Local Capacity Strengthening (LCS) Intern
Arlington, VA  / Medford, MA 
Posted 12 days ago
Job/Internship Description


Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization with nearly 2,500 people from over 74 nationalities working in over 40 countries. Our mission: Saving lives and improving the health of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with our partners, we are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact. Accompanying leaders in their communities and health organizations to achieve health outcomes that matter to them has been at the core MSH's mission since its inception over 50 years ago. Now we are renewing our commitment and refreshing our approaches to promoting locally led development (LLD), with the establishment of a relatively new Local Capacity Strengthening (LCS) Practice Area. Come join us in shaping the future of this work at MSH!

We are seeking an intern who is passionate and curious about how to ensure global health programming listens to and learns from the teams, organizations, and communities that are closest to development issues. The intern will contribute to the enhancement and rollout of MSH's approach to LLD, with a focus on capacity strengthening models. This will include coordinating and participating in co-creation meetings and dialogues with MSH's internal and external stakeholders, documenting and synthesizing emerging practices from MSH's portfolio of programs, preparing a resource hub of relevant tools and approaches, and contributing to the design and implementation of learning and exchange activities to spread and strengthen MSH's application of the model in practice.



  • Collaborate with LCS Practice Area staff to coordinate the process of updating and documenting MSH's model for LLD and related capacity strengthening
  • Conduct a desk review of existing organizational capacity assessment (OCA) tools applied in the health sector over the past 5 years and assist with updating/improving MSH's in-house OCA tools.
  • Coordinate and organize the development of an LCS resource hub, including capturing effective practices from our current programming and adaptable tools and approaches
  • Support the design and delivery of at least 3 learning/knowledge exchange (KE) events around key LCS topics
  • Contribute to the establishment and facilitation of a LCS Community of Practice (CoP).
  • Administrative work (not more than 10% of overall internship scope of work), including organization of tools, templates and other files in the Resource Hub and in our internal knowledge management platform (SharePoint).


  • Undergraduate or graduate student in Public Health, International Development/Affairs, or Pharmacy Degree Programs
  • Experience or coursework in leadership, organizational development, organizational psychology, group facilitation, design thinking, adult education and/or learning and development (L&D) would be an added value
  • Experience in the use of Microsoft (MS) applications including MS Word, PowerPoint and Teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal, coordination, and teambuilding skills.

What are the student takeaways:

To become more familiar with current trends in international development and the funding landscape for not-for-profits, specifically in terms of the push towards more locally owned and locally led programming). This involves various "localization" methods, including being more intentional about how development partners can facilitate sustainable and effective local capacity strengthening (LCS). This internship will specifically enable the intern to understand - and contribute to improving -- practical tools for assessing organizational capacity, which form the basis of Capacity Strengthening Plans that foster demand-driven, tailored support to local actors by INGOs such as MSH. Through this internship, the selected young professional will get broad exposure to diverse global health experts and experiences of capacity strengthening across technical areas ranging from HIV/AIDS, TB, health economics and financing, leadership and governance, health workforce, supply chain and pharmaceutical systems strengthening, global health security, and climate change resilience.

MSH is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job requirements. MSH will take affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed and that employees are treated without regard to their race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran and disability status. In compliance with U.S. Department of Labor Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act, MSH has developed and maintains an affirmative action program and plan.

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