Program Manager

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI)
  • Location
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 03

Position description

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is a University-wide academic and research center in humanitarian crisis and leadership based in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The mission of HHI is to conduct research and education on the practice of relieving human suffering in war and disaster by advancing the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide. HHI’s aim is to relieve human suffering in war and disaster by conducting interdisciplinary, practice-based research and education that can be used by scholars, policymakers, NGOs, and others to foster interdisciplinary collaboration. HHI's Signal Program on Human Security and Technology (Signal Program) works to advance the safe, ethical, and effective use of information technologies by communities of practice during humanitarian and human rights emergencies and, in turn, broader development contexts.

Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manages the activities of Signal's current research work streams, including but not limited to remote sensing, populations and mobile technology, standards and ethics, and mass atrocity early warning and response operations
  • Leads original research in mass atrocity early warning and response operations, with an emphasis on non-permissive conflict environments
  • Oversight of geospatial analyst work (Isaac Baker) ensuring deliverables are met
  • Document and disseminate white papers, peer-review articles and present at relevant conferences that contribute to generalizable knowledge across all of the above areas, with a strong focus on atrocity response
  • Develop course work and curriculum to educate public on the research, analysis, and methodology both within and outside of Harvard University, to be disseminated through teaching classes, workshops, and webinars
  • Represent Signal Program and HHI in expert gatherings foreign and domestic to review and promote best practices in humanitarian and mass atrocity responses
  • Provides guidance and direct support to researchers affiliated with the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology regarding project design, funding, promotion, and ongoing research
  • Develops methodology for monitoring and evaluation of all aspects of the program writes reporting for funders and project partners
  • Supports the Director developing grant proposals, in collaboration with GHP Finance, identifying and pursuing potential sources of program funding
  • Performs other duties as assigned

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of February 29, 2020 with the possibility of extension.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a benefits eligible position with a 40 hour work week.


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree is required
  • 3+ years of related experience is required

Additional Qualifications

  • MA in relevant field (international relations) in strongly preferred
  • Fundamental knowledge of human rights standards, international humanitarian law, and current affairs preferred
  • Experience with public speaking and instruction with confidence on the material preferred    

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