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Our team is growing! We are looking for mission-driven people who want to make a difference in the humanitarian field globally.

We are currently hiring for the following positions. Application instructions are found at the bottom of each individual posting.

Professional Opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellow - Human Rights and Transitional Justice

About the Position
HHI is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in human rights and transitional justice (TJ) with strong analytical and statistical skills. This one-year fellowship is expected to begin on or around January 1, 2022 with the possibility of extension. 

The fellow will work with Prof. Phuong Pham and Prof. Patrick Vinck at HHI and a joint Harvard-Tulane program, Transitional Justice Evaluation Tools (TJET),  evaluating the effectiveness of transitional justice policies such as prosecutions, truth commissions, reparations, and vetting and lustration. The data and evidence generated by this project will serve to design better policy to address the complex needs of survivors of violence and conflict for accountability, with particular emphasis on the need to prevent, respond to, and end impunity for sexual and gender-based violence in conflict and mass atrocity. The grant focuses on the following case countries: Cambodia, Central African Republic, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, Iraq, Mali, Sri Lanka, Haiti, and Myanmar. The fellow will report to Prof. Pham and Prof. Vinck.

The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to work in collaboration HHI lead faculty to: 

  • Analyze existing data
  • Collect additional data when needed
  • Produce peer-reviewed publications 
  • Support the overall development of the Global TJ Index 
  • Attend workshops and meetings organized by the Global TJ program


Basic Qualifications

  • A doctoral degree in a discipline related to transitional justice, political science, statistics, or data science
  • 2+ years of relevant work experience
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research background 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Fluency in English

Additional Qualifications

  • Additional language competencies (e.g., French, Spanish, Arabic, etc.) are preferred.
  • This is a 12-month position based in Boston with possibility for extension; working virtually internationally may be allowed until conditions allow for relocations to the Boston area.
  • Preference will be given to applicants from the post-conflict case countries that are the focus of the grant, and/or who have considerable work experience in transitional justice in the case countries:  Cambodia, Central African Republic, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, Iraq, Mali, Sri Lanka, Haiti, and Myanmar.   

Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined, but expected to be in Fall 2021, the interview process and fellowship opportunity will take place virtually—including remote onboarding and remote work.

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants should apply via the Harvard Academic Positions system

Please submit: 

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Three letters of reference. Applicants will be asked to provide the names of three referees.
  • Three writing samples or manuscripts
  • A research proposal/statement of research (maximum 2 pages) outlining a topic of inquiry for a policy brief relating to transitional justice in your country (or country of interest), which the candidate aims to write during the fellowship.


Case Study Consultant, Executive Negotiation Project

HHI is looking for a Case Study Consultant for the Executive Negotiation Project (ENP) to implement case studies pertaining to humanitarian tools and technologies. Specifically, these case studies will analyze the development, implementation, and scaling up processes of a number of technologies.

About the Executive Negotiation Project

The HHI Executive Negotiation Project (ENP)- Advanced Strategies for Humanitarian Leaders is a program designed by HHI and funded by USAID 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.

As a part of this project, HHI established a Humanitarian Design Lab (HDLab) in collaboration with USAID and local humanitarian leaders and innovators. The primary objective of the Humanitarian Design Lab (HDLab) is to develop and explore diverse cases of humanitarian technological innovations to develop a framework for understanding the emergence, support, implementation, and sustainability of technological initiatives in a humanitarian context. This research will result in a “playbook” for humanitarians, especially local humanitarians, facing the numerous challenges associated with adopting novel technologies. In this, we seek to bridge the gap between work on the diffusion of innovation and effort to understand the perceptions, activities, motivations, and impact of decision-makers.

About the Consultancy

The Case Study Consultant for the Executive Negotiation Project (ENP) will:

  1. Conduct an in-depth desk review on a humanitarian ICT innovation (technology to be confirmed).
  2. Identify and interview humanitarian technology innovation experts to supplement the desk review
  3. Document all analyses and findings in a comprehensive report
  4. Report findings at a validation workshop and adjust report as needed

Qualifications and Skills

  • Familiarity with humanitarian technology and humanitarian innovation process
  • Qualitative case study methodology
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Works well remotely and independently


The consultancy is expected to start in Fall 2021 and will last between 3-4 months. This is a remote consultancy.

Contract and Compensation

The terms of the contract will be further discussed with the project team. Payment shall be effected upon satisfaction of key deliverables to be discussed with the Program team.

