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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.

Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant

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


  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.


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


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

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  

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.

Research Assistant - Building a Better Response Program

About Building a Better Response

The Building a Better Response (BBR) e-learning course is part of the BBR project encompassing e-learning, workshops, and videos for humanitarian practitioners in consortium with International Medical Corps and Concern Worldwide. It is funded by OFDA. HHI manages the e-learning, which aims to build the knowledge of NGO workers and other humanitarian actors in the areas of international coordination system for large-scale emergencies; humanitarian leadership; basics of humanitarian funding and planning; and other areas of importance to humanitarian response.

The e-learning can be accessed at:

This Role

Reporting directly to BBR Principal Investigator, this role will be responsible for online course research, script writing, and updating existing modules for the BBR online course. 

Specifically, the Research Assistant will:

  1. Conduct a content review of all online course content (6 modules)
  2. Research changes and updates to policies that are essential for learners
  3. Support the development of new course script for the first module based on content review, research, and partner feedback
  4. Work closely with instructional designer and project manager to structure updated script to optimize learner experience
  5. Research and script other online videos for BBR
  6. Evaluate text for outdated learning or sector policies on a short timeline, and confidently update sections with input from project team and partners
  7. Disseminate research and program milestones in HHI social media
  8. Perform other administrative duties as required.


• 2-5 years working experience;
• Bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred;
• Experience in multimedia production, scriptwriting, online courses;
• Research experience in the humanitarian or development sector and knowledge of humanitarian acronyms and structures;
• Must have prior research & writing experience; experience with academic editing or publication process a plus, as well.

Please apply through the website of the Harvard Student Employment Office (SEO) at if you are a Harvard student, or send your resume, cover letter, and an unedited writing sample to Sam Plasmati at  

Program Manager - Global Health Infectious Diseases and Epidemics

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a range of infectious disease epidemiologists and researchers led by the Brigham,and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). The Infectious Diseases and Epidemics Program (IDEP) aims to better characterize the epidemiology of a range of outbreak-prone diseases (SARS-CoV-2, Zika virus, dengue, leptospirosis, Chikungunya, etc.) in the Dominican Republic and Honduras. This is a collaboration with Yale University, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Australian National University. The project is supported and funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In this role, the successful candidate will lead and manage day-to-day operations, support human resources management, provide oversight of grant and non-grant financial accounts, and monitor and report project implementation.  The candidate will be part of the HHI operations team and have excellent communication skills to communicate with a range of external and internal partners, faculty, staff, interns and fellows as well as all stakeholders. The Project Manager will report to the Principal Investigator.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Master’s degree in public health, health care administration, business, education administration, science; other areas will be considered.
  • 3+ years of related professional experience
  • Experience managing l global health projects in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Experience working in Central America or the Caribbean preferred
  • Prior experience with international health organizations including WHO/PAHO, CDC, European CDC, other preferred.
  • Experience with infectious disease surveillance systems and/or disease outbreaks. An understanding of federal research administration policies preferred

To apply, visit this link and search for Job #3137290

Finance and Administration Manager

HHI seeks an experienced, detail-oriented Administration and Finance Manager to manage all administrative functions. The Administration and Finance Manager will report directly to the HHI Executive Director (ED) and will work closely with all HHI faculty, staff, and collaborators. This includes the respective administrative and finance 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 administrative and financial functions for the HHI, ensure seamless communication and adherence to deadlines, anticipate and resolve problems while providing frequent status updates to the ED and project leads, and demonstrate independent work with minimal supervision in a work environment with multiple and conflicting priorities and under tight deadlines. 

Job-Specific Responsibilities

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


  • Lead and have responsibility for overall administrative and financial management of the HHI and implementation of multiple administrative and financial projects across the programs at HHI
  • Assess, initiate, and implement improvements on current organizational financial, administrative, and programmatic processes for greater efficiency and synergies
  • Draft, review, and edit various financial, administrative, and programmatic documents, reports, and web content across the organization as needed
  • Co-lead the core operations team, maintain meeting notes, and keep current on activities within HHI and the humanitarian field
  • Work closely with the ED to implement policies, goals, and initiatives related to budgets, personnel, programs, and administration
  • Navigate and effectively use internal software and databases (Wasabi, PeopleSoft, GMAS, etc.)


  • Oversee all internal administrative, personnel matters, and academic appointments, and make projections for administrative and hiring needs
  • Manage HR functions and recruitment for any open staff positions from requisition/posting to on-boarding internally and handle personnel issues
  • Oversee general HHI administrative functions including office space, calendar, meetings and events


  • Handle financial transactions (payments, reimbursements, etc.), prepare complex financial analysis, and make projections for financial needs
  • Support the grant proposal process throughout all stages and update projection tracking spreadsheets for sponsored awards and gifts
  • Manage staff effort allocations across grants, gifts, and endowments, and create costing changes in databases


  • Coordinate the administrative management of HHI programs (timelines, deadlines, reports, etc.)
  • Promote operational efficiency, compliance, and transparency in the management of projects and grants, and ensure that every project is delivered with high quality standards and in a compliant manner
  • Monitor overall program performance, including participating in the performance evaluations of program staff

The Administration and Finance Manager will also perform other duties as assigned.

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of one year from date of hire, with the possibility for extension.

PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Cambridge, Massachusetts. Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will be conducted virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this position is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required once the School and this role return to an operational status that supports it.


  • Bachelor's degree or related experience required
  • 3+ years of related experience required
  • Master's degree in related field preferred
  • Experience with humanitarian response, research, non-profits, or academia preferred
  • Program and project management skills preferred
  • Administrative management skills (staff planning, internal policy development, university compliance) preferred
  • Experience with sponsored research administration preferred
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and online meeting platforms (such as Zoom, etc.) preferred
  • Strong organizational skills, a proactive mindset, and demonstrated experience thinking analytically preferred

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