Public Fellow

The Oda Foundation, Odanaku, Nepal

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th May, 2020

Job Description

Public Health Fellowship – Job Opening (August 2020)
Type: 8 Month Fellowship (start August 2020)
Experience: Undergraduate Degree (experience with data and research preferable)
Industry: Global Health and Rural Development (Non-Profit Sector)
Positions Available: 1

Organization Description

Based in Nepal's Kalikot district, the Oda Foundation supports integrative community development solutions for some of Nepal's most geographically isolated communities. With a focus on healthcare, education, and identifying community needs, we create innovative solutions for rural Nepal in tandem with local leaders, private partners and government support. Oda Foundation Fellowships are the opportunity of a lifetime to work with our team and be part of compassionate, sustainable change in this remote corner of the world.

Public Health Fellow – Kalikot, Nepal
Position Type: Full-time, unpaid; room and board provided

Oda Foundation's Public Health Fellow (alongside two Education Fellows) works most intimately with the Oda Foundation’s healthcare team, contributing to healthcare efforts and helping to shape the organization’s public health approach. The Public Health Fellow will be exposed to our primary healthcare center’s management and operational system. She/he will first be oriented on Oda’s public health priorities and ongoing initiatives, subsequently contributing to: ongoing research, data analysis, healthcare reporting needs, and various implementing activities. Additionally, the Public Health Fellow will engage in conversations around healthcare and organization-wide policies, procedures, and initiatives giving this role a great degree of exposure into Oda’s higher-level decision making process.

Much of this job entails working with and communicating effectively among marginalized Nepali communities with little to no English comprehension. Thus, the Public Health Fellow will arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal on August 1, 2020 and will take a month-long Nepali language course before traveling out to the Oda Foundation’s site in Kalikot. The intensive, one-month language course will be taken in a group setting with all Fellows participating.

While Public Health initiatives will be this role’s primary focus, it is a strength of the Oda Foundation Fellowship program that Fellows understand the integrative nature of Oda’s work and their role within it. Maintaining their immediate responsibilities, the Public Health Fellow is strongly encouraged to pursue any interests outside of healthcare that may align with Oda Foundation programming.

In previous cohorts, Fellows have also supported in an operational fashion through: social media management, media content generation, report and grant writing support, quarterly board meeting participation, partnership generation, and more.

Key responsibilities can include:

  • Assisting the healthcare team with research as well as data accumulation and analysis through the Oda Foundation’s electronic health record system and SPSS program
  • Working closely with and developing relationships with Foundation staff and community
  • Assisting in the coordination of preventative healthcare programs such as: youth group sessions, women’s circles, and student and community workshops
  • Coordinating trainings and development for clinic staff's understanding of data analysis
  • Data collection and evaluation for ongoing Oda Foundation Global Health Research
  • Using your own knowledge and online resources to identify relevant and needed curriculum for staff and community workshops
  • Assisting Oda Foundation staff with a variety of clinic and programming operations
  • Developing social media content for Instagram, Facebook, and including photos, blog posts, and videos
  • Writing proposals for potential public and partnerships as well as relevant funding opportunities

Successful candidates will have:

  • A desire to work in public health / development sectors, specifically in a developing country
  • A keen interest and ability to form relationships with youth, community members and staff, and to be conscientious of building relationships within a new culture
  • A positive attitude with a proven track record for being a thoughtful team player
  • Excitement for close collaboration and program development with the Fellows team
  • A genuine desire and work ethic towards making a difference in the lives of the people living in the Karnali State of Nepal
  • Solid comprehension of Excel and Microsoft Office; strong organizational skills
  • A proven track record for success, whether this is academically or otherwise
  • An open-minded attitude towards living and working in extremely remote and rural Nepal. There are daily challenges (or as some previous Fellows might say, adventures) that accompany living and working in a developing country; Fellows have limited access to internet and electricity
  • A cultural competence and patient nature towards dealing with a drastically different work environment than what is found in developed countries
  • Desire to learn SPSS and Oda’s electronic health record software; familiarity with a statistical program such as SPSS will stand out greatly


For more information about our organization please follow us on Instagram, @odafoundation. You can also visit our website, Blog posts from many previous Fellows are a helpful resource that show the breadth of work possible, and the impact of this once-in-a-lifetime Fellowship! Please contact Oda Foundation Country Director, Nick Kraft with any questions or comments during the application process at

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to by May 10, 2020. Application materials will be viewed and interviews will be determined on a rolling basis.

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Please note the selected candidate will be required to submit to a liability waiver and proof of international travel insurance.

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