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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.


Peacebuilding Intern, Peace and Human Rights Data Program

HHI’s Peace and Human Rights Data Program is looking for an intern to assist with the implementation of all aspects of the “Developing and Using Indicator Frameworks for Locally Led Peacebuilding in Central Africa” research project. The first half of the project focuses on literature and existing documents review. The second half of the project involves conducting a qualitative survey of peacebuilding organization representatives in the DRC and the CAR. HHI will support the implementation of the survey, which will be conducted by local partners. The intern will be able to receive training in qualitative activities such as conducting literature searches, drafting research material and get a good sense of good research practices. 

Tasks for the intern include but are not limited to:

  • A comprehensive literature review on peacebuilding effectiveness indicators in general as well as in the DRC and the CAR.
  • A comprehensive review of DRC and CAR country documents describing the concepts of peace or peacebuilding effectiveness.
  • Collaboration in the design and implementation of the survey in the DRC and the CAR (protocol development, research instrument design, and training material) – the involvement in the survey will depend on French proficiency.
  • Support in data analysis and report writing.

Deliverables:

  • To produce a written report highlighting main definitions and indicators of peace or peacebuilding effectiveness in general as well as in the DRC and the CAR specifically;
  • To produce some material for the implementation of the survey;
  • To provide some data analysis and draft report sections, depending on previous training/experience.

About the Peace and Human Rights Data Program:

Measuring and assessing the effectiveness of peacebuilding efforts is still in its infancy. The project “Developing and Using Indicator Frameworks for Locally Led Peacebuilding in Central Africa” aims at filling part of the gap by defining peacebuilding effectiveness and identifying useful and contextualized indicators at the national and local levels, specifically the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR). The project is part of the HHI Peace and Human Rights Data Program (https://hhi.harvard.edu/research/peace-and-human-rights-data).

Basic Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student with educational training in international development, African studies, humanitarian, or peacebuilding fields is preferred.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience conducting desk review and/or document reviews
  • Knowledge of databases accessible through Harvard Library
  • English and French proficiency (at least reading)
  • Good written communication skills in English
  • Flexible about changing priorities/focus

Compensation: $14.50 ­– $17.50 per hour

Number of Hours per Week: 10 – 15 

Time Frame: Spring 2021

To Apply:

Send your resume and a brief cover letter with the subject line "HHI Peacebuilding Internship: [Your Name]" to Mychelle Balthazard at mbalthazard@bwh.harvard.edu

If you are currently a student at Harvard University, you can alternatively apply through the website of the Harvard Student Employment Office (SEO) at https://seo.harvard.edu/


Sr. Grant Administrator Emergency Medicine

With direct supervision by the Director of Research Operations and Administration in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, this role will provide grants management support in the preparation of grant proposals, monitoring and processing transactions of project expenses, invoicing contracts and submission of required reports for designated awards. The Department of Emergency Medicine’s research portfolio includes traditional clinical research as well as humanitarian-focused research conducted in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health’s Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

1.   Support the grant proposal and reporting process throughout all stages of the grant life cycle
2.   Prepare and assist with grant application submissions:

    • Reading and understanding sponsor guidelines. Sponsors include and are not limited to NIH, DoD, HHS, NASA, USAID, foundation, international agencies, industry.
    • Preparing budgets with input from investigators
    • Completing sponsor forms
    • Providing feedback to investigators on regulatory and procedural aspects of a grant
    • Liaising with Partners Healthcare Research Management and Brigham and Women's Hospital Compliance office on proposal review and complexities
    • Working under short deadlines

3.   Maintaining familiarity with sponsor (e.g., NIH) and Partners Research Management policies and procedures
4.   Prepare contract requests, purchase orders and eChecks as needed
5.   In coordination with Research Finance, assist with contract billing and receivables
6.   Verify research compliance with specific areas (human subjects research, cost shares, travel policies)
7.   Generate financial reports, present updates, update tracking sheets, and conduct financial analysis
8.   Regular and ad hoc reporting on proposals, awards, spending, deficits and other key metrics upon request
9.   Manage salary allocations across budgets and grants
10. Reconcile accounts and resolve financial discrepancies
11. Work with Partners Research Management, Partners CTO and Partners Innovations offices to manage                   lifecycle of research awards and contracts
12. Work with HHI staff and faculty, and Finance and Grant Administration partners at Harvard T. H. Chan                   School of Public Health to manage joint grants, resources, and subcontracts
13. Assumes additional responsibilities as assigned, including NIH audits
14. Performs other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS: Bacherlor's Degree

ESSENTIAL SKILLS:

Minimum 3 years of experience in academic research grants administration. Five plus years of experience preferred. 

Must possess ability to thrive in a high-volume, deadline-driven, team-oriented environment. Must be able to coordinate multiple activities simultaneously and have the judgment, flexibility, responsiveness to reprioritize to accommodate emergency requests. Must possess ability to learn quickly, retain knowledge and work with confidence.