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be open until filled.

Applications should include:

  1. Letter of intent
  2. CV
  3. Examples of past relevant work (tools, technologies, and qualitative case study methodologies)

The files should be submitted electronically with the subject heading "HHI ENP: Technology Evaluation Consultancy – YOUR NAME" to Saira Khan at

Workshop Facilitator - Executive Negotiation Project


The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) Executive Negotiation Project (ENP) seeks to advance field-level leadership, innovation, and negotiation skills and support for humanitarian practitioners. . With the support of USAID, the program provides professional development opportunities for professionals in the humanitarian and development sectors. These offerings are grounded in critical analysis, field research, and reflections on humanitarian action and negotiation practice that HHI has developed through over a decade of research and interagency dialogue. One pillar of this work provides negotiation training programs for local humanitarian leaders, focusing on operational challenges and dilemmas, as well as developing the capacity of national staff. The ENP team seeks to hire seasoned humanitarian professionals with operational experience in complex environments to support this objective through curriculum design and workshop facilitation. to collaborate on this objective.

Role & Responsibilities

HHI ENP is currently supported by a team with expertise in program management, instructional design, monitoring and evaluation, and operational humanitarian experience. We seek to add 5-6 experienced humanitarian practitioners to facilitate sessions during in-person and online workshops on humanitarian negotiation for frontline leaders between September 2021 and September 2022. All workshops will have a country-specific or regional focus. Each facilitator will contribute to at least one workshop, with an expected time commitment of 3-5 days (longer if participating in more than one workshop). They will work collaboratively with the ENP team by:

  1. Participating in preparatory meetings prior to the workshop to inform the curriculum design.
  2. Developing learning materials and presentations.
  3. Delivering sessions and engaging with participants as a facilitator focusing on themes such as foundations of negotiation theory; humanitarian access; protection; international norms and frameworks; gender, diversity, and inclusion in humanitarian negotiation; humanitarian diplomacy and mediation; among others.
  4. Provide critical feedback and support to participants on negotiation approaches during the workshop sessions
  5. Provide critical feedback and debrief with the team following the workshops.


Required qualifications

We seek individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. National and international staff from humanitarian and development contexts are encouraged to apply. Candidates should:

  • Be a senior practitioner with 15 or more years of operational experience in the humanitarian or development sector.
  • Have long-standing operational experience, including engaging in negotiation and dialogue with key stakeholders (authorities, non-state armed groups, community leaders, etc.) on issues of humanitarian access, security, protection, and program implementation in conflict environments.
  • Have availability to work with the ENP team to prepare for and deliver at least one workshop session. Projected dates are as follows:
    • 2021: September, October, November;
    • 2022: January, March, May, July, September.
  • Be willing to observe and/or participate in workshop session(s) before facilitation.
  • Be fluent in English.

Other relevant qualifications

The following qualifications would be advantageous in this role, but are not required:

  • Practical experience in mediation, diplomacy, community engagement, or leadership in conflict settings.
  • Experience facilitating training and other methods of professional development for adult learners.
  • Academic expertise in one of the thematic areas described above.
  • Recent operational experience in current conflict contexts, including, but not limited to: Afghanistan, Bangladesh / Myanmar, Colombia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Nigeria, the Sahel, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Yemen.
  • Fluency in French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, or other UN operational languages.

About the consultancy

Compensation and opportunities

  • Compensation for this consultancy will be at a rate that is commensurate with the facilitator’s experience.
  • Opportunity to co-develop and deliver at least one workshop.
  • Opportunity to be added to HHI’s roster of facilitators on humanitarian negotiation and related strategies, for consideration for future workshops or events.

How to apply

This is a rolling application and will be open until filled. Applications are welcome until August 2022.

Submit your application here. Work samples may be requested later. If you have questions, you may contact



Sr. Grant Administrator

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.


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: Bachelor's Degree


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

Student Opportunities

Graduate Student Intern/Trainee, Signal Program

About the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology

The Signal Program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, founded in 2012, has worked to advance the safe, ethical, and effective use of information technologies by communities of practice during humanitarian and human rights emergencies, through interdisciplinary teams that collaborate with faculty members, international organizations, academic and non-academic research institutes, and professional agencies. Its core goals have been to train and equip humanitarian practitioners with the technical methods, ethical doctrine, research, and relevant evidence-based practices needed to responsibly use Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) as part of their operations. In this next phase of the Signal Program, it is the team’s objective to strengthen the efficacy and efficiency of early warning/early action work through a strategic, evidence-based, and ethical integration of spatial methods, field methods, and novel analytic tools into existing EW/EA decision-support mechanisms and workflows.

