Qualitative Research Internship, BetterBirth

The BetterBirth Team at Ariadne Labs is seeking a Qualitative Research Intern to work on a project which aims to assess the impact of a private sector maternal and neonatal healthcare accreditation program in India.


  • Conduct qualitative analysis and summarization based on the coding of various stakeholder experiences with the qualitative improvement program from four states in India
  • Support the development of messaging from the qualitative analysis for a final report
  • Support the development of messaging from the qualitative analysis for a mixed-methods manuscript


In India, around 37% of institutional deliveries occur at private sector facilities; however, these facilities often are not regulated, and quality monitoring is limited. While there is a general consensus amongst the public in India that private sector facilities offer higher quality care, data is not currently available to support that stance. 

Manyata was launched in 2013 as a peer-to-peer program to support the adoption of quality standards in private facilities. Initially developed based on the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist, the program centers on 16 quality standards, including topics such as antenatal care, prevention of postpartum hemorrhage, adherence to infection and complications protocols, c-section, and respectful maternity care. Its implementation iis supported by Jhpiego and the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology of India.

BetterBirth has partnered with the program as a learning partner to study the impact of the program. In particular, BetterBirth is assessing what makes Manyata valuable to those participating in it, what practices within facilities the program was effective in changing and what ones are more difficult to change, and what types of facilities are most successful with the program. The findings of the evaluation will be used to inform the next stage of the Manyata program, which has the goal of scaling to 10,000 facilities across India. 


  • Master’s candidate
  • +2 years experience in addressing maternal/neonatal health in Low and Middle-Income Countries
  • Experience in conducting qualitative analysis 
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational and proofreading skills

This is an unpaid internship and you must provide proof of academic credit.

The internship will run until July 31. 2022

Interns are expected to work 10-20 hours per week. 

Please click here to apply.