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19-109: Intern - MEAL
Country:Los Angeles, CA or Washington, DC
Department:International Programs
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Job Purpose

In 2015, International Medical Corps embarked on the development of an organization-wide data management system to analyze data for health, nutrition, gender-based violence, mental health & psychosocial, and water & sanitation activities globally. An open source platform called District Health Information System 2 (DHIS2) was selected and configured to meet data management needs. A team has been implementing DHIS2 according to country specific data and reporting requirements. In parallel, International Medical Corps has been developing standards for the monitoring of core activities. 

Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

The intern will support two key areas of work supporting International Medical Corps progress toward MEAL standards reflected in the DHIS2 platform.

1. DHIS2 system maintenance

  • Edit system indicators and data elements according to our standard (approximately 80 hours)

2. MEAL standardization

  • Sort and categorize data elements and indicators to reflect similarities and differences in the use of data elements and indicators by country (approximately 160 hours)
  • Support the development of standard form templates for core activities (no timeframe established)

3. General

  • Compliance & Ethics: Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards. Conducts work with the highest level of integrity.
  • Actively supports safeguarding activities (PSEA, TIPS and Child Safeguarding) and standards within International Medical Corps and among beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report

  • Knowledge of the international health and humanitarian response sectors
  • Understanding of key international health and humanitarian response activities
  • Understanding of key monitoring metrics for international health and humanitarian response


  • Experience developing MEAL plans, logical framework, and project indicators
  • Willing and able to learn about an enterprise system for data management
  • Desirable - Experience with DHIS2
  • Desirable - Experience with naming conventions


  • Strong analytical skills
  • Well versed in the Microsoft Office suite
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
  • Creative and able to work with limited resources
  • Communicates effectively in written and oral presentation
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication
  • Desirable - Excel Macros
  • Desirable - Statistical modeling
  • Desirable - Relational database
  • Desirable - Presentation skills


  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Desirable - Proficiency in written and spoken French or Arabic

Equal Opportunities

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.