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Publications Data Management Intern

About MSF-USA | Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian organization providing medical care to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care in over 70 countries. We were formed in France in 1971 as an association by doctors and journalists to go to emergencies and treat patients with dignity while bearing witness independently of geopolitical boundaries. MSF is now a global movement of more than 25 MSF organizations working in over 70 countries. We cooperate as an international, independent, medical humanitarian association that offers medical assistance to populations in distress, victims of natural or manmade disasters, and civilian victims of armed conflict without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, age, gender/sex, national or ethnic origin, color, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, or political affiliation and aids the population in distress and intervene worldwide. MSF staff also “bear witness” by speaking out about our work and what is experienced on the ground to draw the world’s attention to crises and stand in solidarity with our patients and colleagues experiencing these emergencies firsthand.

We welcome candidates with various backgrounds and experiences to join us in working toward MSF’s social mission.

Role Overview

As part of our humanitarian mission, MSF conducts hundreds of research studies every year to help us improve patient care and advocate in an evidence-based way for better global health programs and policies. The MSF Science Portal is an online one-stop-shop where you can find the outcomes of this work—in our peer-reviewed medical publications, MSF Scientific Days conference presentations, and other content relevant to our research activities. The Science Portal team consists of the Scientific Editorial Director and the Data Manager, with support from two MSF-USA software engineers and a Product and Innovation expert.


The Publications Data Management Intern will work with the Data Manager on keeping the platform updated regularly and implementing data quality improvements across the front end of the website, and within the content management system and database directly. The Intern will support data entry, cleaning, and descriptive analysis as needed. The Intern may also participate in initiatives to monitor and improve initiatives to improve visibility of the platform in the digital space and/or to develop content promoting the Portal on social media and other outreach channels. A diverse student profile will be considered, with an emphasis on coding abilities, experience with relational databases, and an interest in or exposure to medical sciences and scholarly publications.



Department Accountabilities

Support for MSF Medical and Humanitarian Programs 

The Programs Department supports the medical humanitarian programs of the MSF Movement in different ways. Each unit contributes to one or more of these responsibilities: 

  • Advocacy and Representation in support of Operations – develop strategies to influence public policy debates as well as private bilateral engagements on behalf of MSF. 
  • Research, Analysis, and Data Management in support of Operations – direct, perform, or facilitate research to address questions posed by Operations. Track and analyze specific policies and practices of governments, multilateral organizations, and others as requested by Operations.  
  • Monitoring of the Policy Environment - engages with Policy issues to ensure information sharing and action based on medical and operational needs of the movement.   
  • Stakeholder Engagement - identify, analyze, plan, and implement actions designed to engage with external and internal stakeholders to support medical humanitarian programming. 


Role Specific Outcomes

Publications support

  • Create a weekly list of new MSF-authored publications based on reviewing PubMed, Google Scholar alerts, and other data sources, and add them to the Science Portal using its content management system

Data cleaning support

  • Support the Portal team in achieving outlined goals for data cleanliness for site contents, both from the content management system and database directly

Communications and website visibility

  • Support communications and raising awareness of the Science Portal, including but not limited to implementing SEO improvements and monitoring website analytics


Complexity and Problem-Solving Skills


  • Ability to work independently with supportive supervision
  • Initiative and confidence to ask questions


Behavioral Competencies

THOUGHT: How MSF USA staff understand the organization, manage complexity, and contribute by creating the new and different.


Manages Complexity

Makes sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems. Consistently looks at complex issues from many angles; obtains a rich and deep understanding; swiftly cuts to the core issue; skillfully separates root causes from symptoms.



Global Perspective

Takes a broad view when approaching issues, using a global lens. Shows global thinking at work; adjusts organizational practices to meet the unique needs of different regions or countries. Uses a broad perspective when addressing issues and challenges.


Cultivates Innovation

Creates new and better ways for the organization to be successful. Approaches professional work in unique or innovative ways. Offers original ideas. Appreciates others' creative ideas and solutions and provides helpful input to enhance them.


Strategic Mindset

Sees ahead to future possibilities and translates them into breakthrough strategies.


RESULTS: MSF USA staff achieve results by cultivating a forward-thinking environment that produces solutions for changing stakeholder needs.



Drives Results

Consistently achieves results, even under tough circumstances. Regularly pushes self to achieve outstanding outcomes; consistently establishes bold goals for own performance; is passionate about excellent results and significant contributions. Shows great tenacity to complete goals/initiatives in a timely way.


Ensures Accountability

Holds self and others accountable to meet commitments.


PEOPLE: MSF USA staff understand their impact on others through collaboration and inclusion of different perspectives to achieve common goals.



Builds partnerships and works collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives. Readily involves others to accomplish goals; stays in touch and shares information; discourages "us versus them" thinking; shows appreciation for others' ideas and input.


Communicates Effectively

Develops and delivers multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences. Listens attentively and takes an interest. Keeps others well informed; conveys information clearly, concisely, and professionally when speaking or writing.


Values Differences

Recognizes the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization. Confronts stereotyping and offensive comments promptly. Consistently behaves with great sensitivity toward differences in cultural norms, expectations, and ways of communicating.



Builds Networks

Effectively builds formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside the organization.


SELF: MSF USA staff demonstrate self-awareness by having an open mindset and by continuously seeking opportunities to learn, grow, and improve.


Instills Trust

Gains the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity. Models honesty and authenticity and encourages others to be up front with one another. Demonstrates reliability and places a strong emphasis on the team meeting its commitments. Fairly represents others' positions.


Manages Ambiguity

Operates effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear. Responds effectively to unclear situations, seeks to resolve ambiguity and make progress. Seeks guidance on how to adapt to changes, responds with appropriate composure and effectiveness.


Situational Adaptability

Adapts approach and demeanor in real time to match the shifting demands of different situations. Serves as an example of adaptability and provides guidance and support to help others adapt to new situations.


Being Resilient

Rebounds from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations.



Technical Competencies


Plans and Aligns

Plans and prioritizes work to meet commitments aligned with MSF-USA goals.


Tech Savvy

Anticipates and adopts innovations in organizational digital and technology applications.


Data Collection and Analysis

The ability and skill to determine and analyze trends from data that, in turn, assists in compiling reports which support decision-making.


Desired Qualifications & Experience


  • Advanced undergraduate or Masters degree student/graduate (in fields such as, but not limited to, biology; global/public health; data science; library/information science)
  • Ability to identify and use appropriate data management and analytic software and languages, e.g., R, SQL, Python
  • Experience working with large data volumes, including collection, aggregation and manipulation
  • Understanding of data management and related policies and procedures
  • Interest in global health and in MSF’s mission
  • Experience with scientific/medical publications



We do not accept phone calls or emails during the recruitment process. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Our staff works a hybrid schedule with the ability to come into either the NYC office or regional hub (Washington, DC or Bay Area, California) a minimum of 2 times a week. The required days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from January to June and September to December. 


Application Deadline: Friday, July 26, 2024 EST  11:59PM


In office work attendance during July and August is optional.


Please note that neither relocation assistance or visa sponsorship will be offered for this position.







Pay Class 




$17 per hour


Working Time (Hours Per Week)



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