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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.


DRC Project Coordinator (Service Contract/Consultancy)

HHI is seeking to hire a Consultant as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Project Coordinator.

Project Context

Since  2014,  the  Harvard  Humanitarian  Initiative  (HHI)  and  its  partners,  the  UN  Development Program (UNDP) and the UN Stabilization Mission in Congo (MONUSCO), has implemented in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo a project entitled “Collecte de données sur la consolidation de la paix et la reconstruction en RDC” (CDCPR). The objective of this project is to produce and disseminate relevant and reliable data on the local population’s perceptions of security, justice and social cohesion in the eastern provinces of South Kivu, North Kivu and Ituri, in order to inform partners’ peacebuilding interventions in the region.

In concrete terms, HHI, in collaboration with local universities, manages large quantitative data collection efforts every three months across all territories in these eastern provinces, to which will also be added the provinces of Kinshasa, Kasaï Central, and Tanganyika in 2021. After each survey is completed, which can vary between 5,000 – 8,000 surveys, HHI produces public reports highlighting major findings, which it then disseminates to the project’s partners as well as to local authorities throughout the targeted provinces. For the proper utilization of this data in policymaking at the regional and local level, HHI is also committed to training partners on data collection and data analysis methods.

Consultancy Scope of Work

Reporting to the Project Lead and Project Manager, the Consultant is expected to complete the following tasks for the project:

  • Act as a liaison and lead communicator between HHI and its partners in DR Congo (UNDP, MONUSCO, Congolese government, INGOs, etc.)
  • Oversee and manage HHI’s local fieldwork supervisors in DRC (one in each of the three eastern provinces)
  • Ensure the preparation and implementation of each survey:  oversight of budgeting, finances, logistics, operations, security, training of enumerators, and data quality control
  • Assist in data cleaning, data analysis and report-writing for each survey
  • Present and disseminate survey findings to local partners, authorities, and other stakeholders
  • Conduct trainings for local partners and authorities on data analysis and survey methodologies
  • Support the writing of articles in peer-reviewed journals as appropriate
  • Assist with other support activities connected to the project as needed
  • Be available for regular online check-ins with the project team

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree in conflict resolution, international relations, a related social science field, or statistics
  • Three of more years of working experience and at least three years of experienced in research methodology
  • Fluency in both English and French (speaking and writing)

Additional Qualifications

  • Demonstrated capacity to manage multiple stakeholders and partnerships
  • Fluency in both English and French (speaking and writing)
  • Ability to present quantitative data in both English and French to a variety of audiences
  • Broad quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Prior experience working in the DRC will be an asset
  • Experience in human rights, violence prevention, peacebuilding or conflict resolution
  • Ability to take initiative and lead a team
  • Flexibility and adaptability are essential. A good sense of humor is welcome.

About the Consultancy

Duration

The consultancy is expected to start immediately and last for an initial period of 6 months, including a 1-month probation. The consultancy may be extended after the initial six-month period. Work will range between 30 - 40 hours per week.

Location

This is a remote consultancy based in the DRC.

Compensation

The consultant will be paid through a billing agreement with Mass General Brigham, and the hourly rate and payment schedule will be determined in collaboration with project leads. Payment will be issued upon successful completion of services specified above.

Application Process

The deadline for applications is January 29th, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applications should include:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Three references

Application materials should be submitted electronically with the subject heading "HHI DRC Consultancy” to anupah.makoond@peacebuildingdata.org.


Digital Content and Communications Coordinator

Reporting to the Executive Director, and with a dotted line to the Building a Better Response (BBR) Principal Investigator for related tasks, the Digital Content and Communications Coordinator will be part of the HHI operations team, HHI communications team, and BBR team -- and will also report to the BBR Principal Investigator for BBR-related tasks. They are responsible for managing communications activities, coordinating media components of HHI’s online learning platforms (primarily for the Building a Better Response Program), and producing multimedia content for all HHI media elements such as video, photography, podcasts, reports, blogs, infographics, online courses, newsletters, mailing lists, and webinars. The Digital Content and Communications Coordinator will also contribute to the development and implementation of communications, brand, and marketing strategy for HHI and individual HHI programs, including online learning programs and HHI-wide events to advance HHI’s presence, visibility, and awareness. They will serve as primary contact for media inquiries and will be encouraged to research ways to improve communications and expand HHI’s global brand recognition. 

