Research Inter (FCAA)


Philanthropic Research Intern

Founded in 1987, the FCAA mission is to mobilize the leadership, ideas, and resources of funders to eradicate the global HIV/AIDS pandemic and to address its social and economic dimensions. FCAA membership is comprised of global funders, including: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, the M.A.C AIDS Fund, Elton John AIDS Foundation (U.S. and U.K.), Comic Relief, Aids Fonds, Levi Strauss Foundation and ViiV Healthcare, among others. This important community was responsible for disbursing $663 million in support for global HIV/AIDS efforts in 2015.

Project and position overview:

Funders Concerned About AIDS' signature report, Philanthropic Support to Address HIV and AIDS, is the most comprehensive study of its kind, capturing data on more than 7,000 grants awarded by 482 funders, in an effort to identify gaps, trends, and opportunities in HIV-related philanthropy. FCAA's analysis involves collecting grant level data from funders and coding each grant according to our taxonomy. This data supports funders in their efforts to make informed decisions about where resources would have the most impact.

The Research Intern is needed to assist in the data collection phase, and will:

  • Attend an initial in-person training for the project
  • Gather and organize HIV/AIDS-related grants data from philanthropic organizations
  • Analyze and code data according to FCAA's grant coding taxonomy
  • Compute and summarize the data by category
  • Meet regularly with the Research & Communications Associate to update on progress

The data generated will be used in FCAA's communications throughout the year and in the resource tracking report, to be released on World AIDS Day 2017 (December). HIV/AIDS-related resource tracking and financial monitoring data has become increasingly important in the current climate of stagnant funding for the AIDS response, where the needs outpace the available resources. FCAA aims to present its resource tracking data in such a way to help align and leverage resources and ensure HIV/AIDS funding is going to the most urgent and needed areas. This position will report directly to FCAA's Research & Communications Associate.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn in general about the field of HIV/AIDS and HIV/AIDS-related philanthropy, and specifically about key philanthropic organizations and their projects related to HIV/AIDS research, treatment, prevention, advocacy, and other issue areas. In addition, the research associate will gain experience in the systems and processes used to manage a complex data-driven research project.


  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills, including experience with data sorting and working with pivot tables.
  • Ability to work & think independently as well as to take direction.
  • Candidate must be self-motivated and focused, with experience & comfort working in a flexible, results-based style.
  • Bachelor's degree with 1+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Interest, experience, or degree related to HIV/AIDS and/or philanthropy preferred.

Hours, Compensation and Work Environment:

This is a temporary contract position. The position does not include a benefits package.

The position will last **May – August or September (roughly 15 hours a week), based on availability, and will be paid a $1250 monthly fee.**

FCAA's office and the Research & Communications Associate are located in Washington, DC. Preferred candidates will be located in Washington, DC, for trainings and check-ins, but will work remotely on a day-to-day basis, and must have a secure internet connection, and efficient computer for this work.

Hiring date: ~ April 2017, to commence position in mid-to-late May, as available.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and one page writing sample that demonstrate why you are the ideal candidate for this position BY March 31st to:

Funders Concerned About AIDS
Attn: Sarah Hamilton
E-mail: [email protected]

Application deadline March 31, 2017

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