The team is looking for an individual to work towards this objective and to assist with the following responsibilities:

  • Assist with ongoing scoping review;
  • Generate a bibliography of all reviewed literature;
  • Support research and facilitation of user-centered design processes engaging project stakeholders;
  • Assist with other tasks as needed.


  • Current graduate student with a background or interest in public health, humanitarianism, conflict and peacebuilding, and/or geospatial analytics;
  • Experience conducting literature reviews and comfortable reviewing large numbers of academic papers;
  • Comfortable engaging with qualitative research software (NViVO or Dedoose);
  • English is required, and a second language is a plus.



Number of Hours per Week

10-15 hours per week

Time Frame

Start date: As soon as possible

End date: June 30, 2022 (with possibility of extension)

Location of Internship

This is a remote position, but candidate must reside in the United States.

Title of Internship

Graduate Student Intern/Trainee

Required documents to apply

  • CV/resume
  • Cover letter

To Apply

To apply please submit your CV and cover letter to with the subject line RA Application: YOUR NAME.

Note: This internship may be eligible for course credit

Communications and Media Intern, Executive Negotiation Project

About the Executive Negotiation Project

The HHI Executive Negotiation Project (ENP) - 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 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 Study Opportunity

The ENP Communications and Media Intern is a graduate student position with HHI’s Executive Negotiation Project (ENP). The student will provide dedicated communications and media content development for online and onsite professional development sessions using platforms/software such as the HHI Learning Management System (LMS), Zoom, Canva, Adobe Premier Pro, Final Cut Pro, Vimeo, YouTube, and others. This position will focus on developing a comprehensive communications and media plan while also offering event and technical support for ENP activities.  The ENP Communications and Media Intern will be part of the HHI Team and report to the ENP Program Manager.

The ENP Communications and Media Intern is expected to complete the following tasks and deliverables:

  1. Develop various content (promotional, instructional, event agenda, informational one-pagers, etc.) for workshops, webinars, and events across the three main ENP activities;
  2. Create a communications plan and release schedule to disseminate content through HHI social media channels;
  3. Maintain the ENP digital presence by coordinating media posts with HHI colleagues
  4. Brainstorm new strategies for engaging participants/target audiences;
  5. Support the development of high quality instructional video content and course materials using video editing software when necessary;
  6. Post workshop content, background materials, case studies, session recordings, and other course content on the HHI learning management system;
  7. Manage the logistics and technical hosting of synchronous workshop and thematic webinar sessions, including ensuring smooth practitioner enrollment, implementing basic and advanced features such as live polls, breakout rooms, screen sharing, moderating the chat and Q&A functions, and attendance reports, among others;
  8. Troubleshoot technical issues and efficiently escalating more complex issues to Instructional Designer as needed;
  9. Take notes in sessions as needed;
  10. May perform other basic administrative support as needed.


  1. Bachelor's degree required.
  2. Graduate student desired, with focus in humanitarian work or education or communications is a plus.
  3. Minimum one year of communications/media experience preferably in an academic setting with faculty and within online learning tools and platforms.
  4. Effectiveness with global teams and remote work.
  5. Demonstrated experience in meeting software (Zoom, Google Meet, Teams).
  6. Familiarity with editing programs/media software (Adobe Premier, Camtasia, Final Cut Pro, Vimeo, YouTube, Sony Vegas, iMovie, etc.) is a plus.
  7. Demonstrated confidence and exceptional ability to communicate clearly and effectively in person and online with multicultural stakeholders.
  8. Experience working with multicultural professional audiences.
  9. Excellent oral and written proficiency in English; French is a plus.
  10. Detail oriented, self-motivated, and able to work in the absence of complete information.
  11. Reliable, professional, and customer service-oriented.
  12. Comfortable interacting with students and faculty, anticipating and addressing emergent issues confidently and efficiently.
  13. Attentiveness and discretion is expected.
  14. Computer and reliable internet connection is essential.

Required documents to apply

  • CV/resume
  • Cover letter
  • Writing or work sample


Practicum or Internship for academic credit or part of formal academic degree requirements.