Additional Requirements:

  • Requires independent and strong organization and communication skills and customer service focus.
  • Requires rapid or timely responses to requests
  • Attention to detail a must as well as ability to accurately prioritize workflow
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Access, Word and Adobe Acrobat computer applications.
  • Understanding of modern web-based applications and systems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication/interpersonal skills
  • Must be accurate, organized and able to work with large amount of financial data
  • Ability to follow directions with minimal supervision
  • Ability to use algebra to create calculations to find an unknown quantity
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with clinicians, researchers and administrators
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with international colleagues

Access the posting on the Brigham and Women's Hospital Career Portal and search using the Job Number: 3146101


Instructional Designer

HHI is looking for an Instructional Designer for HHI’s educational programs and online learning activities, such as the Harvard Humanitarian Academy, Executive Negotiation Project (ENP), Building a Better Response (BBR), HHI Learning Management System (LMS), and others. The Instructional Designer will serve as a technical expert to design and develop HHI’s online learning programs, create and implement instructor-led, computer-based, and virtual training modules and courses using innovative technology and learning solutions. The Instructional Designer will be part of the HHI operations team and will work closely with respective principal investigators and project leads who will supervise and guide the instructional design activities. The Instructional Designer will be encouraged to research ways to improve HHI’s education and online learning programs, implement new instructional design approaches, examine similar programs by other organizations, and explore grant opportunities that could support growth. The successful Instructional Designer will have experience in adult learning theory with an in-depth understanding of instructional design and online learning principles, strategies, technologies, and program development, with an eye towards fair use policy and international accessibility.

Job-Specific Responsibilities:

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

  1. Design experiential online and hybrid learning experiences appropriate for adult professional learners
  2. Work closely with subject matter experts to craft, revise, and maintain training and additional learning content
  3. Collaborate with all HHI staff and faculty on curriculum development and instructional design needs
  4. Oversee instructional design and content development activities
  5. Develop, in collaboration with project teams, learning objectives, assessment questions that demonstrate knowledge, and assist with question development and updating
  6. Participate in monitoring and evaluation planning for education programs and online learning
  7. Design, develop, and maintain classroom, virtual classroom, and self-paced training content
  8. Provide technical support on individual learning modules, the HHI Learning Management System, or for the virtual classroom as needed
  9. Consult in development of assessment instruments to measure efficacy of learning content and curriculum in meeting program goals.
  10. Spearhead review of all online course content and prepare new course scripts to optimize learner experience
  11. Research and script online videos
  12. Evaluate text for outdated learning or sector policies on a short timeline, and confidently update sections with input from project teams
  13. Plan for an ongoing system of training review and user feedback; expansion of training to other venues, languages, and geographical regions; expansion of access to training via hand-held devices and remote access; and combining on-line training with simulations and field educational programs
  14. Oversee the effort of student interns related to HHI’s education and online learning programs
  15. Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree required
  2. Graduate degree in a relevant field preferred
  3. Three or more years as a lead content developer, or depth of experience as part of an Instructional Systems Design team, working on programming related to adult learning, executive education, and professional development

Additional Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated ability to establish and manage complex project plans with competing priorities.
  2. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  3. Excellent collaboration skills across time zones and geographic locations.
  4. Detail oriented, self-motivated, and able to work in the absence of complete information.

To Apply:

Access the posting on the Brigham and Women's Hospital Career Portal and search using the Job Number: 3145585 


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.


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

Responsibilities:

  1.  Serve as the primary administrative lead and point of contact for HHI ENP with internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  2. Develop and implement project management systems to track all progress, expenses, and deliverables with each programmatic offering.
  3. Ensure an optimal flow of information and planning within the ENP team and provide Activity Leads and staff with technical assistance in the planning, design, and implementation of projects as requested, to ensure the coherent use of resources.
  4. Schedule all stakeholder meetings which includes ensuring faculty and collaborators are prepared with material and timelines.
  5. Liaise with USAID to ensure coordination and timely delivery of all project deliverables and reports.
  6. Liaise with faculty and facilitators on curriculum development, organization, presentation, and revision activities, including online curriculum component to facilitate the work of the Instructional Designer and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist.
  7. Supervise ENP staff including the Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, Instructional Designer, and students.
  8. Organize logistics, such as venues, lodging, conference space, travel, and other ENP-related meetings and events as needed.
  9. Connect with Communications team to disseminate content regarding ENP activities.
  10. Coordinate material as needed for program sessions, including identifying content and supervising its execution.
  11. Collaborate with the appropriate departments to manage the ENP budget and ensure compliance with grant terms.
  12. Manage shared documents.
  13. Oversee performance of direct reports as required by program growth.
  14. Coordinate ENP with all other HHI leadership training programs.

Upon request, represent ENP in working groups or meetings.

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.