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The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is hiring for the following positions. 

Application instructions can be found at the bottom of each individual posting. 

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is an interfaculty initiative with the mission to advance the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide through research and education. Founded in 2005 and based in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, HHI serves as the humanitarian arm of Harvard University and brings an interdisciplinary approach to building the evidence base of humanitarian studies and professionalizing the field of humanitarian aid.

Biostatistics Consultancy with the Program Gender, Rights and Resilience

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's Program on Gender, Rights and Resilience (GR2) based at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is dedicated to understanding the interplay of gendered dynamics in humanitarian crisis, including how instability can both exacerbate threats and reveal sources of strengths for individuals and communities in some the world’s most vulnerable environments.  The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is an interfaculty initiative with the mission to advance the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide through research and education. HHI serves as the humanitarian arm of Harvard University, is based in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and is an affiliated program within the International Division of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).

The GR2 program is currently working on several projects that leverage population-based data to better understand how conflict and crisis impact key social and behavioral outcomes. As part of this work, GR2 is seeking to contract a PhD-level biostatistician to provide statistical support in data analysis for data that has already been collected. 

This consultancy will begin immediately and will continue through December 31, 2020 with a possibility of extension through spring 2021. Work will range between 8-20 hours per week, with more hours at the beginning of the consultancy. Hourly rate will be determined based on previous experience, but will range from 25-40$/hour. The consultant will be paid through a billing agreement with BWH. Consultant must be available for regular check-ins with the GR2 teams via Zoom.


  • PhD in biostatistics or a related field

  • Strong background in causal inference required

  • Ability to create visualizations and tables for descriptive statistics

  • Experience working on issues related to gender or mental health are a plus

  • Knowledge of French a plus

  • Ability to clearly and effectively write up methods and results are expected



  • Please submit a brief cover letter, example of a recent analysis or paper, and CV to Emma Kenny at We will respond within a week if we will be reaching out for an interview.

Research Internship, Program on Gender, Rights & Resilience

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Program on Gender, Rights and Resilience (GR2) seeks to investigate and address issues related to gender, peace and security in fragile states. HHI’s network of diverse faculty, fellows, and researches explore pressing issues that impact the security of women and girls as well as men and boys throughout the world. 

The goal of this work is to examine the unique vulnerabilities that can be exacerbated by crisis and conflict, including gender-based violence, economic insecurity, human trafficking, and other forms of exploitation and abuse to understand the most effective ways to address these issues by elevating the voices of those most affected.

We are looking for an intern to support the planning and implementation of GR2’s ongoing research projects. This position requires a combination of strong written and verbal skills. The best candidates will have a deep understanding of humanitarian trends and gendered analysis. Experience with humanitarian programming is strongly preferred, in addition to experience in research and communications. The intern will be able to receive training in qualitative research activities such as conducting literature searches, drafting and copyediting learning materials and understanding good research practices.

Student Deliverables

The intern will provide research support for upcoming studies and research proposals. Some current research projects include, but are not limited to:

  • USAID RISE grant support to address gender-based violence, human rights and the environmental degradation associated with artisanal mining in Eastern DRC. (Learn more here:
  • CRCA (Community Resilience in Central Africa): support a longitudinal research study conducted by CRCA that aims to track community outcomes over time in highlighting the links between gender, women’s rights and environmental protection.
  •  Due Diligence research project to create generalizable knowledge around the individual and community effects of Industry due diligence (DD) programming in the artisanal mining sector.

Please note that this internship is unpaid, and must be taken for academic credit. Please consult your school's administration regarding for-credit internships. 



  • Harvard Students: This position is posted to the Harvard Student Employment Office (SEO) website, and HSPH Career Connect. Please apply through those systems.
  • Non-Harvard Students: Email cover letter and resume to Emma Kenny at 

Finance and Administration Manager

The Finance and Administration Manager will report directly to the HHI Executive Director (ED) and will work closely with all HHI faculty and staff. This includes the respective finance and administration teams at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Department of Global Health and Population (GHP, where HHI is based) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine (BWH, an integral collaborator). Key components of this role -- in collaboration with these groups -- are to effectively manage and act as the primary liaison on all financial and administrative functions for the HHI, and to ensure seamless communication and adherence to deadlines. The Finance and Administration Manager will anticipate and resolve problems while providing frequent status updates to the ED and project leads, and demonstrate the ability to work independently with minimal supervision in a work environment with multiple and conflicting priorities, often under tight deadlines. They will provide subject matter expertise and guidance related to HHI's finance and administration functions, and assist in determining potential implications of proposed activities or polices on HHI's finance and administrative operations. They will work well together with a team and display excellent communication skills when corresponding with a range of external and internal partners, faculty, staff, interns and fellows as well as all stakeholders to further the mission of the HHI. They will also have a heightened sense of responsibility and ownership, understand when to elevate/escalate a priority, and be able to apply critical thinking on resolutions related to finance and administration. Experience with humanitarian response, research, non-profits, or academia is highly desirable but not required. Strong organizational skills, a proactive mindset, and demonstrated experience thinking analytically are also desirable.


  • Bachelor's Degree or related experience required
  • 3+ years of related experience required
  • Experience working in higher education, knowledge of the academic environment, and appreciation for the roles of faculty, research, staff and students preferred
  • Experience with sponsored research administration preferred
  • Experience working with budgets, grant proposals, general administrative processes, accounting, and forecasting expenses preferred
  • Administrative management skills (staff planning, internal policy development, university compliance) preferred
  • Experience and skills with MS Excel and related databases preferred
  • Experience using technology to improve workflow in office environment preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational skills, and detail orientation preferred
  • Experience working effectively in a cross-cultural environment preferred
  • Experience juggling multiple priorities, excelling in a high volume environment, using tact and discretion, and using sound judgment and diplomacy preferred
  • Strong independent decision making and consensus building skills, as well as proven capacity to work both independently and as a team leader preferred

For more information and to apply, please click this link.