Alternatively, a stipend is available through Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Students will be onboarded through Brigham and Women’s hospital as either for-credit trainees or stipend research trainees.  

Number of Hours per Week

15 - 20 hours per week

Job Start Date


Time Frame

Fall 2021, Winter 2021, Spring 2022 semesters

Location of Internship

The primary work location for this position is the HHI office on 14 Story Street, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined but anticipated to begin in September 2021 (or later into the fall), this interview process and position will be conducted virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this internship is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required once the School and this internship return to an operational status that supports it.

To Apply

If you are currently a student at Harvard University, please apply through the website of the Harvard Student Employment Office (SEO) at

If you are not a Harvard student, please send your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Emily Ing at with the subject line “ENP Intern: YOUR NAME”.

Storytelling for Impact in Global Health Practicum

Practicum Summary

The goal of this practicum is to provide one medical or graduate student with the opportunity to gain skills at the intersection of public health strategy, health communication, policy, and implementation in global health using childhood cancer disparities as context. The student will work closely with the HHI Executive Director and external collaborators such as the WHO, PAHO, regional public health stakeholders, and Persistent Productions on the design and implementation of strategies to implement the Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer (GICC) using the How I Live documentary. Activities will include organizing regional workshops, conducting educational screenings, implementing the existing impact assessment study, developing and executing a call to action plan, and contributing to the creation of educational videos. This project examines ways to apply a data-driven approach to using innovative global health storytelling interventions to impact policy, awareness, and advocacy and decrease global health inequities. Frameworks applied include Theory of Change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The student will build upon the work of previous student interns, research funding opportunities, and bring in teachings from the student’s area of studies to the project.

Major Activities

  • Assist in the coordination of workshops with PAHO: interact closely with PAHO regional consultants and headquarters, communicate with countries, prepare agenda, organize Google Drive, create country folders, participate in the workshop, take notes, design online surveys, compile workshop report
  • Organize online and in-person film screenings: contact organizers, distribute flyers, set up invites, prepare slides, invite regional speakers, etc.
  • Assist in the activities related to PAHO GICC workshops, advocacy, and regional outreach
  • Participate in the impact assessment study (surveys, focus groups): collect, analyze, and triangulate data, prepare study findings, give presentation on study results
  • Explore funding opportunities and participate in proposal writing
  • Develop a call to action kit
  • Contribute to the creation of educational videos in collaboration with PAHO and GICC
  • Conduct systematic literature review
  • Explore existing evidence on the use of short videos and storytelling to advocate and influence policy decision-making
  • Research similar case studies and contribute to a joint publication (case study, white paper, or manuscript)
  • Serve as the main point of contact for IRB
  • Maintain a team shared folder with all relevant project materials
  • Receive CITI training certification (if not already available)
  • Present final presentation to HHI and external stakeholders

Areas covered

  • Impact assessment
  • Health policy and implementation science
  • Public health communication strategies
  • Mixed methods research
  • Basic public health science skills


  • Final report
  • Final presentation
  • Abstract, poster, and/or manuscript


The student is expected to:

  • Dedicate 5-10 hours per week on the project
  • Participate in regular online check-in meetings with the Supervisor
  • Prepare agenda for the check-in meetings to include progress, deliverables, questions, and ideas
  • Participate in project-related and HHI meetings with team members and collaborators 
  • Create and maintain a shared folder with documents in Google Drive



  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • 1st or 2nd year Master’s student; Doctorate student


  • English required. Spanish or Portuguese helpful


  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and systematic literature review systems (EndNote, Zotero, etc.)
  • NVivo or Dedoose required for analysis of qualitative data
  • RedCap, SAS, R or similar required for analysis of quantitative data
  •,, or other software for transcription


Additional Experience and Skills

  • Research methodology skills desired
  • Ability to work with internal and external individuals from different time zones, disciplines, and levels of training
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Self-motivated requiring little to no supervision with the ability to work effectively in a team environment


Position TypePracticum or Internship for Academic Credit or part of formal academic degree requirements

Job CategoryResearch

Job Start Date: Flexible

Job End Date5/30/2022 (with the possibility of extension until 8/31/2022)

Location of JobThe primary work location for this position is the HHI office on 14 Story Street, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined but anticipated to begin in September 2021 (or later into the fall), this interview process and position will be conducted virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this internship is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required once the School and this internship return to an operational status that supports it.

Number of Hours per Week5-10 hours per week

How to apply

You may apply through the following ways: