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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

Program Manager, Program on Resilient Communities

The Program on Resilient Communities (PRC) within HHI provides research and education on disaster resilience strategies to help the humanitarian and local communities mitigate the impact of disasters and undertake measures to adapt to crisis. The program will be operating in the Philippines and Nepal and is looking to expand into additional regions.

The Program Manager will play a critical role in overseeing and managing the activities associated with the Program on Resilient Communities.  The Program manager will advise the PI on the optimal operating strategy for the Program on Resilient Communities, aligning the program's vision and strategy with the overall HHI strategy and integrating it with existing plans. The Program Manager is also responsible for the day-to-day management of the PRC program. This includes assisting with project coordination, team coordination, assisting with grant applications, coordination and administrative support to all research activities, ongoing engagement and monitoring of current projects, and other related duties as assigned. The Program Manager will be responsible for assisting with the hiring and supervising of any future international staff hires.

The Program Manager is part of the Program on Resilient Communities team and more broadly is part of a collaborative cohort of HHI program managers, coordinators, and core staff. Program managers work closely with a range of internal and external stakeholders such as faculty, program staff, partners, departmental administration and finance, among others. The position reports to the Director of the Program on Resilient Communities.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

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

  • Administrative support (hiring, performance management, contracting) for local teams implementing in country, providing clear guidance on program activities, staff deliverables, budgeting, and timelines
  • Serve as primary contact on all financial and administrative needs with the Department and HSPH as needed with PI as final approval
  • Provide strategic guidance to PI on programmatic activities, advising on potential new project partners and activities at HHI and beyond, and serving as liaison with international team
  • Ability to work independently and make decisions without extensive consultation
  • Develop new processes and procedures to ensure efficiency in meeting program deliverables and meeting deadlines
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships within HHI, and key external partners, such as private sector, governmental agencies, INGOs, and NGOS working in the humanitarian sector, disasters risk and resilience, and leadership
  • Assist with the development of written materials for both internal and external purposes, including proposals, research briefs, and progress reports 
  • Manage the administrative and support operations for research projects, including field visits, research updates, and external staff, and consults progress on research
  • Assist the PI in the development of new course content for leadership trainings in the Philippines and Nepal, and other course offerings, and liaise with HHI's Instructional Designer

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of 1 year from hire date, with strong possibility for extension.

PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Cambridge, MA and in order to be on Harvard payroll, you must reside in one of the following states – MA, NH, RI, ME, CT, VT, NY, or MD. We are also working primarily remotely at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Until our return to campus, 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 as a condition of continued employment once the School and this role return to an operational status that supports it and is expected to be a few days/week. The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will support flexible work schedules upon this return, subject to individual departments’ business needs.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 3+ years of related experience required

Additional Qualifications and Skills

The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:

  • Master's Degree
  • Experience in the humanitarian and/or development field
  • Cross-functional project management experience and/or coordination 
  • Experience working in an academic setting
  • Experience with Microsoft suite of programs, Zoom, file organization using Dropbox, quantitative analysis preferred (SPSS, R, STATA)
  • Experience working independently with minimal direction, as well as in work environments with high degree of collaboration
  • Strong attention to detail, with experience relating those details to the bigger picture
  • Meeting facilitation skills, adaptability to change, experience working under pressure, and curiosity
  • A keen eye to interpersonal dynamics and relationship maintenance

The following cultural competencies are also preferred:

  • Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments
  • Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity

To Apply

Access the posting on the Harvard Careers Portal and search using the code 57173BR

