Gates Institute: Student Research Assistant (Johns Hopkins students)

Student Research Assistant
The Gates Institute seeks 2 to 3 students to provide programmatic support for the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP). The ICFP is the world’s largest academic conference dedicated to family planning. It will take place in Kigali, Rwanda, November 12-15, 2018. 
Working on the ICFP will entail a number of programmatic and administrative tasks, along with lots of opportunities to learn about the international family planning field and the players therein, as well as get experience with large-scale event planning, a common activity in global public health.  
Applicants should be graduate students or undergraduates who are in their final year at Johns Hopkins and are studying public health at JHSPH.
Tasks may include:
  • monitoring ICFP email addresses and answering questions from conference delegates; working closely with Gates Institute staff so that responses to emails are accurate and timely
  • helping to organize and administer one or more facets of the program, e.g. lunchtime roundtable discussions, auxiliary events, obtaining bios for plenary speakers, etc.
  • assisting with other aspects of the conference program and other conference-related tasks (possibly including updating the conference website)
  • ability to work independently but also function as part of a team; commitment to keep a reliable work schedule and be prompt and thorough with all assigned tasks. Many of the tasks for the conference are time-sensitive and detail-heavy. 
  • interest in family planning, especially in the international arena
  • experience working with external constituents; friendly and professional demeanor required
  • French language skills a plus
  • experience with event planning a plus
During the spring 2018 semester, we can offer up to 19 hours of work per week (hours will begin on the low end and increase throughout the course of the semester). In summer 2018, based on student availability, we can offer up to 40 hours per week; students who have graduated can continue to work in fall 2018 up to 27 hours per week. **We are seeking at least one student to work  beginning spring 2018 and continue through the conference in November. Students RAs may be invited to travel to Rwanda in November 2018 to work at the conference itself.
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Kellie Welborn, Sr. Program Officer, at
The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health is located within the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Gates Institute conducts and facilitates cutting-edge research in family planning, reproductive health, and population dynamics and translates science into evidence-informed policies, programs, and practice. The Institute works as an innovator, partner, advocate, and convener to bridge the gap between knowledge and implementation and promote access to universal reproductive health and family planning for all. For more information, please visit