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

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Graduate Student Research Assistant, Building a Better Response

About the Position

HHI is seeking a graduate level research assistant (RA) with strong analytical and statistical skills. The RA will work with Prof. Phuong Pham, the Program Manager for Partner Programs, and the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator at HHI, assisting with the Building a Better Response e-learning course on Humanitarian Education data analysis. The data and evidence generated by this project will serve to inform new strategic directions of this program, develop future research projects, and present informative and easy-to-understand data visualization maps to key funders and stakeholders. The RA will report to Prof. Pham, the Program Manager for Partner Programs, and the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator at HHI.

The RA will be working to engage in data cleaning and data analysis of the user base of Building a Better Response e-learners (primarily humanitarian practitioners and academics) and will contribute to analyzing existing survey data and registration data. BBR has a userbase of approximately 80,000 e-learners and has been in operation since 2013. The RA will support in drafting future surveys, proposed research projects, and peer review papers and research reports that may emerge from this research. Ideal candidates should be proficient with data analysis (Stata, R, or SPSS). The graduate research assistant may be asked to provide additional assistance in preparing reports for sponsors, summarizing project results, and reviewing and editing manuscripts. This will be a part time position, beginning as soon as possible, and has a term end date of December 31st, 2022, with a possibility for extension. Candidates from any Harvard graduate school are invited to apply, with strong preference for candidates from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Kennedy School, and the Graduate School of Education.

The Building a Better Response Research Assistant will:

  • Organize files, clean, and analyze data
  • Produce data reports for the BBR team
  • Contribute to monitoring and evaluation reports
  • Contribute to survey and research project design, development, and implementation
  • Assist with other tasks related to the Building a Better Response program as needed
  • Attend workshops and meetings organized by the partner Building a Better Response program

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Graduate student currently enrolled in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, or the Graduate School of Education preferred, other graduate students will be considered.
  • Proficiency in quantitative data analysis software (Stata, R, or SPSS)
  • Proficiency in qualitative data analysis software preferred (NVivo or Dedoose)
  • Highly motivated and organized
  • Can work independently in a remote capacity
  • Familiarity with Google Drive and Dropbox
  • Interest in public health, humanitarian applications, and e-learning
  • Basic understanding of data visualization (ArcGIS or Tableau) preferred
  • Fluency in languages (UN languages) in addition to English is preferred

Required documents to apply

  • CV/resume
  • Statement of interest outlining your statistical analysis experience and preferred analysis software

Compensation: $21 -25 per hour (depending on experience)

Number of Hours per Week: 10 hours per week

Job Start Date: ASAP

Time Frame: End Date: December 31st, 2022; with a possibility of extension

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, this interview process and position will be conducted virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this position is temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required once the School returns 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

Please send a CV and a statement of interest outlining your statistical analysis experience and preferred analysis software to Program Manager, Laura Tourtellotte (lctourtellotte@bwh.harvard.edu) & Karima Rehmani (krehmani@hsph.harvard.edu) with the subject line BBR RA & YOUR FULL NAME.

  • Harvard students, please be sure to indicate whether you have Federal Work Study funding.
  • Harvard students can also apply through the website of the Harvard Student Employment Office (SEO) at https://seo.harvard.edu/

 

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.