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Produce and disseminate content for all media elements and channels
  • Create and manage editorial calendar that identifies opportunities for strategic promotion of HHI brand and programs through original multimedia and social media content
  • Manage day-to-day creation, posting, and monitoring of HHI’s social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube), including for BBR
  • Create social and digital media content that adheres to HHI’s voice, tone, brand, and strategy
  • Collaborate with staff, faculty, students, and collaborators in the planning and execution of media and communications projects to the fullest possible satisfaction of all key stakeholders
  • Assist in synthesizing and translating complex research into digestible media content
  • Develop systems, using tools such as Google Analytics, to measure the impact of HHI’s communications efforts
  • Create and frequently refresh vibrant feature content for HHI’s website and new webpages
  • Deliver program outputs, such as the Field Perspectives educational video series
  • Organize digital assets and archive, and maintain all production equipment 
  • Provide support for events such as symposia and webinars (for example - media, photography, etc.)
  • Oversee work by voiceover artists, freelancers, student interns, and vendors
  • Stay current on new developments and identify emerging opportunities for HHI in digital communications, social media, and social content
  • Other duties as assigned 

Basic Qualifications

  • 5+ years of related experience required; a combination of education and experience may be considered
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Audition) or comparable software required

PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit a portfolio of work that showcases completed projects. This portfolio should include at least 3-5 work samples of short videos, social media or website content, newsletters, etc. that the applicant has designed

To Apply:

For more information and to apply, please click this link


Program Manager, Executive Negotiation Project

The Program Manager for the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Executive Negotiation Project (HHI ENP) serves as the primary administrative and program management resource for this new and exciting program.

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Executive Negotiation Project - Advanced Strategies for Humanitarian Leaders is a program designed by HHI to advance field level innovation and advanced leadership development. The program aim is to enhance organizational performance and equip humanitarian practitioners at multiple levels to plan and engage in humanitarian negotiations at the local, regional, and international levels, and to operationalize principled humanitarian action in complex environments.

The HHI ENP is a 24-month program funded by USAID aiming to enhance the capacity of humanitarian leaders to engage creatively and productively with local and national organizations, including political actors and armed groups, and to develop strategic and tactical approaches to better advance the aims of principled humanitarian action. This will be accomplished by creating a unique academic partnership with USAID and with field leaders and organizations to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

The HHI ENP will work with USAID to create a dynamic online and onsite community of learning and practice by implementing three distinct programmatic activities serving different groups of participants:

  1. Negotiation Strategies for Senior Leaders in the Field: Providing strategies and approaches for senior executive humanitarian leaders, focusing on responsible leadership and negotiation across sectors;
  2. Humanitarian Access Negotiation for Frontline Leaders: Proven advanced negotiation training programs for local humanitarian leaders, focusing on operational challenges and dilemmas, as well as developing the capacity of national staff;
  3. The Humanitarian Design Lab (HDLab): Creating a learning partnership between academic organizations, humanitarian leaders and local innovators, focusing on creating and scaling effective solutions.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Graduate degree preferred
  • 5 or more post-graduate years of relevant experience in project management, grant management, and training programs
  • 3 or more years of managing staff experience preferred

To Apply:

Access the posting on the Brigham and Women's Hospital Career Portal and search using the Job Number: 3138234


Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant, Executive Negotiation Project

HHI is looking for a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Consultant for the Executive Negotiation Project (ENP) to serve as a technical expert on all monitoring and evaluation activities. The M&E Consultant will be responsible for developing monitoring tools and frameworks applying qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods, collecting and analyzing data, measuring the efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of the project as a whole, as they relate to expected outputs, and all reporting requirements to the sponsor, in close collaboration with the program team.

About the Executive Negotiation Project

The HHI Executive Negotiation Project - Advanced Strategies for Humanitarian Leaders is a program designed by HHI to advance field level innovation and advanced leadership development with the aim to enhancing organizational performance and equipping humanitarian practitioners at multiple levels to plan and engage in humanitarian negotiations at the local, regional, and international levels, and to operationalize principled humanitarian action in complex environments.

ENP is a 24-month program funded by USAID aiming to enhance the capacity of humanitarian leaders to engage creatively and productively with local and national organizations, including political actors and armed groups, and to develop strategic and tactical approaches to better advance the aims of principled humanitarian action. This will be accomplished by creating a unique academic partnership with USAID and with field leaders and organizations to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

The ENP will work with USAID to create a dynamic online and onsite community of learning and practice by implementing three distinct programmatic activities serving different groups of participants:

  1. Negotiation Strategies for Senior Leaders in the Field: Providing strategies and approaches for senior executive humanitarian leaders, focusing on responsible leadership and negotiation across sectors;
  2. Humanitarian Access Negotiation for Frontline Leaders: Proven advanced negotiation training programs for local humanitarian leaders, focusing on operational challenges and dilemmas, as well as developing the capacity of national staff;
  3. The Humanitarian Design Lab (HDLab): Creating a learning partnership between academic organizations, humanitarian leaders and local innovators, focusing on creating and scaling effective solutions

About the Consultancy

The M&E Consultant is expected to complete the following tasks for the Program:

