316. The Touch Foundation, Mwanza, Tanzania

The Touch Foundation is a secular non-profit organization committed to improving the health of the Tanzanian people by strengthening their health system across the different levels of care, from tertiary hospital down to village-level facilities. We expand our impact across Tanzania by sharing our on-the-ground experience and acquired knowledge with the local and international public health community.

Based in Mwanza, the second largest city in Tanzania, we strengthen the Tanzanian health system through Treat & Train, an integrated healthcare and education network in the Lake Zone of Tanzania. Treat & Train supports the education of health professionals across several cadres (e.g. MD, nurses, lab technicians, pharmacists, MPH), and optimizes processes and improves resource-sharing across facilities at the different levels of the system, promoting efficiency in a resource-constrained setting.

We pride ourselves on applying rigorous problem solving to design initiatives that are high impact, sustainable, and scalable in the long run. We deploy our initiatives on the ground by developing extensive collaborations with local partner organizations and enabling them to play a central role in program implementation, thus creating cost-effective and sustainable solutions embedded within the existing health system. Today, Touch’s key in-country partners range from tertiary facilities (i.e., the country’s second largest referral hospital serving ~17 million Tanzanians and the third largest medical university graduating ~500 new health care professionals per year), to lower-level health facilities such as regional and district hospitals. We closely collaborate with key departments within the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to ensure that our programs are aligned with the country long-term health sector strategy.

In addition, we work hand in hand with numerous international organizations such as McKinsey & Company, Vodafone Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, the Peace Corps, Weill Cornell and Baylor College of Medicine, to ensure that our efforts combine the best of private and public sector approaches and expertise.

At Touch, you will join a team of highly mission-driven professionals with diverse backgrounds and experiences, ranging from management consulting to clinical medicine. You will work closely with team members across all levels and functions, becoming an integral part of our commitment to improving the population health in Tanzania.

Website: www.touchfoundation.org.

Essential Job Functions:

The Summer Intern will work on various projects in support of Touch programs in Tanzania and will contribute to activities that span across program development and design, program implementation, operations, monitoring and reporting. The Summer Intern will work in close contact with the program team based in Mwanza.

He/she will work under the overall direction of our Country Director, located in Tanzania. Responsibilities of the role may be adapted based upon the experience of the successful candidate.

Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Support various activities related to the development and implementation of the foundation’s programs, working in collaboration with management and in-country leadership
  • Conduct research and strategic analyses to support program development and implementation
  • Support development of workplans and budgets for various projects
  • Collaborate with implementation partners and vendors as appropriate
  • Collect and report on primary data
  • Conduct data analyses to understand, evaluate and report program impact
  • Collaborate with program team to undertake effective monitoring and evaluation of the programs
  • Contribute to reports on program implementation progress for management, donors or other stakeholders

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the Summer Intern may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.


  • Good judgment and discretion to represent the Touch Foundation in a highly professional manner, as well as respect for local culture.
  • International developing world experience a plus
  • Strong analytical, leadership, organizational and problem solving skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to respond to shifting needs with flexibility while maintaining a positive approach and sense of humor
  • A problem-solving approach to challenging situations
  • Solid relationship-building skills: ability to interface with external constituents
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to proactively work independently and as an effective team member
  • Comfort with managing multiple assignments in a dynamic, developing nation context
  • Capacity to contact and interact openly, honestly, and professionally with individuals in a culturally appropriate manner
  • Excellent skills in the functional use of Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft word.

Work Environment:

The internship will be based in our office in Mwanza Tanzania. Mwanza is a small town in Tanzania.
Our office is located on the 1st floor of a house and this space includes a general living area with office furniture and equipment, kitchen, bathroom and conference room. The
2nd floor is living quarters (bedrooms and bathrooms) where the intern will most likely live during the internship period.


On a scale from 0 (very independent) to 10 (very supervised), this internship will be about a 5.

Additional Requirements:

Touch provides a formal on-boarding process for interns. The internship is based in our office in Tanzania so the intern will need to get immunizations/vaccinations and a visa to enter the country. We will provide assistance as needed.

Brief description from the Summer 2017 Fellow:

“This summer, I worked with the Touch Foundation in Mwanza, Tanzania, an NGO that plans and implements healthcare systems strengthening projects in Tanzania with a unique public-private approach to problems and a heavy emphasis on data and sustainability. A small team on the ground has meant plenty of exposure for me, giving me the chance to try just about every facet of global health work. My projects have involved close work with local doctors and engineers, government organizations, NGOs, and private consulting groups; they've ranged from advising the government on the allocation of healthcare professionals, to delivery of effective maternal health solutions, to planning northern Tanzania's first cardiac care unit. Salaam!” – Alex Popovski



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