is seeking a highly motivated, young graduate who is interested in a career conducting social science- and/or public health-related research to join the Evidence to End FGM/C project team for a year-long research internship. During the internship period, the young researcher will be expected to support the Nigerian Principal Investigator (PI)/Program Manager of the project to carry out all research related activities including providing logistics and administrative support.

1. The Research Intern will assist in the following:

  • In consultation with PM, research and summarize literature on FGM/C
  • The day to day running of the project activities 
  • The development of project timeline with deliverables integrated with internship responsibilities and activities 
  • The development of data collection instruments 
  • The process of hiring data collectors 
  • The training activities 
  • Conducting data collection, and work closely with the analysis team to conduct substantive and methodological analyses of data 
  • The preparation of the Quarterly Programme Report 

i. Other programmatic and technical responsibilities, as assigned

2. Work with and be mentored by an experienced researcher

3. The Research Intern will gain task management skills that are important in any research project career

Eligible applicants should:
• Have obtained a minimum of a university degree or degree equivalent
• Have completed NYSC service
• Should have strong organizational skills in social science, public health or policy research skills (e.g., literature reviews, systematic reviews)
• Experience developing tools, collecting and analyzing data
• Prior experience working on public health/social science research related activities preferred
• Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite ( Excel, Power point, Word)
• Demonstrate creativity and ability to use initiative
• Demonstrate excellent written and oral English communication skills.
• Fluency in either Hausa, Igbo, or Yoruba preferred
• Ability to work in a team, take instruction, share experiences, and cooperate with authority of the Principal Investigator
• Be flexible and keen to learn new skills
• Strong attention to details
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
•Be committed to working full time from August 2016 - July 2017


Interested candidates should please submit the following documents:

  • Current CV 
  • Brief essay (500 words maximum) on how this internship program will support your professional goals over the next three years 
  • Two letters of recommendation 

Application deadline:
Tuesday, July 5, 2016.


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