  1. Create a detailed monitoring and evaluation framework and yearly work plan, including formative, process, and impact evaluations
  2. Design a Logic Model
  3. Develop a process improvement system to maintain and track progress of the program
  4. Advise on the creation of reporting / analytics tools
  5. Liaise with project leads to monitor and ensure that programmatic activities align with intended results, outputs, outcomes, and timeline expectations
  6. Collect, extract, analyze, and visualize consistent data throughout the duration of the project
  7. Create and submit bi-weekly and quarterly reports to the program team and sponsor as required
  8. Prepare and edit visual presentations of data and information for workshops and presentations including, charts, graphs, tables, etc.
  9. Be responsible for all sponsor deliverables related to M&E
  10. Produce high quality publications, reports, and other dissemination products as needed.
  11. Be available to meet with the program team for regular online check-ins

Qualifications

  1. Master’s Degree (with a specialization in M&E preferred)
  2. Three to five years of relevant work experience in monitoring and evaluation
  3. Knowledge and experience related to humanitarian action, negotiation, global health, international development, or adult learning / professional development a strong plus

Additional Qualifications

  1. Concrete skills in formal M&E tools, program planning, and process improvement
  2. Demonstrated ability to establish and manage complex project plans with competing priorities
  3. Demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation in both online and onsite learning environments
  4. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  5. Excellent oral and written proficiency in English; French is a plus.
  6. Demonstrated confidence and exceptional ability to communicate clearly and effectively in person and online with multicultural stakeholders
  7. Excellent negotiation and collaboration skills across time zones and geographic locations
  8. Availability to travel internationally when needed
  9. Able to work in the absence of complete information
  10. Must be detail oriented and have proven ability to self-motivate with a strong sense of initiative.

Duration

The consultancy is expected to start immediately and last 3 months with the possibility of extension. This is a remote consultancy.

Compensation

Payment shall be effected upon satisfaction of key deliverables to be discussed with the Program team.

Application Process

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applications should include:

  1. Letter of intent
  2. CV including references
  3. Examples of past M&E work

The files should be submitted electronically with the subject heading "HHI ENP: M&E Consultancy" to Ms. Anaïde Nahikian anahikia@hsph.harvard.edu)


Strategic Communications Intern

The goal of the internship is to provide one student with the opportunity to gain practical skills on strategic communications and apply knowledge gained in classroom to a real-life, professional environment. The intern will be exposed to a wide variety of everyday communications and marketing functions related to humanitarian efforts and contribute to content development and dissemination of all HHI education and research activities. The intern will work on all HHI communications materials (newsletter, social media, videos, podcasts, annual report, website, etc.) and participate in HHI team meetings. Learnings from the internship experience will prepare students for a future communications position and allow them to prepare a digital portfolio on HHI communications deliverables.  

The intern will work closely and interact on a daily basis with HHI faculty and staff, partners 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), and HHI international collaborators. The intern will jointly report to the Education and Operations Manager and the Media Production Specialist. At the end of the internship, the student will be expected to submit a digital portfolio summarizing all deliverables produced during the internship.

Internship activities will include the following:

  • Conduct market research and analyze data to identify communications structure and outputs at similar humanitarian programs, relevant NGOs, other Harvard Inter-Faculty Initiatives, and other universities
  • Conduct analysis of HHI communications and marketing capacity, identify gaps, and suggest creative solutions
  • Perform SWOT analysis for HHI communications
  • Write copy for and design email marketing campaigns
  • Solicit content and posts, and queue them for distribution
  • Respond to and process internal requests for promotion of HHI materials (reports, announcements, etc.)
  • Develop metrics for communications activities
  • Draft materials to facilitate the development of marketing and communication plan and strategy
  • Identify strategic funding opportunities to support HHI's communications activities
  • Create templates with boilerplate materials with persuasive content
  • Contribute to streamlining of branding guidelines
  • Outline steps in internal creative process
  • Participate in all communications activities and team meetings throughout HHI
  • Assist in promotion of events (workshops, conferences, lectures, courses, etc.)
  • Offer actionable recommendations for all HHI communications platforms and activities

Basic Qualifications:

  • Pursuing Bachelor’s or graduate degree in Marketing, Communications, Strategic Marketing, Business, or a related field.
  • Experience with Microsoft products (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Adobe Creative Suite, social media aggregators, Drupal-based editors, email management systems and other web-based collaboration tools; Google Analytics experience a plus. Adobe Creative Suite experience a plus.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Outstanding writing skills, including the ability to communicate about a variety of subjects to diverse audiences on multiple platforms, including search-optimized titles and copy for course descriptions.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with and influence diverse stakeholders.
  • Highly developed attention to detail and extended experience with self-editing and fact-checking of content.
  • Creative, positive, innovative thinker, action-oriented, versatile, ability to adapt in dynamic environment, resourceful and honest.
  • Creativity in finding new and innovative ways to think about marketing and communications for different constituents.
  • Experience or knowledge in global health is desirable.

To Apply:

Send your resume, cover letter, and an unedited writing sample with the subject line "HHI Communications Internship: [Your Name]" to Sam Plasmati at plasmati@hsph.harvard.edu  

Position Type

Unpaid for-credit internship or practicum. Student must receive credit at their University for this internship as part of their formal degree requirements.