Humanitarian Academy, Program Manager, Harvard Education

Job Summary

The Program Manager will be responsible for supporting a series of initiatives and programs in the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s educational arm, the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard ("The Academy"). These include the Academy's direct educational offerings at Harvard University, such as the Humanitarian Studies Concentration (based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Department of Global Health and Population), Spark Grants, and HHI's Humanitarian Student Association, as well as the professional education workshops, Humanitarian Response Intensive Course (HRIC), and annual Humanitarian Simulation Exercise (Sim) offered through the Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative. The Program Manager will apply project management methodology to organize and monitor the various courses, workshops, events, and webinars offered at the Academy, is a part of the HHI operations team, and works closely with a range of internal and external stakeholders such as the faculty, program staff, instructional designer, monitoring and evaluation coordinator, communications coordinator, students, teaching assistants, student interns, and collaborators at the offices of education, diversity and inclusion, finance, communication, and registrar’s office, among others. The Program Manager will also act as the primary point of contact for prospective and current students, as well as alumni of the Academy and be responsible for representing and promoting the Academy within Harvard and beyond. The position jointly reports to the HHI Director of Education, and HRIC and Simulation Exercise Faculty Directors.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

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

  • Works with the faculty and collaborates with the Instructional Designer and Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator to coordinate and support all aspects of HHI’s educational offerings including curriculum development, implementation, evaluation, and outreach
  • Coordinates relationships with concentration cohorts, explores ways to engage current learners, and drives concentration-interest building activities
  • Manages registration and logistical planning of all Academy workshops, courses, and events, for Harvard students and professional learners, including the Humanitarian Response Intensive Course and accompanying 250+ person simulation exercise, admitted students day, orientation, graduation, social events, concentration meetings, open houses, and other programs.
  • Administratively and operationally supports the production of new in-person, hybrid, and online course offerings and events, as well as the Sparks Grants
  • Coordinates HHI's Humanitarian Student Association and maintains an active alumni directory (students and professional learners)
  • Contributes to the production of content for Academy courses and HHI in general, including videos, case studies, online learning, and other multimedia products
  • Explores synergies among other HHI educational offerings and grants on education
  • Supports the interactions and relationship development with faculty, volunteers, alumni, and students to ensure continuity of contribution to workshops and annual simulation exercise
  • Keeps current on policies, regulations, guidelines around education and online engagement, and advises department members, faculty, teaching staff, and students
  • Creates and disseminates communications content to Academy participants (newsletters, etc.)
  • Works with HHI’s communications team to promote the Academy on HHI’s media outlets (website, social media, etc.)
  • Oversees outreach efforts for the Academy and explores new event opportunities to increase engagement in the academic community through marketing efforts and events
  • Manages the Academy budget and all purchasing, in cooperation with the Finance Team in the Department of Global Health and Population
  • Helps to evaluate processes and provides recommendations for improvement
  • Develops and manages data and reporting systems
  • Participates in hiring process for teaching assistants and temporary student employees, as necessary
  • Performs other duties as assigned

The Program Manager will be required to drive a U-Haul truck, if needed, during the Humanitarian Simulation exercise. As such, a valid driver's license is required. Also, occasional evening and weekend work will be required in support of workshops or events, particularly during the Humanitarian Response Intensive Course (HRIC) and annual Humanitarian Simulation Exercise (Sim), along with a willingness to participate onsite at the Sim (which requires camping with the participants during the Sim weekend). Lastly, occasional travel may be needed for possible international workshops.   

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

PLEASE NOTE: Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place in a slightly modified manner – including virtual interviews and a combination of remote and on-site (on campus in Cambridge) onboarding and work. On-campus/in-person work is expected, though, upon start date – in accordance with approved COVID-related guidelines and protocols.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required
  • 3+ years of related experience required

Additional Qualifications and Skills

The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:

  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Education, Communications, or relevant field strongly preferred
  • Experience working in an academic setting
  • Experience working and collaborating with internal and external higher education professionals
  • Experience with event management and webinar planning
  • Strong project management and marketing/communications skills
  • Strong organizational skills; strong writing skills; experience multi-tasking, delegating responsibility as needed and problem-solving complex issues
  • Experience working both individually and in teams with minimal supervision

The following cultural competencies are also preferred:

  • Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments
  • Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity

Physical Requirements

  • This position may be required to lift up to 25 pounds

To Apply

Access the posting on the Harvard Careers Portal and search using the code 56445BR

 

Student Opportunities

Social Impact Intern

About the internship/practicum position

The goal of this internship/practicum is to provide one graduate student with the opportunity to gain skills at the intersection of public health and humanitarianism, social impact, and organizational strategy. The student will be exposed to challenges and context for leading mission-driven organizations and quantifying social return on investment. This is part of the Executive Director’s ongoing strategic management project to establish an inaugural system to describe, measure, and amplify HHI’s social impact.

