University of Global Health Equity – Research Intern

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Terms of Reference; Research Internship

Internship Title: Research Intern
Reports to: UGHE’s Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MGHD) Students
Internship Duration: 3 months (April 20 to July 20, 2020)
Location: Kiziba Refugee Camp

Background and Purpose of the Internship

The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), in partnership with UNHCR Field Office in Kibuye and Kepler Kiziba, seek to embark on a groundbreaking research project to explore the factors surrounding adolescent pregnancy in Kiziba refugee camp, and collaborate with the community to co-develop solutions. The project responds to gaps in the existing literature on early pregnancies in refugee settings in Rwanda, as well as the demographic shift that demands a greater focus on adolescent health. To this end, we are looking for four exceptional, highly motivated and dynamic young women (19 to 25 years old), to support the delivery of research

Purpose: To partner with UGHE`s MGHD students and their faculty supervisor in delivering research activities in Kiziba Refugee Camp, between April and July 2020.


  • Identifying and contacting research subjects.
  • Scheduling research focus groups & interviews.
  • Field data collection and recording (i.e., independently facilitate data collection with adolescents, managing focus group discussions and providing detailed reports of the content discussed).
  • File organization (i.e., making sure the consent documents are available and signed by
    research subjects).
  • Participate in team meetings during data collection and data analysis.
  • Support research team in transcribing and translating audio recorded interviews and focus
  • Undergo training and preparation for these activities:
    • Data collection – including facilitation of in-depth interviews and focus group discussions.
    • Research ethics – working with vulnerable groups, discussing sensitive topics, safeguarding and psychological first aid.
    • Data handling – including how to transcribe and translate in a research context.


  • Being a Phase 5 student in Healthcare Management
  • Fluent in Kinyarwanda and English
  • Female (ideally aged between 19 to 25 years), given the sensitive nature of the topic area
  • Understanding of the context (Kiziba refugee camp)
  • High level of Microsoft Excel skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Excellent time management, organization and communication skills
  • Exceptional work ethic and ability to pay attention to details
  • Passionate about advancing adolescent health
  • A high degree of personal initiative and a ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Driven and keen to learn
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to colleagues at all levels

Time Commitment: minimum of 20 hours per week


  • Extensive training on research methods, including data collection and data handling, and research ethics, including safeguarding and psychological first aid.
  • Hands-on research experience, working with a dynamic multicultural research team.
  • Allowance for airtime,
  • Allowance for lunch for every day of fieldwork.
  • Monthly internship stipend from Kepler.
  • Co-authorship if a peer-reviewed article is developed and significant contribution is made to the research.

To Apply

  • Complete this form before the EOD March 15th.