Right to Health Program Intern, Chiapas, Mexico 83 views


Program Volunteer Roles, 2020-2021


Compañeros En Salud (CES) is an affiliate of Partners In Health in Chiapas, Mexico. The organization’s mission is to build a primary health care model of excellence in rural Mexico. To learn more about the organization and its mission, as well as the location and living conditions of our site please visit http://www.companerosensalud.mx. The PIH website offers additional context at: www.pih.org.

CES strives to create volunteer positions that serve the organization’s mission and priorities as well as provide a substantive learning experience. The volunteer roles are based in Chiapas, Mexico, and contribute to key service and research functions of the organization.

These roles are ideal for a recent college graduate exploring global health, medical or graduate student taking a gap year, or a mid-career professional interested in exploring a global health career. The volunteer roles are not clinical in nature.

All applicants should have high proficiency in Spanish, and be able to confidently carry out work conversations exclusively in Spanish. CES also looks for applicants who have a demonstrated ability to adapt to rural conditions, such as candidates who have lived in a resource-poor or rural area previously or who have participated in wilderness or camping activities.

Support to Volunteer

CES is able in most cases to provide housing and any work-related transport once on site. CES is NOT able to defray the cost of flights to Chiapas or to provide stipends to volunteers. If you plan to apply for travel or financial support from your university, workplace, or another institution, we will collaborate with you by providing any necessary letters or site paperwork.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please include any time constraints related to fellowship applications in your application. Start Date: June 2020 End Date: June 2021

Organizational Profile

Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change.

PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world.

Position: Right to Healthcare Program Volunteer Reports to: Right to Health Care (RHCP) Coordinator

Overall Responsibilities

The Right to Health Care Program Volunteer will work directly with the RHCP team to support patients requiring secondary and tertiary level care. The RHCP program focuses on helping patients overcome existing barriers in the Mexican public health care system to attain high-level clinical care. The volunteer will assist with monitoring, evaluation, and quality improvement, logistics, research, and patient support. S/he will work primarily in an office setting with the opportunity to accompany patients to specialist appointments in nearby cities while also traveling to communities to conduct patient interviews. The volunteer will have the opportunity to assist the RHCP team in developing and implementing projects to improve the quality of care services. This position requires a commitment to a handful of daily tasks, but also allows a large amount of time to dedicate to individually motivated projects. This position is ideal for a candidate with an interest in operational management of global health programs and public health care systems capacity building.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Support and improve RHCP monitoring and evaluation efforts.
  • Develop instruments to measure the quality of care and assist with the development of quality improvement projects.
  • Support logistics of RHCP regarding appointments, surgeries, financial support to patients, and problem resolution within the healthcare system.
  • Conduct exit interviews and satisfaction surveys with patients.
  • Organize and maintain database of all registered patients in RHCP.
  • Analyze data in RHCP database for various projects.
  • Support CES physicians in accessing RHCP referral resources.
  • Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Preferred previous qualitative and quantitative research experience.
  • Ability to problem-solve as part of a team and with limited resources.
  • Proactive and collaborative work style.
  • Spanish fluency or high proficiency.
  • Well-developed organizational skills.
  • Fluency with Excel; interest in learning and mastering new data systems and techniques.
  • Experience in a low-resource or rural setting strongly preferred.
  • Strong work-ethic and self-motivated to identify and initiate new quality improvement projects.
  • Application Instructions

    Please include a resume or CV AND cover letter in order to be considered. In your cover letter, please detail your previous relevant experience as well as details about your Spanish language proficiency.

    Partners In Health is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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