HHI aims to investigate data-driven indicators to define HHI’s positive impact and track organizational success in terms of value, benefit, and meaning to the communities in humanitarian crisis. The student will support the development of HHI’s social impact strategy and HHI-wide monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan. Support will include applying qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods, collecting and analyzing data, measuring the efficiency, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability of projects and reporting requirements. The student will examine the broader role of corporate philanthropy, impact investment, environment, social, and governance (ESG) equity investment, and corporate social responsibility and how they relate to the impact and social change that purpose-led organizations, like HHI, are creating in the world.

The student will report to the HHI Executive Director and HHI Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, and work closely with HHI’s core administrative team. The student is expected to engage with all HHI staff, faculty, and stakeholders to familiarize themselves with HHI’s international portfolio.

Major Activities

The student will contribute to and support the following activities:

  • Develop social impact strategy
  • Draft HHI-wide and program-level theory of change
  • Conduct systematic literature review and online search on impact reports, annual reports, best practices, and frameworks at other mission-driven organizations
  • Participate in all stages of impact assessment studies (surveys, focus groups): collect, analyze data , prepare study findings, give presentation on study results
  • Support in data analysis and report writing from findings of assessments including manuscripts, case studies, or white papers
  • Develop process maps, dashboards, and other graphic elements to represent HHI’s social impact
  • Triangulate data from existing M&E and annual reports to funders
  • Analyze key indicators of nonprofit performance and governance

Areas covered

  • Social Impact
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)
  • Impact Investment and Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) Equity Investment
  • Process Improvement

Deliverables

  • Final report
  • Final presentation
  • Contribution to report drafts depending on the program
  • Abstract, poster, and manuscript

Expectations

The students are expected to:

  • Dedicate 10-20 hours per week on the project
  • Participate in regular online check-in meetings with the Supervisors
  • 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

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Graduate student (with a specialization in Social Impact, M&E, or relevant field preferred)
  • Concrete skills in formal M&E tools, program planning, impact measurement, and social impact assessment

Desired Skills

  • Knowledge and experience related to humanitarian action, global health, and/or international development
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  • Experience in M&E in both online and onsite learning environments
  • Excellent oral and written proficiency in English
  • Effectiveness with global teams and remote work
  • Detail oriented, self-motivated, and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills

Internship/Practicum Details

Compensation:

$21 per hour

Number of Hours per Week:

10-20 hours per week

Job Start Date: Immediately

Time Frame: Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 with the possibility of extending to Spring 2023

Location of Job:

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 Spring 2022 (or later into the summer), 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. Although this position is remote for the time being, the student MUST reside in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, or Maryland to be eligible for Harvard payroll.

To Apply

Required Application Documents:

  • CV/Resume
  • Cover letter outlining relevant experience

How to apply:

Graduate Intern, 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 early warning/early action 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 literature review exploring the use of spatial technologies for mass atrocity prevention;
  • Assist with qualitative analysis of 25-30 key informant interviews in Dedoose;
  • Support with the coordination, development, and implementation of a seminar to take place summer 2022;
  • Assist with other tasks as needed.

Qualifications

  • 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;
  • English is required, and a second language is a plus.

Compensation

Unpaid. This internship is eligible for course credit or practicum credit. Additionally, middle authorship may be granted for support in qualitative research and seminar proceedings

 

Number of Hours per Week: 10-15 hours per week

 

Time Frame

Start date: As soon as possible

End date: August 31, 2022 (with possibility of extension)

Location of Internship

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

Required documents to apply

  • CV/resume
  • Cover letter

To Apply

To apply please submit your CV and cover letter to sakhan@hsph.harvard.edu by April 30th with the subject line Internship Application: YOUR NAME.