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IVRS Intern1

  • Company: Population Council
  • Deadline: Sunday 15th May 2011
  • Location: Nairobi
Job Description

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 to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts bio-medical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. Established in 1952, the Council is governed by an international board of trustees. Its New York headquarters supports a global network of regional and country offices. 



Every year millions of children die before their fifth birthday―an estimated 8.1 million in 2009. Seven out of every 10 of these deaths occur within the first year of life and 40% happen in the first month. Lifesaving postnatal care is rare in many parts of the world, as are critical well-baby and well-mother checkups. This means missed opportunities to diagnose and treat major childhood killers such as pneumonia, diahorreal diseases, and malnutrition; missed opportunities to assess progress toward developmental milestones and to intervene early where indicated; and missed opportunities to prevent healthproblems among new mothers. We are working to close this assessment and treatment gap by creating a mobile diagnostic system that will bring clinical assessment directly to mothers and their under-five children who are unlikely to access routine check-ups, and we are seeking an intern to contribute to the development of an early prototype.

We are currently working with an experienced organization that is developing a new interactive voice response system (IVRS) for mobile phones. Our application will use this new system to deliver a diagnostic screening intervention to new mothers.


We are looking for an intern with previous Ruby coding experience to help us work with the IVRS organization to develop the prototype of our application.

The timeframe for this internship is flexible, but we are envisioning that the successful candidate will complete a 12-week, part-time internship. Over this period, the intern will collaborate with our team and the IVRS organization to create a prototype of the application. The work will begin with a storycarding process in which the intern and the project team members outline all of the application features and development chores. The intern will then liaise with the IVRS organization to understand the technical requirements of their newIVRS platform and create the early prototype in Ruby. The intern will also give an oral presentation to staff at the conclusion of the internship.

Working from Nairobi, this position would provide a monthly stipend of Ksh 11,000.


  1. Participate in storycarding process to outline application features and development chores.
  2. Liaise with IVRS organization to understand technical requirements of IVRS platform. 
  3. Create a working prototype in Ruby that can be tested in a subsequent project phase.
  4. Deliver an oral presentation to the staff at the conclusion of the internship.


  • Experience coding in Ruby.
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Strong written and communication skills

How to apply

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Eric Green at  (New York)
OR Ben Bellows (Nairobi).