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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.

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. 

Senior Program Manager, Global Emergency Leadership Institute Leadership Development Program

Reporting to the Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, the Senior Program Manager for the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s Global Emergency Leadership Institute Leadership Development Program serves as the primary administrative and project management resource for this new and exciting program.

The Global Emergency Leadership Institute (GELI) Leadership Development Program is a 22-month program that delivers cutting-edge leadership development to a selected cohort of senior international field leaders from across several disciplines and home organizations. The program consists of three face-to-face (F2F) residencies of five days in length designed to deliver leadership development approaches that are tailored specifically to seasoned senior leaders working in the complex humanitarian context; a context which is typified by urgent humanitarian needs, a variety of actors, and political insecurity. The Leadership Development Program supports GELI’s overall objective to develop effective leaders who will ultimately have a transformational impact on the entire global humanitarian, development, peace and security sectors.

The program also includes a series of activities that create a longitudinal thread connecting the three residencies. This portion of the program, called Intersession, will provide a platform for the participants to continue to grow as leaders, both individually and as a group. Components of Intersessions will include executive coaching and distance/work-based learning embedded across the time period; additional Intersession components may be identified during program development. This embedded learning should have a strong reflective practice focus and allow for real-time sharing of experiences and challenges among the cohort. As different vendors will offer different pieces of the program in the context of co-designing a highly tailored curriculum, a leadership development expert trainer with long humanitarian experience will co-facilitate the entire program.


  • Graduate degree in public health or related field preferred
  • 3-5 post-graduate years of experience in project management and training programs
  • 2 or more years of personnel management experience preferred
  • Ability to establish and manage complex project plans
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • High degree of analytic ability to manage the financial aspects of the position
  • Excellent negotiation skills

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

Program Coordinator, National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership

The National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership (NNPHL) endeavors to prepare current and future generations of humanitarians to address today’s most salient global challenges. NNPHL provides cutting-edge training to enhance humanitarian professionals’ leadership skills and enable them to respond effectively in times of disaster, conflict and crisis.

Reporting directly to the NNPHL Principal Investigator, the Program Coordinator will be responsible for day-to-day coordination of the NNPHL program, serving as the primary contact for the program to external contacts, faculty and staff affiliated with the program, program participants, and to the consortium of organizations that run NNPHL. The Program Coordinator anticipates problems and regularly provides updates to the supervisor on the status of the project. Donor reports and any publications on the program will be drafted by the Program Coordinator with the assistance of other team staff. The Program Coordinator will be encouraged to research ways to improve the course, similar offerings made by other organizations, and grant opportunities that could support the growth of this program.


  • 5+ years of related experience required; a combination of education and experience may be considered
  • Bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred
  • Project management experience strongly preferred
  • International experience and exposure strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated interest in education, leadership, or international studies preferred
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required, particularly in cross-cultural communication preferred
  • Experience prioritizing work in an environment with multiple and conflicting interests preferred
  • Works well independently with minimal supervision preferred
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented preferred

For more information and to apply, please click here.