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Country: United States of America
Organization: Harvard University
Closing date: 31 Dec 2021

About the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is a university-wide academic and research center in humanitarian crisis and leadership. HHI is an affiliated program with the International Division of the Brigham Health Emergency Medicine Department and based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) Department of Global Health and Population. As an Inter-Faculty Initiative, HHI collaborates closely with all Harvard Schools and Harvard Teaching Hospitals and is the primary humanitarian outreach arm of Harvard University. The mission of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is to create new knowledge and advance evidence-based leadership in disasters and humanitarian crisis. HHI was founded in 2005, currently operates 20 projects, and consists of 60 staff, faculty, visiting scientists, students, and collaborators. HHI’s aim is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue in pressing humanitarian issues, advance the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide, and improve the lives of communities in war, conflict, and natural disasters.

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 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 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.

Qualifications

  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.

Compensation

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

Flexible

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.

How to apply:

Required documents to apply

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

Please send your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Emily Ing at eing@bwh.harvard.edu with the subject line “ENP Intern: YOUR NAME”.

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